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80 newborns in Dubai daily, at the rate of 3 – 4 newborn in an hour

Image: Arif Obaid Al Muhairi, CEO of Dubai Statistics Center

Image: Arif Obaid Al Muhairi, CEO of Dubai Statistics Center

It Launches the Biostatistics System in Collaboration with the Health Authority, Dubai Courts and the Ministry of Health

Al Muhairi: An Advanced Statistical System that will make a shift in Biostatistics

Arif Obaid Al Muhairi, CEO of Dubai Statistics Center, disclosed that the Emirati women's total fertility rate has dropped to 3.4 newborns in 2014, while it was 3.7 in 2009. The total fertility rate of the Emirati woman fluctuated slightly from 2009 to 2014, the highest rate was achieved in 2011 at 3.9 newborns.

Al Muhairi pointed out that the annual average of Emirati newborns was 8,650 annually, against 18,464 annually for non-Emiratis, with 27,114 newborn annually from 2009 to 2014. He pointed out that these statistics were obtained from the biostatistics system of Dubai, which Al Muhairi considered to be an advanced statistic system that will make a shift in the biostatistics. DSC launched its first stage in collaboration with Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Courts and the Ministry of Health. The new system has an up to date central statistical data constantly updated, through which the biostatics flow from Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Courts and the Ministry of Health, hence all bio events; births, deaths, marriages and divorces among the different population sectors in Dubai with all their demographic, educational and social characteristics are displayed, published, analyzed and recorded according to the latest methodologies and recommendations issued by the UN in the field of biostatistics. The system will also facilitate knowing the key indicators related to biostatistics such as newborns, fertility, deaths and also marriage and divorce rates.

In 2014, there was a total of 29,282 newborns, at a monthly rate of 2,440, meaning that there are 81 newborns daily at the average of 3 – 4 newborns every hour.

Al Muhairi disclosed that the total number of newborns in Dubai increased in 2014 to 29,282 compared to 24,583 in 2009, at an increase rate of 19.1% during said period.

The rate of Emirati newborns was 8.3% in 2014 (8,579 newborns) compared to 7,924 newborns in 2009, while the non-Emirati newborns rate was 24.3% during said period, increasing from 16,659 in 2009 to 20,703 in 2014.

Statistics also show that the birth rate according to gender in 2014 was 105.2 males to 100 females, while it was among Emirati newborns 105.5 males to 100 females and for non-Emiratis 105.0 males to 100 females. The rate of 105 males to 100 females is considered ideal in any community.


The biostatistics report issued by DSC indicated a decrease in the total fertility of the Emirati woman to 3.4 newborns in 2014, while it was 3.7 newborns in 2009. Statistics show that the fertility rate of the Emirati woman was 3.8 newborns in 2010 and it slightly increased to reach 3.9 in 2011, then dropped to 3.8 in 2012, then decreased further in 2013 till it reached 3.5 newborns for each Emirati woman. It is worth noting that the fertility rate in the different countries is measured periodically every 5 years due to the fact that it does not change over short periods, as the programs, policies and plans related to it require long periods to know how these programs and plans reflect on the fertility indicators in these communities. The new fertility indicator measurement periodically each year represent an extra advantage and value that the Dubai Biostatistics system provide.

Fertility is the woman's ability to give birth since puberty at the age of 15 till menopause after the age of 49. Fertility is at its peak in the twenties. Normal fertility is the childbirth rate of the woman when she is not using any contraception. Demographists indicated that the maximum number a woman can give birth to in a lifetime is 16 children in average.