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Country summary

Capital

Abu Dhabi

Borders

Oman 410 km, Saudi Arabia 457 km

Government type

federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates

Population

4,798,491[1]

Population growth

3.689% (2010 est.)[1]

Life expectancy

76.11 years[1]

Unemployment

2.4% (2001)[1]

Index of Economic Freedom

46[2]

Corruption Perceptions Index

30[3]

Doing Business ranking

33[4]


The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties. In 1971, six of these states - Abu Zaby, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn - merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra's al Khaymah. The UAE's per capita GDP is on par with those of leading West European nations. Its generosity with oil revenues and its moderate foreign policy stance have allowed the UAE to play a vital role in the affairs of the region. For more than three decades, oil and global finance drove the UAE's economy, however, in 2008-09, the confluence of falling oil prices, collapsing real estate prices, and the international banking crisis hit the UAE especially hard.[1]

Economical characteristicsEdit

  • Currency: UAE dirham (ISO code: AED)
  • Central bank discount rate: NA%[1]
  • Commercial banks lending rate: [1]
  • Stock of money (M1): $56.71 billion (31 December 2008)[1]
  • Quasi money (with M1 makes M2): $127 billion (31 December 2008)[1]


StatisticsEdit

Statistic / Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
GDP (million USD)[5] 55 193 70 591 68 677 75 285 88 579 103 784 133 000 163 296 198 693
Govt. debt (% of GDP)[6]
Govt. revenue (% of GDP)[7] 9.974
Govt. expenses (% of GDP)[8] 9.486
Debt to revenue (years)

ReferencesEdit

Note: statistical data was rounded. Different sources may use different methodologies for their estimates. Debt to revenue is calculated by dividing the two variables from their original ('unrounded') values. It represents how long it would a government take to repay its entire debt if it used its whole revenue for this purpose.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 CIA - The World Facebook. "United Arab Emirates", from The World Facebook. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  2. Heritage Foundation. "United Arab Emirates", Economic Freedom Score. A lower ranking is better; but please be careful when comparing between different countries or years. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  3. Transparency International. "United Arab Emirates", Corruption Perceptions Index 2009. A lower ranking is better; but please note that the numbers cannot be compared between countries or years due to different methodology. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  4. Doing Business. "United Arab Emirates", Doing Business 2010 (part of The World Bank Group). A lower ranking is better; but please be careful when comparing between different countries or years. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  5. World Bank. "United Arab Emirates: GDP", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  6. World Bank. "United Arab Emirates: government debt", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  7. World Bank. "United Arab Emirates: government revenue", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.
  8. World Bank. "United Arab Emirates: government expenses", from World Bank Data. Referenced 2010-09-30.

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