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UAE: Population by nationality (Emirati/ Non-Emirati), sex and age group (1980)

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Emiratis Non-Emiratis Total
Age Groups Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
0 – 4 31,359 30,319 61,678 39,789 37,070 76,859 71,148 67,389 138,537
5 – 9 24,727 24,015 48,742 25,049 23,062 48,111 49,776 47,077 96,853
10 – 14 18,502 16,742 35,244 14,736 12,563 27,299 33,238 29,305 62,543
15 – 19 15,105 13,411 28,516 16,901 11,942 28,843 32,006 25,353 57,359
20 – 24 11,112 10,797 21,909 79,984 24,407 104,391 91,096 35,204 126,300
25 – 29 8,716 9,318 18,034 135,155 28,659 163,814 143,871 37,977 181,848
30 – 34 6,671 6,533 13,204 105,945 18,739 124,684 112,616 25,272 137,888
35 – 39 6,702 6,873 13,575 67,731 10,851 78,582 74,433 17,724 92,157
40 – 44 6,061 5,087 11,148 42,268 5,787 48,055 48,329 10,874 59,203
45 – 49 5,518 4,427 9,945 22,405 3,329 25,734 27,923 7,756 35,679
50 – 54 4,917 3,778 8,695 11,223 2,441 13,664 16,140 6,219 22,359
55 – 59 2,733 2,077 4,810 4,381 1,250 5,631 7,114 3,327 10,441
60 – 64 2,711 2,227 4,938 1,988 962 2,950 4,699 3,189 7,888
65 – 69 2,362 1,540 3,902 805 619 1,424 3,167 2,159 5,326
70 – 74 1,821 1,357 3,178 399 405 804 2,220 1,762 3,982
75 – 79 664 501 1,165 171 164 335 835 665 1,500
80 – 84 508 558 1,066 96 99 195 604 657 1,261
85+ 380 408 788 77 63 140 457 471 928
Not Stated 4 3 7 36 4 40 40 7 47
   Total 150,573 139,971 290,544 569,139 182,416 751,555 719,712 322,387 1,042,099

Source: 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 day for 1975, 1980, 1985, 1995′ censuses: unknown
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: 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=1868&PTID=104&MenuId=1

Date of access: November 2014.

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