General profile: United Arab Emirates

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR 2021
Population
Population
Exchange rates
Exchange rate
GDP
GDP
9.365 Millions
3.673 AED/US$
418 279 Millions current US$
Land area
Land area¹
CPI growth (%)
CPI growth
GDP growth
GDP growth
(q) 71 020 km²
0.19 %
4.34 %
INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE
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+26.8 %
Merchandise exports growth rate in 2021
Total merchandise trade
(millions of US$)
2005
2010
2015
2021
Merchandise exports
117 287
(e) 214 000
300 477
425 160
Merchandise imports
84 654
(e) 165 000
263 417
347 529
Merchandise trade balance
32 633
(e) 49 000
37 059
77 631
Export structure by product group in 2021
(as % of total exports)
19 %19 %34 %34 %35 %35 %7 %7 %5 %5 %
Top 5 partners in 2021
(exports, millions of US$)
60 65040 10236 69028 02823 93460 65040 10236 69028 02823 934
INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN SERVICES
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Total trade in services²
(millions of US$)
2005
2010
2015
2021
Services exports
4 784
11 736
60 776
101 838
Services imports
19 367
42 100
81 879
76 106
Services trade balance
-14 584
-30 364
-21 103
25 732
Services exports by main category²
(as % of total services)
2005
2010
2015
2021
Transport
22.1
20.9
38.5
24.3
Travel
67.3
73.1
28.8
33.8
Other services
10.6
6.0
32.7
41.9
TRADE INDICES
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12412310410010010711410588706679655749403125232310711010396100118120118118106961149997917567616266
ECONOMIC TRENDS
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+4.3 %
Gross domestic product growth rate in 2021
Economic indicators
(millions of US$ unless otherwise specified)
2005
2010
2015
2021
GDP, current
182 978
289 787
358 135
418 279
GDP per capita, current US$
42 742
34 166
40 164
44 663
Real GDP growth, y-on-y, %
4.86
1.64
5.06
4.34
Current account balance, % of GDP
(e) 13.00
(e) 4.21
(e) 4.90
(e) 11.46
Exchange rate (/US$)
3.673
3.673
3.673
3.673
GDP by expenditure in 2020
(as % of total GDP)
39.114.122.793.369.239.114.122.793.369.2
FDI AND EXTERNAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES
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+5.4 %
FDI outflows as % of GDP in 2021
Financial flows
(millions of US$ unless otherwise specified)
2005
2010
2015
2021
FDI inflows
10 899.93
8 796.77
8 550.90
20 667.12
FDI outflows
3 750.30
2 015.00
16 691.60
22 545.95
Personal remittances, % of GDP
..
..
..
..
Financial flows trends
(millions of US$)
20 66719 88417 87510 38510 3549 6058 55111 0729 7659 5677 1528 7971 1345 06314 18712 80610 90010 0044 256951 184-506FDI Inwards flowsFDI Inwards flowsFDI Inwards flowsMigrant's remittances receiptsMigrant's remittances receiptsMigrant's remittances receipts
TRADE IN GOODS AND SERVICES
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Trade balance indicators²
(as % and index)
2005
2010
2015
2021
Balance, % of GDP
15.42
6.42
15.49
(e) 26.61
Balance, % of imports
30.05
9.01
18.14
(e) 32.58
Normalized balance
0.131
0.043
0.083
(e) 0.140
Trade openness²
(sum of imports and exports as % of GDP)
190174174166182188186179175175162149151147135118118
LIVING AREA
Population by living area in 2021
(% of population)
Urban
87%Urban 87%Rural
13%Rural 13%
OTHER INDICATORS
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0.035 %
Share of the total world merchant fleet in 2021
Maritime transport indicators
 
2005
2010
2015
2021
Merchant fleet, national flag (thousands of DWT)
986
1 412
1 000
746
Liner shipping connectivity index (maximum 2006 = 100 for China)
..
62.23
63.50
76.62
Container port throughput (TEU)
..
15 177 436
21 233 200
..
Information economy indicators
(as % of)
2005
2010
2015
2021
Share of ICT goods, % of total exports
4.30
..
2.51
..
Share of ICT goods, % of total imports
8.08
..
4.90
..
Share of workforce involved in the ICT sector
..
..
..
..
Source: UNCTADstat (http://unctadstat.unctad.org)
Notes:
1
Land area refers to the total area of a country excluding area under inland water bodies. It differs from the country area, that includes area under inland water bodies, but excludes offshore territorial waters.
2
Statistics presented correspond to the 6th edition of the IMF Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6, 2009).
e
Estimated.
q
Estimated. Data refers to 2020.
Symbols for missing values:
0
Zero means that the amount is nil or negligible
..
Not available or not separately reported
_
Not applicable
...
Not available, including no quotation
#
Non-relevant calculation
-
Not publishable
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Negative accumulation of flows; Value included in regional and global totals
Abbreviations & acronyms:
DWT:
Dead weight tons
FDI:
Foreign direct investment
GDP:
Gross domestic product
ICT:
Information and communication technology
TEU:
Twenty foot equivalent unit
US$:
United States dollar
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Generation date: 20 October 2022