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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Birth rate in Abu Dhabi rises by almost 50 per cent in a decade 

The statistics for the capital were released by the Abu Dhabi Statistics Centre

Almost 40,000 babies were born in Abu Dhabi last year, an increase of almost 50 per cent since 2007. Seth Wenig / AP
Almost 40,000 babies were born in Abu Dhabi last year, an increase of almost 50 per cent since 2007. Seth Wenig / AP

Births in Abu Dhabi have risen by almost 50 per cent in the last decade, according to newly released statistics.

The emirate registered 39,392 births last year, up 46 per cent from 2007, according to the Abu Dhabi Statistics Centre.

In 2017, the birth rate for Emiratis, non-nationals and the emirate’s total population was 29.6, 9.4 and 13.6 births per 1,000 people, respectively.

The rapid growth in the birth rate over the past decade could partly be explained by the growth in the emirate’s population, which has exploded over the period.

In 2005, it was 1.34 million, rising to 1.57 million in mid-2008 and hitting 2.91 million people by mid-2016, 551,535 of whom were UAE nationals. Of these, 51.24 per cent were males.

The mortality rate of Emiratis decreased by 12 per cent from 2016 to 2017.

Last year, Abu Dhabi emirate recorded a mortality rate overall of 1.1 deaths per 1,000 people, at 3,262. More than half of the deaths occurred in Abu Dhabi city.

The mortality rate was higher for men than women across all age groups.

Life expectancy in the UAE is 78.2 years.

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