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Life and Work in the UAE

The UAE is a vibrant society in which both Emiratis and residents enjoy a high per capita income and standard of living. Known for its captivating nature, amazing tourist destinations, and well-developed tourism and entertainment infrastructure, the country has been ranked 31st globally in Human Development Index, and records a GDP per capita of $43,000 annually.

Modern shopping centres and distinct traditional markets Grow alike in the UAE. Several annual festivities such as the Dubai Shopping Festival, Eid festivals, Diwali, and New Year’s Eve celebrations bustling with exciting activities keep excitement and revelries always in the air. Besides, hundreds of major international events and exhibitions are held throughout the year.

The UAE winter is described as the most beautiful winter in the world where temperatures are very moderate, making it an ideal destination for winter tourism. The nation has deservedly attained many titles such ‘happiest country in Arab region’, and ranked amongst the top countries in terms of shopping, safety and security.

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The United Arab Emirates consists of seven emirates, with Abu Dhabi as its capital. A nation with a robust political, economic and social stability, it is an incubator for people from more than 200 nationalities, who live and work together in perfect harmony. The UAE boasts an effective legal system, adopts the best governance practices and the principles of transparency for managing its government sector. Its smart government provides customers with the most advanced eServices.

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Emirate of Abu Dhabi

  • Capital of the United Arab Emirates
  • Population: 1.8 million
  • Owns the sixth largest oil and gas reserves in the world
  • Key investment projects locally and globally; more than $1 trillion sovereign wealth funds
  • Owns major government companies: Mubadala, Adnoc, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Holding
  • Filming location for Star Wars, Mission: Impossible, and Fast and Furious franchises
  • World’s first Abrahamic Family House: mosque, church, and synagogue development
  • Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and other regional medical facilities
  • Global partnerships with museums and universities, such as the Louvre and NYU

Emirate of Dubai

  • The largest emirate in terms of population density of 3.3 million
  • Famous for the unique architecture of its high-rise buildings
  • Has the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, standing at an impressive 828 meters tall.
  • Has massive airports and seaports
  • Dubai International Airport is the world’s most popular airport, handling 90 million passengers per year
  • Jebel Ali port is the world's 9th busiest port
  • Global hub on business and technology map
  • Amazing beach resort destination and quality tourism projects
  • An academic city, with 27 universities and academic institutions and 27,500 students

Emirate of Sharjah

  • Population: 1.3 million
  • A global capital of culture, hosting several cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year
  • Famous for its unique collection of unique cultural and scientific museums
  • Has universities with world-class academic performance
  • Sharjah University City is known as a beacon of science in the UAE and the region
  • Has distinctive artwork and is famous for Islamic architecture of its government buildings and markets
  • Has a high-quality tourism and recreational locations such as Khorfakkan

Emirate of Ajman

  • A population of 450,000
  • Known for large shipyards and dhow construction using traditional tools and methods
  • Stunning monuments including the historic Masfout exclave on the Hajar Mountains
  • Has the oldest wind tower (barjeel) in the UAE
  • Ajman Free Zone is known for its key economic benefits

Emirate of Umm Al Quwain

  • A population of 44,000
  • Famous for its seafood exports to the Middle East and Europe
  • Known for rich and large mangrove forests
  • Home to the largest waterpark in the UAE

Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah

  • A population of 116,000
  • A hub for manufacturing and heavy industries
  • Has the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais
  • Has more than 1,000 archaeological sites

Emirate of Fujairah

  • A population of 97,000
  • The only emirate located on the coast of the Indian Ocean
  • Oil exports Bypassing Strait of Hormuz via Fujairah
  • Pristine coral reefs and mountains

Who Lives in the UAE?

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White collar professionals working in financial services sector, PR companies, international business firms, creative employees in production companies, consulting and law firms, and experts in technology, and other important economic sectors.

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Entrepreneurs from all over the world who tap successful business opportunities in the UAE. They establish small companies that quickly grow to achieve profitable returns. The country is home to 10 billionaires and over 50 thousand millionaires.

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International students seeking better education prospects in global universities which have branches across the UAE, in curricula that include American, British and French. The UAE is home to more than 140,000 university students.

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Middle-class employees – from all over the world including Arab, European and Asian regions – who flock from all over the world to the UAE, where they get much higher wages, achieve their career aspirations and look forward to gaining new experiences.

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Aspiring youth from Arab nations. Young people flock to the UAE exploring better job prospects, making it the top preferred job destination for youth (the Arab Youth Survey 2020), ahead of USA and the United Kingdom.

The UAE Has Achieved

Advanced Positions on Global Indicators

Ranked 26th globally

in UN World Happiness Report

Ranked 4th globally

in infrastructure quality

Ranked 11th globally

in UNDP’s Gender Inequality Index

Healthcare of Highest International Standards

The UAE boasts a well-advanced healthcare sector with the highest international standards. It is developing its ambitious strategy to improve the health of all segments of society, allocating a large share of its budget to healthcare. It has allocated 1.8% (at a value of 97.4 billion dirhams) of its federal budget for the fiscal year 2021 to healthcare services. The country’s strategic plans aim to provide the highest levels of medical care services for citizens and residents, with adequate funds allocated to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ranked 10th globally in

healthcare efficiency

Has 1st lowest COVID-19

fatality rate globally (Dec 2020)

Ranked 1st globally in number of

accredited health facilities, including hospitals

Dubai ranked 6th globally

In medical tourism

Abu Dhabi ranked 9th globally

In medical tourism

Ranked 22nd globally

in healthcare innovation


Tolerance and Respect

A religiously and ethnically diverse country with many places of worship and enclave communities, residents practice their religious rituals freely in their places of worship in the UAE. It is the first country in history on the Arabian Peninsula to welcome the Pope, and to initiate the first joint mosque-church-synagogue development.


Education Achieves Advanced Positions on Performance Indicators

The UAE has a very distinguished educational sector, equipped with modern facilities and highly qualified staff. Governmental schools are supervised by the Ministry of Education and are dedicated for Emiratis, while private schools are supervised by other local government educational entities that classify schools and evaluate their performance, curricula and teaching method on an annual basis, offering a variety of curricula.

More than 50 international curricula are offered for students, including the British and American as core programmes, in addition to that of India, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Japan, China, Russia, Spain, Lebanon and the Philippines.

Ranked 16th globally

in quality of primary education

Ranked 12th globally

in quality of higher education

Ranked 8th globally

in quality in teaching

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