Posted by Neil King
New government statistics from Abu Dhabi show rapid population growth over the last 35 years.
The Statistics Centre-Abu Dhabi (SCAD) this week used a press conference to launch the 'Statistical Yearbook of Abu Dhabi-2010', the Khaleej Times reported.
SCAD said that since hosting a total population of 211,812 in 1975, the emirate grew 6.6 times to reach 1,339,484 inhabitants by 2005.
The body put the emirate's population in mid-2009 at 1.64 million, with nearly 25 per cent of them Emiratis.
Among other findings, SCAD reported that the life expectancy at birth for nationals stood at 75.5 years in 2009, 73.9 years for non-nationals and 75.5 years for the population of emirate as a whole.
"The emirate's average annual population growth rate between the last two censuses conducted in 2001 and 2005 was 4.4 per cent, and the population level in 2009 has been worked out by the SCAD experts based on this growth rate," commented the Khaleej Times.
Last month, Abu Dhabi Motors, the exclusive importer for BMW in the emirate, reported a 38 per cent increase in sales of the luxury car brand for the first half of 2010.