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In the early years of the 21st Century

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The World Factbook - UAE

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 17 November 2020]

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[accessed 11 January 2021]

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus; dependence on oil is a significant long-term challenge

GDP - per capita (PPP): $68,600 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 7%

industry: 15%

services: 78% (2000 est.)

Unemployment rate: 1.6% (2016 est.)

Population below poverty line: 19.5% (2003 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 3 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 5.3 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 79 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 2.44 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 98.6% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project – United Arab Emirates UAE

[accessed 19 March 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 12 January 2021]

The economy of the UAE centers primarily on oil and oil-based industries, but the share of this contribution to the GDP fell from 70% in 1980 to an estimated 22% in 1998. This was principally the result of falling oil prices, but also reflected the growth in other sectors of the economy, such as manufacturing, finance and insurance, real estate, and government services.

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