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Household Expenditure and Income Survey
The household expenditure and income survey is one of the surveys that helps examine the social and economic levels for households, identify welfare of society, as well as identify patterns of household spending and consumption
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Contact organization
Dubai Statistics Center
Contact organization unit
Prices & Cost of Living Statistics Section Section
Contact name
Corporate Communication & Customer Service Section
Contact person function
Customer Care
Contact mail address
P.O. Box: 121222 Dubai, UAE
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Data description
The Household Income and Expenditure Survey provides data:
- Expenditures
- Income
- Housing Charactristics
- Indivisual Charactristics
• Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP) 1999, UN
• Classification of Countries and Nationalities (UN 2014).
• International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED); ISCED Fields of Education and Training, 2013.
• International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO).
• The International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities, Rev. 4 “ISIC4”.
Sector coverage

Household Sector in Emirate of Dubai

Statistical concepts and definitions

Households It is an individual or more who share a house and another aspect of living arrangements, who form together one living unit that spends on its consumer needs of commodities and services from the combined revenue it has either its source is one individual of the household members or more, and they may be relatives. The household also defined as one or more persons living together and they jointly provide food or other basic needs of living, and these persons can collect their income and they can have a common budget, may be relatives, may be not relatives, or a combination of the two.
The household-maids who do not live in the same place will be exclude even if the household provides them with food and some expenses. The household, in the household expenditure and income survey, includes Emirati and non-Emirati households.

Collective household It is a group of individuals (2 or more) irrespective of their nationalities who share together a house, but they do not share food and other expenses, and usually are not relatives. A collective household does not have a head and it is often of the same sex, i.e. males or females. Collective households in the household expenditure and income survey are only a non-Emirati.

Labor Camps It is a group of laborers (50 or more) individuals working in the same enterprise, reside in the same collective housing, and do not share food, and the housing is supervised by the employer (government or private) and in the form of a (single or multi-storey building, separate rooms, caravans, warehouses, etc.) and often these buildings are employer-owned or rented.

Household Spending The money spent on buying commodities and services used for life purposes, as well as the value of commodities and services received by the household from the employer for household consumption, in addition to the money that is spent on fees and taxes (non-investment), Zakat, insurance, gifts, donations, interest on debt, and other consumer matters.

Head of the Household One of the usual household members (according to the definition of household) who is +15 years old and regarded by the rest of its members as the head. The head of the household is not required to be the eldest, the one with the biggest income, or of a particular sex (male or female).  S/he is not required to be relate to most of its members.  However, s/he is required to be an adult and sane, and is included among its members at the time of the survey.

Consumer Spending Cash spent on buying commodities and services used for the purposes of life, and the value of commodities and services received by the household from the employer and allocated for household's consumption. This also includes the value of commodities provided to the household as gifts, commodities that consumed during the registration period of household production, and the estimated value of owned house rent. Total consumption (consumer spending) = cash spending on food and other than food + own production of food and other than food (including rent).

Income The cash or in-kind revenue earned by the individual or household during a specific period such as week, month, or year.
Income consists of the following sources:
- Salaries and wages.
- Income from private business.
- Income from property.
- Transferred income (retirement pensions, transfers from non-profit institutions, subsidies, transfers from household members, social insurance, end of service indemnities, and compensations).
- Self-production (self-production of food and non-food, and rent).

Statistical unit

The household income and expenditure survey is based on the household as a statistical sampling unit

Statistical population
The Household Income and Expenditure Survey is based on a study population comprised of (Emirati, non-Emirati, collective, and labor classes) residing within the Emirate.
Reference area
Emirateof Dubai
Time coverage
Base period
Household expenditure and income survey is based on (number - value - percentage ..... etc)
Household Expenditure and Income Survey is based on different reference periods depending on the type of data collected:
- The first day of visit
- A year prior to the month of the visit
- Month
- Quarter
- Annual
Legal acts and other agreements

Dubai Statistics Center specializes in the construction of a modern and comprehensive statistical system and shall be the only official source for the collection, analysis and publication of Statistical information and data in the Emirate adopting harmonized methodological international standards in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of statistical data. For more information, please see the law number (28) related to Dubai Statistics Center

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Data sharing
The dataare shared with the local Government Federal Competitiveness and StatisticsAuthority
Confidentiality - policy

Data confidentiality is governed by law number (28) for the year 2015 about Dubai Statistics Center, article number (9) 'Confidentiality of Statistical Data.

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Release calendar
The reports of the project are published according to the statistical calendar displayed on the website of Dubai Statistics Center after 12 month of the refrence period.
Release calendar access
You can view the statistical calendar through the following link
Every Five Years
News release
Officialwebsite / newspapers / social media
On-line database
Availableunder specific authorities for certain parties
Micro-data access
Detaileddata is not published for reasons of data confidentiality. Only aggregatedata is available for public publication.
DSCApplication, Interactive Statistics, Idash Board
Documentation on methodology

The project was implemented according to GSBPM where it takes into consideration statistical quality scopes according to Statistical   data quality charter for the Emirate of Dubai that is adopted by the center specially those related accuracy, objectivity and comparability, since the classifications and methodologies used make the results of this project comparable on national regional and international levels being based on international classifications and methodologies.

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User needs
1. Identifying the consumables spending patterns prevailing in the society of the Emirate of Dubai.
2. Identifying the averages of household and individual’s spending on various commodities and services, and how these are influenced by social characteristics such as nationality, educational level, and marital status.
3. Providing weights reflecting the relative importance of the various items of spending which are used in building the consumer prices index.
4. Calculating quantities and values of consumption of commodities and services and estimating future demand.
5. Measuring the rate of inflation.
6. Identifying the categories of household income and the availability of food security for them.
7. Studying the impact of the high level of prices of commodities and services to consumers.
8. Studying the wages levels and their impact on the domestic consumer spending (such as housing, education, and health).
9. Providing the needs of National Accounts System of data needed for the preparation of national accounts on the final consumption of the domestic sector.
10. Providing particular data for the calculation of various indicators of poverty including poverty lines, rates, and gaps in addition to providing the data needed to assess the level and direction of the welfare of households and individuals.
11. Providing particular data for the preparation of food budget on individual’s consumption of food calorie.
12. Identifying the activities of the unorganized sector, including agriculture which is within the household sector (outside the agriculture establishment), and its importance to the national economy.
Source data
Field survey
Frequency of data collection
- Monthly
- Quarterly
- Annually
Data collection
Field survey
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