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

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UAE, Dubai: Percentage distribution of employed population (aged 15 and above) by nationality group and sex (2017)

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Nationality groups Males Females Total 
U.A.E 3.0 8.0 3.9
AGCC countries 0.0 0.2 0.1
Other Arab countries 6.6 9.1 7.1
Non Arab Asian countries  86.1 66.1 82.5
Non Arab African countries  1.8 10.0 3.3
European countries 1.5 5.2 2.1
North American countries 0.6 0.4 0.5
Caribbean & Central American countries 0.1 0.5 0.2
South American countries 0.1 0.1 0.1
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, etc.) 0.2 0.4 0.2
Total non-Emiratis 97.0 92.0 96.1
Grand total 100.0 100.0 100.0

Source : Dubai Statistics Center – Labour Force Survey 2017 
1. Characteristics of data, definitions

DSC has been conducting Labour Force Surveys on Dubai Emirate in 2008, 2009, 2011 and yearly since 2012.

Sample of LFS 2017: 3,000 households (1,500 Emirati households and 1,500 non-Emirati households) and 1,000 workers from labour gatherings.
Date of reference: ? 2017.
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 

Some tabulations of the results of Dubai Labour Force Surveys are available (in English and in Arabic, PDF and Word formats) at:
A summary volume of tables and analysis from 2017 and earlier Labour Force Surveys appear in publications (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: June 2018

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