UAE, Dubai: Estimates of population by nationality (Emiratis/ non-Emiratis) at selected dates (1975-2016)
Source: Dubai Statistics Center
1. Characteristics of data, definitions and population counting operations in the UAE
* Figures since 2014 are estimates for the end of the given year.
The first population census was conducted in 1968 by the Council of Developing Trucial States.
After Independence in 1971, a population census of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi was conducted that same year.
The first general population and establishments census in the UAE was conducted in 1975.
The other federal censuses were conducted in 1980, 1985, 1995 and 2005.
Reference days for UAE censuses: 30/12/1975; 15/12/1980, 16/12/1985, 16/12/1995; 29/10/2001; 06/12/2005.
Implementation method: the census was carried out according to de jure methodology, i.e. counting persons using their usual place of residence
Population of reference: Emirati nationals usually residing in the country+
all foreign residents holding a valid residence permit+resident GCC nationals (nationals of other GCC states don’t need a permit to stay in the UAE)
2. Institution which provides data
Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC).
3. Data availability
2014-2016: data is available in the “Reports” section, “Estimated Population Number by Nationality”
Data is presented in PDF and Excel formats.
Population at census dates: Dubai Statistical Yearbooks, DSC.
Last date of access: February 3, 2018.