Like the last years, we have come again with the recent UAE population statistics 2020.

Let us start with some brief introduction here.

UAE is a federation having 7 emirates and every emirate is governed by a hereditary emir that all together creates the Federal Supreme Council.

As per the source of the World Population, the estimated 2020 population of the UAE is 9.89 million.

This population stats makes the country at the 93rd position in the list of largest countries of the world.

United Arab Emirates Area with the Population Figures

The United Arab Emirates is spread on the area of 83,600 square kilometers having seven states of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Qaiwain. The country is between Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

It is having 1,318 kilometers of coastline over the Persian Gulf.

The estimate of UAE Population statistics 2020 is 9.89 million. It is visible in the stats that the current population density is recorded as 114 individuals per square kilometer. However, the largest three emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah are carrying across 85% of the population.

The Biggest Cities in the United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE. The city of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the two largest cultural and commercial hubs of the country. Dubai is the biggest city having a population of 2,878,344

Dubai being one of the biggest city is often misperceived as a country by people.

An Outlook of UAE Population over the Years

The United Arab Emirates has seen diversified changes when it comes to population stats over the years. As per the source, growth rate is quite similar for the past five years.

Year 2020 9,890,402

Year 2019 9,790,989

Year 2018 9,630,959

Year 2017 9,487,203

Year 2016 9,360,980

Year 2015 9,262,900

Emirates Wise UAE Population Stats Population of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi comes at the second position after Dubai by the population aspect. It is the capital city with the land capacity of 972 square kilometers. It is considered as the crucial city housing the government offices. However, the population of Abu Dhabi is hard to calculate as over 79% of the population don't live in the city.

Here is a quick outlook of the population of this city over the years.

Population of Abu Dhabi

Population of Dubai

Dubai is one of the famous and the second-largest city by area. It is spread over 4114 square kilometers. When it comes to the population density of this metro city then it appears as 762.6 individuals living per square kilometer. The city holds a crucial spot in UAE as it is selected to exhibit the biggest Expo 2020. It is a major event of the country which will lead to create over 270,000 jobs.

Let us take a look at the population stats the city is having over the years.

Population of Dubai

Population of Sharjah

Sharjah is recognized as the third-largest city in the United Arab Emirates by both aspects of the population and area covered. The estimated population of Sharjah in 2020 is 1,684,649. Since the year of 2015, it has grown by 409,900 and this represents a 5.73% annual change.

To understand the population stats of Sharjah over the years, here is a quick representation of figures.

population of Sharjah

Population of Ajman

The estimated population of Ajman in 2020 is 392,066. This city has evidently grown by 68,407 since 2015. However, this growth reflects a 3.91% annual change. Every year, Ajman observed a good growth rate with increased population figures.

Here is a compilation of the population change of Ajman over the years. Also, have a glance over the projected population statistics for the coming years.


UAE Population Statistics 2020 by Gender

When it comes to population spread according to gender, the major group visible to eyes is the age group of young and adults (age 25-54). This age group is representing the major chunk of the population by over 67%. However, after this age bracket, the evident portion of UAE population is covered by the children within the age bracket of 0-14 as shown by over 14% of the total UAE population.

Let us have a look at all age brackets constituting the population of UAE in 2020.

UAE population statistics by gender 2020

Urban Vs Rural UAE Population Stats 2020

As per the stats, 86.0 % of the population of the U.A.E. comes under the bracket of urban (8,402,990 people in 2019). Throughout the years, we can see the greater percentage of the Urban population in UAE as compared to Rural percentage. So from the population stats, it is visible that the Urban population is growing at a steady phase and expected to grow in the coming years.


U.A.E. Dependency Ratio

The age dependency ratio signifies the ratio of the "dependent population" aged 0-15 and 65-plus known as "youth" and "elderly" while the other group is "working-age population" aged 16-64. Thus, the major dependency ratio in UAE is occupied by the younger age group (0-14 years old) comprising over 14% of the total population.  Further, the elderly age group is showing the dependency ratio as 1.5 with 1.26% share of the population.

So here we are presenting the dependency ratio for UAE whereas higher value represents a greater level of dependency.


Some quick facts about the UAE

  • The current population of the United Arab Emirates is 9,836,794 as per the United Nations data
  • The country's population is equivalent to 0.13% of the whole world population
  • It ranks number 93 under the list of countries by population
  • Its population density is 118 per Km2 (306 people per mi2)
  • The total land area of UAE is 83,600 Km2 (32,278 sq. miles)
  • The country is having 86.4 % of the Urban population (8,542,144 people in 2020)
  • The median age in the United Arab Emirates is recorded as 32.6 years

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