Dubai’s population has risen above three million – after the number of people living in the emirate surged by more than 200,000 in just 12 months, according to new statistics.
Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC) has revealed that the emirate’s population swelled to 3,136,400 by the end of the third quarter of 2018 – an increase of 232,000 on the same period in 2017.
Dubai’s active ‘daytime population’ is more than a million higher, at 4,291,400.
This figure reflects the number of people in the city, but not necessarily residents there, for work, leisure, holidays and other activities.
“The rise in population reflects Dubai’s growth as a dynamic economic and tourism hub,” said Arif Al Mehairi, DSC Executive Director.
“The population of non-resident workers and temporary residents in Dubai is currently 1,155,000, while the total active daytime population of the emirate is 4,291,400. As much as 37% of Dubai’s active daytime population comes from outside the emirate.
“DSC adopts international standards and methodologies to monitor Dubai’s rapidly changing population profile,” said Al Mehairi.
“Data of both the resident and transient population of Dubai is crucial to identify infrastructural, social and economic needs.
“It is necessary to provide planners, decision-makers and investors an integrated and holistic picture of the demographic realities and movement of people within the emirate.”
DSC said the number of temporary residents in the city has risen by 6.6 per cent over the last 12 months, with the total resident population rising by 1.1 per cent.
The latest population data from DSC also shows that males constitute 49.5 per cent of the Emirati population while females account for 50.5 per cent (89 males to 100 females).
In the total resident population of Dubai, males account for 2,195,480 with 940,920 females residing in the city.
The higher proportion of males in Dubai’s population (233 males to 100 females) is attributed to the fact that a majority of workers who move to the city from other parts of the world are males who live in Dubai without their families, according to DSC.
The data shows that two thirds of the population are aged between 20 and 44 (66.45 per cent).
Of this number, 17.97 per cent are aged 30 to 34 and 16.63 per cent fro 25 to 29.
Dubai’s population has rocketed from 12,000 back in 1881 to cross 3.1 million in 2018.