Travel Information for United Arab Emirates
Time zone:GMT +4 (UAE standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Arabic
Other languages:English, Hindi, Persian, Urdu
Currency: Emirati dirhams (AED)

1 = AED4.09, $1 = AED3.67, £1 = AED4.88

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.aeInternational Dialling Code:    971

For help planning your trip to United Arab Emirates including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our United Arab Emirates trip planning page.

Further information on United Arab Emirates

Discover more about United Arab Emirates - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

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Total area: 83,600 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 1,318 km (Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf)

Neighbours (border lengths): Oman (410km), Saudi Arabia (457km)

Climate: Desert climate with very hot and dry conditions, cooler in eastern mountains and between September and March.

Highest mountain: Jabal Yibir (1,527m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for United Arab Emirates from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 152/167
Economic FreedomMostly Free 25/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 118/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 25/174
Overall Ranking:    133/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: United Arab Emirates (UAE)     Status: Independent Country

Population: 5,628,805 (rank: 111/196)     Density: 67.3 people/sq km (rank: 113/196)

Ethnic groups: Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8% (1982). note: less than 20% are UAE citizens (1982)

Religions: Muslim 96% (Shia 16%), other (includes Christian, Hindu) 4%

GDP (PPP): $269.8 billion       GDP per capita: $29,900 (rank: 34/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.