Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, and Population (GLMM) Programme

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UAE, Dubai: Employed population (aged 15 and above) by nationality (Emirati/Non-Emirati), sex

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Nationality Sex Work status
    Employer Self Employed Salaried Work for no wage Total
Emiratis Male 2,417 428 32,267 35,112
Female 74 65 17,532 17,671
Total 2,491 493 49,799 52,783
Non – Emiratis Male 36,371 8,472 1,090,314 1,135,157
Female 3,168 160 134,681 138,009
Total 39,539 8,632 1,224,995 1,273,166
Total Male 38,788 8,9 1,122,581 1,170,269
Female 3,242 225 152,213 155,68
Total 42,03 9,125 1,274,794 1,325,949

Source: Labour Force Survey 2011

1. Characteristics of data, definitions

DSC has conducted Labour Force Surveys on Dubai Emirate in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Sample of LFS 2011: 2303 households (1010 Emirati households, 999 foreign households and 294 collective households) and 500 workers from labour gatherings.
Date of reference: ? 2011.

The time reference of the survey is:
Visit day is the time reference for the family personal data.
The week ended on the visit day is the time reference for the employment status (employed / unemployed).
Month ended on the visit day is the time reference for job search.
The two years ended on the visit day represent the time reference for training of people who are unemployed and seeking a job.

2. Institution which provides data

Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC).

3. Data availability

The results of Dubai Labour Force Surveys are available (in English and in Arabic) at:

A selection of tables and analysis from 2011′ Labour Force Survey appear in a publication available on DSC’s website (PDF format, in Arabic only):

Some tables (in PDF format), definition of concepts and partial methodological indications are available in the LFS’ project page on DSC’s website:

Last date of access: February 3, 2015.

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