UAE Population Statistics 2021

UAE Population Statistics 2021

Every year we come up with the population statistics of the UAE and this year as well we have compiled some of the significant UAE population statistics 2021 that will give you an idea of whole country dynamics. 

Let us have a glimpse of what this post contains.

Table of Content

  1. What is the population of the UAE in 2021?
  2. United Arab Emirates area with population figures
  3. The population of the UAE cities in 2021
  4. UAE population 2021 (Age wise)
  5. Religion in the UAE
  6. Literacy of population in the UAE
  7. Quick facts about the population of the UAE

1. What is the population of the UAE in 2021?

As per the source of the World Population, the estimated 2022 population of the UAE is 9,960,849 (nine million nine hundred sixty thousand eight hundred forty-nine). However, UAE is anticipated to continue growing by the year of 2033, and by the time it will reach to the mark of 10.71 million people. After that projected time, it is expected the country will face a slow decline in the population figures.

This population stats makes the country at the 93rd position in the list of largest countries of the world. Have an outlook of the UAE population statistics 2021 through different sources.

Source: United Nations

Population: 9,991,000 (9.99)


Population: 10,088,580 (10.05)


Population: 9,973,977 (9.97)


Population: 11,420,000 (11.42)


Population: 9,997,677 (9.97)


Population: 9,991,083 (9.99)

2. United Arab Emirates Area with the Population Figures

The United Arab Emirates is spread over an area of 83,600 square kilometers. It is having seven states of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al-Quwain. 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 around 114 individuals per square kilometer. However, the largest three emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah are carrying over 85% of the population.

3. The population of the UAE cities in 2021

According to the population stats, Dubai is the largest country having gigantic population figures of over one million. After Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are the great cities in terms of population. Below are the brief stats of population according to the cities.

Dubai 1,137,347

Abu Dhabi 603,492

Sharjah 543,733

Al Ain 408,733

Ajman 226,172

Ras al-Khaimah 115,949

Fujairah 62,415

Umm al Quwain 44,411

4. UAE Population Statistics 2021 (Age wise)

When we see the population of the UAE, the major portion is comprised of people aged between 15 and 64 showing the population figures of over 7 million among which over 5 million are male and over 2 million are female. However, the stats are showing a lesser population of people aged 65+. Here are the stats for the UAE population 2021 with the age brackets and gender.

UAE age wise population for 2021

5. Religion in the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is one of the Islamic countries in the world and the major proportion of the UAE population is following Islam while the religion of Christianity and Hinduism are on second and third respectively.

Religion: Islam

Number of followers: 7,756,520


Number of followers: 1,270,899


Number of followers: 665,709

Religion: Buddhism

Number of followers: 201,730

Religion: Religiously Unaffiliated

Number of followers: 110,952


Number of followers: 80,692

6. Literacy of Population in the UAE

According to the countrymeters, 7,479,664 persons or 93.83% of the adult population (aged 15 years and above) in the United Arab Emirates are able to read and write. Moreover, about 491,475 adults are illiterate.

  • Literacy rate for adult male population is 93.13% (5,434,602 persons) and 400,836 are illiterate.
  • Literacy rate for adult female population is 95.76% (2,045,062 persons) and 90,639 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 99.61% and 99.1% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 99.43%. Here, the youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

7. Quick facts about the population of the United Arab Emirates

UAE is a land with greater diversity. Here are some brief facts to check about the UAE population.

The United Arab Emirates is standing at 92nd rank in the world population and having 0.13% of the total world population. However, the median age of the country is 33.4 years while the literacy rate is quite great as stated 93.8% on average.


Disclaimer: The Media Lab presented this post of UAE population statistics 2021 by compiling data through different sources. However, we cannot assure the accuracy of the facts and figures reported here. We are not accountable for any errors or losses caused by the respective post.

Sources: Countrymeters, World Population Review

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