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UAE, Dubai: Population (aged 15 and above) by nationality (Emirati/non-Emirati), sex and economic activity status (2011)

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Nationality Sex Economic Activity Status Total Population (15 years and over ) %
Non-Economically Active Economically Active
Housewife Full time student Other Total % Employed Unemployed Total %
Emiratis Male 0 13,520 11,604 25,124 40.8 35,112 1,364 36,476 59.2 61,600 100
Female 18,206 12,833 11,579 42,618 68.6 17,671 1,806 19,477 31.4 62,095 100
Total 18,206 26,353 23,183 67,742 54.8 52,783 3,170 55,953 45.2 123,695 100
Non – Emiratis Male 0 31,395 4,686 36,081 3.1 1,135,157 560 1,135,717 96.9 1,171,798 100
Female 197,137 27,009 16,356 240,502 63.2 138,009 1,902 139,911 36.8 380,413 100
Total 197,137 58,404 21,042 276,583 17.8 1,273,166 2,462 1,275,628 82.2 1,552,211 100
Total Male 0 44,915 16,290 61,205 5.0 1,170,269 1,924 1,172,193 95.0 1,233,398 100
Female 215,343 39,842 27,935 283,120 64.0 155,680 3,708 159,388 36.0 442,508 100
Total 215,343 84,757 44,225 344,325 20.5 1,325,949 5,632 1,331,581 79.5 1,675,906 100

Source: Labour Force Survey 2011
ANNEXED NOTE

1. Characteristics of data, definitions

DSC has been conducting 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.

Economically active population: Adult individuals, 15 years old or older, who are either employed or unemployed.
Economically inactive population: Individuals who are below 15 years old and individuals who are 15 years old or older but the definitions of employed and unemployed person are not applicable to them.

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:
https://www.dsc.gov.ae/en-us/Themes/Pages/Labour.aspx?Theme=41&year=2011#DSC_Tab1

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):
https://www.dsc.gov.ae/Publication/%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%B1%D8%A9%20%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AD%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D9%88%D9%89%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A9%202011.pdf

Some tables (in PDF format), definition of concepts and partial methodological indications are available in the LFS’ project page on DSC’s website:
https://www.dsc.gov.ae/en-us/Programs-Statistical-Surveys/Pages/Statistical-Project-details.aspx?ProjectId=21#DSC_Tab1

Last date of access: February 3, 2015.

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