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UAE: Population by nationality (Emirati/ Non-Emirati), sex and Emirate (1995)

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Emirate Nationals Non-nationals Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Abu Dhabi 113,365 109,262 222,627 537,379 182,457 719,836 650,744 291,719 942,463
Dubai 54,330 53,411 107,741 423,879 157,800 581,679 478,209 211,211 689,420
Al Sharjah 53,945 52,976 106,921 200,369 95,502 295,871 254,314 148,478 402,792
Ajman 14,855 13,977 28,832 57,977 34,682 92,659 72,832 48,659 121,491
Umm Al – Quwain 6,464 6,568 13,032 14,483 7,846 22,329 20,947 14,414 35,361
Ras Al Khaima 33,556 33,820 67,376 50,436 25,522 75,958 83,992 59,342 143,334
Al Fujairah 20,545 20,256 40,801 25,221 10,158 35,379 45,766 30,414 76,180
Grand Total 297,060 290,270 587,330 1,309,744 513,967 1,823,711 1,606,804 804,237 2,411,041

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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