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United Arab Emirates — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in the United Arab Emirates is 1,000,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in the United Arab Emirates is 22.11 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, the United Arab Emirates ranked at No. 462

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, the United Arab Emirates ranked at No. 241

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of the United Arab Emirates are reported to have 110,0003 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in the United Arab Emirates are reported to have 15,7304 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the United Arab Emirates, annual homicides by any means total

2012: 695
2011: 51
2010: 67
2006: 396
2005: 567
2004: 278
2003: 45

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the United Arab Emirates, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.75
2011: 0.6
2010: 0.8
2008: 0.36
2006: 0.86 9
2005: 1.369 6
2004: 0.61
2003: 1.12
2002: 1.009
1999: 2.99
1998: 0.78
1997: 1.43
1996: 1.06

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Regulation of Firearm Exports

In the United Arab Emirates, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law10

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from the United Arab Emirates is reported by Customs to be US$2,756,92811 (2011)

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In the United Arab Emirates, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law10

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to the United Arab Emirates is reported by Customs to be US$20,028,61211 (2011)12

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the United Arab Emirates, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law10

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, the United Arab Emirates scored

2014: 0.0013
2013: 0.0014
2012: 0.0015
2011: 8.5016
2010: 9.0017
2009: 9.2518
2008: 8.0019
2007: 8.5020
2006: 0.0021
2005: 0.0022
2004: 0.0023

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

Law Regulates Civilian Access to Firearms

In the United Arab Emirates, civilian possession of guns is regulated by law24

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in the United Arab Emirates includes the Convention of 1 July 1969 on Reciprocal Recognition of Proofmarks on Small Arms25

Right to Possess Firearms

In the United Arab Emirates, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

Law Regulates Automatic Weapons

In the United Arab Emirates, civilian possession of automatic weapons is regulated by law24

Law Regulates Handguns

In the United Arab Emirates, civilian possession of handguns is regulated by law24

Law Regulates Long Guns

In the United Arab Emirates, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law24

Gun Ownership and Possession

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in the United Arab Emirates must pass a background check which considers undefined24 records

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Tracing

In the United Arab Emirates, state authorities carry out27 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In the United Arab Emirates, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law24

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

League of Arab States

As a member of the League of Arab States, the United Arab Emirates adopted the Arab Model Law on Weapons, Ammunitions, Explosives and Hazardous Material in January 200228

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 201129 by the United Arab Emirates.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified30 by the United Arab Emirates

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has not been signed31 by the United Arab Emirates

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, the United Arab Emirates committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects32

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored the United Arab Emirates against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 14633 34 35 36 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, the United Arab Emirates have submitted one or more national reports37 10 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In the United Arab Emirates, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated10

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In the United Arab Emirates, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated10

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of the United Arab Emirates submitted to the UN, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities is not apparent10

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated10 by the United Arab Emirates to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, the United Arab Emirates have not declared38 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, the United Arab Emirates have been a Member State of the United Nations since 197139

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list40 the United Arab Emirates as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Global Peace Index

To see where the United Arab Emirates ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index


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