Transport and infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates with the average of all countries in Asia. Overall, the main traffic and transport routes are well developed and in comparatively good condition.

In terms of the length of its rail network, United Arab Emirates ranks 124th in the world with 0.03 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 261 kilometers long.

Airports in the United Arab Emirates

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 4,080 km. For each of the country's 9.99 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 0.41 meters. This puts United Arab Emirates in 226th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 120 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.

With an average of 1457 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in the United Arab Emirates is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 15.4 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.

In the United Arab Emirates, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.


United Arab Emirates

 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways4,100 km408.36 km48.80 m
Railroads300 km26.12 km3.12 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors62362.360.007


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways14,699,500 km3,162.10 km459.66 m
Railroads280,000 km60.24 km8.76 m
Waterways260,300 km55.99 km8.14 m
Commercial harbors46,0549.910.001

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
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