United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

UAE facts and figures

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The United Arab Emirates comprises seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al-Quwain – located along the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The country covers an area of around 84 thousand square kilometres and has a population of around 9 million. More than one million people live in the capital, Abu Dhabi. Arabic is the country’s official language.

About 30 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product is directly based on oil and gas output. Since the discovery of oil in the UAE, the country has become a modern state with a high standard of living. The currency is the dirham.

The United Arab Emirates’ President is HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The country joined OPEC in 1967.

Did you know?

  • Desert Park in the Sharjah Emirate is a centre for the breeding of the endangered Arabian leopard. It is thought that very few of these cats exist in the wild.
  • The first commercial oil was discovered in 1958 – onshore in the Bab-2 well and offshore at Umm Shaif.

 Below data covers 2020

Population (million inhabitants) 9.28
Land area (1,000 sq km) 84
GDP per capita ($) 38,661
GDP at market prices (million $) 358,869
Value of exports (million $) 335,238
Value of petroleum exports (million $) 32,943
Current account balance (million $) 20,983
Proven crude oil reserves (million barrels) 107,000
Proven natural gas reserves (billion cu. m.) 7,726
Crude oil production (1,000 b/d) 2,778.6
Marketed production of natural gas (million cu. m.) 55,064.5
Refinery capacity (1,000 b/cd) 1,272.0
Output of petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 925.1
Oil demand (1,000 b/d) 828.2
Crude oil exports (1,000 b/d) 2,418.4
Exports of petroleum products (1,000 b/d) 839.6
Natural gas exports (million cu. m.) 8,766.1

  • b/d (barrels per day)
  • cu. m. (cubic metres)
  • b/cd (barrels per calendar day)

Source: Annual Statistical Bulletin 2021

  • HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei

    HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei

    Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
    Head of Delegation

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  • Eng. Ahmed Mohamed Alkaabi

    Eng. Ahmed Mohamed Alkaabi

    Governor for OPEC

  • Mr. Salem Hareb Al Mehairi

    Mr. Salem Hareb Al Mehairi

    National Representative