Abu Dhabi Population 2021

1,511,768
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Abu Dhabi's 2021 population is now estimated at 1,511,768. In 1950, the population of Abu Dhabi was 4,000. Abu Dhabi has grown by 28,952 since 2015, which represents a 1.95% annual 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.

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 the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and is also considered its second largest city, based on available land - with 972 square kilometers to consider. 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 residents of the city. However, the numbers indicate that the 2016 total population of both residents and non-residents is 2.908 million people. The growth rate of the Abu Dhabi is 5.6% between 2010 and 2016 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 over 550,000 people. The average life expectancy within Abu Dhabi is 75.9 years for men and 79.5 years for women.

The official religion is Islam. The official language used here is Arabic, while English is also in majority use.

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, and in Abu Dhabi alone there are 441 different schools teaching 373,586 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 different parts of Abu Dhabi. To date, the service has provided transportation to more than 50 million people and counting.

Abu Dhabi Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20351,849,5801.20%21,886
20341,827,6941.22%21,961
20331,805,7331.24%22,104
20321,783,6291.27%22,330
20311,761,2991.31%22,711
20301,738,5881.35%23,133
20291,715,4551.39%23,562
20281,691,8931.44%23,971
20271,667,9221.48%24,366
20261,643,5561.53%24,815
20251,618,7411.60%25,457
20241,593,2841.68%26,285
20231,566,9991.76%27,169
20221,539,8301.86%28,062
20211,511,7681.95%28,952
20201,482,8162.12%30,759
20191,452,0572.28%32,358
20181,419,6995.68%76,346
20171,343,3535.68%72,241
20161,271,1125.68%68,356
20151,202,7565.68%64,680
20141,138,0765.68%61,202
20131,076,8745.68%57,833
20121,019,0415.69%54,873
2011964,1685.68%51,850
2010912,3186.99%59,629
2009852,6896.98%55,658
2008797,0317.00%52,164
2007744,8676.99%48,684
2006696,1836.28%41,114
2005655,0695.34%33,189
2004621,8805.35%31,592
2003590,2885.34%29,947
2002560,3415.34%28,428
2001531,9135.34%26,949
2000504,9645.35%25,653
1999479,3115.34%24,317
1998454,9945.34%23,083
1997431,9115.34%21,883
1996410,0284.48%17,587
1995392,4413.47%13,175
1994379,2663.47%12,732
1993366,5343.47%12,288
1992354,2463.48%11,909
1991342,3373.47%11,493
1990330,8443.47%11,106
1989319,7383.47%10,720
1988309,0183.48%10,388
1987298,6303.47%10,025
1986288,6053.30%9,216
1985279,3893.09%8,378
1984271,0113.10%8,149
1983262,8623.10%7,893
1982254,9693.10%7,656
1981247,3137.88%18,058
1980229,25513.89%27,968
1979201,28713.87%24,524
1978176,76313.87%21,537
1977155,22613.85%18,888
1976136,33813.90%16,637
1975119,70113.88%14,593
1974105,10813.88%12,814
197392,29413.86%11,237
197281,05713.90%9,894
197171,16313.88%8,676
197062,48713.88%7,618
196954,86913.86%6,680
196848,18914.58%6,133
196742,05614.84%5,435
196636,62114.84%4,733
196531,88814.82%4,116
196427,77214.86%3,594
196324,17814.84%3,125
196221,05314.84%2,721
196118,33214.82%2,366
196015,96614.87%2,067
195913,89914.84%1,796
195812,10314.84%1,564
195710,53914.83%1,361
19569,17814.85%1,187
19557,99114.85%1,033
19546,95814.84%899
19536,05914.82%782
19525,27714.87%683
19514,59414.85%594
19504,0000.00%

Abu Dhabi Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Dubai2,921,3761.50%
Sharjah1,736,7993.10%
Abu Dhabi1,511,7681.95%
Al Ain622,6751.93%
Ajman398,5941.67%

Other Cities in United Arab Emirates

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

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