​​Islamic Side:

Muslims represent the largest religious minority in Britain. The last population census 2001, shows that there are about 2.4 million Muslims in Britain. Various Muslim communities in Britain represent a rich ethnic backgrounds, 11.6% of the Muslims out of a white, 6.9% of Black / Black British, 74% of Asian / Asian British, 7.5% of other assets. And about 50% of Muslims born in Britain, and 50% under the age of 25 years.

The British government funds mosques, Islamic schools and a hundreds. There are 1400 mosques in Britain.

The Hajj Mission in Britain, provide consul and medical support to about 25,000 British Muslims go to Mecca to perform Hajj every year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the Consultative Group for the Hajj organize the Hajj delegation  which is composed mainly of doctors and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,. This delegation is always available in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage season to provide practical assistance and advice of British pilgrims.

Economical and Cultural Side:


The United Kingdom is the sixth largest economy in the world, with nominal GDP of  2.279 trillion US dollars, itsGDP per capita is the twentieth highest in the world in nominal terms and the seventeenth highest measured by purchasing power parity (PPP). The UK is third largest economy in Europe after Germany and France, measured by nominal GDP, and the second largest after Germany, measured by PPP. The UK’s inflation rate estimated at5.4%, while its workforce totaled 31.52 million, and its rate of unemployment reached 7.9% (according to estimated statistics for the year 2010).

The UK is a leading financial centre, alongside the US, where major international banks and companies are located. London, the capital city, is considered amongst the largest financial centres in the world and is a home to over one hundred of the largest companies in the world.

The energy sector is a major player to UK economy with an estimated contribution of 11.9%, in addition to the revenue from coal and natural gas estimated at 10%. The UK has a highly efficient agricultural sector, producing 60% of its needs of local agricultural commodities. The most important agricultural products: cereals, oilseeds, potatoes, vegetables, cattle, sheep, poultry, and fish, this is despite the lack of manpower in this sector, where only1.4 % of the labour force are employed in this sector.



The industrial sector represents 21.8% of GDP and employs 18.2% of the total workforce. It is a fundamental source in the British economy and includes major companies of international industries, with an estimated growth rate of industrial production by 2% (according to estimated statistics for the year 2010.). The UK is considered as one of the major manufacturers of pharmaceutical, fertilizers, steel, automobiles, aircraft engines and industrial electronic equipment and non-alcoholic beverages. The most important industries: machinery and electrical equipments, automation equipment, and railway equipment, shipbuilding, aircrafts, automobiles, electronics, communications equipment, metals, chemicals, coal, petroleum, paper and paper products, food processing, textiles, clothing and other consumer goods.



The United Kingdom ranks fifth in terms of the global value of foreign trade, and is the seventh leading importer and the eleventh leading exporter in the world. Industrial products constitute about two thirds of the total value of UK’s exports of  405.6 billion US Dollars and  imports of  546.5 billion US dollars, and its major trading partners are amongst the developed countries like the United States and Germany, (according to estimated statistics of the year 2010). Its primary exports: industrial goods, fuel, chemicals, foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco. Its exports commodities: industrial goods, machinery, fuel and food.



Tourism is another important revenue-generating sector in the UK. An estimated 27 million tourist visit the UK annually, generating nearly £80 billion. London, the capital city, is considered an important tourist destination for its historical heritage and landmarks. The 2012 London Olympics is expected to be a major boost to the UK’s economy.



Services sector represents two-thirds of the UK’s GDP, and absorbs 80.4 % of its workforce. It includes financial services, insurance, and real estate trade.


International and regional memberships​

The UK is an active member of many regional and international organizations: the Commonwealth of Nations, the European Union, the G7, the G8, the G20, the International Monetary Fund, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,​ the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations.