Quick Facts

  • A federation of seven emirates
  • Sovereignty from UK 1971
  • Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia
  • Capital: Abu Dhabi (pop. 1.145 million)
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Population: 5,779,760
  • Climate: subtropical, arid with hot summers and warm winters
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Economy: based on oil and natural gas export
  • Literacy rate: 93.1%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A constitutional federation of absolute monarchies
  • President Khalifa bin Zayid Al-Nuhayyan (since 2004)
  • Prime Minister/ VP Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktum (since 2006)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 6/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 10.59/1,000
  • Health expenditures: 3.2% GDP
  • Life expectancy: 77.29 years
  • Physicians density: 2.53/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 1.1/1,000
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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