United Arab Emirates – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Full name: United Arab Emirates

Nationality

        noun: Emirati(s)         adjective: Emirati

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Area         total: 82,880 sq km         land: 82,880 sq km         water: 0 sq km

Population: 2,563,212

Ethnic groups 

        Emirati 19%         other Arab and Iranian 23%        South Asian 50%         other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8% (1982) note: less than 20% are UAE citizens (1982)

Capital: Abu Dhabi, population 400,000

Largest Cities

        Dubai – 670,000         Sharjah – 320,000         El Ayn – 230,000         Ajman – 115,000

Official Language

        Arabic (official)        Persian         English         Hindi         Urdu 

Religion 

        Muslim 96% (Shi’a 16%)        Christian         Hindu        other 4% 

Political system: federacy.

GDP: purchasing power parity – $63.67 billion (2004 est.)

GDP per head: purchasing power parity – $25,200 (2004 est.)

Annual growth: 5.7% (2004 est.)

GDP – composition by sector 

        agriculture: 4%         industry: 58.5%         services: 37.5% (2002 est.)

Inflation: 3.2% (2004 est.)

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