UAE Travel Guide
Demographics of the UAE
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In 2006, UAE's population stood at about 4.1 million of which approximately 21.9% were nationals and the rest were foreigners. As a consequence, UAE nationals form a minority of those who reside in the country.
UAE has one of the most diverse populations in the Middle East.19% of the country's population is Emirati, 23% are other Arabs or Persians while the majority of the population, about 50%, is from South Asia. The UAE's relatively higher standard of living and economic opportunities has attracted workers from developing countries like India, Philippines, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In 2007, there were approximately 1.4 million Indian nationals residing in the UAE, making them the single largest expatriate community in the oil-rich nation. Thousands of Palestinians, who came as either political refugees or Temporary employment, also live in the United Arab Emirates. There is also a sizable population of people from Egypt, Somalia and Sudan who migrated to the UAE before its formation. The UAE has also attracted a small number of expatriates from developed countries in the West.
The population of the UAE has an unnatural sex distribution consisting of more than twice as many males as females. The 15-65 age group has a male/female sex ratio of 2.743. The UAE's gender imbalance is only surpassed by other Arab countries in the Persian Gulf region.
The most populated city is Dubai, with approximately 1.6 million people. Other major cities include Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, and Fujairah. About 88% of the population of the United Arab Emirates is urban. The remaining inhabitants live in tiny towns scattered throughout the country or in one of the many desert oilfield camps in the nation.
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