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Dubai population grows nearly 2% in Q1 - official data

Dubai Statistics Centre says total population up to 1.8m, 12 new hotels added in Q1.

Dubai population grows nearly 2% in Q1 - official data

The population of Dubai rose nearly two percent in the first quarter of 2010 to more than 1.8 million, figures released by the Dubai Statistics Centre reveal.

The emirate’s total population rose to 1.8 million from 1.77 million at the end of last year , the data showed.
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Males dominated the figures, making up nearly 1.4 million of the total population, driven by the large number of expat labourers employed in the city.

Dubai’s transient population, or those commuting to the emirate for work, rose by more than 1 million people to 2.87 million, the statistics centre added.

The figures also showed that 12 new hotels came on line in the first quarter of 2010, providing more than 2,500 more rooms for tourists.

An extra 45,000 mobile telephone lines were ordered in the three months from December 2009, with the total approaching 3.1 million, the figures revealed.

There was also a significant growth in internet customers from 483,109 in Q4 2009 to 505,748 in Q1 2010.

In health, the number of patient visits fell by nearly 40,000 in Q1 2010, compared to the previous quarter, while the number of doctors and nurses operating in the emirates also declined.

Information on construction activity and the number of commercial licences was not included in the figures although they were in the 2009 data.

The data showed the number of air travellers visiting Dubai rose to nearly 11.5 million in the first quarter, up from 10.8 million in the previous quarter.

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ExpatHog 10 years ago

Perhaps I live in a dream world.The roads are emptier than they have been for a long time, rental rates are dropping , malls are empty , construction actvity has tailed off , fewer cars are being registered, taxis are not as busy but sill teh population has grown. Mobiel phoen lines increased, propbaly people transferring from one provider to another ,could the internet bubble merely be new subsribers to better packages or people moving to areas where they have to change provider ? We are abviously in better health as the hospitals arent as busy or could this statistic be because there are a fewer patients as they are fewer people ? People going through the airport always rises as Dubai is one of the words busiest hubs. Can we have statistics and information that really help us plan our businesses rather than the usual tractor stats that arent possibly correct ?

John Thomas 10 years ago

C'mon now-what is this?? Comedy Central??? This one really is funny - the people who release these stats should try stand up comedy!! - at least I got a good laugh out of the headline alone !!!

Mart 10 years ago

When people leave Dubai do they cancel their mobile phone connection? I suspect many (most) don't. I suspect many of those who just disappear overnight (the same people who abandon cars, etc) don't cancel landlines and internet either. But new people turning up will have to get new mobile phone and internet connections. The result - more mobile phone connections over all. So figures for "total" number of connections are flawed as a way to examine population change. Number of hospital patients is a better guide (unless the growing population suddenly got much healthier ). As the other comments here illustrate, these figures just aren't credible... people can see on the streets and in the malls, and by the hundreds of empty apartments (and falling rents) that the population is falling - certainly among middle-class car-driving people in the "luxury" expat developments who shop at the malls. Rather than coming out with dubious figures to deny it, it would be better to deal with the causes of this issue: - cripplingly high rents in the freezones where many work (these rocketed during the boom, but haven't fallen during the crash) - ever increasing redtape/bureaucracy (i know this creates local jobs, but its a tax on every business that has to navigate it) To fix a problem you first have to acknowledge the causes. Until that happens, the crippling costs of operating in Internet City and the like (whilst costs in overseas locations are being slashed) is going to drive out more and more companies, and hence jobs, and hence people. And once they've gone, they are unlikely to return. In the case of our company the Dubai freezone just doesn't make financial sense any more - its now much cheaper to be in the UK (rent is cheaper, wages similar, internet costs massively lower, but service is better). The attraction of being taxfree isn't so great when you can't actually make any profit due to the crippling costs.

Kate 10 years ago

*Sticks fingers in ears and tralalalalas*

Denny Daunt 10 years ago

I'm sure three or four years ago they didn't used to count all of the construction workers in their figures. But I could be wrong And the passenger figures are being reported inaccurately. The number is for people travelling THROUGH Dubai airport. Not the number of people visiting Dubai. Two totally different things.

harry winston 10 years ago

I really cannot beleive that in this day and age, we use mobile and landlines as guides to population studies. How about going to Dubai Immigration and counting the number of active Residence Visa ( for non nationals) and UAE ID cards (for nationals)!!! Am surprised that AB would even publish such garbage. Just look at the malls , they are empty even on weekends, that is a great guide as well.

Jebel Ali Baba 10 years ago

I have to disagree with this. I and all people over 18 years in Dubai I know haben't grown a millimeter in the past month and do not expect to do so. The only one growing are the underaged. Some of them even more than 2% in 3 month...

NigelB 10 years ago

I must admit there is a lot of subjective evidence that the population of Dubai is in decline (as indicated by other comments - one that hasn't been mentioned is the people being 'encouraged' to move back to Abu Dhabi). I would like to comment on the picture article which mentions that there are 1.4M men in Dubai and 406,000 women but 978,000 marriage contracts in the first quarter!??? 74,541 flights but only 11,471 passengers (not only empty apartments but empty planes now ;) I'm no mathematician but can somebody explain????

Chris J 10 years ago

In the heady days of Dubai growth in 2008, the government said that the population had reached 2.3 million. Now it is 1.8 million. A half million decline means that Dubai is now a much nicer place to live. Having recently returned after a small time away, the traffic is less, the stress is less, the property prices are less, the car prices are less, but we are paying more for fuel, indirect taxes such as rigid police enforcement of non occuring events and the supermarket prices are more. Still it is a nice place to live as the pressures caused by half a million less people are more bareable.

NAIVE 10 years ago

thank you AB for publishing such article to give us good laugh to relax in stressful life