Emirati Women Constitute 50.5% of Total Emirati Population of Dubai
Image: Afaf Bu Ossaiba- Director, Economic Statistics at DSC
The Emirati females constitute 50.5% of the total Emirati population residing in Dubai by the end of 2018, and that 29.9% of them are in the youth bracket between 15 and 30 years, the Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) has revealed in a statistical report that monitors the realities of Emirati women in Dubai.
Senior Positions and Specialist Posts
12.2% of working Emirati women residing in Dubai occupy senior positions within the categories of senior employees and directors, DSC report revealed. The report also shows that 37.0% of Dubai Emirati women hold specialist posts compared to only 16.2% of Emirati males.
In this regard, Ms. Afaf Ahmed Bu Ossaiba. Director, Economic Statistics at DSC, commented that such figures firm up the success of government policies and strategies designed to empower women in various fields, to achieve gender balance and to provide equal employment opportunities for both Emirati men and women.
Competency Bu Ossaiba pointed out that the results of the Annual Labor Force Survey conducted by DSC on a sample of the Dubai society affirm the competency of Emirati women and their positive participation in the labor market. She stated that the number of Emirati working women in the labor market and residing in Dubai surged from 29,596 in 2017 to become 30,161 in 2018. Such a significant rise in numbers makes up 36.5% of the total Emirati labor force residing in Dubai in 2018. Bu Ossaiba attributed the increase in numbers of Emirati working women to the fact that most of them earned high scientific degrees. “Indeed, 54.9% of the Emirati working females hold a bachelor’s degree and above of the total Emirati women employed and resided in Dubai. Moreover, the majority of Emirati working women are engaged in vital strategic activities, including public administration, education, and financial and insurance activities. “Based on the registers data submitted by the DSC local departments, the percentage of Emirati working women holding posts in the local government reached 37.2% of the total Emiratis appointed in this sector by the end of 2018,” Bu Ossaiba stated.
Economic Participation Rate The net economic participation rate of Emirati women in Dubai (labor force as a percentage of the population aged 15 years and above) was 36.5% in 2018, the DSC report revealed.
Bu Ossaiba emphasized that Emirati women enjoy active economic participation in the labor market, where Emirati women constitute 37.4% % of the Emirati labor force in Dubai.
Remarkable Superiority of Emirati Women in the Education Sector Bu Ossaiba brought to light the fact that the statistical reports of the Emirate of Dubai showed the superiority of Emirati women over males in many strategic sectors, for example, but not limited to, is the education sector. She stated: “The rate of female teachers reached 97.3% in the academic year 2017/2018 of the total male teachers, significantly outperforming male teachers by 94.5 percent. The reason behind such a high percentage is that males often prefer to work in other sectors.”
Higher Education The DSC report also revealed that the percentage of Emirati women holding a bachelor degree and above in Dubai in 2018 compared to Emirati males is higher by 4.1 percent. The Emirati females who hold a bachelor degree and above stood at 29.5% of the total of Emirati women residing in Dubai in 2018, while the Emirati males’ percentage stood at 25.4 %. The data submitted to DSC through the Knowledge and Human Development Authority and the Ministry of Education indicated that there is an increase in the percentage of Emirati female students enrolled in higher education institutions in Dubai compared to male students. The female percentage was 52.5% of the total number of students enrolled in Dubai schools during the academic year 2017/2018.