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UAE: Population by nationality (Emirati/ Non-Emirati), sex and age group (1985)

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Emiratis Non-Emiratis Total
Age Groups Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
0 – 4 40,598 38,975 79,573 56,083 53,489 109,572 96,681 92,464 189,145
5 – 9 37,610 36,286 73,896 42,058 38,896 80,954 79,668 75,182 154,850
10 – 14 26,722 25,205 51,927 23,717 21,036 44,753 50,439 46,241 96,680
15 – 19 20,886 19,291 40,177 17,876 15,223 33,099 38,762 34,514 73,276
20 – 24 15,181 14,865 30,046 60,486 32,460 92,946 75,667 47,325 122,992
25 – 29 11,351 13,366 24,717 133,197 44,812 178,009 144,548 58,178 202,726
30 – 34 8,235 9,402 17,637 132,966 35,257 168,223 141,201 44,659 185,860
35 – 39 8,399 8,599 16,998 103,535 22,861 126,396 111,934 31,460 143,394
40 – 44 6,488 6,298 12,786 59,958 10,759 70,717 66,446 17,057 83,503
45 – 49 7,090 5,907 12,997 35,889 5,961 41,850 42,979 11,868 54,847
50 – 54 5,549 4,468 10,017 16,402 3,343 19,745 21,951 7,811 29,762
55 – 59 3,911 3,000 6,911 6,646 1,952 8,598 10,557 4,952 15,509
60 – 64 3,128 2,616 5,744 2,414 1,467 3,881 5,542 4,083 9,625
65 – 69 2,733 1,988 4,721 985 1,000 1,985 3,718 2,988 6,706
70 – 74 2,132 1,705 3,837 546 600 1,146 2,678 2,305 4,983
75 – 79 938 722 1,660 211 273 484 1,149 995 2,144
80 – 84 672 705 1,377 131 167 298 803 872 1,675
85+ 521 554 1,075 116 104 220 637 658 1,295
Not Stated 13 5 18 227 86 313 240 91 331
   Total 202,157 193,957 396,114 693,443 289,746 983,189 895,600 483,703 1,379,303

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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