Dubai is unusual in that the majority of its population of 1.8 million is comprised of expatriates. The vast majority are low income workers from the Indian subcontinent and the Philippines, although there are a significant number of professionals from Europe and Australasia.
77% are male and 23% female. The gender distortion is due to the large number of foreign construction workers employed in the city.
At the end of the first quarter of 2010, the population growth rate stood at 2 percent.