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Very few facts are yet available about when and how people first came to live on the southern coast of the Gulf. So far, archaeologists are only sure about the fact that there had been a society which had settlements in the 3rd millennium BC on the area. It is still an open question whether these early inhabitants vanished from the area, whether they were overcome by subsequent invaders, or whether a part of the present population can be traced back to them.

The fact remains that south-eastern Arabia witnessed several migrations from the West and North, as a result of which the population of the whole area is predominantly of Arab stock. Semitic peoples may have moved to this region as early as two thousand years before Christ

However, there are three historical factors which are woven into the fabric of today’s local society like three strands of fast color: firstly the  traditional tribal structures, secondly the lack of choice of economic opportunities and thirdly the Islamic order of life.

SourceFrom Trucial States to United Arab Emirates by Frauke Heard-Bey

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According to figures released from the 2005 national census, the population of the UAE  stood at 4,104,695 during 2007. This is a 74.8% increase on the 1995 census figure. However, today population might be as high as 6 millions.

31.8% of the total population of the UAE lives in Dubai. By 2017 it is estimated that the population of Dubai ONLY will have reached 3 million. The annual growth rate for Dubai is approximately 8%, and 7.5% for the UAE.

A recent Dubai Municipality statistical survey revealed that the average size of a UAE national household is 7.6 members, while that of the expat is 3.7. It seems that 73.4% of Dubai’s population is male and 26.6% is female.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UAE has the highest life expectancy in the Arab world at 72.2 years for males and 75.6 years for females.

UAE Population Age Breakdown shows that the persons belonging to age group of 24 - 34 years are the largest group from the total population.

Umm Al Quwain’ population is smallest of all Emirates. Fujeirah is second smallest by population. Both Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman have a population almost at the same size. At the moment Dubai’s population might be the same or even larger than the population in Abu Dhabi.


Source for the information on this page -  Explorer, The Complete Resident’s Guide, Dubai