Pakistanis outnumber Emiratis in three UAE states

Published: August 7, 2015
Indian and Pakistanis expats combined make more than one third of the Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman. PHOTO: AFP

Indian and Pakistanis expats combined make more than one third of the Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani expats living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) outnumber the indigenous Emiratis in three of seven states.

Pakistanis living in Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman makes up of 12% of the combined population of these three emirates, which is 3% higher than the Emirati population, Gulf News reported.

Quoting statistics provided by Euromonitor International, a market intelligence company, the newspaper said the number of Indian expats living in these three emirates is higher than any other nationality, making up 25 % of the total population.

While Indian and Pakistanis expats combined make more than one third of Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman, other leading nationalities include Emirati (9%), Bangladeshi (7%), and Filipino (5%).

Explaining the phenomena of such a high number of Pakistanis and Indians in the UAE, Nikola Kosutic, a research manager at Euromonitor International, said that ease of trade and job opportunities especially for low-paid jobs, along with the graphic proximity of these countries facilitate the movement of people from India and Pakistan to the UAE. The fact that many Pakistanis and Indians have someone living in the UAE who can help them with the transition makes it easier for them to move to the UAE, he added.

According to data provided by the Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC), Dubai’s population is expected to grow by approximately 5% from 2.3 million in 2014 to 2.4 million in 2015.

Commenting on the recent population growth, Gurdish Bassi, project director at GRMC advisory services, said the increase in population over last two years can be attributed to increases in demand for blue collar workforce driven by construction activity as a result of real estate market recovery and infrastructure development related to Expo 2020. “To a smaller extent there has also been growth in white collar employment as a result of Dubai’s economy being more buoyant than before,” he said.

The article originally appeared on Gulf News 

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  • Namak Halal
    Aug 7, 2015 - 8:31PM

    Millions of Indians work in the Gulf Arab states, earning tax-free incomes much higher than what they would earn in India and many dream to find work in the gulf escaping their poverty yet Indians despise Muslims and badmouth Arab countries, sheer hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Aug 7, 2015 - 11:05PM

    @Namak Halal: Actually, there are even a greater number of Iranians than Indians yet somehow they were not included in the breakdown..? But what you mentioned about Indians is absolutely true; in front of the Sheikhs they just wobble their heads and do the goofy smile that they do, yet behind their backs its nothing but badmouthing and backstabbing.Recommend

  • James
    Aug 9, 2015 - 2:15PM

    @Rollin & Trollin:
    @Namak Halal:

    I have seen more Pakistanis badmouthing Arab countries than Indians do……Also, how about majority of M’s badmouthing western countries, especially America, but given a chance they will try to migrate there by hook or by crook……..Recommend

  • Point
    Aug 22, 2015 - 9:46PM

    I thought incredible india was good for indians to live and earn. but indians are far more running out of india into Muslim countries o earn good money.Recommend

    Aug 22, 2015 - 11:58PM

    @James: How did you come to the conclusion that Pakistanis bad mouth Arab countries more than Indians? Did you collect any factual data? or is this your personal opinion?

    What you mean by M’s? in your comment. Recommend

  • sithin
    Aug 30, 2015 - 2:30PM

    lol..i dunno why anybody have problems in having such large number of Indians in Middle East. Historically Indians and Arabs especially as sea traders have such a warm relation and Arabs trust Indians more than any other country people. Even before the Rise of Islam Arab traders came to Malabar Coast and many married local women and settled there..Arabs spread Islam in Kerala Coast at the same time Muhammad (PBUH) was Alive and the first Mosque was built there..Indians through ages have cultural and historical ties with arabs. If some haters spew venom doesnt change recorded history.Recommend

  • raw is war
    Aug 30, 2015 - 4:32PM

    what about Kuwait?Recommend

  • raw is war
    Aug 30, 2015 - 4:37PM

    Kuwait has 650,000 indians and less than 100,000 Pakistanis. Best middle east country to live.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Sep 9, 2015 - 10:50AM

    @raw is war: Yuk! Kuwait is definitely the worst of the GCC lotRecommend

  • Sheetal
    Sep 19, 2015 - 3:04PM

    @nadeem very well said
    Pakistanis are much better than IndiansRecommend

  • Luke Gonzaga
    Nov 22, 2015 - 7:39AM

    Great article. Expatconnect is my answer. It helped me a lot, It’s a great place to meet people and make new friends, and share valuable information about their lifestyle, culture and tradition. It’s a life-changing experience for me.Recommend

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