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

  • United Arab Emirates intercepts two ballistic missiles targeting Abu Dhabi
    by Associated Press in Dubai on January 24, 2022

    Missile fire, claimed by Yemeni Houthi rebels in retaliation for airstrikes, further escalates tensionsThe United Arab Emirates intercepted two ballistic missiles claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels over the skies of Abu Dhabi early on Monday, authorities said, the second attack in a week that targeted the Emirati capital.The missile fire further escalates […]

  • UN condemns airstrike in Yemen that leaves more than 80 dead
    by Clea Skopeliti and agencies on January 22, 2022

    Hundreds also wounded as Saudi-led coalition denies reports it bombed detention centre in Sa’adaThe UN has condemned an airstrike on a detention centre in northern Yemen as the death toll rose to more than 80.The airstrike in the rebel-held Sa’ada province on Friday morning followed a Houthi drone attack on the United Arab Emirates on Monday that killed […]

  • Yemen: Saudi-led airstrike on rebel-run prison kills at least 60 and wounds 200
    by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent on January 22, 2022

    Hospitals overwhelmed in Sa’ada after attack levels buildings in Houthi northern heartlandAn airstrike on a prison in northern Yemen killed at least 60 people and wounded 200 more, while a separate attack shut down the country’s internet, as Saudi-led reprisals to a Houthi drone attack on the United Arab Emirates intensified.The violence marked an […]

  • Torture complaint filed against new president of Interpol
    by Associated Press in Paris on January 18, 2022

    Move against Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi made by lawyer for human rights defender jailed in UAEA lawyer representing a jailed human rights defender in the United Arab Emirates has filed a torture complaint against the new president of Interpol, Maj Gen Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, as the official made his first visit to the international police agency’s headquarters […]

  • Saudis hit back with deadly airstrikes in Yemen after Houthis’ UAE drone attack
    by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent on January 18, 2022

    Coalition announces strikes on Houthi strongholds as global leaders rally round Abu DhabiHouthi forces who control much of northern Yemen say about 20 people have died in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on the capital, Sana’a, a day after a Houthi drone attack killed three people in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia’s coalition partner.Neighbours […]

  • New UK cost of living threat as oil rises to highest price in seven years
    by Larry Elliott on January 18, 2022

    With petrol and diesel already close to record highs, driving costs look likely to increase againBritain’s hard-pressed households face a fresh threat to their living standards after fears of Middle East supply disruption sent the price of oil to its highest level in seven years.With the cost of petrol and diesel already close to their highest-ever level […]

  • Suspected drone attack kills three in Abu Dhabi and raises tensions
    by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent on January 17, 2022

    Yemen’s Houthi forces claim strikes, which follow pressure on Iran to kickstart nuclear talks with USHouthi forces in Yemen have claimed responsibility for an apparent drone attack in Abu Dhabi that killed three people and is likely to raise regional tensions as a crucial phase nears in nuclear discussions with Iran.The strikes, which also injured six […]

  • ‘It just feels so wrong’: UAE works on Friday for first time
    by Agence France-Presse in Dubai on January 7, 2022

    People juggle work and Friday prayer as country switches to Saturday-Sunday weekend Employees and schoolchildren juggled work and studies with weekly Muslim prayers on the first ever working Friday in the United Arab Emirates, as the Gulf country formally switched to a Saturday-Sunday weekend.Some grumbled at the change and businesses were split, with many […]

  • Trump’s Peace review: dysfunction and accord in US Israel policy
    by Lloyd Green on December 20, 2021

    Barak Ravid has written a fascinating account of four chaotic years in which some progress was nonetheless madeTrump’s Peace is a blockbuster of a book. Barak Ravid captures the 45th president saying “Fuck him” to Benjamin Netanyahu and reducing American Jews to antisemitic caricatures. Imagine the Republican reaction if Barack Obama had done that. […]

  • Israel’s PM Naftali Bennett to visit UAE to discuss deepening ties
    by Agence France-Presse in Jerusalem on December 12, 2021

    Talks between PM and crown prince of Abu Dhabi come after full diplomatic links brokered last yearNaftali Bennett is to make the first official visit by an Israeli prime minister to the United Arab Emirates since the two countries established diplomatic ties last year.Bennett will meet Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, on […]

  • Saudi women’s rights activist sues three ex-US intel operatives over hacking for UAE
    by Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington on December 9, 2021

    Loujain al-Hathloul says actions of men on behalf of the UAE led to her iPhone being hacked and to her imprisonment and tortureLoujain al-Hathloul, the prominent Saudi women’s rights activist, has filed a lawsuit against three former US intelligence and military officers who have admitted in a US court to helping carry out hacking operations on behalf of […]

  • UAE cuts working week to four-and-a-half days and moves weekend
    by Agence France-Presse in Dubai on December 7, 2021

    ‘National working week’ aimed at improving work-life balance and economic competitivenessThe United Arab Emirates is cutting its working week to four-and-a-half days and moving its weekend from Friday-Saturday to Saturday-Sunday in a major shift aimed at improving the country’s competitiveness, officials have said.The “national working week” will […]

  • US seeks Russian and Chinese support to salvage Iran nuclear deal
    by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic Editor on December 5, 2021

    Iran’s natural allies are said to have been surprised by how much it had gone back on its own compromisesThe US is hoping pressure from Russia, China and some Arab Gulf states may yet persuade Iran to moderate its negotiating stance in regards to the steps the Biden administration must take before both sides return to the 2015 nuclear deal.Talks in Vienna […]

  • Interpol’s president: alleged torturer rises as symbol of UAE soft power
    by Ruth Michaelson on November 25, 2021

    Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi’s election has raised concerns about human rights and the surveillance stateMaj Gen Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi’s ascent through the ranks of the interior ministry in Abu Dhabi is associated with the United Arab Emirates’ transformation into a hi-tech surveillance state.His personal achievements include a diploma in police management […]

  • Interpol appoints Emirati general accused of torture as president
    by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor and Ruth Michaelson on November 25, 2021

    Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of United Arab Emirates elected despite concerns of human rights groups and MEPsA general from the United Arab Emirates accused of complicity in torture has been elected as president of the international policing agency Interpol in the teeth of fierce objections from human rights groups.Maj Gen Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi’s victory […]

  • ‘He is responsible for torture’: nominee for Interpol chief accused by detained Britons
    by Ruth Michaelson on November 20, 2021

    An academic and a football fan who were held in the United Arab Emirates claim Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi oversaw physical abuseTwo British men formerly detained in United Arab Emirates are campaigning to prevent a senior Emirati official from becoming the next president of Interpol, accusing him of personal involvement in their arrests and torture.Academic […]

  • Work on ‘Chinese military base’ in UAE abandoned after US intervenes – report
    by Julian Borger in Washington on November 19, 2021

    Satellite images reportedly detected construction of secret facility at Khalifa port amid growing US-China rivalryUS intelligence agencies found evidence this year of construction work on what they believed was a secret Chinese military facility in the United Arab Emirates, which was stopped after Washington’s intervention, according to a report on […]

  • Slow burn: inside the 5 November Guardian Weekly
    by Graham Snowdon on November 3, 2021

    Can the Middle East wean itself off oil? Plus: the return of AbbaGet the Guardian Weekly magazine delivered to your doorFew regions on Earth are more central to hopes of reining in global temperature increases than the Middle East. Financed by the west’s insatiable demand for fossil fuels, cities filled with air-conditioned skyscrapers and shopping malls […]

  • ‘Apocalypse soon’: reluctant Middle East forced to open eyes to climate crisis
    by Patrick Wintour on October 29, 2021

    With the region warming twice as fast as the rest of the world but oil spoils keeping regimes in power, leaders are in a bindNorthern Oman has just been battered by Cyclone Shaheen, the first tropical cyclone to make it that far west into the Gulf. Around Basra in southern Iraq this summer, pressure on the grid owing to 50C heat led to constant blackouts, […]

  • Lawyers to submit Yemen war crimes dossier to UK police
    by Dan Sabbagh on October 20, 2021

    Key figures in Saudi Arabia and UAE accused of crimes against humanity include investors in Britain A group of human rights lawyers will on Wednesday file a legal complaint in the UK accusing key figures in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of being involved in war crimes relating to the war in Yemen.They plan to submit a dossier to British police […]

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