Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in United Arab Emirates instead of Hong Kong, you would:

Health

live 4.2 years less


In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 79 years (78 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 48.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Hong Kong, 3.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 1.6% as of 2016.

Life

have 13.1% more children


In Hong Kong, there are approximately 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In United Arab Emirates, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 96.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Hong Kong, approximately 2.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In United Arab Emirates, on the other hand, 5.3 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 10.1% more likely to have internet access


In Hong Kong, approximately 89.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In United Arab Emirates, about 98.5% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 79.8% more coastline


Hong Kong has a total of 733 km of coastline. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 1,318 km.

United Arab Emirates: At a glance

United Arab Emirates is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 83,600 sq km. The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties. In 1971, six of these states - Abu Dhabi, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn - merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra's al Khaymah. The UAE's per capita GDP is on par with those of leading West European nations. Its high oil revenues and its moderate foreign policy stance have allowed the UAE to play a vital role in the affairs of the region. For more than three decades, oil and global finance drove the UAE's economy. However, in 2008-09, the confluence of falling oil prices, collapsing real estate prices, and the international banking crisis hit the UAE especially hard. The UAE has essentially avoided the "Arab Spring" unrest seen elsewhere in the Middle East, though in March 2011, political activists and intellectuals signed a petition calling for greater public participation in governance that was widely circulated on the Internet. In an effort to stem potential further unrest, the government announced a multi-year, $1.6-billion infrastructure investment plan for the poorer northern emirates and aggressively pursued advocates of political reform.

How big is United Arab Emirates compared to Hong Kong? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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