What You Know About Dubai Population

According to the census conducted by the Statistics Centre of Dubai, the population of the emirate was 1,771,000 as of 2009, which included 1,370,000 males and 401,000 females. 78% are male and 22% female.

Dubai population is unusual in that the majority of its population of 1.37 million is comprised of expatriates. The vast majority are low income workers from the Indian subcontinent and the Philippines, although there are a significant number of professionals from Europe and Australasia.

Dubai Population Growth

Dubai population growth is currently around 6% and increasing, making the city one of the fastest growing urban areas in the world. As you can see from the statistics Dubai is very much a male society. The distortion is caused by the huge number of construction workers (read Indian males) currently in Dubai.

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The region covers 497.1 square miles (1,287.4 km2). The population density is 408.18/km2 – more than eight times that of the entire country. Dubai is the second most expensive city in the region, and 20th most expensive city in the world.

As of 1998, 17% of the population of the emirate was made up of UAE nationals. Approximately 85% of the expatriate population (and 71% of the emirate’s total population) was Asian, chiefly Indian (51%), Pakistani (16%), Bangladeshi (9%) and Filipino (2.5%). A quarter of the population however reportedly traces their origins to Iran.

In addition, 16% of the Dubai population (or 288,000 persons) living in collective labor accommodation were not identified by ethnicity or nationality, but were thought to be primarily Asian.[67] The median age in the emirate was about 27 years. The crude birth rate, as of 2005, was 13.6%, while the crude death rate was about 1%.

Although Arabic is the official language of Dubai, Persian , Chinese ,Urdu, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil, Tagalog, and other languages are spoken in Dubai. English is the lingua franca of the city and is very widely spoken by residents. Read more at wiki.

Dubai population is expected to see a decline of 3.6 percent this year, and its economy contract by 0.4 percent, according to a report published by financial services company Shuaa Capital. “The key construction and real estate sector continues to be a drag on growth in the emirate,” Mahdi Mattar, head of Research and chief economist at Shuaa Capital said in the report.

Dubai Population in 2010

However, the UAE Vision 2010 report expects GDP growth in the UAE to reach 2.5 percent in 2010, up from -3.5 percent last year. “This growth will largely be driven by strong projected real GDP growth of 4.1 percent in Abu Dhabi. The capital will benefit from a recovery in oil prices and output this year, as well as strong growth in the non-hydrocarbon sector, which will be supported by government investment and spending,” Mattar said.

The report also expects the UAE markets to record gains of around 20 to 25 percent in 2010.

Residents moving to Dubai from locations such as Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are the most likely reason for a 7.6 percent rise in the emirate’s population last year, an expert from real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has claimed.

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“The major driver for this ‘Dubai Effect’ has been the reduction in residential rentals, which has resulted in Dubai becoming more competitive and therefore attractive for those working in the UAE,” JLL’s regional head of research Craig Plumb told Arabian Business on Tuesday.

“The other component of the ‘Dubai Effect’ is an increase in the number of households, as falling residential rentals are reducing the need for several households to share the same unit. The total demand for residential units is therefore increasing more rapidly than the overall population of Dubai.”

The JLL executive added that while the increase in demand was certainly good news for landlords, it was important to recognize that it is very dependent upon the level of rentals, with increased demand being driven largely by falling rental prices.

While Plumb welcomed the Dubai population growth data published by the Dubai Statistics Center on Monday, he called for a more detailed breakdown of the figures – such as information differentiating between locals and expats – which would allow for a greater level of analysis.

Jones Lang LaSalle has said it expects rentals to stabilize in some projects and locations in 2010, but that the overall level of residential rentals will decline further in 2010.

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