More Expats than citizens --- Only 1 in 5 people in Dubai was born in Dubai 80 percent are expats or foreigners.

UAE

I was reading an article titled,
"Expat unfriendly’: Fighting words for the UAE."

Somehow, it appears Forbes.com said that the UAE - United Arab Emirates was "Expat Unfriendly." Read Article Which may be true, because there are so many Expats in Dubai or the UAE that a foreigner can completly avoid talking to locals or nationals from the country they are in, a very different situation.

Demographis of UAE from Wiki:

In 2010, the UAE's population was estimated at 8,264,070, of whom fewer than 20% were UAE nationals or Emiratis, while the majority of the population were expatriates. The country's net migration rate stands at 21.71, the world's highest.

23% of the population are non-Emirati Arabs and Iranians and the majority of the population, about 50%, is from India. Approximately 1.75 million Indian nationals reside in the UAE, making them the single largest expatriate community in the country. By 2020, Emiratis are projected to form only 10% of the population. There is also a growing presence of Europeans especially in multi-cultural cities such as Dubai Those from other parts of Asia (including the Philippines, Iran or Sri Lanka) comprised up to 1 million people. The rest of the population were from other Arab states.

Thousands of Palestinians, who came as either political refugees or temporary employment, also live in the United Arab Emirates. There is also a sizable population of people from Egypt, Somalia and Sudan who migrated to the UAE before its formation. The UAE has also attracted a small number of expatriates from countries in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. More than 100,000 British nationals live in the country.

The population of the UAE has a skewed sex distribution: With a male/female sex ratio of 2.2 for the total population and 2.75 for the 15–65 age group, the UAE's gender imbalance is the highest in the world.

The most populated city is Dubai, with approximately 1.7 million people. Other major cities include Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain, Sharjah, and Fujairah. About 88% of the population of the United Arab Emirates is urban. The remaining inhabitants live in tiny towns scattered throughout the country or in the many desert oilfield camps in the nation.

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