Dubai’s resident population reached 3,136,400 at the end of the third quarter of 2018, according to Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC), growth of 7.7% year on year.
The emirate’s ‘active daytime population’, meanwhile, is around 4,291,400, driven by daily commuters from neighbouring emirates.
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HE Arif Al Mehairi, DSC Executive Director, said: “The rise in population reflects Dubai’s growth as a dynamic economic and tourism hub. The population of non-resident workers and temporary residents in Dubai is currently 1,155,000, while the total active daytime population of the emirate is 4,291,400. As much as 37% of Dubai’s active daytime population comes from outside the emirate.”
The latest census data from DSC shows that males account for 2,195,480 of the total resident population while females account for 940,920. The higher proportion of males reflects the fact that a majority of expatriate workers are males who live in Dubai without their families.
The latest DSC population data also shows that the 20-44 age group accounts for 66.45% of the population. Of this, the 30-34 age group accounts for the largest share with 563,525 individuals representing 17.97% of the total, followed by the 25-29 age group with 521,747 individuals representing 16.63% of the total.
One more interesting fact shared by DSC: In 1881, Dubai’s population was estimated at 12,000.