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QUICK FACTS - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Country Area 77,700 sq km
Population (million) 2.5 (1997) Forecast 2010 : 2.7
Capital Abu Dhabi Population : 798,000
Nationals Vs Foreigners Nationals : 24.09% Foreigners : 75.90%
Type of Government Federation
Chief of State President Shaykh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan
Religion 80% Sunni Muslim
16% Shia Muslim
4% Christain, Hindu
and other
Languages Official : Arabic Commercial : English, Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Urdu
Literacy 68%
Life Expectancy (years) 73.8
International Airports Abu Dhabi Dubai, Ash Shriqah, Al Fujairah, Ra's al Khaymah
Time GMT: +4 Eastern Standard: +9
Business Days: Sat-Thur
Hours: variable from company to company ; winter to summer.
Local businesses:08.00-13.00; 16.00-20.00
Thurs: 08.00-12.00

Foreign companies: 08.00-18.00
Country Dialling Code From :00 To : + 971
Currency 1 UAE Dirham = 1,000 fils
Exchange Rate
(1 USD =)
3.67 DHS (1999)
Visa Regulations All visitors except AGCC nationals require a visa. AGCC nationals : Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman & Saudi Arabia
Public Holidays 1999 Jan 1,18-21; Mar 27-31
Inflation 5.5% (1997)
GDP (million) US$ 43,600 (1997)
Economy (million) US$ Imports - 27,800 (1997) Exports - 32,000 (1997)
Population Online
1998
88,552 % of Total Pop : 2.99


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