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11 UAE Facts That You Will Find Very Interesting

11 UAE Facts That You Will Find Very Interesting

Have you ever known that the UAE is home to a tower that leans more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa? It also has a population of more than 200 nationalities and doesn’t have any rivers. In fact, from a population of just over half a million people in 1975 to nearly 10 million in 2020, the development of the UAE is very rapid. This Middle Eastern country is just over 50 years old but has already achieved a lot. If you are planning to visit UAE, or want to know more about the country, here are some UAE facts that surely you will find very interesting!

1. UAE Population Gathers More than 200 Nationalities

downtown dubai with people from different nationalities
Downtown Dubai with many people from different places of the world.

UAE has a population of 9.89 million. However, more than 80% of residents in the nation are foreigners, coming from more than 200 countries around the world. Among them, citizens from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Philippines make up the most significant percentage of ex-pats in the UAE.

2. There is No River in the UAE

Surprisingly, the UAE doesn’t have any permanent rivers. Yet, plenty of wadis fill up with water during the rainy months.

3. UAE is the First Country in the World to Appoint a Minister for Artificial Intelligence

Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama has served as the Minister for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications since the agency was created in 2017.

4. Abu Dhabi’s Capital Gate Building Leans More than the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi
Capital Gate is a skyscraper in Abu Dhabi with a height of 160 m and an inclination of 18 degrees to the west.

In 2010, Guinness World Records certified the Capital Gate hotel and office building as “the world’s largest inclined man-made tower”. In specific, the Capital Gate building is tilted 18 degrees, more than 4 times that of the famous Italian leaning tower of Pisa.

5. The UAE is About to Celebrate Its 51st Birthday

On December 2, 1971, the UAE was officially established through the union of the six emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain. Then, Ras Al Khaimah, the seventh emirate, joined on 10 February 1972.

6. The Arabian Oryx is the National Animal of the UAE

An antelope endemic to the Arabian desert, the Arabian Oryx is also the national animal of Oman, Bahrain and Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.

an Arabian Oryx in its natural habitat
An Arabian Oryx in its natural habitat. One of the greatest UAE facts, the Arabian Oryx has escaped extinction.

Arabian Oryx was the top target for hunting for meat, hides, and horns. As a result, by 1972, there were almost no individuals left in the wild. Fortunately, thanks to conservation and breeding efforts, by 1980, some individuals in captivity were released back into the wild. In 2011, the status of this declared-extinct animal changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable”.

The Arabian Oryx is the first species in the world to have such a positive change. Previously, they were considered extinct in the wild.

7. The World’s Six Tallest Hotels are Located in the UAE

Gevora is the tallest hotel in Dubai
Gevora in Dubai is even the tallest hotel in the world currently.

The 6 tallest hotels in the world are all in Dubai, UAE. Leading the way with a height of 356 m is the 4-star Gevora hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, one meter higher than the JW Marriott Marquis (355 m).

Besides that, SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Burj Al Arab, and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers are also among the top 10 tallest hotels in the world.

8. There are 10 Airports for Commercial Services Across the UAE

The United Arab Emirates’ largest airport is Dubai International, which ranks as the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic. Especially, Dubai International Airport has held this title for six consecutive years.

9. This is the Safest City in the World

the capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi at night
The capital of the UAE – Abu Dhabi – is the safest city in the world.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has been ranked as the safest city globally for four years by the global data website Numbeo. In 2020, both Sharjah and Dubai also made the top 10, at 5th and 7th place respectively.

10. The Literacy Rate is Very High

The UAE has one of the most impressive literacy rates in the world, with a literacy rate of 93%. Even, for women, the figure is higher, at 95.8%. In particular, 77% of UAE women are enrolled in university. In fact, 70% of university graduates in the country are women.

11. The Place with the Most Luxurious Police Cars in the World

lykan hypersport is used by Abu Dhabi police
Abu Dhabi police use a Lykan HyperSport, one of the most exclusive cars in the world. It costs about $3.4 million, making this one of the most luxurious UAE facts.

Dubai police fleet includes supercars, luxury cars from brands Bugatti, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, Camaro, Mercedes, and many other cars. Perhaps this is a reason why the UAE, or Abu Dhabi in particular, is one of the safest places in the world. Imagine those supercars chasing the criminal, I’m not sure if they can escape.


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Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.


  • Psychic Self Help

    Thanks for sharing these interesting facts about the UAE. It sounds like such an exotic place, but I’d love to visit.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      For sure UAE is one of the best travel destinations in the Middle East.
      These facts will even make your trip more enjoyable.

  • Fransic verso

    Interesting facts, I didn’t know about UAE has good background history like this. Thank you for sharing!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I’m glad that you like the post. Thanks for your comment!

  • tweenselmom

    These are really good facts to know about! Thank you for this, had a nice time reading. 🙂

  • Bryan Carey

    These are interesting facts! Most people know about the massive skyscrapers, but know little else about the UAE. I am most intrigued by the police cars. I wouldn’t mind riding in one of those- as a front seat passenger, of course!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah, those police cars are the top attractions to me too.
      I wish to have a try, haha.

  • Ntensibe Edgar

    Ah yes! I am always blown away by the kind of cars the police in the UAE utilises on their job. Like….how do they even maintain them on top of observing the law and order?

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Perhaps just solely the appearances of the cars reduce the crime rate. No one want to run with those cars chasing behind haha.

  • Monidipa

    I love UAE but I only knew facts no 6,7,9 and 10. I was glad to read the others.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Now you will enjoy traveling to UAE more with more facts you knew.

  • Kelly

    I had no idea! I love the leaning building, it is gorgeous!

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    I have visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and it was amazing! UAE is another cool country to visit too!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You will be amazed by the leaning building of UAE too.

  • Gralion Torile

    This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  • James

    I never knew that the UAE had the world’s tallest building, it’s definitely a place I want to visit now!

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