The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of a federation of 7 emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Fujairah, Ajman, and Ra’s al-Khaimah. A small country, it is located in the Middle East on the Persian Gulf. Predominantly a desert terrain, it has developed an advanced infrastructure and an improved education system over the years. There are concerns about basic human rights issues such as freedom of expression and association.
A high-income country, it ranks 23rd in the “Ease of Doing Business” IFC/World Bank rankings. The UAE’s main exports are oil (crude and refined), natural gas and gold. Its key trading partners are India, Japan and China.
While the UAE, particularly Dubai, was hit badly by the 2008-9 global recession, it has recovered well. In 2013, the UAE’s economy grew by 4.4%, primarily generated by the non-oil economy, specifically the real estate sector. This indicates successful diversification from oil-based revenues.
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World Bank and United Arab Emirates-- http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-arab-emirates
OECD and United Arab Emirates-- http://www.oecd.org/countries/unitedarabemirates/
United Arab Emirates and the IMF-- http://www.imf.org/external/country/ARE/index.htm