Key Data

Key Data

Region - Middle east
Population - 5,671,112
Area Total - 82,880 km²
Area Land 82,880 km²
Coast Line - 1,318 km
Capital - Abu Dhabi
Climate Desert; cooler in eastern mountains
Languages - Arabic, also Persian, English, Hindi and Urdu
Currency - 1 Emirian dirham (Dh$) = 100 fils
Holiday -
1st of January New Year’s day
* Mouloud (Birth f the Prophet)
* Leilat al –Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet)
* Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
* Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
2nd of December (1971) National Day
* Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
* Ashoura
* These holidays vary from country to country and depend on sighting of the moon.

Macroeconomic data

---- 2008 2009 2010 2011
Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP)(Dh billions) 338.199 335.933 340.250 312.581
Real GDP Growth Rate (%) -9.2420 -0.6700 1.285 -8.1310
Inflation Rate (from GDP Price Deflator) (%) 19.759 -11.4140 8.504 18.167
Exchange Rate US Dollars (CFAF/$) 3.672 3.208 3.458 4.065

Major Cities

City   Estimated
Dubai 1,1770,533 2009
Abu Dhabi 896,751 2009
Sharjah 845,617 2009

Ethnic Divisions

South Asians 50%
Other Arab and Iranian 23%
Emirati 19%
Other Expatriates 8%

Religions

Muslims (Shi’a 16%) 96%
Hindus and Christians 4%