Abu Dhabi gains 141,000 people in one year

Abu Dhabi emirate gained nearly 141,000 people in one year to push up its population to a record high of around 1.967 million in mid 2010, a growth of around 7.7 per cent, according to official figures.

The emirate’s population stood at about 1.826 million in mid 2009, nearly 131,000 above its level of 1,695 in mid 2008, showed the figures  published in Abu Dhabi’s government yearbook released this week.

The report showed nearly 60 per cent of the total population of the emirate is based in Abu Dhabi city, standing at around 1.197 million in mid 2010. The capital had 228,225 nationals in mid 2010 against 969,059 expatriates, with Emirati’s standing at nearly 19 per cent of the capital’s total population.

The increase in the capital’s population in 2010 was mostly in foreigners, who grew by around 83,000 compared to an increase of about 12,000 in nationals.

The report put Al Ain’s population at 568,221 in mid 2010 against 542,185 in mid 2009. They included 177,128 Emiratis and 391,093 expatriates in mid 2010. In the Western region, the population stood at 184,508 in mid 2010 compared with 164,938 in mid 2009. They included 25,220 Emiratis and 159,228 foreigners.

The remaining population is based on the emirate’s islands, standing at 17,646 in mid 2010, including 3,215 nationals and 14,431 expatriates.