United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates is one of the 20 countries of the IDF MENA region.

387 million people have diabetes in the world and more than 37 million people in the MENA Region; by 2035 this will rise to 68 million.

There were 803,900 cases of diabetes in UAE in 2014.

IDF membership

Diabetes in United Arab Emirates - 2014

Total adult population (1000s)

(20-79 years)


Number of deaths in adults due to diabetes


Prevalence of diabetes in adults

(20-79 years) (%)


Cost per person with diabetes (USD)


Total cases of adults (20-79 years) with diabetes (1000s) 803.9 Number of cases of diabetes in adults that are undiagnosed (1000s) 327.2

United Arab Emirates vs world prevalence of diabetes

The figure describes which age groups in the population have the highest proportions of diabetes. The dotted line is the distribution of diabetes prevalence by age for the world; the black line is the distribution for the region; and the country distribution is plotted in the red line. Many middle- and low-income countries have more people under the age of 60 with diabetes compared to the world average. Meanwhile, for high-income countries, a growing population over the age of 60 makes up the largest proportion of diabetes prevalence.

More information on UAE is available from the CIA  World Factbook.

IDF Membership in United Arab Emirates

IDF has one Member Association in the country.

Emirates Diabetes Society is a member of IDF since 2000.