In a report released on October 12, 2010, it was described that the literacy rate of women is higher than men in the UAE. According to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2010, the participation of UAE's women in workforce increased from 41 percent in 2009 to 43 percent this year. It was also mentioned that the percentage of women holding the ministerial level posts had also increased. These factors helped the country to attain top position in the Arab world in gender equality and pushed its ranking up by nine places worldwide, the report said. It said the UAE remained top Arab country in equality between men and women. It ranked 103 in 2010 from 112 last year in a survey of 134 countries. Following UAE are Kuwait with a ranking of 105, Bahrain (110), Lebanon (116), Qatar (117), Oman (122), Egypt (125) and Saudi Arabia (129). UAE is also know as the high income countries with per capital income of $12,196 or more.
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