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U.A.E.
INTRODUCTION
1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Defense
4. Economy
a. Figures
5. Health
6. Education
a. Universities
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. History
12. Cities and Towns
13. Emirates



























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Demographics



About U.A.E.
INTRODUCTION
1. Political situation
2. Defense
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Demographics
7. Religions
a. Freedom
8. Peoples
9. Languages
10. History
11. Cities and Towns
12. Emirates

Key figures
Population:
4.8 million
Population density:
58 per square kilometre.
Median age:
30 years
Population growth
3.7%
Fertility
2.4 children/woman.
MENA rank: 6 of 22.

DemographicsDetailed article
With comparison tables for all countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Through the 20th century, the indigenous population of United Arab Emirates doubled 11 times, the whole population 50 times (foreigners will never obtain citizenship according to Emirati law).
United Arab Emirates is in the middle of enormous expansion, causing the one of the highest net immigration rates in the world, with between 100,000 and 200,000 individuals a year. At present the annual population growth is 3.7%, which is a very high figure. The fertility rate is 2.4 children per mother, a rather moderate figure. Median age is 30 years, making the United Arab Emirates one of the countries in the Middle East with the best balance between young and old. In short, the United Arab Emirates seem to coming close to stabilizing the size its indigenous population.
The growth of United Arab Emirates has caused the original population now only to constitute one quarter of the total. This is all willed by Emirati authorities, and large parts of the immigrants are expected to return home at a point in their lives. How long the United Arab Emirates can continue to be a society with a huge immigrant population and with a fast population growth is an open question. In short this comes down to economic factors, and many new projects suggest that the economy is planned to continue to grow in the coming years.
As so much of the United Arab Emirates's population stays in the country only from its government's grace, there are more factors involved for future development than for many other countries. Projections for the future make the 2050 population reach 10 million, but this figure may well be much lower, as the indigenous population most likely will stabilize at between 1.5 and 2.5 million.
More information of demography is found in other United Arab Emirates articles about ethnic composition, first languages spoken and religious adherence. There is also information relevant to demographics under education and health.

Year Density
(per km²)
Change Nationals Foreigners
1900 70,000 0.8 70,000
1910 76,000 0.9 9% 76,000
1920 90,000 1 18% 90,000
1930 105,000 1 17% 105,000
1940 110,000 1 5% 110,000
1950 94,000 1 15% 94,000
1960 119,000 1 27% 88% 105,000 12% 14,000
1970 227,000 3 91% 75% 170,000 25% 57,000
1980 1,040,000 13 360% 25% 260,000 75% 780,000
1990 2,250,000 27 116% 19% 430,000 81% 1,820,000
2000 3,550,000 43 57% 22% 790,000 78% 2,760,000
2009 4,800,000 58 35% 24% 1,170,000 76% 3,630,000





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