Dubai, UAE Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Dubai, UAE metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Dubai in 2020 is 2,878,000, a 1.59% increase from 2019.
  • The population of Dubai in 2019 was 2,833,000, a 1.72% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Dubai in 2018 was 2,785,000, a 5.05% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Dubai in 2017 was 2,651,000, a 5.07% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in UAE
City Name Population
Dubai 2,878,000
Sharjah 1,685,000
Abu Dhabi 1,483,000
Al-Ain 611,000
Ajman 392,000
Dubai - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 2,878,000 1.59%
2019 2,833,000 1.72%
2018 2,785,000 5.05%
2017 2,651,000 5.07%
2016 2,523,000 5.08%
2015 2,401,000 5.08%
2014 2,285,000 5.06%
2013 2,175,000 5.07%
2012 2,070,000 5.08%
2011 1,970,000 5.07%
2010 1,875,000 8.26%
2009 1,732,000 8.25%
2008 1,600,000 8.25%
2007 1,478,000 8.28%
2006 1,365,000 7.65%
2005 1,268,000 6.91%
2004 1,186,000 6.94%
2003 1,109,000 6.94%
2002 1,037,000 6.91%
2001 970,000 6.95%
2000 907,000 6.96%
1999 848,000 6.94%
1998 793,000 6.87%
1997 742,000 6.92%
1996 694,000 6.77%
1995 650,000 6.56%
1994 610,000 6.64%
1993 572,000 6.52%
1992 537,000 6.55%
1991 504,000 6.55%
1990 473,000 6.53%
1989 444,000 6.73%
1988 416,000 6.39%
1987 391,000 6.83%
1986 366,000 6.09%
1985 345,000 6.15%
1984 325,000 6.21%
1983 306,000 5.88%
1982 289,000 6.25%
1981 272,000 7.09%
1980 254,000 7.63%
1979 236,000 8.26%
1978 218,000 7.92%
1977 202,000 8.02%
1976 187,000 12.65%
1975 166,000 17.73%
1974 141,000 18.49%
1973 119,000 17.82%
1972 101,000 17.44%
1971 86,000 17.81%
1970 73,000 17.74%
1969 62,000 19.23%
1968 52,000 8.33%
1967 48,000 4.35%
1966 46,000 6.98%
1965 43,000 4.88%
1964 41,000 5.13%
1963 39,000 5.41%
1962 37,000 5.71%
1961 35,000 2.94%
1960 34,000 6.25%
1959 32,000 6.67%
1958 30,000 3.45%
1957 29,000 7.41%
1956 27,000 3.85%
1955 26,000 4.00%
1954 25,000 8.70%
1953 23,000 4.55%
1952 22,000 4.76%
1951 21,000 5.00%
1950 20,000 0.00%