Americans in the United Arab Emirates

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USA Citizens in the United Arab Emirates
Total population
50,000 (2015)[1]
0.52% of the UAE's population[1]
Regions with significant populations
Dubai · Abu Dhabi · Sharjah
American English · Arabic
Related ethnic groups

Americans in the United Arab Emirates are residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who originate from the United States. As of 2015, there are over 50,000 Americans living in the country.[1]


The majority of Americans are based in Dubai.[2] Due to the extensive military cooperation between both countries, there are also around 3,500 American military personnel stationed at the Al Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi. The base, which is operated jointly, is one of the key US military bases in the region.[3]


There are numerous American international schools in the UAE, serving expatriate students. Some of the notable schools are the American Community School of Abu Dhabi, American International School in Abu Dhabi, American School of Dubai, Dubai American Academy, GEMS American Academy and the Sharjah American International School. In addition, there are also several American-accredited universities in the country, such as the American University in Dubai, Hult International Business School, International Horizons College, Rochester Institute of Technology - Dubai, the New York University Abu Dhabi and the American University of Sharjah.


The United States has an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate-general in Dubai which provide services to American citizens. There are also expatriate and business organisations, such as the American Women's Association in Dubai,[4] the American Women's Network of Abu Dhabi[5] an American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi[6] and an American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "UAE´s population – by nationality". BQ Magazine. 12 April 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Americans in Dubai". Time Out Dubai. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  3. ^ Chandrasekaran, Rajiv (9 November 2014). "In the UAE, the United States has a quiet, potent ally nicknamed 'Little Sparta'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Dubai – American Women's Association". Expat Woman. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Homepage". American Women's Network of Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Homepage". American Chamber of Commerce Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Homepage". American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Retrieved 13 June 2015.

External links

  • Embassy of the United States, Abu Dhabi
  • Consulate General of the United States, Dubai
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