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United Arab Emirates — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in the United Arab Emirates is

2017: 1,569,0001
2007: 1,000,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 16.701
2007: 22.12

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, the United Arab Emirates ranked at No. 463

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, the United Arab Emirates ranked at No. 242

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of the United Arab Emirates are reported to have 163,8004 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in the United Arab Emirates are reported to have 41,0005 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Homicides (any method)

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

2016: 3516
2015: 357
2010: 383
2000: 217

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

2016: 3.726
2015: 3.84
2010: 4.57
2000: 6.72

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

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

2016: 3226
2015: 329
2010: 355
2000: 195

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

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

2016: 4.666
2015: 4.80
2010: 5.69
2000: 8.88

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

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

2016: 286
2015: 29
2010: 28
2000: 22

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

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

2016: 1.116
2015: 1.19
2010: 1.31
2000: 2.13

Suicides (any method)

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

2016: 2586
2015: 255
2010: 249
2000: 100

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

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

2016: 2.746
2015: 2.74
2010: 2.97
2000: 3.10

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the United Arab Emirates, annual male suicides by any means total

2016: 2416
2015: 238
2010: 233
2000: 89

Rate of Male Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

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

2016: 3.496
2015: 3.47
2010: 3.73
2000: 4.05

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn the United Arab Emirates, annual female suicides by any means total

2016: 176
2015: 17
2010: 16
2000: 11

Rate of Female Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

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

2016: 0.686
2015: 0.70
2010: 0.75
2000: 1.06

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In the United Arab Emirates, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law7

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$

2016: 13,000,0008

Firearm Imports

In the United Arab Emirates, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law7

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$

2016: 136,000,0009

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the United Arab Emirates, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law7

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

2019: 8.0010
2018: 0.0011
2016: 0.0012
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 27

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

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.

Arms Trade Treaty

The 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 7 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 designated7

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In the United Arab Emirates, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has not been designated7

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of the United Arab Emirates submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was not apparent7

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have not been donated7 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

BackgroundSustainable Development Goal Profile

About SDG 16

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals set by the United Nations to be implemented by all member states by 2030. Adopted in 2015, they outline a vision of development in which peace and security are an integral part. SDG 16,41 which seeks to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development,” includes targets and indicators focused on reducing violence (Target 16.1) and the proliferation of illicit arms (Target 16.4). The indicators – or measurement criteria – of these targets include the number of victims of intentional homicide (Indicator 16.1.1), the number of conflict-related deaths (Indicator 16.1.2), and the number of illicit firearms collected and traced (Indicator 16.4.2). In light of these targets and indicators, GunPolicy.org provides granular national data pertaining to homicides, gun homicides, conflict deaths, disarmament efforts, and marking and tracing.

Homicides (any method)

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

2016: 3516
2015: 357
2010: 383
2000: 217

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

2016: 3.726
2015: 3.84
2010: 4.57
2000: 6.72

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

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

2016: 3226
2015: 329
2010: 355
2000: 195

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

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

2016: 4.666
2015: 4.80
2010: 5.69
2000: 8.88

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

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

2016: 286
2015: 29
2010: 28
2000: 22

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

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

2016: 1.116
2015: 1.19
2010: 1.31
2000: 2.13

Conflict Deaths

For a profile of conflict in the United Arab Emirates, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Tracing

In the United Arab Emirates, state authorities carry out42 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

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, and then click on the United Arab Emirates on the map or in the "Select Country" menu on the right of the web page


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