Current Population Statistics
According to the Dubai Statistics Center (part of the Government of Dubai) the current resident population of Dubai is 2,989,357 (figure last updated on Monday 22nd of January 2018).
Data from the Dubai Statistics Center website shows that the resident population of Dubai at the end of 2014 was approximately 2,327,000 while the active daytime population was 3,408,000.
The active daytime population comprises residents plus persons working in Dubai but living outside the city, tourists, sailors and other temporary residents. Many Dubai workers choose to live in the neighbouring Emirate of Sharjah where rents are significantly cheaper.
The graph and table below show the resident, temporary, and active daytime (resident + temporary) population of Dubai by year from 2007 to 2014.
|Year||Permanent Residents||Temporary Residents||Active Daytime Population|
Dubai is unusual in that the majority of its population is comprised of expatriates. Most are low income workers from the countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Iran, Egypt, Nepal, and China. There are fewer, but significant, numbers of professional workers from countries such as the UK, South Africa, the US, Canada, France, and Australia.
69 percent of the permanent resident population at the end of 2014 was male (1,613,000 out of 2,327,000) while 31 percent was female (714,000 out of 2,327,000). The gender distortion is mainly due to the large number of foreign male workers that do not relocate with their family. Many are construction workers, typically living in labour camps.
|Year||Permanent Residents - Male||Permanent Residents - Female||Permanent Residents - Total|
The growth rate of Dubai’s resident population at the end of 2014 was 5.11 percent; consistent with 2013, 2012, and 2011.