A city with an extraordinary vision, one of the wealthiest cities in the world and most flourishing economies in the MENA region, has shown steadiness in its economic performance despite the frequent commercial, low-interest rate and financial crisis that the global market experienced for the past decade. Abu Dhabi, the federal capital of the United Arab Emirates, has set itself apart aiming to diversify its economic earnings and social duties with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

A man with a statement His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed cleverly quoted in 2015 unexpected moment of celebration in the UAE "50 years from now after we have loaded this last barrel of oil, are we going to feel sad? If our investment today is right, I think - dear brothers and sisters - we will celebrate that moment".The objective of such declaration is to encourage, motivate and create a mindset of determination in the government, society, UAE's future leaders that it is the fulfilment of a vision a spirit of existence and a demand for a better future for the country, a vision of Zayed, the founding father of the UAE.

The country's leadership committed, and have taken sound decisions that sight economic sustainability in the year 2030, and it has defined key long-term economic development policies in the areas of Industrial Development, Tourism Development, Foreign Trade and Investment, Infrastructure, Education and Finally community wellbeing. 

Facts about Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi is the federal capital of the United Arab Emirates and the largest of the seven emirates. The Emirate lies on the borders with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. The emirate comprises 200 islands and has 700 kilometres coastline. 

Pursuant to the provisions of Law No. (7) of 2008, the Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) was formed as the sole source of the official statistics in the Emirate. It aims to develop accurate and reliable statistics on the social, economic, environmental and other situations in order to provide decision makers with reliable data.


The statistical yearbook of Abu Dhabi, issued by SCAD, is an important annual publication that provides decision makers, businessmen, researchers and all those concerned in statistical data with various indicators of demographic, economic, social, environmental, health and education development across the Abu Dhabi Emirate. This article provides you with an overview of the key statistical indicators produced by SCAD in collaboration with relevant departments that produce statistical data.  


General Facts


  • Arabic (official)

  • English (widely used)

  • Religion: Islam

  • Geographic coordinates: Located between latitudes 22°40 and around 25° north and longitudes 51° and around 56° east.

  • Area: 67,340 sq km (87% of the total area of the UAE)

  • Climate: Tropical, semi-dry climate, with hot summers, warm winters and scanty rainfall.

  • Currency: UAE Dirham (AED)


Sea Ports: 

  • Mina’ Zayed 

  • Khalifa Port



  • Abu Dhabi International Airport

  • Al Ain International Airport


Demographic Indicators


Population (mid-2016 estimates)

  • 2.908 million (1,857,618 Males, 1,050,555 Females)

  • UAE national population: 551,535

  • Non-nationals: 2,356,638

  • Urban Population: 1,785,461

  • Rural Population: 1,122,612

  • Average Annual Population Growth Rate (2010 - 2016) 5.6%


Life expectancy at birth (2016)

  • Male citizens: 75.9 years

  • Female citizens: 79.5 years 

  • Infant Mortality Rate /1000 live births: 7.0


Economy and Trade

Gross Domestic Product (2016)*

  • AED 791,371 Million (at fixed prices)

  • The contribution of the oil sector in GDP (2016)* 49.2%

  • The contribution of the non-oil sector (2016)* 50.8%

  • GDP Per Capita (2016)* at fixed prices

  • AED 131.8 thousand (Petroleum product)

  • AED 136.0 thousand (Non-petroleum product)

  • AED 267.8 thousand (Total)



Exports and Imports (2016)

  • Value of oil, gas and oil products exports: AED 139.0billion

  • Value of non-oil exports: AED 28.1billion

  • Value of re-exports: AED 24.8 billion

  • Value of imports: AED 117.8 billion


Inflation rate (2016): 2%

New Business (registered and renewed) (2016) 86,672

Employment and Job Market

Labour force (2016)

  • Percentage of the population in the labour force (15 years and above): 81.5%

  • Percentage of a female in the labour force: 23.5% Unemployment rate (2016)

  • Unemployment in total labour force: 4.4%



Educational Facilities (2016-2017)

  • Schools: 441

  • Pupils: 373,586

  • Higher Education Institutions: 24

  • Illiteracy (2016)

  • Percentage of illiterate population (10 years and above) 6.2%

  • The illiteracy rate among the male population: 5.4%

  • Illiteracy among the female population: 8.0%


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Indicators (2016)

  • Internet subscribers per 100 inhabitants: 12

  • Fixed telephone subscribers per 100 inhabitants: 15

  • Mobile cellular subscribers per 100 inhabitants: 146

  • Percentage of population covered by the mobile network: 100%


Transportation (2016) 

  • Number of passengers using the Emirate’s airports 24.6 million

  •  Aircraft movement 194,284


Health (2015)

Healthcare Facilities:

  • Physician per 1000 population: 3

  • Nurses per 1000 population: 7.8

  • Hospital beds per 1000 population: 1.8

  • Hospitals: 51

  • Health Centres: 758

  • Clinics: 423


Statistics Center - Abu Dhabi (SCAD)