Current Population Statistics
According to the Dubai Statistics Center (part of the Government of Dubai) the current resident population of Dubai is 3,420,351 (figure last updated on Friday 9th of April 2021).
Data from the Dubai Statistics Center website shows that the resident population of Dubai at the end of 2018 was 3,192,275 while the active daytime population was 4,382,275.
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 2016 to 2018.
|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.
70 percent of the permanent resident population at the end of 2018 was male (2,233,390 out of 3,192,275) while 30 percent was female (958,885 out of 3,192,275). 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.
The growth rate of Dubai’s resident population at the end of 2018 was 7.2 percent.