United Arab Emirates

Area Total 83,600 sq km
Climate desert; cooler in eastern mountains
Natural Resources petroleum, natural gas
Imports China 8.5%, US 6.8%, India 6.6% (2017) – machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food
Exports India 10.1%, Iran 9.9%, Japan 9.3%, China 5.4%, Oman 5%, Switzerland 4.4%, South Korea 4.1% (2017) – crude oil 45%, natural gas, reexports, dried fish, dates (2012 est.)
Government federation of monarchies
Capital Abu Dhabi
Population Population field listing
9,701,315 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Emirati 11.6%, South Asian 59.4% (includes Indian 38.2%, Bangladeshi 9.5%, Pakistani 9.4%, other 2.3%), Egyptian 10.2%, Filipino 6.1%, other 12.8% (2015 est.)
Language Arabic (official), English, Hindi, Malayam, Urdu, Pashto, Tagalog, Persian

News about United Arab Emirates

  • Yemen’s warring parties agree to extend ceasefire by a further two months
    by Melanie Swan in Mukallah on August 4, 2022

    The truce will bring some relief to a country exhausted by war and famine, but critics say the Houthis will use the peace to regroupThe UN has announced that the warring sides in Yemen have agreed to extend the current ceasefire for a further two months.Late on Tuesday the government and the Houthi rebels committed to intensify efforts on negotiations, said […]

  • Spiritual union: why Gulf migrants are turning to evangelical Christianity
    by Elle Hardy on July 31, 2022

    Pentecostalism is quietly thriving, with pastors saying churches are helping low-paid workers in crisisEvangelical Christianity is quietly flourishing among migrant groups in the Gulf as churches provide low-paid workers facing horrific abuse with aid in times of crisis, according to pastors and parishioners across the region.About 30 million migrant […]

  • UAE sentences ex-lawyer of Jamal Khashoggi to three years in prison
    by Associated Press in Dubai on July 17, 2022

    US citizen Asim Ghafoor detained in Dubai and convicted two days later of money laundering and tax evasionThe United Arab Emirates has sentenced the former lawyer of Jamal Khashoggi – the dissident Saudi journalist who was killed at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018 – to three years in prison on charges of money laundering and tax […]

  • Iran earthquakes: at least five killed and village flattened, state media says
    by Reuters in Dubai on July 2, 2022

    Rescue work carried out after 12 also injured in magnitude-6.1 quake followed by two others and more than dozen aftershocksAt least five people were killed by a magnitude-6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported, with the area also hit by two later strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude.“Five people have died in the earthquake […]

  • The Guardian view on Biden’s risky gamble: betting on lowering oil prices | Editorial
    by Editorial on July 1, 2022

    The climate agenda risks being derailed by energy market disruptions caused by Russia’s war in UkraineJoe Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia this month highlights the paradox of American power. The US has the economic heft to punish an opponent – but not enough to alter the behaviour of a determined adversary. Sanctions will see Russia’s economy contract […]

  • Amazon bows to UAE pressure to restrict LGBTQ+ search results
    by Julia Kollewe on June 30, 2022

    Tech giant imposes restrictions on goods such as books and rainbow-coloured flags after threats of penaltiesAmazon has bowed to pressure from the United Arab Emirates and restricted search results for LGBTQ+-related products such as books and rainbow-coloured flags on its website in the country.The company decided to restrict the searches after being […]

  • UN calls on UAE to release British man imprisoned in Dubai since 2008
    by Diane Taylor on June 17, 2022

    UN working group rules that Ryan Cornelius has been held arbitrarily and subjected to rights violationsUN officials have called on the United Arab Emirates to immediately release a British businessman who has been detained in the country since 2008.The UN’s working group on arbitrary detention has ruled that Ryan Cornelius has been held arbitrarily in the […]

  • More than 15,000 millionaires expected to leave Russia in 2022
    by Rupert Neate Wealth correspondent on June 13, 2022

    Data suggests exits after invasion of Ukraine, and UAE to overtake US and UK as top destination for world’s wealthyRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesMore than 15,000 millionaires are expected to flee Russia this year, as wealthy citizens turn their back on Vladmir Putin’s regime after the invasion of Ukraine, according to an analysis of migration […]

  • Blacklist Dubai over failure to crack down on Russian oligarchs, say campaigners
    by Jon Ungoed-Thomas on June 11, 2022

    UAE has become haven for superyachts, private jets and ‘dirty money’ since invasion of Ukraine, but has taken no actionCampaigners and politicians are calling for the United Arab Emirates to be blacklisted over its failures to combat the flow of “dirty money” and to enforce sanctions imposed on Russian oligarchs.The Gulf state has emerged as a key […]

  • South Africa seeking to extradite Gupta brothers after arrest in Dubai
    by Jason Burke in Johannesburg on June 7, 2022

    Police begin process to transport Indian-born pair wanted on criminal and money-laundering chargesPolice in Dubai are coordinating with their South African counterparts to secure the extradition of two wealthy Indian-born brothers wanted by South African authorities on criminal and money-laundering charges who were arrested in the emirate on Monday.Atul and […]

  • War film Shershaah steals show as Bollywood’s Oscars return
    by Agence France-Presse in Abu Dhabi on June 4, 2022

    Ceremony held for first time since pandemic began with all-singing, all-dancing awards showWar movie Shershaah marched off with Best Picture and Best Director as Bollywood’s Oscars returned for the first time since the pandemic began with an all-singing, all-dancing awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.Shershaah, depicting Indian war hero Vikram […]

  • UAE telecoms group confirms £3.3bn raid on Vodafone
    by Sarah Butler on May 15, 2022

    State-controlled e&, formerly known as Etisalat, is now UK mobile phone company’s biggest shareholderA Middle Eastern telecoms group has taken a near 10% stake in Vodafone as the UK mobile phone company comes under pressure for a business shake-up.The state-controlled Emirates Telecommunications Group, which recently rebranded from Etisalat to e&, […]

  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan becomes UAE president
    by Associated Press in Dubai on May 14, 2022

    Speed of transition, one day after death of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, appears designed to show unityRulers in the United Arab Emirates have unanimously appointed Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the president of the hereditarily ruled nation on the Arabian peninsula.The state-run WAM news agency said the rulers of the country’s seven sheikhdoms […]

  • UAE ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan dies aged 73
    by Associated Press on May 13, 2022

    Ministry of presidential affairs announces 40-day mourning period for ruler who succeeded father in 2004The United Arab Emirates’ long-ailing ruler, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has died aged 73, the government’s state-run news agency has announcedKhalifa, the president of the UAE, oversaw much of the country’s blistering economic growth and […]

  • Two Britons testify against Interpol chief in UAE torture claim
    by Ruth Michaelson in Istanbul and Angelique Chrisafis in Paris on May 11, 2022

    Matthew Hedges and Ali Issa Ahmad allege Ahmed Naser al-Raisi was responsible for abuse in detentionTwo British men who spent time in detention in the United Arab Emirates have testified in Paris that an Emirati security official who is now the president of Interpol was responsible for their alleged torture.Matthew Hedges, an academic imprisoned in the UAE […]

  • Private equity executive sought to undermine NSO critics, data suggests
    by Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Harry Davies on April 28, 2022

    Information released under data protection laws sheds light on apparent effort to undermine Canadian research group Citizen LabWhen Downing Street was recently named as the suspected victim of a phone hack by the United Arab Emirates using the Israeli-made spyware, Pegasus, few were surprised at who was behind the discovery.The Citizen Lab at the University […]

  • Boris Johnson must pay attention to basic cybersecurity rules, says security adviser
    by Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor on April 19, 2022

    Peter Ricketts’ warning comes as UAE accused of using Pegasus spyware to hack into mobile phone at Downing StreetBoris Johnson should “pay close attention” to basic rules of cybersecurity, a former national security adviser has said, after it emerged that the United Arab Emirates was accused of hacking into a mobile phone at Downing Street.Peter […]

  • Leaked emails reveal Manchester City received payments from Abu Dhabi
    by Paul MacInnes on April 7, 2022

    City allegedly liaised with government agency over paymentsClub under Premier League investigation, claims Der SpiegelPotential rule breaches include paying fees for underage playersEmails have been released that appear to show the state of Abu Dhabi facilitating payments to Manchester City, reigniting the controversy that led to the club receiving a ban […]

  • Exiled Yemen president steps aside as truce raises hopes of end to war
    by Associated Press in Sana'a on April 7, 2022

    Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi says a newly established council will lead negotiations with Iranian-backed HouthisYemen’s exiled president has stepped aside and transferred his powers to a presidential council as international and regional efforts to end the country’s long-running civil war gained momentum with a two-month truce.Saudi Arabia and the United Arab […]

  • Biden rebuffed as US relations with Saudi Arabia and UAE hit new low
    by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent on April 3, 2022

    Analysis: As oil prices – and diplomatic tensions – rise, two of the biggest US allies are questioning the basis of their relationshipAs Joe Biden moved to open US strategic oil reserves, his two biggest oil-producing allies have kept their tanks firmly shut. The UAE and Saudi Arabia continue to rebuff the US president as he attempts to counter soaring […]

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