In terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per
inhabitant, United Arab citizens are among the richest
in the Arab world, although not all seven emirates are
equally rich. The income gaps are the largest in Abu
A citizen has access to a well-developed social
protection network. There is also a social assistance
system, including large cash grants, and thousands of
families have received housing for free in Dubai and Abu
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Official statistics for population in United Arab Emirates, including population growth, density, and estimation in next 50 years.
The country has a well-functioning healthcare system.
However, the welfare has been criticized for being so
generous that many young men neither take higher studies
nor work seriously but primarily think of pleasure.
Women can hold high positions in the state
administration and they make up a large proportion of
university students. In practice, however, they still
find it difficult to enter the labor market.
The emirate has received international criticism for
the fact that children were used as riders in camel
races and forced to live under slave-like conditions.
Despite the ban on using children as a camel rider, it
took until 2005 before the ban was banned. Many of the
children came from Pakistan or Bangladesh and just over
1,100 children were returned to Bangladesh following the
ban. In 2009, media reported that 879 children had
received damages. Some of the children sustained
FACTS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS
7 per 1000 births (2018)
Proportion of population with access to clean
99.6 percent (2015)
Proportion of the population having access to
98.6 percent (2017)
Public expenditure on health care as a
percentage of GDP
3.5 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on health care per person
US $ 1,323 (2016)
Proportion of women in parliament
23 percent (2018)
Leaders are absent from GCC summit
Hopes for a solution to the conflict within the GCC come to shame when
everyone except the host country of Kuwait and Qatar is represented at a lower
level at the regional cooperation organization summit in Kuwait. The meeting
ends prematurely and is overshadowed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates declaring that they intend to form a new organization to strengthen
their military, political, economic, trade and cultural cooperation.
"ICC should investigate war crimes in Yemen"
The London-based Arab Human Rights Organization (AOHR) calls on the
International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations of war crimes in
Yemen to which the United Arab Emirates is guilty. The AOHR states that banned
cluster bombs have been used and that mercenaries are guilty of torture and
extrajudicial executions. Neither Yemen nor the Arab Emirates are members of the
ICC, but because mercenaries with other nationalities are involved, the court
can open an investigation. According to AOHR, these are mercenaries from
Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, South Africa and Australia. Human Rights Watch
has previously accused the Arab Emirates of setting up at least two informal
detention camps in Yemen and of transferring detainees to a base in Eritrea.
The Abu Dhabi Louvre is inaugurated
French President Emmanuel Macron is on site at the inauguration of the Louvre
in Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of the famous Paris Art Museum. The new museum has
600 of its own works and 300 that have been lent by France, for a great deal of
compensation. The agreement was concluded in 2007 and the construction would
have been completed in 2012, but was delayed. The building has cost a billion
The President appears in public
For the first time in just over three years, President Khalifa is publicly
visible, in connection with the party at the end of the fixed month, id al-fitr.
Khalifa suffered a stroke in January 2014.
Relations with Qatar are broken
As the United Arab Emirates, the United Arab Emirates makes Saudi Arabia and
Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen, and breaks diplomatic relations with Qatar. Qatar is
accused of supporting IS and al-Qaeda and in the background there is Saudi
dissatisfaction with Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Jazira and
Iran. All land relations with Qatar are closed, Qatari plan is banned in
neighboring countries' airspace, Qatari citizens are ordered out and neighboring
citizens are ordered to leave Qatar.
Twitching gives ten years in prison
26th of April
Leading academic Nasser bin Ghaith is sentenced to ten years in prison for
tweeting false information about the country's leaders and their politics. The
reason is that he wrote that he did not receive a fair trial as one of the UAE 5
(see April 2011). Amnesty International calls Nasser bin Ghaith
a prisoner of conscience on the occasion of the new verdict.
Human rights activist arrested
Human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor is arrested on suspicion of inciting and
disseminating "false information". He is said to have been taken away since
twelve people stormed and searched his home in the middle of the night. The
arrest is criticized by the UN. Mansoor, who in 2015 was awarded the prestigious
Martin Ennals Prize for his work for human rights, was one of the "UAE Five" -
the five in the United Arab Emirates - who were arrested in 2011 for insulting
leading people in the country (see April 2011).