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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

2006: 395
2005: 566
2004: 277
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

2008: 0.35
2006: 0.85 8
2005: 1.368 5
2004: 0.61
2003: 1.12
2002: 1.008
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 law9

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$2,756,92810 (2011)

Regulation of Firearm Imports

In the United Arab Emirates, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law9

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$20,028,61210 (2011)

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the United Arab Emirates, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law9

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

In the most recent survey of state transparency in declaring firearm and ammunition exports among major small arms exporting nations, the United Arab Emirates was ranked at No. 5211

MeasuresGun Regulation

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 Arms12

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Tracing

In the United Arab Emirates, state authorities carry out13 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

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 200214

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 201115 by the United Arab Emirates.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified16 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 signed17 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 Aspects18

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 reports19 9 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 not been designated9

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In the United Arab Emirates, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated9

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 apparent9

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated9 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 declared20 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 197121

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list22 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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