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Dubai’s Population Rises to 3,356,000 with an Annual Growth Rate of 5% Compared to 2018

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The latest demographic statistics reports issued by the Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) published at the end of 2019 have unveiled that the number of individuals habitually domiciled, and resident in Dubai are counted for 3,355,900.  

The number of people living in the emirate has increased by 163,625 persons compared to the last 12 months of 2018 when the total population of Dubai was 3,192,275. This shows a growth rate of 5% during the said period. 


DSC defines a population as the number of individuals habitually domiciled and resident within the geographical territories of the “Emirate of Dubai” at a specified period. 


“The demographics in the Emirate of Dubai are distinguished like other cities of an international nature where the rate of population growth depends on those arriving in the Emirate to reside and work and those leaving it for any reason,” DSC pointed out. This means that the rate of population growth in Dubai is profoundly affected by the percentage of the net increase in arrivals compared to the rate of natural increase.


The DSC report shows that the average net increase of arrivals to Dubai during 2019 was nearly 4.0%, while the rate of natural growth stood at 1.0%. The rise shows that Dubai is one of the most attractive cities in the world for people who select it as their destination to reside, work, or invest in it. 


DSC pointed out that the population growth rate is the result of subtracting the number of departures from those arriving in Dubai for living and residing in it for a specific period, in addition to the natural increase of the population which is the result of subtracting deaths from births within the same period.


Gender Composition


DSC highlighted the fact that to develop all plans, programs, and policies of all development aspects in Dubai including the health and education, it is crucial to identify the gender of the population who are habitually domiciled and resident in Dubai.


The latest population data shows that males percentage stood at a rise in the total population as the percentage is 228 males per 100 females. In the total resident population of Dubai, there are 2,331,800 males and 1,240,100 females in the city at the end of 2019. 


The higher proportion of males in Dubai’s population has been attributed to the fact that a majority of workers who move to the city from other parts of the world are males who live in Dubai without their families, DSC said.




As for the demographic composition of Emiratis living in Dubai, DSC stated that it is balanced and natural. The gender ratio among Emiratis is 99 males per 100 females and that the percentage of Emirati females constitutes 50.4% compared to 49.6% for males out of the total Emiratis who regularly reside in Dubai.