Facts about Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you're a teacher that has recently applied for a teaching job in Abu Dhabi, UAE we can imagine you'd like to get a general sense of what the country is like. We've collected some basic facts abotu Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates, so that when you are preparing to teach in Abu Dhabi or are preparing for your in-person interview, you come prepared and know the basiscs! Below an overview of the Abu Dhabi in quick facts:


General Facts & Figures  
Name: Abu Dhabi, أبو ظبي‎
Status: autonomous Emirate within the United Arab Emirates
Population: 1,967,659 - slightly less than the city of Houston, TX
Flag of the United Arab Emirates
Geography & Climate  
Land Mass: 67,340 km2 (26,000 sq mi) - slightly larger than West Virginia
Capital & Largest City: Abu Dhabi City - 921,000
Subdivisions: 3: Abu Dhabi City; Al Ain; Al Gharbia
Average annual rainfall: 89 mm (12 times less than the average for the US and less than half that of Nevada)
Average maximum temperature in summer: Above 40 °C (104 °F)
Average minimum temperature in winter: Between 10 and 14 °C (50 and 57 °F)
Map of the United Arab Emirates showing the various Emirates and cities.
Economic & Financial  
Currency: Emirati Dirham (AED) - 1 dirham (درهم‎) = 100 fils (فلس). The Dirham is pegged to the dollar at 3.6725 AED to the US dollar.
GDP, (per Capita) in US dollars: $219.4 Billion ($67,008)
Main exports: Crude oil, petroleum products, LNG
Cost of living: Click here for a cost of living price overview for the UAE
Taxes: No income tax, no sales tax, no capital gains tax
Currency exchange rates:
Communications & Transportation
International calling code: +971
Internet TLD: .ae
Drives on the: right
Power: 240 Volts AC, European plug - British plugs and outlets may also be found
Flag carrier: Etihad Airways