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Canada-United Arab Emirates fact sheet

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Official Title:
United Arab Emirates

General Information

Capital: Abu Dhabi
Population (million): 10.43
Total Area: 83,600km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 2.83 Dirhams (AED) (2018- Annual average)
National Holiday: 2 December, National Day
Language(s): Arabic, English

Political Information

Type of State:
Federal absolute monarchy

Type of Government:
Unicameral Federal National Council (40 members representing the seven Emirates, 20 appointed, 20 elected by limited electoral college; consultative role only).

Head of State:
President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Head of Government:
Vice-Pres./Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Defence: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Finance: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Main Political Parties:
None, political parties are prohibited.

Elections:
Federal National Council, last in 2019

Economic Information (2018)

Comparative figures
Type United Arab Emirates Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 551.47 2,222.58
GDP per capita: ($) 52,872.01 60,078.85
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.69 1.83
Inflation: (%) 3.08 2.24
Unemployment: (%) 0 5.82

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $1,498,423,294
Canadian imports from country: $213,583,751
FDI in Canada (2018): $3,441 million
CDI in the country (2018): $(254) million

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Fahad Saeed Mohamed Al-Raqbani

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Marcy Grossman

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - United Arab Emirates
Year Exports Imports
2015 $2,024,923,873 $141,376,907
2016 $1,790,450,338 $128,023,498
2017 $1,603,056,858 $188,662,662
2018 $1,467,088,239 $205,534,251
2019 $1,498,423,294 $213,583,751
21 HS Sections (2019)
Canada - United Arab Emirates
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $20,483,112 $28,185
02 Veg. Prod. $643,261,266 $10,253,504
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $1,784,359 $1,669,521
04 Food Prod. $25,487,328 $6,672,336
05 Mineral Prod. $3,455,730 $2,309,194
06 Chemical Prod. $44,654,811 $6,044,012
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $19,326,590 $12,266,527
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $502,808 $110,501
09 Wood Prod. $11,832,729 $77,717
10 Paper Prod. $9,685,556 $2,395,150
11 Textiles Prod. $13,231,764 $10,476,763
12 Dress Access. $983,985 $739,483
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,505,455 $6,915,881
14 Precious Metals/stones $15,657,250 $12,586,339
15 Base Metal Prod. $31,468,969 $106,998,454
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $293,874,421 $17,357,423
17 Vehicles and Equip. $253,654,661 $1,460,273
18 Specialized Inst. $48,438,503 $147,426
19 Arms & Ammunition $15,160,335 $
20 Misc. Articles $22,172,920 $11,967,606
21 Antiques $64,114 $120


February 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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