UAE Literacy Rate 1975-2024

Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.
  • UAE literacy rate for 2021 was 98.13%, a 2.6% increase from 2019.
  • UAE literacy rate for 2019 was 95.53%, a 5.49% increase from 2005.
  • UAE literacy rate for 2005 was 90.03%, a 18.8% increase from 1985.
  • UAE literacy rate for 1985 was 71.24%, a 17.72% increase from 1975.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
Latvia 99.89%
Estonia 99.87%
Lithuania 99.83%
Poland 99.80%
Croatia 99.45%
Cyprus 99.36%
Hungary 99.10%
Cayman Islands 98.87%
UAE 98.13%
Brunei 97.59%
Macao 97.11%
Chile 97.04%
Portugal 96.78%
Malta 94.94%
Puerto Rico 92.40%
UAE Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2021 98.13% 2.60%
2019 95.53% 5.49%
2005 90.03% 18.80%
1985 71.24% 17.72%
1975 53.51% 17.72%