United Arab Emirates Population 2017

9,427,055

The United Arab Emirates (also called Emirates or just UAE) is an Arab country in the southeast region of the Arabian Peninsula. The UAE is a federation of 7 emirates, each governed by a hereditary emir who together form the Federal Supreme Council. The estimated 2017 population of the UAE is 9.40 million, up from 2014's estimate of 9.44 million.

The population of the UAE in 2016 is 9,157,000 according to UN estimates. Other estimates are as low as 5.7 million but do not take into consideration the high population of immigrants, which are estimated to make up 90% of the population.

The capital of the UAE is Abu Dhabi. Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai are considered two of the country's cultural and commercial centers. The United Arab Emirates has a very diverse population, of which only 10% are UAE nationals and the remainder is made up of expatriates. The UAE has the 7th highest net migration rate in the world at 12.36, as any expatriate is allowed under law to apply for UAE citizenship after living in the country for twenty years, assuming they have not been convicted of a crime and can speak Arabic. The UAE also has the highest gender imbalance in the world with a male/female ratio of 2.2, or 2.75 for the 15-65 age group.

The largest group of non-UAE nationals are South Asian (58%), followed by other Asians (17%) and Western expatriates (8.5%). There is an increasing presence of Europeans, particularly in cities like Dubai. Dubai is the largest city with a population of 2.4 million. Interestingly, Dubai is often misperceived as a country or a city-state. Sometimes, all of the UAE is described simply as "Dubai," which shows just how influential and well-known the city has become.

United Arab Emirates Population in 2018Source: FritzDaCat

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

United Arab Emirates Population Growth

The UAE's population has experienced sharp decline over the last decade, but this has reversed. Its urban population is predicted to grow to 9.9 million by 2020, at which point city dwellers will account for 85% of the region's population.

About United Arab Emirates

Official NameUnited Arab Emirates
Languages SpokenArabic
BordersOMN, SAU
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude2454
Currencies UsedAED

United Arab Emirates Population Density

Name Population
Dubai1,137,347
Abu Dhabi603,492
Sharjah543,733
Al Ain408,733
Ajman226,172
Ras al-Khaimah115,949
Al Fujayrah62,415
Umm al Qaywayn44,411
Khawr Fakkan33,575
Dibba Al-Fujairah30,000
Dibba Al-Hisn26,395
Adh Dhayd24,716
Ar Ruways16,000
Muzayri`10,000

United Arab Emirates Population Clock

What is the population of United Arab Emirates (as of 11/15/2017)?9,427,055
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)9,400,145
Births Per Day53
Deaths Per Day9
Net Migrations Per Day 151
Net Change Per Day 195
Population Change Since January 1st62,205

United Arab Emirates Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 10.124 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 1.769 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 5.796 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 77.46 years
Male Life Expectancy 76.828 years
Female Life Expectancy 78.998 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.734 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.837 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.045 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 5.338 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 6.193 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 26.401 years
Rate of Natural Increase 8.221
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 2.147%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.57%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.327%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 7.883%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 8.517%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 6.078%
Median Age (Total) 30.3 years
Median Age (Female) 25.1 years
Median Age (Male) 32.1 years

United Arab Emirates Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20179,400,14572.40%27.60%1121.33%
20159,154,30273.13%26.87%1102.05%
20108,270,68474.50%25.50%9912.55%
20054,579,56270.26%29.74%557.74%
20003,154,92567.49%32.51%385.20%
19952,448,82066.43%33.57%295.65%
19901,860,17465.62%34.38%225.98%
19851,391,05265.07%34.93%175.94%
19801,042,38469.60%30.40%1213.46%
1975554,32469.42%30.58%718.67%
1970235,49963.30%36.70%39.39%
1965150,36258.59%41.42%210.17%
196092,63450.04%49.96%13.09%
195579,57850.27%49.73%12.72%
195069,58850.69%49.32%10.00%

United Arab Emirates Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20209,813,17071.41%28.59%1170.00%
202510,435,28769.97%30.03%1251.24%
203011,054,57968.66%31.34%1321.16%
203511,642,33567.53%32.47%1391.04%
204012,207,33366.47%33.53%1460.95%
204512,721,86165.50%34.50%1520.83%
205013,163,54864.64%35.36%1570.68%
205513,536,29263.85%36.15%1620.56%
206013,850,93163.16%36.84%1660.46%
206514,118,24862.57%37.43%1690.38%
207014,342,41262.06%37.94%1720.32%
207514,523,72861.60%38.40%1740.25%
208014,658,58061.13%38.87%1750.19%
208514,745,50360.61%39.39%1760.12%
209014,788,06660.04%39.96%1770.06%
209514,795,22859.46%40.54%1770.01%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer