Fact Sheet: United Arab Emirates - Canada's Priority Market

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Fast Facts

  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Population (millions): 5.5
  • Total area: 83,600 km2
  • Currency: Dirhams
  • Language (s): Arabic, English

Economic Facts 2012

  • GDP ($ billions): 358.7
  • GDP per capita ($): 64,791
  • GDP growth (%): 3.9
  • Inflation (%): 0.67
  • Unemployment (%): 8

Key Opportunities

  • Agriculture and processed food
  • Defence and security
  • Education
  • Financial services
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Infrastructure
  • Life sciences
  • Oil and gas
  • Professional services

Major Negotiations and Agreements

Support Services

Trade Commissioner Service of Canada

Trade and Investment Promotion Initiatives

  • Canada-UAE Business Council
Trade and Investment
Value (in millions of dollars)
 20122007
Canada’s merchandise exports to the UAE$1,453$1,334.3
Canada’s merchandise imports from the UAE$202$30.5
Canadian investment in the UAECommercially sensitive informationCommercially sensitive information
UAE investment in Canada$5,730Commercially sensitive information