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UAE: Employed population by nationality group and educational status (2008)

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Country or group of countries of nationality Illiterate Read and Write Primary Preparatory Secondary Above secondary & below University University Above University Diploma Master Doctorate Total
United Arab Emirates 245 998 1,999 7,245 45,842 12,799 45,547 1,270 922 155 117,022
GCC Countries 54 175 321 734 3,766 238 681 39 36 7 6,051
Other Arab Countries 3,032 20,945 15,905 34,922 101,152 34,001 116,776 4,976 4,913 1,169 337,791
Asian Countries (Non Arab) 242,792 358,894 376,507 458,988 682,446 105,206 246,990 16,583 18,526 860 2,507,792
African Countries (Non Arab) 162 444 2,057 2,409 7,754 1,158 2,960 247 174 6 17,371
European Countries 0 0 0 0 8,149 3,455 17,347 1,458 1,517 367 32,293
North American Countries 0 0 0 0 998 328 4,446 367 583 74 6,796
Central American and Caribbean Countries  0 0 0 0 275 7 362 1 6 0 651
South American Countries 0 0 0 0 100 41 164 172 25 5 507
Oceania 0 0 0 0 637 141 1,624 250 841 26 3,519
Not Stated 55 130 214 523 701 249 836 1 3 0 2,712
Total 246,340 381,586 397,003 504,821 851,820 157,623 437,733 25,364 27,546 2,669 3,032,505

Source: Employment, Wages, and Hours of Work Survey ( October 2008 ).
ANNEXED NOTE

1. Characteristics of data, definitions

The Employment, Wages and Hours of Work Survey 2008 was conducted on a representative sample of all the establishments employing one worker or more in every Emirate,
excluding the establishments linked to the Armed forces, to the Security sector as well as international and regional corporations.
Sample of survey: all governmental and joint sector establishments; 6,215 non-governmental establishments.
Period of reference: October 2008.

2. Institution which provides data

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

3. Data availability

The results and metadata of the Survey are available (in English and in Arabic) in the following PDF publication:
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/ReportPDF/P_DSS_SS_%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%B1%D8%A9%20%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AD%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B8%D9%81%20%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%B1%20%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%AA%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%84_160912.pdf

A selection of tables appear in Excel format on NBS’s website:
http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/EnglishHome/ReportDetailsEnglish/tabid/121/Default.aspx?ItemId=1901&PTID=104&MenuId=1

Last date of access: March 3, 2015.

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