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Total Population of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Total population of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) data, statistics, estimates and figures. Generally, population data for the UAE is somewhat unreliable given that a census is rarely held, and for various reasons, even when there is a census, that data could be suspect (for example inhabitants of overpopulated villas will probably be reluctant to draw attention to themselves, similarly for unmarried couples living together, or those living in the UAE on repeated visit visas). Some estimates and numbers in the table below.

Year UAE Population
Actual/Estimate
Source Date %tage
UAE¹
  Forecast Source Forecast
Date
2050           8,253,000 UN DESA² 2008
2040           7,444,000 UN DESA² 2008
2030           6,555,000 UN DESA² 2008
            6.1 million UNCTAD 26 Dec 2010
2020           5,660,000 UN DESA² 2008
2015           5,193,000 UN DESA² 2008
2013 9.2 million World Bank 2014 Doing Business report 29 Oct 2013          
2010           4,707,000 UN DESA² 2008
2010           4,067,178 World Gazetter, calculation unknown
2010       13.3%   7.56 million Tanmia 25 Jan 2010
2010 8,264,0703 National Bureau of Statistics UAE 03 Apr 2011 11.5%        
2009 6,647,945 The Economist Global Debt Clock 07 Oct 2010          
2009 8,199,996 National Bureau of Statistics UAE 31 Mar 2011          
2009 8.19 million National Bureau of Statistics UAE 30 May 2010          
2009 6 million Employment and visa info (GN) 07 Oct 2009 16.5%        
2009 4,598,600 World Bank            
2008 8,073,626 National Bureau of Statistics UAE 31 Mar 2011          
2008 8.07 million National Bureau of Statistics UAE 30 May 2010          
2008           4.76 million UAE Ministry of Economy estimate 25 Sep 2008
2008 4,967,142 Source unknown            
2007 6,219,006 National Bureau of Statistics UAE 31 Mar 2011          
2007 4.48 million UAE Ministry of Economy estimate 25 Sep 2008          
2006 5,012,384 National Bureau of Statistics UAE 31 Mar 2011          
2005 5.63 million UAE population report 2006 15.4%        
2005 4,089,000 UN DESA²            
2005 3,380,730 World Gazetter, UAE Census            
2005 4,106,427 National Bureau of Statistics UAE 31 Mar 2011          
2005 4,104,695 National Census in 2005 2005 20.1%        
2004                
2003 4,041,000 World Gazetter, estimate            
2002                
2001                
2000 3,238,000 UN DESA²            
1999 2,938,000 World Gazetter, estimate            
1998                
1997                
1996                
1995 2,432,000 UN DESA²            
1995 2,411,041 UAE Census (TN) 31 May 2010          
1995 2,377,453 World Gazetter, UAE Census   24.4%        
1995 1,886,708 World Gazetter, UAE Census            
1990 1,867,000 UN DESA²            
1985 1,622,300 World Gazetter, UAE Census            
1985 1,410,000 UN DESA²            
1985 1,095,577 World Gazetter, UAE Census            
1980 1,015,000 UN DESA²            
1980 842,415 World Gazetter, UAE Census            
1975 557,887 UAE Census (TN) 31 May 2010 30.5%        
1975 530,000 UN DESA²            
1975 468,287 World Gazetteer, UAE Census            
1970 225,000 UN DESA²            
1968 180,226 Census            
1965 144,000 UN DESA²            
1960 90,000 UN DESA²            
1955 79,000 UN DESA²            
1950 70,000 UN DESA²            
1904 80,000 Frauke Heard-Bey - Tribal Society            
  • Population figures are assumed to be as at the end of the year unless otherwise noted.
  • Numbers and sources in italics are unconfirmed.
  • Tanmia is The National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority.
  • The UAE was founded in December 1971. Figures prior to that are attempted totals for the seven emirates that became the UAE.
  1. %tage UAE is percentage of resident population represented by UAE National citizens.
  2. World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision, Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (UN DESA or UN ESA?). Figures using Medium Variant as input criteria. Variation of ±1% for 2015 up to ±10% for 2050.
  3. Estimated figure for mid-2010 according to data released 31 March 2011 by the UAE National Statistics Bureau. Calculated according to the formula Current Estimate = 2005 Census population + Births - Deaths + Immigrants - Emigrants since 2005 Census. Figures for Births and Deaths from the UAE Ministry of Health, figures for Immigrants and Emigrants based on residence visas issued, renewed, and cancelled from the UAE Ministry of the Interior.
UAE Population by Emirate

Emirates listed in order from most populous to least populated with figures from 2005 census, and from 2008 (source unknown)

Emirate 2005 Females 2005 Males 2005 Total² 2008³ 2009 2010 2011 2012
Dubai¹ 319,287 881,022 1,200,309 1,770,533 1,770,8884 1,905,4764 2,003,1706  
Abu Dhabi¹ 442,050 850,069 1,292,119 1,548,655   1,967,6595   2.33 million7
Sharjah 251,206 881,022 724,859 895,252       1m (approx)
Ajman 69,559 120,290 189,849 372,923        
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) 17,940 27,816 45,756 171,903        
Fujairah 76,830 120,741 197,571 137,940        
Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) 45,165 73,452 118,617 69,936        
Total 1,222,037 2,547,043 3,769,080 4,967,142        
Percentage of total 32.4% 67.6% 100%          
  1. Abu Dhabi was more populous than Dubai up until 2008, after which Dubai had a higher population.
  2. Figures do not include and estimated 335,615 non-nationals not counted in the census. Total population of the UAE including that number is 4,104,695. Figures also do not include visitors to the UAE, which numbered 765,682 for the month of December 2005 according to Ministry of Interior data (when the census was conducted).
  3. Abu Dhabi includes population of Al Ain (651,904), Fujairah includes population of Dibba (30,000), Sharjah includes population of Khorfakkan (49,635)
  4. Dubai Statistics Center Population Estimations & Predictions 2007-2010.
  5. Statistics Center Abu Dhabi (SCAD) Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook 2011.
  6. Dubai Statistics Center figure for end of 2011, comprises 1,536,380 men and 466,790 women (reported 01 April 2012). Also reported was the daytime population of Dubai increases to 3,023,426.
  7. 09 Oct 2013 (news release) Abu Dhabi emirate population in mid-2012 was 2.33 million, made up of estimates for Abu Dhabi Region (1.42 million), Al Ain region (0.63 million), Western or Al Gharbia region (0.29 million). Figures reported by the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD) in the 2013 Yearbook of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (released on Mon 07 Oct 2013).
Proportion of UAE population made up of Emirati citizens

The proportion varies by emirate, with the lowest percentage in Dubai (about 10-15% Emirati), followed by Abu Dhabi (about 20% Emirati). Overall for the UAE, citizens make up about 20% of the total population.

  • Abu Dhabi emirate - about 20% of the population are UAE nationals, the other 80% are expat residents (mid-2012 data reported 09 Oct 2013).
UAE population by nationality (foreigners, expat residents)
  • Asian countries, including Afghanistan, China, Iran, Korea, Philippines, Thailand but excluding India, Pakistan, Bangladesh - 1 million (Gulf News 07 October 2009).
  • Bangladesh - 500,000 (Gulf News 07 October 2009). About 700,000 Bangladeshis living in the UAE (Gulf News 27 August 2012).
  • Britain - about 100,000 British residents in the UAE (Gulf News 10 November 2012).
  • Canada - 40,000 Canadians live in the UAE, 150 companies operate in the UAE (AFP report 28 May 2013). 25,000 Canadians live in the UAE, 200 Canadian companies operate in the UAE (UAE Ambassador to Canada statement reported by Reuters 29 Dec 2010).
  • China - 200,000 Chinese expatriates in the UAE according to the Chinese Embassy in Abu Dhabi (reported 24 August 2011).
  • Emirati - see separate section above.
  • European Union - 160,000 EU citizens live in the UAE (2012 data reported 27 Feb 2014 by WAM).
  • Finland - about 900 Finns living in the UAE (24 March 2010, embassy website information).
  • Greece - estimate of 3,500-4,000 by Hrach Kalsahakian, founder of the website www.emiratesgreeks.com (The National 03 March 2012).
  • India - 2.2 million Indians with about 1 million from Kerala (The National 12 Jan 2014). Previous figure 1.75 million residents (Gulf News 07 Oct 2009, same figure in The National 01 Jul 2011), and about half of them from Kerala (The National 01 Jul 2011). Or 1.5 million residents (Arabian Business 29 Jun 2011).
  • Italy - about 4,000 residents according to Gianluca Capelli Bigazzi, press attache at the Italian embassy in Abu Dhabi. He appeared to refer to the UAE but it's possible he meant just Abu Dhabi (The National 03 March 2012). Italy - about 4,000 Italians live in the UAE (The National 03 June 2012).
  • Japan - about 3,500 Japanese living in the UAE, about 300 Japanese companies (Etihad press release 22 Aug 2012)
  • Krygyz Republic - about 3,000 Kyrgyzstan nationals live in the UAE (FlyDubai press release 10 January 2012).
  • The Netherlands - about 5,000 Dutch nationals and 300 Dutch companies in the UAE (WAM 15 January 2013).
  • Pakistan - 1.25 million (Gulf News 07 October 2009).
  • Philippines:
    • 23 Mar 2014 - about 700,000 Filipino workers according to reports about the cancelled Emirates Airlines flights to Clark International Airport (original source of figure not given).
    • 06 Sep 2013 - about 600,000 according to the Filipino ambassador to the UAE in a report about PAL flights to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
    • 17 Jan 2013 - about 700,000 according to a press release about Cebu Pacific launching daily flights to Dubai.
    • 06 Jan 2012 - about 600,000 according to an HSBC survey of the friendliest countries to live in for expats (the UAE came last), reported by Forbes 06 Jan 2012.
    • Dec 2010 - about 636,000 Filipinos live in the UAE according to estimates from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (the UAE is the 4th most popular destination for Filipinos to live in afer USA, Saudi Arabia, and Canada).
  • Russia - about 25,000 Russians live in the UAE, about 400 Russian-UAE joint venture companies (WAM 23 Oct 2012 - quoting the CEO of Etihad Airways, James Hogan). About 80,000 Russians in the UAE according to The National 20 Nov 2013 but source given was the same WAM report from 2012, unknown how 25,000 became 80,000.
  • South Korea - about 10,000 Koreans living in the UAE at end of 2012 (South Korean Ambassador letter Jun 2013).
  • Slovakia (Slovak Republic) - about 2,000 Slovak citizens living in the UAE (08 Jun 2014 news release about visit to UAE by Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miroslav Lajcák).
  • UAE - see separate section above.
  • Western expatriates, including Australia, Europe, Africa, Latin America - 500,000 (Gulf News 07 October 2009).
  • Yemen - about 90,000 Yemenis live in the UAE (press release 02 Sep 2013 announcing launch of Etihad Airways flights to Sana'a).

See also List of consulates in Dubai and List of embassies in Abu Dhabi for expat population figures by emirate.

Male to female population ratio in the UAE
  • There are more than twice as many males as females living in the UAE. This is due partly to the high proportion of men working in the construction industry and other similar labour class employment.
UAE census dates
  • 2010 - scheduled for April 2010. Gulf News reported 23 Nov 2009 that the Population and Building Census 2010 would cost AED 65 million, and that 10,000 experts and analysts, including 8,000 statistics officials, would carry out the survey. But nobody noticed. Well, it turned out to have been cancelled.
  • 2005 - carried out from 06-31 December 2005? Not everyone filled out the survey forms or answered the door though. Unknown what the percentage of non-respondents was.
  • 1995 - UAE population 2.41 million
  • 1975 - UAE population 557,887
  • 1968 - first census, organised by the Trucial States Council for Dubai (58,971 people) and other emirates (74,880) excluding Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi at the same time, the Department of Planning carried out a census (46,375).
Abu Dhabi Census 2011
  • 03 November 2011 - field operations completed for Abu Dhabi Census 2011 according to an announcement by Statistics Center Abu Dhabi (SCAD) on 29 October 2011. Provisional results expected to be released by end December 2011, and final results to be released in May 2012.
  • On 06 April 2011 The National reported that plans to conduct a door-to-door census have been shelved indefinitely, but it wasn't clear from the report how they arrived at that conclusion. Update: Census underway for Abu Dhabi emirate during October 2011.
Last update Tuesday 02-Sep-2014. Page development 3D 4L 5C.
Related pages
Related websites (new window)
  • www.tedad.ae - website for the 2005 UAE Census, in Arabic and English, but 2005 census statistics and results not available?
  • www.uaestatistics.gov.ae - UAE National Bureau of Statistics official website

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