Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 12.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 31.7% of people.

live 2.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In United Arab Emirates, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

make 13.8% more money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in United Arab Emirates, the GDP per capita is $67,700.

be 63.6% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 1.6%.

be 29.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In United Arab Emirates, however, that number is 19.5%.

Life

be 57.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In United Arab Emirates, 6.0 women do.

have 20.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In United Arab Emirates, there are 15.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 72.4% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In United Arab Emirates, on the other hand, 10.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 18.9% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In United Arab Emirates, about 90.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 78.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 93.4% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 1,318 km.

Learn more about United Arab Emirates

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 United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


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