An influx of foreign workers in the UAE has been cited as the primary driver behind exponential population growth in the region over the past four years.
The total population of the emirates has increased by 65 per cent over the past four years, official statistics have revealed. By the end of the first half of 2010 there were around 8.26 million people living in the region, up from the 5.01 million residing in the state in 2006.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the increase can be attributed to a surge in the number of foreign workers relocating during the years of economic growth.
In comparison the number of emirati nationals only rose to 947,997 from 851,164 in 2006.
A number of foreign nationals relocating to the UAE are sure to be looking to take advantage of the competitive salary levels on offer in the region,
Last month research conducted by Bayt.com found that 42 per cent of professionals in the UAE have an average monthly income of between $3,001 and $8,001, compared to a regional average of 18 per cent across the Middle East.