The total population of the United Arab Emirates for 2009 was 4.59 million, increasing by about 2.5% over the previous year.
(Source: World Bank)
The gender ratio in the country is imbalanced as the male population greatly out numbers the female population. Specifically, there are about 205.5 males for every 100 females in the country
(Source: UN, World Bank)
The population below 14 makes up 19% of the total population. Furthermore, 2.1% women and 1.9% men (% of total population) were aged above 60 years of age.
(Source: World Bank, UN Data)
Infant mortality rate
The mortality rate of infants (per 1,000 live births) was registered at 7 in 2009.
The country recorded a total of 7,789 deaths in 2009. Of the total deaths, 1,940 were female and 5,848 were male.
The average life expectancy in United Arab Emirates for males is 77 years and for females it is 79 years (2009).
(Source: World Bank, BBC, UAE Statistics)
Migration and urbanisation
International migrant stock is recorded at 3,293,300 individuals, or approximately 70% of the entire population.
UAE is amongst the most urbanised countries in the region. 3.58 million people, or 77.9% of total population in 2009 lived in urban areas. The urban population in the country has grown at an annual rate of 2.9% between 2005 and 2010. Furthermore, for the same period, the rural population grew at a considerably slower rate of 2.5% per year.
(Source: World Bank, UN)
Ethnic groups in United Arab Emirates include:
· South Asian
· East Asian
A large proportion of the population follows Islam (96%). Specifically, of the total Islamic population, 80% are Sunni and 16% are Shiite. Additonally, the country also has a minority population of Christians and Hindus.
Human development index (HDI)
The country ranks 32nd out of 169 countries on the HDI conducted by the United Nations. The HDI provides a composite measure of three dimensions of human development - living a long and healthy life (measured by life expectancy), being educated (measured by adult literacy and gross enrolment in education) and having a decent standard of living (measured by purchasing power parity, PPP, income).