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UAE, Dubai: Estimates of total population by sex (1953; 1968; census dates; 2006-2016)

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Years Male Female Total
1953 50,000
1968 59,000
1975 128,821 54,366 183,187
1980 187,714 88,587 276,301
1985 247,179 123,609 370,788
1993 406,128 204,798 610,926
1995 478,209 211,211 689,420
2000 611,799 250,588 862,387
2005 989,305 332,148 1,321,453
2006* 1,073,485 348,327 1,421,812
2007* 1,164,576 365,216 1,529,792
2008* 1,263,130 382,843 1,645,973
2009* 1,369,740 401,238 1,770,978
2010* 1,485,046 420,430 1,905,476
2011* 1,536,380 466,790 2,003,170
2012* 1,602,925 502,950 2,105,875
2013* 1,677,330 536,515 2,213,845
2014* 1,613,175 714,175 2,327,350
2015* 1,703,355 743,320 2,446,675
2016* 1,888,520 810,080 2,698,600

Sources: Dubai Statistics Center (Censuses of 1993, 2000, 2005 and estimates 2006-2016)  
Ministry of  Economy (previously Planning) (Censuses of 1968, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1995) 
Kuwait Mission Knowledge Report 1953.
 
ANNEXED NOTE
 
1. Characteristics of data, definitions and population counting operations in the UAE
 
* Figures since 2006 are estimates for the end of the given year. 
Figures presented concern the total population (Emiratis and foreign nationals) residing in the Emirate of Dubai at the given date.

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

The data is retrieved from Dubai Statistical Yearbooks, chapter “Population and Vital Statistics” in section “Publications”.
https://www.dsc.gov.ae/en-us/Themes/Pages/Population-and-Vital-Statistics.aspx?Theme=42&year=2015#DSC_Tab2
Data is also available in the “Reports” section, “Population by gender”
https://www.dsc.gov.ae/Report/Copy%20of%20DSC_SYB_2016_01%20_%2001.pdf
Data is presented in PDF and Excel formats.

Last date of access: February 3, 2018.

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