Indian Population in United Arab Emirates 2021

Indian Population in United Arab Emirates 2021

India has the largest diaspora in the world & as per the Ministry of External Affairs, there are 3.2 Crores or 32 million Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) residing outside India.

As per the Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 3,425,144 (34.25 Lakhs) Indians residing in UAE. The UAE ranks No.1 in the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) population in the world followed by Saudia Arabia (2.6 million) & the USA (13 million).   

read about Population of Overseas Indians

Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.

Indian Expatriates in UAE

Most Indian expatriates in the United Arab Emirates reside in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Indians form the largest expatriate groups in the country, constituting 38% of the total population of the United Arab Emirates. As per MEA Over 3,4.25 Lakhs Indian ex-pats are estimated to be living in the UAE. The break-up of Indian emigrants in UAE is as follows:

  • 65% belong to the blue-collar category (employed mostly in construction companies, municipalities, agricultural farms)
  • 20% belong to the white-collar non-professional (clerical staff, shop assistants, salesmen, accountants, etc…) and
  • 5% are professionals and businessmen and their family members.

The breakup of Indians from different States prepared on the basis of data of remittances sent to India is as follows:

  1. Kerala – 50% 
  2. Tamil Nadu – 15% 
  3. Andhra Pradesh – 10% 
  4. Punjab – 8% 
  5. Others (incl. Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa) – 12% 
Cities with large Indian populations
  • Dubai – 16 Lacs
  • Abu Dhabi –  5 Lacs
  • Sharjah

Source: Wikipedia


Religion of Indian population in UAE

Indians in UAE have diverse religious backgrounds & represented mainly by Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians. Religion wise population of Indians in UAE is as follows

  • Muslims 
  • Hindus 
  • Sikhs 
  • Christians 

Exact numbers & percentage-wise information is not available.