posted on 01/03/2007: 1708 views
Some 292,000 more people have become Dubai residents in just one year as the emirate's population increased to 1.422 million in 2006 from 1.130 million in 2005. This means that 24,333 people were added to Dubai's population every month, 800 daily and around 33 every hour during 2006. The figure does not include tourists.
Statistics for 2006 released by the Dubai Statistics Department yesterday not only revealed a sharp increase in the population, but also showed vibrant development in every sector.
However, one alarming figure is the huge number of vehicles registered last year. A total of 212,867 vehicles were registered, including 170,951 light vehicles, 5,256 buses, 16,304 light trucks, 8,287 heavy trucks, 312 heavy mechanical vehicles and 3,498 motorcycles.
Out of the total 1.422 million in population, 75.5 per cent are male and 24.5 per cent are female.
The statistics book called Dubai in Figures also reveals the continuation of massive construction activities in the emirate. A total of 2,222 buildings were completed at a cost of Dh11.16 billion. Some 2,252 buildings were completed at the cost of Dh7.87 billion in 2005.
Some 5,640 land deals worth Dh65.114 billion were carried out during the year, up from 4,880 land deals worth Dh32.62 billion were recorded in 2005.
The number of mobile phones increased 20.6 per cent.
There were more than 2.21 million mobile telephone lines by the end of the year compared to 1.83 million lines in 2005.
The landlines and fax lines reached 547,375 compared to 520,249 in 2005.
The number of public transport buses in Dubai reached 419 and they carried around 87.840 million passengers compared to 84.26 million in 2005.
Some 12,385 babies were born in government hospitals in 2006, of which 6,292 were male and 6,039 were female.
A total of 1,665 deaths including 1248 male and 417 female were reported. Around 2,663 marriages were registered in addition to 908 divorces.
Dubai International Airport recorded a nine per cent increase in passengers. A total of 28.789 million passengers used the airport compared with 24.782 million in 2005.
Around 5.44 million guests stayed in 31,580 rooms in 306 hotels an increase of three per cent.
In 2005, 5.29 million guests stayed in 29,808 rooms in 300 hotels. The overall occupancy rate last year was 84.8 per cent. The number of hotel apartments increased from 106 in 2005 to 115 last year.
The number of visitors also increased from 865,518 in 2005 to 953,292.
A total of 35,380 vessels called at Dubai ports, an increase of two per cent over the previous year. Around 77,838 passengers used marine transport to arrive and depart Dubai.
Dubai Municipality collected over 13.574 million tonnes of waste last year.
Dubai has 220 schools during the academic year 2006-07.
Out of them 88 are government schools and 132 are in the private sector.
During 2006, 11,536 new licences were issued. Of these, 8,585 were trade licences, 1,998 were professional licences, 194 industrial licences and 368 tourist licences.
There are five government hospitals and 30 Health Centres in Dubai with a total of 1,457 physicians and 3,866 nurses (excluding private hospitals). Around 1.656 patients attended the government sector hospitals and clinics last year.
At a glance
The total number of stocks traded on the Dubai Financial Market in 2006 was 39.644 billion, worth Dh347.98 billion compared to 25.54 billion shares worth Dh405.16 billion in 2005.
Dubai International Financial Exchange registered transactions of some 3.682 million shares in 2006 worth Dh96.777 million.
Dubai imported goods worth Dh219.871 billion during 2006, while the export figures stood at Dh18.258 billion and the re-export figures were Dh78.309 billion.
The free zones imported goods worth Dh122.763 billion and exported goods worth Dh84.323 billion in 2006.
Other interesting figures for 2006 included 88 exhibitions and conferences attracting a total of 984,638 visitors and delegates.
Dubai also hosted 23 conferences which were attended by 52,660 delegates.
The electricity produced last year rose to 20,314 gigawatt hours and the number of consumer connections reached 339,900.
Quantity of water production stands at 68,312 million gallons while the number of consumer connections reached (Gulf News)
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