The emirate of Ajman had the highest population density in the UAE at the start of 2008 while Abu Dhabi had the lowest level, according to official figures.
Dubai had the second highest population density and was also the second most populated emirate in the UAE, the Ministry of Economy said in a study. With an area of around 259 sq km and an estimated population of nearly 224,000, Ajman had a density of 865 people per sq km, one of the highest population density rates in the world.
Dubai came second with a density of 380, followed by Sharjah with 341, Ras Al Khaimah, 132 and Fujeirah with around d 118. The population density stood at 67 in Umm Al Quwain and only 22 in Abu Dhabi.
The figures showed Abu Dhabi had a low density because of its large area, which stood at around 67,340 sq km, nearly 87 per cent of the UAE's total area of 77,700 sq km.
The report said the UAE area does not include the Iranian-occupied islands of Abu Musa, and Greater and Lesser Tunbs, which it put at around 5,900 sq km.
With that area and population of around 4.488 million at the start of 2008, the UAE density stood at around 58 people per sq km.