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UAE: Estimates of population residing in the UAE by country of citizenship (selected countries, 2014)

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Country of nationality Population % of total population Year of data
India 2,600,000 27,15% 2014
Pakistan 1,200,000 12,53% 2014
UAE 1,084,764 11,32% 2015
Bangladesh 700,000 7,31% 2013
Philippines 525,530 5,49% 2014
Iran* 400,000 – 500,000 4,18% – 5,22% N/A
Egypt* 400,000 4,18% 2014
Nepal 300,000 3,13% 2014
Sri Lanka 300,000 3,13% 2015
China 200,000 2,09% 2015
Jordan 200,000 2,09% 2015
Afghanistan 150,000 1,57% <2011
Palestine 150,000 1,57% 2009
United Kingdom 120,000 1,25% 2015
South Africa 100,000 1,04% 2014
Lebanon* 100,000 1,04% 2015
Ethiopia 90,000 0,94% 2014
Yemen 90,000 0,94% 2013
Indonesia 85,000 0,89% 2015
Sudan 75,000 0,78% 2013
Somalia 70,000 0,73% 2015
Iraq 52,000 0,54% 2014
USA 50,000 0,52% 2015
Canada 40,000 0,42% 2014
Kenya 40,000 0,42% 2014
France 25,000 0,26% 2015
Australia 16,000 0,17% 2015
Germany 12,000 0,12% 2013
Spain 12,000 0,11% 2015
Algeria 10,000 0,10% 2014
Italy 10,000 0,10% 2014
South Korea 10,000 0,10% 2014
Thailand 10,000 0,10% 2014
Turkey 10,000 0,10% 2014
Azerbaijan 7,000 0,07% 2015
Ireland 7,000 0,07% 2015
Malaysia 6,000 – 7,000 0,06% – 0,07% 2015
Kazakhstan 5,000 – 6,000 0,05% – 0,06% 2015
Greece 5,000 0,05% 2015
Mauritania 5,000 0,05% 2015
Netherlands 5,000 0,05% 2015
Serbia 5,000 0,05% 2015
Ukraine 5,000 0,05% 2014
Sweden 4,000 0,04% 2015
Denmark 3,000 – 4,000 ~0,03% 2015
Mexico 3,000 – 3,500 ~0,03% 2014
Belgium 3,000 0,03% 2015
Eritrea 3,000 0,03% 2015
Japan 2,603 ~0,03% 2015
Dominican Republic 2,000-3,000 0,02% – 0,03% 2015
Austria 2,500 ~0,03% 2015
Belarus 2,500 ~0,03% 2015
Hungary 2,500 ~0,03% 2015
Switzerland 2,430 ~0,03% 2013
Poland 2,348 ~0,02% 2015
Singapore >2,000 ~0,02% 2015
BIH 1,000 – 2,000 0,01% – 0,02% 2015
Czech Republic 1,500 ~0,02% 2015
Venezuela 1,200 ~0,01% 2015
Norway 1,184 ~0,01% 2015
Finland 1,180 ~0,01% 2014
Cyprus 1,000 ~0,01% 2014
Slovakia 1,000 ~0,01% 2014
Senegal 700 – 800 < 0,01% 2015
Ghana 500 < 0,01% 2015
New Zealand 444 < 0,01% 2015
Taiwan 400 < 0,01% 2015
Latvia 300 < 0,01% 2014
Peru 300 < 0,01% 2015
Chile 270 < 0,01% 2014
Albania 200 – 300 < 0,01% 2015
Chad 200 < 0,01% 2015
Slovenia 100 – 150 < 0,01% 2015
Angola 100 < 0,01% 2015

Source: Foreign embassies in the UAE and press quotes, in BQ Magazine

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data has been compiled by BQ magazine. The present data was published by BQ on April 12, 2015.

Here are some excerpts of BQ’s article introducing the data and sources:
“In fact the list is not complete and we do not claim these are the only nationalities living in UAE.
On the contrary, the list only shows the population of nationals of the countries for which it was possible to collect reliable data for.
Having said that it currently is the most detailed, wide ranging and recent resource on the numbers of different nationalities living in UAE.
We have tried to get as recent information as possible and mostly stuck to 2014 or 2015 data.
Only in 8 out of 70 cases the figures are older and mostly correspond to 2013, with Iran, Afghanistan and Palesting being older”.

Sources used by the authors of the article:
1.) Data provided to bq magazine directly by embassies (phone, email or their websites): Angola, Chad, Peru, Taiwan, New Zealand, Ghana, Finland,
Norway, Venezuela, Poland, Austria, Belarus, Hungary, Japan, Belgium, Eritrea, Sweden, Mauritania, Netherlands, Serbia, Ireland, Australia,
France, USA, Somalia, UK, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Spain, Thailand, Singapore, Slovenia, Denmark and Switzerland.

2.) Existing sources previously published in the media: Chile, Latvia, Cyprus, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Italy,
South Korea, Turkey, Germany, Canada, Kenya, Iraq, Sudan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Yemen, South Africa, Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India:
http://businessweekme.com/Bloomberg/newsmid/190/newsid/76%20http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/04/09/144872.htmland http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/iran-world/14130-uae-steps-up-expulsions-of-iranian-residents-report
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?section=newsmakers&xfile=/data/newsmakers/2014/September/newsmakers_September16.xml
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Mar-13/290638-uae-plans-to-deport-70-lebanese-report.ashx
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/sheikh-nahyan-bin-mubarak/sheikh-nahyan-praises-contribution-of-indian-expatriates-to-uaes-success
https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/around-20-000-pakistani-children-uae-don-t-093558327.html
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/passport-rush-forces-bangladesh-embassy-in-uae-to-expand
http://gulfnews.com/gn-focus/philippines/overcoming-labour-pains-for-filipinos-in-uae-1.1346012
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/community-reports/egyptians-in-uae-to-vote-on-new-charter-on-wednesday-1.1274651 http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/general/egyptian-expatriates-in-uae-vote-on-draft-constitution-1.1275146
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/nepalis-face-potential-passport-problems
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/society/family-festivities-mark-chinese-new-year-in-uae-1.1459119
http://www.afghanembassy-uae.com/en/afghanistan-uae.html
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/community/2014/May/community_May5.xml§ion=community
http://7daysindubai.com/ethiopian-maids-reveal-abuse-employers-uae/
http://www.tradeandexportme.com/2013/04/sanaa-etihad-airways-latest-destination/
https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/indonesian-housemaids-uae-continue-working-choose-052110323.html
www.worldsustainable.org/index.php/component/docman/doc_download/198-sudanese-immigrant-families-structure-and-living-arrangements-in-the-uae?Itemid=
http://www.aawsat.net/2014/04/article55331687/iraqi-troops-and-expats-begin-voting
http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/uae-eau/bilateral_relations_bilaterales/index.aspx?lang=eng&menu_id=9
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/society/kenyans-find-uae-a-land-of-opportunity-1.1384354
http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/politics/german-voters-in-uae-prepare-to-head-to-the-polls
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/society/algerians-in-dubai-flock-to-cast-votes-on-last-day-of-elections-1.1320921
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/government/italy-looks-to-strengthen-ties-with-uae-says-ambassador-1.1351112
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/s-korean-expats-in-uae-on-increase-1.1407921
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/turks-living-in-the-uae-vote-in-presidential-elections
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/society/azerbaijan-community-doubles-in-size-in-uae-1.1443363
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/ukrainian-expats-in-the-uae-vote-in-presidential-elections
http://m.gulfnews.com/news/uae/czech-president-inaugurates-new-premises-of-czech-embassy-1.1456693
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/tourism/emiratis-visa-free-travel-to-europe-applauded-by-cyprus
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395262756866.html
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-latvian-community-will-benefit-from-embassy-opening
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/society/from-chile-with-love-1.1386815

3.) Sources wishing to remain anonymous: Greece

4.) UAE population: http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/ReportPDF/Population%20Estimates%202006%20-%202010.pdf
TOTAL in official UAE 2010 census: 8,264,070 residents.

GLMM did not include here the population totals provided in BQ’s original article.

2. Institution which provides data

BQ Magazine, a monthly business newspaper published in Doha, Qatar http://www.bqdoha.com/

3. Data availability

The data and table are taken from:
Snoj, Jure. “UAE’s population- by nationality”, BQ Magazine, Doha, April 12, 2015.
http://www.bq-magazine.com/economy/socioeconomics/2015/04/uae-population-by-nationality

Last date of access: 4 December 2015.

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