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Saturday 15 December 2018 (UAE)   

List of main cities and towns in the UAE

List of main cities and towns in the UAE by population - Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah RAK, Umm Al Quwain UAQ, information about the largest and most populous cities. The top 5 or biggest cities in the UAE are (in descending order by population of city):

1. Dubai
2 & 3. Abu Dhabi & Sharjah metropolitan areas have a similar population, 1.2-1.3 million in 2015.
4. Al Ain, population about 500,000 in 2015.
5. Ajman, population about 350,000 in 2015.
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is also usually regarded as one of the major UAE cities, with a population of about 250,000 in 2015.

Population figures in table below are given for the city, not the emirate. Each UAE emirate has an emirate capital city with the same name as the emirate (emirates or states are the primary political or administrative divisions of the UAE, with each "state" governed by a royal ruling family). For a small emirate like Ajman, most of the population lives in Ajman City. For the much larger emirate of Abu Dhabi, a larger proportion of the emirate's population lives outside Abu Dhabi City. Note that Al Ain is not an emirate, it is a city in the Al Ain Region in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

City or town name






Capital cities of each emirate

  [2007 or earlier (!)]      
Dubai Dubai 1,137,3471     Daytime population increases to 3.8m (2016 Dubai Statistics Center, for Dubai emirate not city).
Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi 603,4921      
Sharjah Sharjah 543,7331      
Ras Al Khaimah RAK 115,9491      
Fujairah Fujairah 62,4151      
Ajman Ajman 226,1721      
Umm Al Quwain UAQ 44,4111      

Global cities in UAE

Abu Dhabi         The Economist 2012 Global City Competitiveness Index, rank 41st, 2nd in Middle East.
Dubai         The Economist 2012 Global City Competitiveness Index, rank 40th, 1st in Middle East.

Other major towns and cities in UAE

Al Ain Abu Dhabi 408,7331     Al Ayn, AlAin
Hatta Dubai        
Jebel Ali Dubai       Jabal Ali, Jabel Ali, Jebal Ali
Khorfakkan   33,5751     On east coast, Khor Fakkan
Dibba Al Fujairah   30,0001     On east coast
Diba Al Sharjah   26,3951     On east coast
Kalba         On east coast
Khalifa City A Abu Dhabi       Renamed as Khalifa City (Madinat Khalifa).
Khalifa City B Abu Dhabi       Renamed as Shakhbout City.
Khalifa City C Abu Dhabi       Renamed?
MBZ City Abu Dhabi       Mohammed Bin Zayed City
Mussaffah Abu Dhabi       Musaffah, Mussafa, etc
Officers City Abu Dhabi       Renamed as Abu Dhabi Gate City Dec 2010.
Police Officers City Abu Dhabi       Part of MBZ City or Mussafah Community?
Ruwais Abu Dhabi        
Ghayathi Abu Dhabi        
Madinat Zayed Abu Dhabi       Capital of Al Gharbia (Western Region).
Madinat Zayed Abu Dhabi       District in Abu Dhabi city (renamed as Al Danah).
Liwa Abu Dhabi        

Other towns and villages in Dubai


2016 figures (DSC)      
Al Awir, Al Aweer (1 & 2) 711 & 721 6,732     Part of Dubai city urban area?
Al Faqa 945 370     At Abu Dhabi emirate border on Al Ain Rd. Al Faga'a, Al Fagga, Al Faqqa, Al Faqaa.
Al Lesaily, Al Lisaily   2,514     Al Lesaili, Al Lesailly, Al Lisaili, Al Lisailli
Al Meryal 735 709     Different from Mereiyel (821).
Hatta 891 12,200     Exclave of Dubai, not an exclave of the UAE.
Lahbab, Lehbab (1 & 2) 731 & 831 3,822      
Margham 841 844      
Margab, Murqab 857 479     Murqquab, Marqab, Murgab
Mereiyeel 821 1,075     Different from Al Meryal (735).
Nazwa, Nazwah 736       Dubai-Sharjah border, most of town in Sharjah.
Jebel Ali         Part of Dubai city urban area?
Al Quoz         Part of Dubai city urban area. Wiki lists as separate town, why?

Municipalities in UAE

Municipalities in Abu Dhabi          
Abu Dhabi Municipality          
Al Ain Municipality          
Al Gharbia Municipality          
Municipalities in Dubai          
Dubai Municipality          
Municipalites in Sharjah          
Sharjah City Municipality          
Al Hamriyah Municipality          
Al Batayeh Municipality          
Al Dhaid Municipality          
Al Madam Municipality          
Dibba Al Hesn Municipality         Diba Al Hisn
Kalba Municipality          
Khorfakkan Municipality          
Maleha Municipality         Mileha, Miliha

Places with "city" in the name


Al Ain Industrial City I, II Al Ain        
Hili Fun City Al Ain       Amusement park in Hili district
Al Adla (Adlah) City? Abu Dhabi        
Building Materials City Abu Dhabi       MBZ City
ICAD Residential City Abu Dhabi       Mussafah
Industrial City Abu Dhabi (ICAD) Abu Dhabi       Mussafah, ICAD I, II, III
Masdar City Abu Dhabi        
Shamkha City Abu Dhabi        
Sheikh Shakbout (Shakbut) City Abu Dhabi       New name for Khalifa City B.
Bowling City         Ten pin bowling, not residential
City Centre Deira         Shopping mall
City Centre Me'aisem (Meaisem)         Shopping mall
City Centre Mirdif (Mirdiff)         Shopping mall
City Centre Shindagha         Shopping mall
City of Arabia Dubai     Dubailand Mega project in Dubailand
City Walk (Citywalk) Dubai       Shopping area and residential
Culture Village       Bur Dubai  
Dragon City         Where Dragonmart mall is?
Dream City         Not an area, is a name used by some companies in Dubai.
Dubai Academic City (DAC) Dubai     Al Awir District Dubai International Academic City (DIAC)
Dubai Aladdin City         Proposed development?
Dubai Children's City         Educational fun park, not residential
Dubai Design District (D3)          
Dubai Dome City         Reference to different possible projects?
Dubai Education City         Doesn't exist, see DAC or DIAC
Dubai Endurance City         Dubai International Endurance City
Dubai Exhibition City          
Dubai Fashion City         Proposed project near Palm Jebel Ali?
Dubai Festival City (DFC)       Creek District Dubai Festival Centre
Dubai Golf City          
Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)         Medical free zone, not residential
Dubai Industrial City       DWC  
Dubai International City         See International City
Dubai Internet City         IT free zone, not residential
Dubai Knowledge Village         Education free zone, not residential
Dubai Lifestyle City Dubai     Dubailand Not the same as Dubai Fashion City.
Dubai Maritime City          
Dubai Media City         Media free zone, not residential
Dubai Motor City         Dubai Motorcity
Dubai Outlet City Dubai     Dubailand Dubai factory outlet mall
Dubai Outsource City          
Dubai Residential City       DWC Dubai World Central
Dubai Smart City         Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) Smart City or Dubai Smart City?
Dubai Sports City         Mixed use, sports themed
Dubai Studio City         Media free zone, not residential
Dubai Sustainable City         See The Sustainable City
Dubai Textile City          
Falcon City of Wonders         Falconcity
Fun City         Branded leisure center for kids in GCC malls
Global Village Dubai       Amusement park and flea market, not residential
Humanitarian City          
International City Dubai       Cheap apartments with country-based themes
Jumeirah City         Surprisingly, doesn't exist ... yet
Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC)         Not in Jumeirah
Jumeirah Village Square         Doesn't exist
Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT)         Not in Jumeirah
Meydan City          
Mohammed Bin Rashid City Dubai     Dubailand MBR City, Dubailand
Old Town Dubai         Downtown Dubai apartments, new not old
Smart City Dubai         Dubai smart cities project, or DSO Smart City?
The Forbidden City         Part of International City in Al Awir
The Sustainable City         Part of the Sustainable Cities project?
Warsan Village         Part of International City in Al Awir
Waterfront City         Dubai Waterfront City (Water Front City) planned?
Sharjah University City Sharjah        
Al Salam City UAQ       Al Salamah district in Umm Al Quwain?

Planned developments

Al Karamah         Proposed UAE capital city between AUH and DXB
Capital District (New Khalifa City?) Abu Dhabi       Proposed development in Abu Dhabi
New Khalifa City Abu Dhabi       Capital District renamed in Nov 2013.
New Port City Abu Dhabi        
Umm Al Quwain University City UAQ       Unknown, no information supplied
Zayed City Abu Dhabi       Capital District renamed (in Nov 2013?).


  1. Population figures from geonames.org, original sources not given, date not given but appears to be figures from 2007 or earlier. As of Jun 2017, geonames data unchanged except for Dibba (location change from Sharjah to Fujairah). Many websites use the geonames data but with an obviously incorrect reference date. UAE city populations are substanially higher as of Jun 2017 (most recent check of geonames data). Assume city populations have more than doubled from 2007 to 2017.


  • Parent category - UAE. Possibly emirate pages.
  • Child pages - cities, towns.
  • Related pages - list of emirates in UAE, list of megaprojects Abu Dhabi - Dubai - UAE, communities in Abu Dhabi - Dubai etc, population of the UAE, list of GCC countries.

Some FAQs

  • How many cities are there in Dubai?
    There is only one city in the emirate of Dubai: the city of Dubai. Dubai is not a country. There are however, 3-8 cities in the United Arab Emirates, a nation which Dubai emirate is a part of. Any other urban areas in the emirate of Dubai are either part of the Dubai metropolitan area or too small to be called a city. Hatta is the largest town outside the Dubai city area but still in the emirate of Dubai.
  • How many cities does the UAE have? How many cities are in UAE?
    Including the main or biggest cities of each emirate, there are 8 cities in the UAE: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain (UAQ). There are many more districts or metropolitan areas with the word "city" in the name but they are generally part of one of the previously listed cities, e.g. Khalifa City A or B, Masdar City, and numerous versions of Dubai "something" City. If a city is regarded as an urban area with population of more than 75,000 or 100,000 (not a strict definition but referenced by Wikipedia from Doxiadis' settlement heirarchy or population heirarchy from his book Ekistics), then there are 7 cities in the UAE. Umm Al Quwain would be a "large town". However, politically, UAQ would be considered to be a city as it is the largest city in the emirate of UAQ, and the capital city of UAQ. However (take 2), Wikipedia also says (on its City page) that a definition of city by minimum population size is commonly "between 1,500 and 50,000 people".
  • What are the major cities of United Arab Emirates?
    Major cities, as in large cities, are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah. By population size, Fujairah is a small city, UAQ is a large town. If a major city is considered to be one with a population of more than 1 million, then there are only 3 major cities in the UAE: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. Al Ain might increase to a population of 1 million by 2025-2030.


  • List of largest cities in UAE (biggest, main)
  • List of cities in Dubai UAE
    • Only one city in Dubai, see FAQ "How many cities in Dubai?"
  • List of top cities in UAE
  • List of most populous cities in UAE
  • Metropolitan areas in UAE
  • UAE municipalities, emirate and city governments.
    • Dubai Government and Dubai Municipality for Dubai emirate and Dubai city.
    • Abu Dhabi Municipality, Al Ain Municipality, Western Region Municipality for respective regions in Abu Dhabi. Also other municipalities covering smaller areas within each municipality or region.
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