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UAE: Population aged 10 and above by nationality (Emirati/ non-Emirati), sex and educational status (2005)

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Emiratis Non-Emiratis Total
Educational Status Males Females Total    Males Females Total    Males Females Total   
Illiterate 18,468 35,794 54,262 233,811 43,275 277,086 252,279 79,069 331,348
Read and Write    28,360 30,370 58,730 349,940 84,432 434,372 378,300 114,802 493,102
Primary 53,403 46,365 99,768 331,534 88,845 420,379 384,937 135,210 520,147
Preparatory 70,813 53,920 124,733 400,771 106,736 507,507 471,584 160,656 632,240
Secondary 99,005 96,259 195,264 510,411 216,175 726,586 609,416 312,434 921,850
Under University 8,250 8,276 16,526 85,725 40,285 126,010 93,975 48,561 142,536
University 27,421 31,929 59,350 262,288 133,572 395,860 289,709 165,501 455,210
Over University 4,133 2,032 6,165 34,162 14,424 48,586 38,295 16,456 54,751
Not Stated 573 619 1,192 1,543 987 2,530 2,116 1,606 3,722
Total  310,426 305,564 615,990 2,210,185 728,731 2,938,916 2,520,611 1,034,295 3,554,906

Source: Ministry of Economy.

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Characteristics of data

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 day for 2005′ census: 6 December 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: Population aged 10 and above.
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)

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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