Similarly to its neighbors in the GCC, UAE is relying heavily on foreign labor to keep its projects and economy running. Alongside Qatar, the country has the highest percentage of immigrants in relation to its own citizens, with the later amounting to about 10% of the total population.


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It is important to note that the UAE National Bureau of Statistics does not publish demographic data broken down by nationality. Hence all the figures listed in the table below are estimates, however they are provided by the countries on the list – more specifically their respective Embassies in UAE.

Our decision to insist on Embassy data stems from the fact that we tried to attain as “official” information as possible and to create a common ground which equates all the sources. There are however exceptions, as in some cases it was not possible to acquire Embassy data due to us being unable to reach them, countries saying they are not allowed to share that data or in some cases simply not possessing it.

THE LIST

NATIONALS OF POPULATION % OF TOTAL POPULATION YEAR OF DATA
India 2,600,000 27,15% 2014
Pakistan 1,200,000 12,53% 2014
UAE 1,084,764 11,32% 2015
Bangladesh 700,000 7,31% 2013
Philippines 525,530 5,49% 2014
Iran* 400,000 – 500,000 4,18% – 5,22% N/A
Egypt* 400,000 4,18% 2014
Nepal 300,000 3,13% 2014
Sri Lanka 300,000 3,13% 2015
China 200,000 2,09% 2015
Jordan 200,000 2,09% 2015
Afghanistan 150,000 1,57% <2011
Palestine 150,000 1,57% 2009
United Kingdom 120,000 1,25% 2015
South Africa 100,000 1,04% 2014
Lebanon* 100,000 1,04% 2015
Ethiopia 90,000 0,94% 2014
Yemen 90,000 0,94% 2013
Indonesia 85,000 0,89% 2015
Sudan 75,000 0,78% 2013
Saudi Arabia 70,000 0,73% 2014
Somalia 70,000 0,73% 2015
Iraq 52,000 0,54% 2014
USA 50,000 0,52% 2015
Canada 40,000 0,42% 2014
Kenya 40,000 0,42% 2014
France 25,000 0,26% 2015
Australia 16,000 0,17% 2015
Germany 12,000 0,12% 2013
Spain 12,000 0,11% 2015
Algeria 10,000 0,10% 2014
Italy 10,000 0,10% 2014
South Korea 10,000 0,10% 2014
Thailand 10,000 0,10% 2014
Turkey 10,000 0,10% 2014
Azerbaijan 7,000 0,07% 2015
Ireland 7,000 0,07% 2015
Malaysia 6,000 – 7,000 0,06% – 0,07% 2015
Kazakhstan 5,000 – 6,000 0,05% – 0,06% 2015
Greece 5,000 0,05% 2015
Mauritania 5,000 0,05% 2015
Netherlands 5,000 0,05% 2015
Serbia 5,000 0,05% 2015
Ukraine 5,000 0,05% 2014
Sweden 4,000 0,04% 2015
Denmark 3,000 – 4,000 ~0,03% 2015
Mexico 3,000 – 3,500 ~0,03% 2014
Belgium 3,000 0,03% 2015
Eritrea 3,000 0,03% 2015
Japan 2,603 ~0,03% 2015
Dominican Republic 2,000-3,000 0,02% – 0,03% 2015
Austria 2,500 ~0,03% 2015
Belarus 2,500 ~0,03% 2015
Hungary 2,500 ~0,03% 2015
Switzerland 2,430 ~0,03% 2013
Poland 2,348 ~0,02% 2015
Singapore >2,000 ~0,02% 2015
BIH 1,000 – 2,000 0,01% – 0,02% 2015
Czech Republic 1,500 ~0,02% 2015
Venezuela 1,200 ~0,01% 2015
Norway 1,184 ~0,01% 2015
Finland 1,180 ~0,01% 2014
Cyprus 1,000 ~0,01% 2014
Slovakia 1,000 ~0,01% 2014
Senegal 700 – 800 < 0,01% 2015
Ghana 500 < 0,01% 2015
New Zealand 444 < 0,01% 2015
Taiwan 400 < 0,01% 2015
Latvia 300 < 0,01% 2014
Peru 300 < 0,01% 2015
Chile 270 < 0,01% 2014
Albania 200 – 300 < 0,01% 2015
Chad 200 < 0,01% 2015
Slovenia 100 – 150 < 0,01% 2015
Angola 100 < 0,01% 2015
TOTAL (countries on this list) 9,334,504 – 9,439,503
TOTAL (official UAE 2010 census) 8,264,070
TOTAL (2015 UN estimate) 9,577,000

The figures for the countries which are marked with “*” cannot be directly sourced to Embassy statements, even if they might have originated from them. Although these figures do not fully meet our standards for inclusion on the list, we have nevertheless used some for nationalities, which are clearly present in bigger numbers. Some of those are Iran, Egypt and Lebanon. The reason for that is to show at least rough numbers as the list would be incomplete if we were to leave them out.

In fact the list is not complete and we do not claim these are the only nationalities living in UAE. On the contrary, the list only shows the population of nationals of the countries for which it was possible to collect reliable data for. Having said that it currently is the most detailed, wide ranging and recent resource on the numbers of different nationalities living in UAE.

We have tried to get as recent information as possible and mostly stuck to 2014 or 2015 data. Only in 8 out of 70 cases the figures are older and mostly correspond to 2013, with Iran, Afghanistan and Palesting being older.

This is bq magazine´s first stab at creating a UAE population by nationality overview. We started with Qatar in December 2013 and have updated that article in December 2014 again to include new data. Similarly UAE will be updated on a yearly basis and include more and more nationalities.

More than 50% of people come from South Asia

Population of UAE by nationality graphic depiction

The nationals of South Asian countries (in this case the data relates to Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) comprise around 55% of UAE´s total population. According to IOM´s “Arab Migration in a globalized world” the share of South Asians in UAE has always been high, however its trajectory has been going up consistently in comparison to the Arab expatriates, which have seen a decline in percentage ever since mid 1970s. This follows a similar pattern to other Gulf countries, which in the past relied to a higher extent to Arab migrants, than they do today.

Population explosion


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Sources:

1.) Data provided to bq magazine directly by embassies (phone, email or their websites): Angola, Chad, Peru, Taiwan, New Zealand, Ghana, Finland, Norway, Venezuela, Poland, Austria, Belarus, Hungary, Japan, Belgium, Eritrea, Sweden, Mauritania, Netherlands, Serbia, Ireland, Australia, France, USA, Somalia, UK, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Spain, Thailand, Singapore, Slovenia, Denmark and Switzerland.

2.) Existing sources previously published in the media: Chile, Latvia, Cyprus, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, Germany, Canada, Kenya, Iraq, Sudan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Yemen, South Africa, Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India:

3.) Sources wishing to remain anonymous: Greece

4.) UAE population: http://www.uaestatistics.gov.ae/ReportPDF/Population%20Estimates%202006%20-%202010.pdf

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