wing the start of this development, the UAE saw large numbers of foreign workers start to pour into the country and has steadily kept coming into the country to date, lured by the numerous prospects available to them. Along with this foreign workforce, a number of changes started to occur in the social structure, a primary one being a shift in population structure. The rest of this essay will focus on the impact this foreign workforce has had on population growth in the UAE. Population data is very difficult to come by for many Middle Eastern countries with high immigration rates and the UAE is no exception. Best efforts were made to ensure the population data is accurate for this essay. The main topics dealt with from now on will be a discussion of the issues faced by the government of the UAE in the present day to deal with this massive influx of people and finally will attempt to provide justification as to the notion that the demographics presented by the governments are inaccurate due to such severe population changes occurring in such a short period of time.
The UAE takes the approach of estimating its population according to whether a person is a permanent resident of the country. People who are away from the family home for some reason are also included where as people on visit visas are excluded. This method of evaluation is accepted by the United Nations (UAE Plans Ahead). According to a census carried out in 2005 by the Ministry of Economy, the population of the UAE was estimated to be at 4,104,695, as compared with 2,411,041 in a previous census which took place in 1995 (UAE Plans Ahead”. Census 2005 UAE).
The initial influx of foreign workers, also referred to as expatriates, stemmed from the rapid development that took place following the discovery of oil revenue. There was a shortage of national labor and to sustain growth, scores of foreign workers came to the UAE (Randeree,2009 from Halliday, 1977). Over the past three decades, the UAE has