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GCC: National and foreign national populations aged 15 and above by sex, and sex ratios in GCC countries (national statistics, 2010-2015)

      Nationals  Foreign nationals Total population
Country date/ period  sex numbers men per 100 women numbers men per 100 women numbers men per 100 women
Bahrain (1) Mid-2014 males 217,760 103 450,788 273 668,548 178
  females 211,529 164,898 376,427
Kuwait (2) December 2015 males 400,622 92 1,759,012 228 2,159,634 179
  females 433,239 772,666 1,205,905
Oman(3) Mid-2015 males 757,980 101 1,453,720 539 2,211,700 217
  females 749,311 269,477 1,018,788
Qatar (4) September 2015 males 93,886 96 1,580,985 458 1,674,871 378
  females 97,779 344,953 442,732
Saudi Arabia (5) November 2015 males 6,930,631 98 6,136,833 257 13,067,464 138
  females 7,065,469 2,384,591 9,450,060
United Arab Emirates* (6) mid-2010 males 293,981 100 5,076,366 420 5,370,347 357
  females 293,571 1,209,178 1,502,749
GCC Total** males 8,694,860 98 16,457,704 320 25,152,564 180
females 8,850,898 5,145,763 13,996,661

Sources: national institutes of statistics, latest year or period available as of 20 April 2016.
* Our estimates of non-nationals aged 15 and above for 2010.
** Total provides the sum of population numbers at different dates. It is not exactly the total population at any of these dates.

1- Definition:
Non-nationals are:
1- persons bearing nationality of a foreign State other than the GCC State of residence, or bearing no proof of nationality from any given state (stateless persons and holders of refugee status and travel document in a third country) ;
2- Holders of residence permit residing in the given GCC country at date of census, as per definition of residence used in each of the countries.

Figures for Bahrain and the UAE are estimates.

2- Sources of data:
(1) Bahrain Central Informatics Organisation (CIO), CIO’s website, “Statistics” and “Population” sections http://www.data.gov.bh/en/ResourceCenter
(2) Kuwait Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), “Population” Bulletin 2015, 31 December 2015
(3) National Centre for Statistical Information (NCSI), Bulletin of Population Statistics n°5, 2015
(4) Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), Labor Force Survey 2015, Third Quarter (July-September 2015).
(5) Saudi Arabia Central Department for Statistics and Information (CDSI), Labour Force Survey 2015 (Round 2)
(6) UAE National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), our estimates from: http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/EnglishHome/ReportDetailsEnglish/tabid/121/Default.aspx?ItemId=1914&PTID=104&MenuId=1

Date of access: 20 April 2016

 

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