UAE: Overview                                                     

Capital                        Abu Dhabi 

 

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

 

Population                 5,927,482 (2016) 

 

Ethnic Groups          

Emirati                                                                                19%

Other Arab and Iranian                                                           23%

South Asian                                                                           50%

Other expatriates                                                                  8%

(includes Westerners and East Asians) (1983)

 

Religion                     

Muslim (Shia 16%)                                                                 96%

Other (includes Christian and Hindu)                                         4%


Languages                

Arabic (official)

Persian

English

Hindi

Urdu 

 

 

Independence           2 December 1971 (from the UK)