Get an impression of the UAE with some relevant facts and figures about the country’s demographics, languages, and economy.
Country name: United Arab Emirates
Government type: constitutional monarchy
Area (km²): 83,600
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Population: 9,157,000 (July 2015 estimate)
Population density: 109/km²
Major urban areas: Abu Dhabi (2.7 million); Dubai (2.5 million); Sharjah (1.4 million)
Ethnic groups: Emirati 16.6%, other Arabs 23%, 42.3% Asians (subcontinent), 12.1% other Asians, 6% other expatriates. Only around 16.6% of the population is comprised of UAE nationals, as the population is dominated by expats.
Languages: Arabic (official language) and English, while Hindu, Urdu, and other South Asian languages are widely spoken.
Religions: Muslim 76%, Christian 9%, other 15% (2007 estimate). Islam is the official state religion.
The United Arab Emirates consists of seven self-governed emirates, which formed a federation in 1971. Whether you’re thinking of moving to the well-known Abu Dhabi or Dubai or one of the smaller emirates, you can find information about each of the emirates in this guide to help you make a decision.
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