Abu Dhabi joined Dubai in launching a demographic clock that will provide ongoing estimates of its population, which it put at 2.49 million on Sunday.
The figure means the emirate, the main hydrocarbon producer in the UAE, has the largest population in the country, accounting for nearly 30 per cent.
Dubai, the region’s business hub, has the second largest population in the UAE, estimated by its own demographic clock at around 2.14 million on Monday.
At the end of 2012, the UAE’s population stood at 8.2 million. Sharjah had the third largest population, followed by Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Fujeirah and Umm Al Quwain.
“With this project, we will be able to keep track of Abu Dhabi’s population round the clock,” said Butti Al Qubaisi, director of the Abu Dhabi government Statistics Centre, which launched the demographic clock on Sunday.