Dubai gains 84,000 newcomers to peak at 2m

Population hits 1.983 million, nearly 24% of UAE total

Dubai’s population swelled by nearly 84,000 people to peak at 1.984 million on Sunday and maintain the emirate’s position as an attractive destination for foreigners, according to official data.

From around 1.9 million at the end of 2010, the emirate’s total population, including Emiratis and expatriates, grew to around 1.929 million at the end of the first quarter and 1.963 million at the end of the second quarter, showed the figures by government Statistics Centre in Dubai.

The number increased to 1.978 million at the end of September and climbed to an all time high of 1.984 million on Sunday.

The level on Sunday accounted for nearly 24 per cent of the UAE’s total population of around 8.2 million at the end of 2010.

At the end of September, Dubai’s male population stood at 1.523 million and females at 455,000, the report showed.

It gave no nationality breakdown but a previous UAE government report showed Dubai, the region’s commercial hub, had 168,029 Emiratis including 84,245 males and 83,784 females at the end of 2010. The UAE’s total native population was put at 947,997, nearly 11.4 per cent of the country’s total people.

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