Emirati Americans

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Emirati Americans
الأميركيين الإماراتيين
Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi presents a gift to NASA astronauts.
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 United States of America ·  United Arab Emirates
American English · Emirati Arabic
Sunni Islam, Shia Islam
Related ethnic groups
Arab Americans, Americans, Emiratis

Emirati Americans (Standard Arabic: الأميركيون الإماراتيون; Emirati Arabic: الأميركيين الإماراتيين) are Americans who have roots, origin, and descent from the United Arab Emirates.


There are over 18,000 Emiratis in the US, the vast majority of whom are students pursuing education across various universities and institutes.[2][3] According to a report produced by the Institute of International Education, there were more than 1,200 Emiratis living and studying at US universities during the 2008–09 academic year.[4][5] This was a 24 percent jump from the previous year and reflected the growing trend of Emirati students choosing the U.S. as a base for higher education.[5]

Out of those figures, 60 percent were undergraduate students, 17 percent were graduate and 21 percent were studying at a non-degree (English language and other short-term training or non-degree programme) level. A further 2 per cent were proceeding with optional practical training after the conclusion of their academic courses.[5] The UAE government has implemented a wide range of services to Emirati nationals in the US, often in the form of financial support and funding. It is estimated that there is a very small diaspora, mainly because the UAE provides them with more than adequate welfare benefits, removing the need to live and work in other developed countries.[6] Some long-settled Emiratis in the US have acquired American citizenship over the years.[7]

The US remains one of the most popular destinations for Emirati students.[8] As of the 2012/13 academic year, there were over 2,250 UAE students studying in the US.[9]

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  1. ^ "United Nations International Migrant Stock".
  2. ^ "US top choice of Emirati students". Khaleej Times. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  3. ^ "United Nations International Migrant Stock".
  4. ^ "Emirati Alumni of US Universities – Renewing the Connection". Consulate General of the United States (Dubai). 5 October 2010. Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "24% jump in Emirati students in US". Gulf News. 29 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Helping Emirati Students Prepare for Academic Success in the U.S." Embassy of the United States (Abu Dhabi). 3 September 2014. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  7. ^ Swan, Melanie (22 May 2014). "More than 250 Emiratis have switched to become British citizens in 22 years, UK figures show". The National. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  8. ^ "US, UK Universities Still First Preference for UAE Students: Khaleej Times". Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  9. ^ "UAE students contribute AED243m to US economy". Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.

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