Abu Dhabi Population 2017

The United Arab Emirates is made up of seven separate emirates and, among those, Abu Dhabi ranks second in population, behind Dubai. Abu Dhabi is also the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and is considered its largest city, based on available land. Abu Dhabi houses the government offices and carries out all government-related tasks for the UAE.

Population

The population of Abu Dhabi can be difficult to determine as 79.6% of the overall population are not actually residents of the city. However, the numbers indicate that the combined population of both residents and non-residents is 2.784 million people. The growth rate of the Abu Dhabi is 4.8% as increasing numbers of people enjoy the exceptional economy of the area.

Demographics

Abu Dhabi maintains a demographic structure much like that of other areas throughout the world where much of the population lives in urban areas. The urban population is 1,698,961 and the rural population is 1,085,529. There are more males than females within Abu Dhabi, with 1,831,741 males and 952,749 females. The city also has a large UAE national population at 536,741 people. The average life expectancy within Abu Dhabi is 76 years for men and 79.9 years for women.

Employment

The labor force within Abu Dhabi is quite high at 83.1% of the total population. However, the number of women in the workforce is rather low when compared to other parts of the world. Women make up just 21.4% of the overall population of working age people. Unemployment within Abu Dhabi is low as there are plenty of employment opportunities within the city, and the cost of living is quite high. The current unemployment rate is just 3.7%, which is very low when considering the fact that other countries and cities have unemployment rates into the double digits.

Education

The education system within the United Arab Emirates is truly remarkable and in Abu Dhabi alone there are 442 different schools teaching 366,029 students. Upon graduating, those that choose to stay in Abu Dhabi are privileged to have the opportunity to attend one of nine universities. The percentage of illiteracy in Abu Dhabi is low due to the excellent school system. The numbers reflect the fact that only 6.4% of the population above the age of ten are considered illiterate. The numbers can be broken down further between men and women, with 6.5% of men and 6.2% of women falling into the category of illiteracy.

Transportation

Although most of the citizens and non-residents of Abu Dhabi travel by private vehicles, there is a public transportation service within the city. It is not as expansive as some since the service has only been active since 2008, but it does boast 650 buses servicing the 95 routes in varying parts of Abu Dhabi. To date, the service has provided transportation to more than 50 million people and counting.

Abu Dhabi Population in 2018Source: By FritzDaCat (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Abu Dhabi Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20301,608,0009.31%137,000
20251,471,00011.19%148,000
20201,323,0008.98%109,000
20171,214,0006.03%69,000
20151,145,00030.26%266,000
2010879,00034.20%224,000
2005655,00029.70%150,000
2000505,00028.83%113,000
1995392,00018.43%61,000
1990331,00018.64%52,000
1985279,00021.83%50,000
1980229,00090.83%109,000
1975120,00093.55%58,000
197062,00093.75%30,000
196532,000100.00%16,000
196016,000100.00%8,000
19558,000100.00%4,000
19504,0000.00%0
Abu Dhabi Population Growth

Abu Dhabi's 2017 population is now estimated at 1,214,000. In 1950, the population of Abu Dhabi was 4,000. Abu Dhabi has grown by 69,000 in the last year, which represents a 6.03% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Abu Dhabi, which typically includes Abu Dhabi's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations