According to the statistics, Dubai is regarded as one of the hugely populated area in the whole UAE. According to the Ministry of planning, the population of Dubai has reached 1 million rates which is double the population of Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi there are only 500,000 of residents living. The lowest number of population is recorded in Umm Al Quwain, with around only 35000 of people living. The highest population is found in Ajman according to statistics.
The figures even showed that UAE’s urban population reached to 2.66 million at the end of last year. If we see emirate wise then Abu Dhabi has largest population with 1.36 million compared to 1.029 million for Dubai and 562,000 for Sharjah.
The population is about 196,000 in Ajman, its 181,000 in Ras Al Khaimah, 106,000 in Fujairah and 52,000 in Umm Al Quwain among which Ajman recorded the highest 12 fold growth between 1975 and 2001 according to the ministry of annual report in 2002.
In terms of gender, Abu Dhabi has highest ratio of males with ratio of 244 men over 100 women. The ratio in Dubai is 229, in Sharjah its 176, 159 in Fujairah, 148 in Ajman and 141 in Ras Al Khaimah. According to the officials such a dramatic population increased because of Dubai’s fast transformation to one of the commercial hub in the Middle East.
As per the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, The population of the UAE in 2001 was statistically estimated to be 3, 29,000. Then the population of Dubai was approximately around 971,000. The major part of the population in Dubai is full of non-UAE nationals, Arab nationals, Asians and even Europeans. 80% of Dubai’s population is contained of expatriates with Europeans and Asians making up to approximately 70% of households. The figures show that 71% of population is male whereas 29% is female. The UAE population is also expected to grow by 3.3% per year that will reach the mark of 4.15 million by 2010. Dubai would be approximately having a population of 1.4 million by 2010.
The native language is Arabic and it is also regarded as the official language. English is used as a part of communication with people of all types of backgrounds and is used as language of commercial talks.
Language and Religion forms the major part in the traditional and cultural life of Dubai. Islam is the major religion of the emirate. The Sunni Muslim forms the majority and Shiite forms the minority in some parts of Dubai. There are several religious minorities living here like Hindus, Sikhs and Christians who live with harmony from many decades. Dubai is only emirate that has Hindu temples, Churches and Sikh Gurudwaras. The local government has tolerance for non-Muslims and they are free to practice their religion. Apart from that the religious communities of Dubai have their own Schools and Social and many other Cultural institutions.