Estimated total population of the United Arab Emirates 2024

The statistic shows the estimated total population of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 2014 to 2024. In 2018, approximately 10.43 million inhabitants were estimated to live in the UAE.

Population of the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have undergone extreme demographic changes over the past decade. With the increasing developments, tourism and global recognition of cities in the UAE like Abu Dhabi and Dubai, it is to no surprise that the total population has grown by about 6 million people over the past decade. However, the majority of the total population of the UAE are expatriates. Any expatriate having lived in the UAE for a minimum of 20 years can apply for a citizenship, consequently, the growing total population is mainly due to the growing number of expatriates who become citizens and the high number of immigrants which gives the UAE the world’s highest net migration rate. This becomes evident when looking at the fertility rate, the average rate of children born per fertile woman in a year in the UAE, which has been steadily declining over the last decade.

Life expectancy, however, has been increasing steadily over the same time span. It is interesting to note that, despite this increase, total population of the UAE consists mainly of people between the ages of 15 to 64, another fact pointing towards expatriates and immigrants contributing to the increasing numbers.

United Arab Emirates: Estimated total population from 2014 to 2024

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Release date

October 2019


United Arab Emirates

Survey time period

2014 to 2024

Supplementary notes

Due to the high level of uncertainty in current global economic conditions, the IMF does not offer projections for this economic indicator at this time. Data will be updated as soon as they are available.

All figures are estimates.

Values have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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