Out of the current 7.1 million population of the UAE, Dubai account for about 30% (2.1 million) and is the largest Emirate by population. Although Abu Dhabi is physically much larger, it accounts for only about 25% of the UAE population. The remaining 5 Emirates account for the rest of the population.
Over 80% of the population of the UAE is non-Emirati – ie. From overseas and this figure is set to become almost 85% as most of the growth is due to immigration from other countries. Thus less than 15% of the people in the UAE will be the local Arabs (Emiratis).
The biggest future forecast growth is within Dubai where the population will increase by 50% within 4 years and will DOUBLE within 7 years.