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Sharjah Population


The December 2005 census put the population of the UAE at 4.1 million, a fluid figure owing to the large number of expatriate workers and the high birthrate. Other estimates put the population at more than 5 million. Nationals account for only 20% of this, although Sharjah contains a higher proportion. The ratio of men to women is 2:1, largely due to restrictions placed on male expatriate labourers relocating their families. The population is young: 38.1% under the age of 14. The annual growth rate, averaging 5% over the past 18 years, is one of the highest in the Arab world. Sharjah is the third most populous emirate, with 750,000 residents.

The majority of the population is Sunni Muslim. Women often wear a full abaya, or caftan, and niqab, or face covering, in public. Sharjah forbids the sale or consumption of alcohol. However, it does adhere to the general policy of religious tolerance, enshrined in the federal constitution of the UAE.

UAE Overview

Population :
note: estimate is based on the results of the 2005 census that included a significantly higher estimate of net immigration of non-citizens than previous estimates (July 2009 est.)

Age structure :
0-14 years: 20.4% (male 500,928/female 478,388)
15-64 years: 78.7% (male 2,768,030/female 1,008,404)
65 years and over: 0.9% (male 27,601/female 15,140)
note: 73.9% of the population in the 15-64 age group is non-national (2009 est.)

Median age :
total: 30.1 years
male: 32 years
female: 24.7 years (2009 est.)

Population growth rate :
3.689% (2009 est.)

Birth rate :
16.02 births/1,000 population (2009 est.)

Death rate :
2.11 deaths/1,000 population (July 2009 est.)

Net migration rate :
22.98 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2009 est.)

Urbanisation :
urban population: 78% of total population (2008)
rate of urbanisation: 2.9% annual rate of change (2005-10 est.)

Sex ratio :
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 2.74 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 1.82 male(s)/female
total population: 2.19 male(s)/female (2009 est.)

Infant mortality rate :
total: 12.7 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 14.86 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 10.44 deaths/1,000 live births (2009 est.)

Life expectancy at birth :
total population: 76.11 years
male: 73.56 years
female: 78.78 years (2009 est.)

Total fertility rate :
2.42 children born/woman (2009 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate :
0.2% (2001 est.)

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS :

HIV/AIDS - deaths :

Nationality :
noun: Emirati(s)
adjective: Emirati

Ethnic groups :
Emirati 19%, other Arab and Iranian 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8% (1982)
note: less than 20% are UAE citizens (1982)

Religions :
Muslim 96% (Shia 16%), other (includes Christian, Hindu) 4%

Languages :
Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu

Literacy :
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 77.9%
male: 76.1%
female: 81.7% (2003 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) :
total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2003)

Education expenditures :
1.3% of GDP (2005)





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