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UAE, Abu Dhabi: Mid-year population estimates by nationality (Emirati/Non-Emirati) (1960-2010)

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Year Nationals Non-nationals Total % of non-nationals in total resident population
1960 11,064 8,844 19,908 44.4
1961 12,584 11,507 24,091 47.8
1962 14,104 14,170 28,274 50.1
1963 14,921 15,529 30,450 51.0
1964 15,786 17,027 32,813 51.9
1965 16,701 18,681 35,382 52.8
1966 17,669 20,510 38,179 53.7
1967 18,694 22,534 41,228 54.7
1968 19,778 24,774 44,552 55.6
1969 22,707 31,708 54,415 58.3
1970 26,071 40,642 66,713 66.1
1971 29,935 52,176 82,111 69.0
1972 34,373 67,101 101,474 70.9
1973 39,471 86,462 125,933 72.1
1974 45,327 111,644 156,971 71.1
1975 52,054 144,485 196,539 73.5
1976 57,659 170,786 228,445 74.8
1977 63,868 201,890 265,758 76.0
1978 70,745 238,677 309,422 77.1
1979 78,362 282,187 360,549 78.3
1980 86,799 333,656 420,455 79.4
1981 94,159 349,393 443,552 78.8
1982 102,146 366,133 468,279 78.2
1983 110,814 383,958 494,772 77.6
1984 120,222 402,959 523,181 77.0
1985 130,433 423,235 553,668 76.4
1986 137,291 445,204 582,495 76.4
1987 144,510 468,321 612,831 76.4
1988 152,108 492,646 644,754 76.4
1989 160,106 518,242 678,348 76.4
1990 168,525 545,177 713,702 76.4
1991 177,387 573,521 750,908 76.4
1992 186,715 603,347 790,062 76.4
1993 196,534 634,734 831,268 76.4
1994 206,870 667,763 874,633 76.3
1995 217,748 702,523 920,271 76.3
1996 228,583 727,213 955,796 76.1
1997 239,958 752,785 992,743 75.8
1998 251,901 779,270 1,031,171 75.6
1999 264,439 806,702 1,071,141 75.3
2000 277,602 835,114 1,112,716 75.1
2001 291,421 864,542 1,155,963 74.8
2002 303,792 902,893 1,206,685 74.8
2003 316,688 943,032 1,259,720 74.9
2004 330,132 985,047 1,315,179 74.9
2005 344,350 1,029,819 1,374,169 74.9
2006 360,177 1,101,301 1,461,479 75.4
2007 377,646 1,196,635 1,574,280 76.0
2008 395,729 1,300,059 1,695,788 76.7
2009 414,441 1,412,232 1,826,673 77.3
2010 433,788 1,533,871 1,967,659 78.0

Source: SCAD, Abu Dhabi

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Characteristics of data, definitions and population counting operations in the UAE

Population estimates are drawn using interpolation techniques.

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. It was the first census in the region following scientific standards and international recommendations. 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)
In October 2011, SCAD conducted its first census of population and households.

2. Institution which provides data

Statistics centre of Abu Dhabi (SCAD), Abu Dhabi

3. Data availability

The data only concerns the Abu Dhabi resident population (nationals and foreign residents).
The SCAD provides thematic volumes with time series for various indicators related to development (population, demography, labour, etc.) since 1960. The present series has been published in December 2012.
Data is available under various formats (PDF, Excel, html).
http://www.scad.ae/en/statistics/Pages/Statistics.aspx?ThemeID=7&TopicID=48&SubTopicID=163&PublicationID=315

Date of access: January 2015.

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