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

  • London is the wild west of the global property market – and it needs a sheriff | Simon Jenkins
    by Simon Jenkins on October 23, 2020

    We must legislate to curb the overseas tycoons buying up apartments and leaving them emptyOne of the biggest property tycoons in London is the president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Guardian revealed last week that he owned around £5.5bn of real estate in the city. This covers streets and buildings in Mayfair, […]

  • UK must be 'brave' and prosecute gulf royal accused of sexual assault, says top QC
    by Sian Cain on October 22, 2020

    Helena Kennedy says CPS must pursue case against UAE minister accused of assaulting British citizen Caitlin McNamara at Hay Abu Dhabi festivalThe UK’s Crown Prosecution Service must be “brave” and set a legal precedent by taking on the case of a British citizen who has accused a senior gulf royal of sexual assault, says one of the UK’s leading […]

  • Gulf royal accused of sexual assault must go, says Hay literature festival
    by Sian Cain on October 20, 2020

    Curator of Hay’s inaugural festival in Abu Dhabi has accused Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan of sexual assault, which he deniesHay literature festival will not return to Abu Dhabi until a senior Gulf royal is removed from his post as the United Arab Emirates’ minister of tolerance, after the curator of the inaugural Hay festival in the country […]

  • Revealed: Sheikh Khalifa’s £5bn London property empire
    by Harry Davies on October 18, 2020

    Documents reveal UAE president owns multibillion-pound property portfolio spanning London’s most expensive neighbourhoods The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond upon Thames appears to have little in common with Ecuador’s red-brick embassy in Knightsbridge, where Julian Assange spent seven years in hiding, […]

  • Israel's pact with the UAE is not about peace. It's a business deal | Sami Abu Shehadeh
    by Sami Abu Shehadeh on October 14, 2020

    Palestinian homes are still being demolished and illegal settlements expanded. That’s why tomorrow I’ll be voting against the agreement in the KnessetTomorrow, the Israeli parliament will be voting on the agreement to normalise relations with the United Arab Emirates. A large majority will approve a hugely favourable step towards the Israeli […]

  • 'They have to be punished': the mothers trapped in the UAE by 'love crimes'
    by Katie McQue on October 12, 2020

    Single migrant women left destitute by Covid can’t leave until they have served sentences for sex outside marriage – but virus restrictions mean prisons won’t accept themWhen Reyna* took a taxi to Al-Awir prison in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, she was hoping to turn herself in and be admitted as an inmate. The former domestic worker from the […]

  • Turkey and UAE openly flouting UN arms embargo to fuel war in Libya
    by Ruth Michaelson on October 7, 2020

    Guardian joint investigation finds both sides send military cargo planes to region, in blatant violation of agreement to end conflictTurkey and the United Arab Emirates are carrying out regular and increasingly blatant violations of the UN arms embargo on Libya, fuelling a proxy war that is evading political solutions, a joint investigation by the Guardian […]

  • Saudi heir and Jared Kushner inch kingdom towards deal with Israel
    by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent on September 24, 2020

    Saudi Arabia’s interventions could result in seismic shift in region’s geopoliticsAs the UAE and Bahrain prepared to sign a deal to normalise diplomatic relations with Israel this summer, Saudi Arabia – the regional heavyweight – was quietly urging them on.For several months before the deals were signed at the White House, the Saudi crown prince, […]

  • 'We feel betrayed': Palestinians fear cost of Arab states' deals with Israel
    by Oliver Holmes Jerusalem correspondent, Hazem Balousha in Gaza, Michael Safi in Amman, and Bethan McKernan in Istanbul on September 22, 2020

    The accords signed in Washington are seen as diminishing the leverage for independenceDiplomatic breakthroughs between Israel and Gulf monarchies have revealed fissures in the relationship between Palestine and Arab governments – and raised questions over whether they can still be relied on to champion the Palestinian cause.For years, Israel has […]

  • Occupying Palestine is rotting Israel from inside. No Gulf peace deal can hide that | Raja Shehadeh
    by Raja Shehadeh on September 17, 2020

    Israel has twisted its laws and contorted its politics to protect the occupation. The UAE and Bahrain deals won’t create peaceMore than a quarter of a century after Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, Israel has managed to turn its occupation of Palestinian territory from a burden into an asset. What was for so long a […]

  • Trump’s pre-election diplomatic offensive glosses over awkward realities
    by Julian Borger in Washington on September 16, 2020

    The ‘Abraham accords’ merely make public once-furtive friendships between Israel and Gulf monarchies, while bigger problems remain The White House was festooned with the flags of four nations. There were trumpet blasts, multiple signatures on various pieces of paper, and much weighty talk about blood and history – everything you might expect from a […]

  • 'It's going to be peace in the Middle East': Trump on historic accords – video
    on September 15, 2020

    A historic agreement signed between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House will, according to Donald Trump, 'be peace to the Middle East.'They signed agreements to establish formal relations, ending a decades-old taboo in Arab diplomacy as power and priorities shift in the region.UAE, Bahrain and Israel sign historic accords at […]

  • UAE, Bahrain and Israel sign historic accords at White House event
    by Oliver Holmes on September 15, 2020

    Trio establish formal relations at ceremony viewed as image boost for Trump and Netanyahu Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements to establish formal relations, ending a decades-old taboo in Arab diplomacy as power and priorities shift in the Middle East.“Today’s signing sets history on a new course,” Donald Trump told a […]

  • Netanyahu flies to Washington to sign deals as Israeli lockdown looms
    by Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem on September 15, 2020

    White House ceremony for agreements with UAE and Bahrain derided as ‘shameless propaganda’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBenjamin Netanyahu is hoping to redirect the Israeli public’s attention from a recently announced three-week lockdown to a White House ceremony formalising recent diplomatic breakthroughs with two Arab […]

  • Norwegian far-right MP nominates Donald Trump for Nobel peace prize
    by Martin Belam on September 9, 2020

    Christian Tybring-Gjedde puts Trump forward for second time, over Israel-UAE detenteA Norwegian far-right MP has nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel peace prize for a second time, citing his role in the normalising of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News: “For his merit, I think he has done more […]

  • Saudi king tells Trump he wants a fair and permanent solution for Palestinians
    by Reuters on September 7, 2020

    King Salman tells Trump his country wants an outcome based on 2002 Arab Peace InitiativeSaudi Arabia’s King Salman has told Donald Trump that the kingdom is eager to achieve a fair and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, which he said was the main starting point of the kingdom’s proposed Arab Peace Initiative, the state news agency reported.The […]

  • Kushner hails first direct commercial flight between Israel and UAE
    by Rosie Scammell in Jerusalem on August 31, 2020

    Flight marks first fruits of US-brokered deal to normalise relations between two countriesA high-ranking American and Israeli delegation has landed in Abu Dhabi on the first direct commercial airline flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, marking the implementation of a US-brokered deal to normalise relations between the two nations.Upon […]

  • Mike Pompeo to visit Israel and UAE to discuss new diplomatic ties
    by Reuters in Jerusalem on August 22, 2020

    US secretary of state is also expected to address other security challenges in regionMike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, will visit Israel on Monday and the United Arab Emirates a day later to discuss the countries’ normalisation deal, according to two sources briefed on his itinerary.Also on Pompeo’s agenda will be the security challenges posed by […]

  • Revolt in Belarus and the rise of Kamala: the 21/08 Guardian Weekly
    by Will Dean on August 19, 2020

    The women at the forefront of the rebellion against Alexander Lukashenko and profile Joe Biden’s history-making running-mate. To get the Guardian Weekly delivered to your home, click hereBelarusian president Alexander Lukashenko revelled in his reputation as “Europe’s last dictator”. But after 26 years of rule in the former Soviet republic, another […]

  • Juan Carlos, Spain's disgraced former king, confirmed to be in UAE
    by Ashifa Kassam in Madrid on August 17, 2020

    Announcement by royal household ends guessing game about his whereabouts Spain’s royal household has confirmed that the disgraced former king Juan Carlos is in the United Arab Emirates, two weeks after it was announced that he was leaving the country in an attempt to protect the crown from mounting scrutiny of his financial dealings.The announcement set […]

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