United Arab Emirates

Study populations 

United Arab Emirates, in 2016, had an estimated population of 9.2m with 14% under the age of 15 and 1% 60 years and older. By 2050, those that are 15 years and younger will make up 12% of the country population while those aged 65 years or older will comprise some 16% (2m) of the population.

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 1.1m people living with the condition and an estimated 387,200 undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic 

Cover page for United Arab Emirates Study Report. For accessible PDF version of full report click the image.
Info-graphic containing overview of findings. For an accessible PDF please click the image.

Availability of DR patient education materials in health care providers’ offices

38.1% Sufficient information available, 33.3% Information not sufficient, 23.8% No written information available 4.8% Don’t know
(All providers n=21)
Sufficient information available Information not sufficient No written information available Don’t know

Percentage of adults with diabetes who have completed an eye exam

58.8% Have had an eye exam, 41.2% Never had an eye exam
(Opthamologists n=68)
Have had an eye exam
Never had an eye exam
 

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

20.6% Amputation, 19.1% Vision loss, 17.6% Kidney disease, 16.2% Cardiovascular disease/stroke
(Adults with diabetes n=68)
Amputation Vision loss
Kidney disease
Cardiovascular disease/stroke

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

35.3% Every visit, 26.5% Multiple times per year, 16.2% Once a year, 11.8% When symptoms arise, 7.4% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=68)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never
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