The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority announced on Thursday that the UAE population for the year 2016 was 9,121,167, according to administrative records dated up to December 31, 2016.
The population administrative records also showed that the country's population breaks down as 6,298,294 males and 2,822,873 females, making the gender split in the UAE at 69 per cent male and 31 per cent female.
The UAE is among the first countries in the region to reveal the population count relying on national administrative data methodology.
This methodology has many advantages, such as very high accuracy, speed of processing and dissemination of data, and significant financial savings in costs of field count and survey operations, whereas there is virtually no direct cost in disseminating data based on national administrative records.
Population data is one of the most important national data sets and is used for research, planning, decision-making support and policy formation.
With the official population now available, UAE government entities, international organisations and the private sector will be able to use the findings in their research and studies.