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Dubai unemployment rate at just 0.5% as population crosses 3.5million mark – Reuters

Population increase is attributed to an influx of foreigners

Published: Thu 21 April 2022, 18:15

Dubai’s population passed the 3.5 million mark in April, according to the latest data from the Dubai Statistics Centre.

Data showed the emirate’s population has grown by more than 100,000 since 2020, despite the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The increase in the emirate’s population is attributed to an influx of foreigners, especially wealthy individuals, after the successful handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following a strong economic recovery, private companies in human-intensive sectors such as retail, hospitality, aviation, tourism and real estate have also increased their workforce, resulting in an increase in population.

The total population of the Emirates, according to the Dubai Statistics Center, stood at 3.478 million at the end of 2021, 3.411 million in 2020 and 3.355 million at the end of 2019.

Women made up 1.07 million, while men made up 2.4 million of the total population at the end of last year.

The population of the region’s financial and commercial center has steadily increased since 1975, when the local population was only 183,187.

Interestingly, the emirate’s population did not cause a decline even during the 2008 global financial crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since Dubai was one of the first cities to open after the Covid-19 pandemic, many people returned to Dubai as the economy recovered and there were more business and tourism opportunities. jobs on the market, attracting expats from all over the world.


Importantly, despite a steady increase in population, the unemployment rate in Dubai stood at just 0.5%, according to the Dubai Statistics Centre. The unemployment rate is calculated based on the results of the Dubai Labor Force Survey.

The survey covers households and individuals who are permanent residents in Dubai, regardless of place of work. This is one of – if not the – lowest unemployment rate in the world.