The population of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has grown by 65 per cent between 2006 and 2010 to reach 8.26 million.
However, overseas investors and workers appear to make up the majority of the population, with less than one million UAE nationals recorded.
Indeed, the latest statistics from the UAE Statistics Bureau revealed that UAE nationals only accounted for 11.5 per cent of the population at the end of June 2010, Bloomberg News reported.
The expatriate community, meanwhile, rose by 75 per cent over the four-year period to account for 7.3 million people in the UAE.
Of these, the majority - 42 per cent - reside in Abu Dhabi.
The news comes after the International Monetary Fund confirmed that the UAE's non-oil GDP is set to increase by 3.3 per cent over the course of this year.
Last year, the GDP rose by 2.1 per cent but 2011 is expected to bring with it further growth as low interest rates, strong crude prices and better prospects promote expansion.