Transport and infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates with the average of all countries in Asia. Overall, the traffic routes are above average and in good condition.

In terms of the length of its rail network, United Arab Emirates ranks 122nd in the world with 0.03 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 261 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 1.38 billion tons and kilometers traveled.

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 9.37 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 0.44 meters. This puts United Arab Emirates in 226th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 112 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants in 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 1372 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in the United Arab Emirates is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to 15.0 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 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 km435.66 km48.80 m
Railroads300 km27.87 km3.12 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors62366.520.007


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways16,613,000 km3,524.24 km519.50 m
Railroads280,000 km59.41 km8.76 m
Waterways260,300 km55.21 km8.14 m
Commercial harbors45,9989.760.001

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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