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UAE: Employed population by nationality (Emirati/ Non-Emirati), sex and Emirate (1975)

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Emirate Emiratis   Non-Emiratis Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Abu Dhabi 11,685 261 11,946 106,099 3,368 109,467 117,784 3,629 121,413
Dubai 10,348 391 10,739 86,188 3,210 89,398 96,536 3,601 100,137
Al Sharjah 8,374 265 8,639 25,392 897 26,289 33,766 1,162 34,928
Ajman 1,602 41 1,643 4,941 182 5,123 6,543 223 6,766
Umm Al – Quwain 957 30 987 1,743 114 1,857 2,700 144 2,844
Ras Al Khaima 5,658 63 5,721 9,703 459 10,162 15,361 522 15,883
Al Fujairah 3,073 14 3,087 2,926 67 2,993 5,999 81 6,080
Grand Total 41,697 1,065 42,762 236,992 8,297 245,289 278,689 9,362 288,051

NBS, Ministry of Economy.

ANNEXED NOTE

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

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)

2010′ federal census was eventually cancelled but the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), an independent federal authority established in 2004, is currently in charge of recording all UAE residents, national and expatriates in order to set up a Population Register and an ID card program. The process is stil ongoing.

2. Institution which provides data

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)

3. Data availability

Population statistics are available on NBS’s website:
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/EnglishHome/tabid/96/Default.aspx
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/Home/tabid/38/Default.aspx

Data are classified by subject and statistical publications are available on PDF or Excel format. Population data disagregated by nationality (Emirati/ non-Emirati) are scarce.
2005′ census data is available at:
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/EnglishHome/ReportsByDepartmentEnglish/tabid/104/Default.aspx?MenuId=1&NDId=365
The present data is taken from:
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/EnglishHome/ReportDetailsEnglish/tabid/121/Default.aspx?ItemId=1869&PTID=104&MenuId=1

Date of access: November 2014.

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