Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 80.4% less likely to be obese

In United Arab Emirates, 31.7% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

live 2.0 years less

In United Arab Emirates, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).


be 83.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In United Arab Emirates, 19.5% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

make 75.3% less money

United Arab Emirates has a GDP per capita of $67,700, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed

In United Arab Emirates, 1.6% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.


be 4.5 times more likely to die during childbirth

In United Arab Emirates, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 20.0% more likely to die during infancy

In United Arab Emirates, approximately 10.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 18.5% fewer children

In United Arab Emirates, there are approximately 15.1 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 41.3% less likely to have internet access

In United Arab Emirates, approximately 90.6% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.


spend 52.8% more on healthcare

United Arab Emirates spends 3.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.


see 11.0 times more coastline

United Arab Emirates has a total of 1,318 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China compared to United Arab Emirates? 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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