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United Arab Emirates

Capital: Abu Dhabi , Largest city: Dubai , GDP growth (annual %) 2016 :3.0%
Key Facts
Full name: United Arab Emirates
Population: 4.7 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 77,700 sq km (30,000 sq miles)
Major language: Arabic
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 78 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Dirham = 100 fils
Main exports: Oil, gas
GNI per capita: n/a
Internet domain: .ae
International dialling code: +971
  • Ali Majed Al Mansoori


    How have innovative practices been applied to help facilitate and encourage increase?

    ALI MAJED AL MANSOORI: Abu Dhabi has done a great transaction to ensure innovation is catered to and included in the emirate’s various strategic objectives, and we encourage active involvement from the private sector. ADDED is mandated to support and supervise the development of science, technology and innovation, mainly through functioning as the interface between government,

  • Ms. Sara Abdulrazak, Managing Director, Sisters Beauty Lounge


    The Middle East has always been a traditional beauty care industry right from the time of Ancient Egyptians. Skincare and hair care by means of natural products, the use of henna design & elaborate eye make up had been widely used in North Africa, by both the royalty and the commoners. The Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra was famous for her milk & honey bath and the “Balm of Mecca” cream that rendered her skin flawless, and made her stunning looks, a historical legend.

  • Ghaith Al Ghaith discusses flydubai Cargo


    With the launch of a cargo division formerly this year, flydubai will provide a vital link to supply chain operations across the region, explains CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith.

    What prompted flydubai to launch dedicated cargo operations in 2012?

  • Pankaj Chaddah – Co-founder Zomato.com


    Zomato was founded in July 2008 by IIT Delhi alumni and has expanded its services over a span of 4 years to 16 cities across India and the UAE. The website has become Asia’s largest restaurant and nightlife guide with listings of over 48,000 restaurants.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Dubai Year in Review 2016


    While low oil prices weighed heavily on a lot of of Dubai’s trading partners and neighbours, the emirate delivered a strong economic performance in 2016, buoyed by increase in key non-hydrocarbons segments, which provided an significant buffer against external challenges.

    Full-year increase was expected to reach 3.7%, according to the IMF, up from 3.5% in 2015 and well above the projected average for the UAE of 2.4%.

    Additional infrastructure spending in the lead-up to Expo 2020, together with ongoing expansion in areas such as retail and tourism, is expected to support new increase in the coming year and beyond.

  • Credit insurance: the most cost-effective way to support SMEs’ expansion


    Massimo Falcioni, Chief of Middle East Nations at Coface, explains the strengths of credit insurance and lessons learned from the 2008 crisis, explaining credit insurance addresses key challenges of SMEs’ increase, such as protection against non-payments, risk assessment and monitoring, and better access to funds.

  • UAE is Asia’s third strongest economy


    The UAE’s continuous development in competitiveness helped it to become Asia’s third strongest economy, said a think-tank in its recently-released annual statement.

    “The UAE’s in general economic strength has surpassed China up to 3rd,” Boao Forum for Asia said in its Asian Competitiveness Annual Statement 2013.'

  • Ziad El Chaar Managing Director of Damac Properties


    Damac Properties is bringing limited edition designer residences to the UAE with its collaborations with interior design branches of high-end fashion brands such as Fendi, Versace and Bugatti. Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director of Damac, provides an insight to the real estate landscape in the UAE and the impact of Expo 2020.

    If we look at the luxury segment in the real estate sector, would you acknowledge that there is like a higher competition in that segment of the market? And what are, in this context, the distinguishing features of Damac offering, particularly in collaboration with world iconic brands?

  • US-UAE Business Council


    The UAE represents a historic ally in the region for the United States and is its major export market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). President of the US-UAE Business Council Danny E. Sebright has no doubt that with the strong diplomatic affinity, defense and security ties, inclunding economic interests—in areas such as trade, education, and healthcare—bilateral US-UAE relations are set to reach a new high. Here, he as well discusses the world connectivity potential of Dubai’s Expo 2020.