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“Dubai Statistics” Concludes Data Collection of the Nationwide Household Income and Expenditure Survey

Image: Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of DSC

Image: Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of DSC

The Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) has put the last touches to the fieldwork of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey Project targeted 3,960 households in Dubai, including: 1476 Emirati households, 1572 non-Emirati households, 672 collective households and 240 collective laborers. 


In a press statement to Al Bayan Newspaper, Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of DSC, stated that the preliminary results of the survey will be announced by 1st March 2020, while the final findings will be announced by May 2020. He also pointed out that the survey is conducted every 5 years per the international practice.


“The field researchers commenced their tasks on 1st January 2019 and lasted for a whole one year to cover services on a seasonal basis throughout the year,” Al Muhairi said.


He indicated that the survey has two key dimensions. “The first dimension is social and helps to identify the level of the society's wellbeing and highlights ​​the patterns of family spending and levels of living standards within the society. The second dimension is economic and helps to build the consumer price indices, to extract the inflation index and meet the requirements of the national accounts system.”


Al Muhairi added: “The national statistical project has profound impacts on the social and economic planning processes. Indeed, its results would shape many indicators as the survey monitors shifts in consumption patterns and changes in income of different segments of the society.”


He put an accent on the fact that the survey will provide information that cannot be made available except and only through such a nationwide survey and cannot be provided through the normal administrative databases, in accordance with statistical standards that are meant to ensure access to detailed, comprehensive, accurate and high-quality data.


20K Households

Noteworthy, the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) launched a nationwide household income and spending survey 2019 in December 2018 in cooperation with the Ministry of Community Development (MOCD) and National Statistical Centers. The survey set to involve more than 20,000 households in the UAE.

The survey was launched with the support of 350 field researchers. The survey helps extract more than 65 indicators, including the basket of goods and services, consumer price indices, cost of living index, and price indices to help assess the level, direction and structure of the economic well-being of families.