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

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Emirate Nationals Non-nationals Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Abu Dhabi 69,975 66,007 135,982 310,278 119,776 430,054 380,253 185,783 566,036
Dubai 39,221 37,471 76,692 207,958 86,138 294,096 247,179 123,609 370,788
Al Sharjah 40,333 39,070 79,403 101,518 47,396 148,914 141,851 86,466 228,317
Ajman 9,827 9,426 19,253 23,008 12,285 35,293 32,835 21,711 54,546
Umm Al – Quwain 4,430 4,411 8,841 7,229 3,215 10,444 11,659 7,626 19,285
Ras Al Khaima 24,835 24,482 49,317 31,578 15,683 47,261 56,413 40,165 96,578
Al Fujairah 13,536 13,090 26,626 11,874 5,253 17,127 25,410 18,343 43,753
Grand Total 202,157 193,957 396,114 693,443 289,746 983,189 895,600 483,703 1,379,303

NBS, 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=1869&PTID=104&MenuId=1

Date of access: November 2014.

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