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UAE: Population by nationality (Emirati/ Non-Emirati), sex and Emirate (2005)

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Emirate Nationals Non-nationals Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Abu Dhabi 176,926 173,351 350,277 749,893 299,314 1,049,207 926,819 472,665 1,399,484
Dubai 68,995 68,578 137,573 920,310 263,570 1,183,880 989,305 332,148 1,321,453
Al Sharjah 71,307 66,965 138,272 448,927 206,374 655,301 520,234 273,339 793,573
Ajman 20,155 19,076 39,231 111,529 56,237 167,766 131,684 75,313 206,997
Umm Al – Quwain 7,914 7,959 15,873 22,170 11,116 33,286 30,084 19,075 49,159
Ras Al Khaima 44,299 43,549 87,848 85,143 37,072 122,215 129,442 80,621 210,063
Al Fujairah 28,321 28,100 56,421 50,263 19,014 69,277 78,584 47,114 125,698
Grand Total 417,917 407,578 825,495 2,388,235 892,697 3,280,932 2,806,152 1,300,275 4,106,427

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 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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