The most recent data from the Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC) reveals that the population of Dubai has exceeded 3.6 million, showing a year-to-date growth rate of 1.43 percent in 2023.
As of March 31, 2023, the population has increased by 2.3 percent to reach 3,575,962, in comparison to 3,496,097 recorded on March 31, 2022.
Dubai’s population was just 183,187 in 1975 but has since grown significantly. As per the statistics center, the population surpassed the 3-million milestone in 2018.
According to Dubai’s 2040 Urban Master Plan, which aims to enhance green spaces, parks, and recreational areas across the emirate, the population is expected to reach 5.8 million by 2040.
The objective of the plan is to increase population density and expand development and investment to leverage the current infrastructure and services. As per the plan, 80 percent of the daily population’s requirements should be accessible within 20 minutes or less through walking, cycling, or other soft mobility means.
Preparing for the surge
The anticipated hike in population is likely to exert strain on existing infrastructure and public services, and will also generate high demand for new housing developments, improved transportation, and more schools. The Oasis by Emaar is an upcoming project that will provide 7,000 residential units, while the Jebel Ali Palm, which is currently being revived, is projected to accommodate approximately 250,000 individuals upon completion.
Furthermore, the Damac Lagoons enclave, which comprises 11 themed residential communities, and the 3-million-square-meter Tilal Al Ghaf development located off Hessa Street, are both scheduled for completion around 2026.
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