- Abu Dhabi economy grows by an impressive 15.9% in 2010
- Oil contributes only 49.7 percent of the emirate’s GDP
Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) has recently released the
electronic version of the Statistical Yearbook of the Emirate of Abu
Dhabi - 2011. In the foreword introducing the book, HE Butti Ahmed
Mohammed Al Qubaisi commended this important publication and the
arduous efforts made in collecting data and compiling the indicators
set forth in the book.
Al Qubaisi pointed out that the book sheds light on a whole range
of development indicators in Abu Dhabi, including economic, social
demographic, cultural and environmental indicators over the past six
years, tracking the progress achieved under the wise leadership of
HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE and ruler
of Abu Dhabi; and the unlimited support of HH Sheikh Mohammed
bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy
Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
He also noted that Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook – 2010 presents
about 534 statistical indicators, surpassing last year’s issue by
about 112 new indicators, along with added new tables and updated
information and figures that have been added in the context of
SCAD’s continued efforts to achieve a qualitative shift in terms of
data coverage, accuracy and presentation, in a way that would
facilitate the study and analysis of their implications for the future
and in working out integrated plans and strategies for sustainable
development in line with Abu Dhabi Vision - 2030.
SCAD’s Director General added that the Statistical Yearbook of the
Emirate of Abu Dhabi - 2011, is released at a relatively early point in
time during the year, translating the Centre’s awareness about the
importance of timely availability of statistical data in decision- and
policy making at all levels for the public and private sectors alike,
noting that the new yearbook will be available online on SCAD’s
website www.scad.ae, thus broadening access to the publication in
order to maximize its usefulness.
In the conclusion of the foreword, Al Qubaisi extended his thanks to
the strategic partners of the Centre, including departments and local
government bodies and private sector institutions, for their assistance
to the Centre in collecting data, conducting surveys and ensuring
accuracy of indicators, their cooperation being one of the main factors
that made this yearbook a publication of interest to all segments of
society, expressing his hope it will help to meets the needs of the
emirate’s sustainable development strategy at all levels.
Six main sections
The Statistical Yearbook of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi - 2011 consists
of six main sections, namely, the economy, industry and business,
population and demography, social statistics, labor force, agriculture
and the environment.
The book highlights a range of key economic indicators for 2010,
such as the gross domestic product (GDP) at current prices,
contribution of oil to the GDP, the GDP by economic activity, per
capita GDP, foreign direct investment (FDI), fixed capital formation by
economic activity, workers’ compensations, Abu Dhabi Government’s
finance, exports of oil and gas and petroleum products, non-oil
exports, re-exports, imports, and the rate of inflation, in addition to
diverse indicators about other economic activities.
Abu Dhabi economy grows by 15.9 percent in 2010
A number of new indicators show that the economy of Abu Dhabi has
overcome the impact of the financial crisis, boosting the confidence
of both the firms and consumers. Real estate prices have stabilized,
following the downturn this sector experienced in 2009 in economies
across the world in the wake of the global financial crisis, which was
coupled with a sharp drop in oil prices posing formidable challenges
to various economies worldwide, especially the GCC economies,
being heavily dependent on oil.
The new issue of Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook represent the first
official proof that the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has fully recovered from
the repercussion of the global economic crisis, with data indicating
record gains of AED 85 billion during the year 2010, which saw the
GDP at current prices grow by 15.9 percent to AED 620.2 billion,
up from AED 546.5, surpassing all expectations released earlier by
several local and international circles. Total fixed capital formation
grew by 14 percent to AED 177.5 billion in 2010, up from AED 155.5
billion in 2009.
These results attest to the resilience and strength of the emirate’s
economy and boost its appeal from the point of view of local and
Abu Dhabi economy overcomes the repercussions of the
According to the new issue of Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook, the
growth achieved by emirate's economy stands in testimony to the fact
the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has fully recovered from the repercussion
of the global economic crisis, realizing record gains of AED 85 billion
during 2010, which saw the GDP grow to AED 620.2 billion, up from
AED 546.5 billion.
Supported by its huge financial surpluses, the strong growth in non-oil
sectors and activities, high oil prices and other factors the economy
of the emirate was fast to overcome the consequences of this the
global financial crisis and, interestingly, achieve some benefits from
it. For instance, inflation retreated to a normal level of only 3 percent
during 2010. In addition, the crisis gave impetus to non-oil activities,
which achieved strong growth during the past two years.
.Diversification of the economy
Oil contribution to the GDP at only 49.7% in 2010
Despite the importance of oil to the economy of Abu Dhabi, the
Emirate pursues an ambitious policy that seeks to expand and
diversify the economy in order to fortify it against volatile oil prices. In
this regard, it can be seen from the results set forth in the Abu Dhabi
Statistical Yearbook 2011 that oil accounted for only 49.7 percent
of the GDP of the Abu Dhabi in 2010. This result confirms that the
Emirate’s programs to expand the economic base and diversify the
sources of income are progressing successfully and in line with the
Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.
On the other hand non-oil activities/sectors contributed 50.3 percent
of the emirate’s GDP, achieving a relatively high growth rate of 5.6
percent during 2010.
Positive growth by all activities and sectors in 2010
Preliminary data on the GDP of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi over the
past year included in the Statistical Yearbook indicate that all the
activities and economic sectors achieved positive growth rates at
varying degrees in 2010, most notably the mining and quarrying
activity, which grew by 28.9%, fuelled by the sharp rise in oil prices in
world markets. The financial corporations sector also recorded a high
growth rate (14.4%), while manufacturing grew by 10.8%, real estate
and business services by 6.4%, wholesale and retail trade and repair
services by 5.3% and hotels and restaurants by 4.6%. Furthermore,
non-oil sectors and activities achieved positive growth rates, ranging
from 1.3% for the transport, storage and communications to 2.2% in
agriculture, livestock and fisheries.
Foreign trade is an important component of Abu Dhabi economy. The
volume of the merchandise foreign trade of Abu Dhabi was worth
23.7% of the Emirates GDP in 2009, reflecting the Emirate’s robust
and highly developed level of commercial activity and the significance
of foreign trade for the Emirate’s economy in general. The new issue
of Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook reveals that the total value of the
commodity exports of Abu Dhabi in 2009 were equivalent to 41.2
percent of the GDP for that year, while imports were worth 17.5
percent of the GDP in 2009.
According to the yearbook, the total value of commodity imports to
Abu Dhabi in 2010 amounted to AED 86.6 billion, the main imports
being machinery and transport equipment, which accounted for
52.3% of imports. The top supplier was USA, from which the Emirate
received imports worth AED 11.8 billion. Total non-oil exports
amounted to AED 11.6 billion, with the key goods being machinery
and transport equipment, which constituted 53.8% of the total non-oil
exports. Brazil was the top destination of Abu Dhabi non-oil exports,
receiving goods worth AED 2.8 billion in 2010.
In 2010 re-exported goods worth AED 11 billion. The top category
was machinery and transport equipment, which made up 65.5% of
total re-exports. The Kingdom of Bahrain was the top destination of
Abu Dhabi’s re-exports, receiving goods valued at AED 3.6 billion.
The largest volume of foreign trade was exchanged with Asian
countries, which supplied Abu Dhabi with imports worth AED 38.4
billion and received from the Emirate non-oil exports valued at AED
5.5 billion and re-exports worth AED 10.1 billion.
SCAD’s yearbook included statistics and indices on the levels of
consumer and wholesale prices in the local market, in addition to the
consumer price index (CPI), and inflation rates. Statistics Centre-
Abu Dhabi collects these prices from the markets of Abu Dhabi
Price statistics are normally represented by price indices, which are
among the most important statistical indicators produced by statistics
bureaus. One of the key price indices issued by the Statistics Centre
- Abu Dhabi is the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) with 2007 as a base
year. A price index is a measure the average change in the prices of
goods and services between two periods of time: a reference period
called the base period, against which the prices of another period(s)
known as the comparison period(s) are measured. Annual and
monthly inflation rates can be calculated using estimates of the CPI.
According to CPI calculations for the period under review, the inflation
rate in 2010 was at 3.06%, which means that consumer prices grew
by 3.06 percent in 2010.
The "Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels" group and
the "Food and non-alcoholic beverages" group contributed 55.4%
and 36.8% of total inflation in 2010, while the "Clothing and footwear"
group detracted 28% from total inflation during the aforesaid period,
reflecting a drop of 8.3% in the average prices of this group, due to
a fall in the prices of the “Clothing” and “Footwear” subgroups by 6.9
percent and 22.7 percent, respectively.
Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook monitors the growing role of
financial intermediation, setting forth the key indicators of this activity
and including statistics from the Survey of Banks and Financial
Establishments run by SCAD, in addition to the main performance
indicators of the Abu Dhabi Securities Market. The book provides
data on the financial intermediation and insurance activity, which
contributed approximately 5.6 of the emirate’s GDP in 2009. In the
securities market, the value of shares traded had been making steady
gains prior to 2009, achieving AED 34.6 billion in 2010. Furthermore,
the market capitalization of the shares traded remained unaffected,
reaching AED 294.6 billion and AED 283.9 billion in 2009 and 2010,
respectively. In 2010 66 listed companies were trading in the Abu
Dhabi Securities Market.
Wages and compensation
SCAD’s Yearbook – 2011 also presents statistics on labour
compensations. These include the salaries and wages of employees
and their benefits in cash and in kind. The compensation received
by workers in all economic activities rose 9.1 percent to AED 117.4
billion in 2010. Employees in the non-financial corporations sector
received the largest share (73.9 percent) of workers compensations
Industry and Business
SCAD’s Yearbook 2011 presents a wide range of statistics on all
aspects of economic activity in the emirate, such as the indicators
of the oil sector, which show that Dhabi’s oil reserves stood at 92.2
billion barrels in 2009 while the Emirate’s total natural gas reserves
were estimated at 212 trillion cubic feet for the same year. In 2010,
average production of crude oil was 2.3 million barrels per day, while
that of natural gas was 4,847 million cubic feet per day.
Electrical power generation reached 41,713,000 MWH in 2010,
compared to 39,219,090 MWH in 2009, while per capita electricity
consumption increased from 19 MWH in 2009 to 21 MWH in 2010.
In the tourism sector the emirate had 115 hotel establishments in
2010. The year under review also saw the number of guests grow by
about 17.7% and the number of hotel rooms by 10.2%. Occupancy
rate was 64.7%, while the average length of stay in 2010 was 2.8
In the transport sector, 668,833 new and renewed vehicle road
permits were issued during 2009. Aircraft movements at the airports
of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain reached 204,260 flights in 2010.
The investment climate
There are several underlying factors behind the Emirate’s attractive
investment climate, including a strategic geographic location, highly
developed infrastructure, the miscellaneous facilities offered by the
Emirate’s free zones and industrial cities, very low tax, easy access
to energy sources and credit facilities, etc.
Investment statistics for 2010 show that the total number of registered
business reached 96,381, of which 10.4% were newly licensed
businesses, compared with 86,402 businesses in 2009 of which
14.7% were licensed during the same year.
There are huge opportunities for Abu Dhabi to enhance the local
business environment, attract more foreign investments, improve the
value added in the local economy and increase non-oil exports.
The Government pays particular attention to sustainable development
and regards manufacturing as one of the promising sectors in
this regard. According to Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook 2011,
manufacturing made up 27.2 percent of the gross output of industrial
activity and accounted for 10.8 percent of the value added in 2009.
One of the most important manufacturing activities in the emirate
is the basic metals industry, which is key to the development of
the manufacturing activity, having accounted for 6.1 percent of the
gross output and about 3 percent of the total value-added of the
manufacturing activity in 2009.
Oil and gas
Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s major producers of oil, which was
discovered in commercial quantities for the first time in 1958. Since
then the emirate has been able to achieve remarkable progress in the
investment and development of its oil reserves and natural gas.
According to the figures presented in SCAD Yearbook 2011, Abu
Dhabi now ranks sixth worldwide in terms of proven oil reserves, and
accounts for 8 percent of OPEC’s production. In addition, the emirate
ranks seventh worldwide in terms of natural gas reserves.
Oil revenues constitute the main source of funding for Abu Dhabi’s
programmers of sustainable development and income diversification.
It is estimated that the value added of this activity contributed 44.6
percent of the Emirate’s GDP in 2009. This led the Government to
adopt a plan aiming to diversify the economic base and significantly
reduce this percentage in the coming years, since such diversification
offers a true guarantee for a balanced and sustainable development.
The book also presents statistics on oil and natural gas activities,
including oil production and exports, in addition to data on gas
liquefaction and oil refining.
There are two refineries in Abu Dhabi Emirate, with a combined
refining capacity of 600 thousand barrels per day. The Emirate plans
to build a third refinery in the Emirate of Fujairah with a capacity of
300 thousand bpd.
Abu Dhabi Yearbook – 2011 illustrate the remarkable development
achieved in the petrochemical industry of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,
which has been evolving constantly, benefiting from the availability of
the basic inputs, which give this sector the opportunity to manufacture
high-quality products and ensure market success. This section of the
yearbook also provides data on the emirate’s basic petrochemical
products, which include polyethylene and fertilisers, such as urea and
Electricity and water
Since March 1998 the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority
(ADWEA) has become the higher supervisory authority regulating
the water and electricity activity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and
implementing government policies in this regard. The Government
accords special importance to this activity, being one of basic
constituents of the infrastructure. It to be noted here that privatization
of this activity has had a clearly favourable impact in enhancing it
In 2010 total electricity consumption in the Emirate Abu Dhabi
was 40,644 GWH, of which the share of Abu Dhabi region was
63.6 percent, followed by Al-Ain region (24.4 percent) and the
Western region (12.0 percent). The Emirate’s water consumption
totalled 192,028 million imperial gallons, of which Abu Dhabi region
consumed 60.6%, Al Ain region 26.6% and the Western region
Construction is one of the key economic activities in the economy.
In 2009, construction accounted for 14.8% of the emirate’s GDP,
reflecting the strength and the development of this sector in the
Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook 2011 provides data on the major
economic indicators of the construction activity, along with new
tables and updated information on the building permits issued by the
municipalities, with unified terminology used in the tables issued by
In 2010 the number of building permits issued, which serves as an
indicator of developments in this activity, reached 7,747 permits for
residential buildings, marking an increase of 16.3 percent over the
number of permits issued in 2009. In addition, 3,785 non-residential
building permits were issued in 2010. Some 28 percent of the
licenses issued were for construction of new buildings.
The statistics laid out in this section highlight the main features of the
transport sector and include detailed data on licensed vehicles, traffic
accidents, length of roads and air and maritime transport in 2010.
The transport activity is one of the key activities in the Emirate, given
its significant contribution to the GDP and its role in connecting the
emirate’s geographical regions. Transport activities are done through
three modes, namely air, sea, and road (land) transport and its
related support services.
In 2009 the number of vehicles and heavy equipment in the Emirate
of Abu Dhabi totalled 668,800 vehicles. Aircraft movement through
the emirate’s two international airports (Abu Dhabi Airport and Al-
Ain Airport) in 2010 was 204.3 thousand flights, up 93.8 percent
compared with 2009, while passenger traffic was 11.1 million
passengers, marking a rise of 14 percent compared to 2009.
The government of Abu Dhabi pays particular attention to the tourism
sector to evolve into one of the engines of the economy as envisaged
in the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision, which aims to diversify the emirate’s
economy and income sources. Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi has
therefore accords special importance to hotel indicators and closely
monitors the significant growth this sector has experienced in recent
The data presented in SCAD’s Statistical Yearbook – 2010 show
that the number of Abu Dhabi hotel establishments increased by
5.5 percent to 115 establishments in 2010. This was accompanied
by a growth of 10.2 percent in the number of hotel rooms, while the
number of guests reached 1812. This significant rise in the number
and capacity of hotels reduced the occupancy rate by 10.4 percent
from 72.2 percent in 2009 to 64.7 percent in 2010, even though the
number of hotel guests rose by 17.7 percent in 2010.
Figures also point to a slight rise in the average length of stay from
2.8 in 2009 to 2.83 in 2010. There has also been a rise in the number
of guests for all nationalities except European nationals, for whom
the number declined by about 3%, while it grew for other nationalities
by 23.1 percent. The year 2010 also saw the number of guest nights
increase by 18.8% for various nationalities, but declined by 10.0 for
guests from Australia and the Pacific.
Population and demography
Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook 2011 presents data on the size,
distribution and structure of the population of the Abu Dhabi emirate.
The book also dedicates a section vital statistics, containing data on
births, deaths, marriage and divorce, and arrivals and departures of
individuals to and from the Emirate.
The Abu Dhabi Census 2011 is scheduled for the fourth quarter of
the current year. The Census will provide a comprehensive, accurate,
and updated database about the residents of emirate of Abu Dhabi
and their demographic characteristics, for both nationals and non-
nationals. The pre-census population estimates given in the 2011
Statistical Yearbook are therefore subject to revision after the results
of the Abu Dhabi Census 2011 become available in the first half of
Births, fertility and mortality
The data given by SCAD’s Yearbook – 2010 on these vital event
show that there were 29366 registered births in 2010, of which 15275
were males and 14090 were females. Registered deaths for the same
year were 2879, of which 2051 were males and 826 were females.
The crude birth rates for nationals, non-nationals and the total
population were 31.1, 10.3 and 14.9 births per 1000 population
Life expectancy at birth is defined as the average number of years
to be lived by a new born baby if he/she experiences throughout his/
her life the set of age-specific mortality rates observed in a certain
time period. In 2010 life expectancy at birth was 74.9 years for males
and 77.0 females. The corresponding figures for nationals and non-
nationals were 76.2, 74.6, years respectively.
The percentages of births likely to survive to the age of 65 years
among nationals and non-nationals are almost identical (85%). The
corresponding figures among nationals by gender are 83.2% and
87.0% for male and female births respectively.
The percentages of individuals likely to survive from 15 to 60 years
of age among nationals and non-nationals are 91.7% and 92.9%
respectively. The corresponding figures among nationals by gender
are 90.1% and 93.4% for male and female adults respectively.
The 2010 infant mortality rates for nationals, non-nationals and the
Emirate’s total population are 7.8, 7.8 and 8.0 infant (less than one
year old) deaths per 1000 live births, respectively. The corresponding
figures among nationals by gender are 8.3 male infant deaths per
1000 male live births and 6.9 female infant deaths per 1000 female
Marriage and divorce statistics
According to marriage and divorce statistics presented in Abu Dhabi
Yearbook 2011, 5,848 new marriages were registered in 2010, with
the wife being an Emirati national in 3,242 of them. The number
of divorces during the same year was 1,769, of which 820 cases
involved female nationals.
The singulate mean age at first marriage (SMAM) shows a trend
towards marriage at older ages. The SMAM for female nationals
increased from 23.7 years in 1995 to 25.9 years in 2010, while the
SMAM for male nationals did not show an equally significant increase
(rising only slightly from 25.3 to 26.5 years in 2010).
In 2010, Al Ain Region had a higher refined marriage rate (15.7) than
Abu Dhabi Region (12.4) and Western Region (6.5). The refined
divorce rate for the same period was slightly higher in Abu Dhabi
Region (1.8) than in Al Ain (1.7). As is the case of refined marriage
rate, the Western Region also had the lowest refined divorce rate
The refined marriage rate in a given region/country in a specific year/
period of time is defined as the number of marriages (and not the
number of married couples) per 1000 unmarried population (who
have never been married, or who are divorced or widowed) aged
15 years and above within that region/country in that year/period
of time. The refined divorce rate within a given region/country in a
specific year/period of time is defined as the number of divorces (and
not the number of divorced couples) per 1000 married population
aged 15 and above in that region/country in that year/period of time.
Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook – 2011 explores the Emirate’s
remarkable achievements in the various spheres of social
development, such as education. The Government of Abu Dhabi has
spared no effort in providing high quality education facilities, health
and social welfare services, security, justice and involvement of the
stakeholders in these sectors in setting priorities and strategies. The
emirate seeks to provide advanced services that meet the highest
international standards. The health sector in the Emirate of Dhabi,
for instance, is served by a high level of expertise and has access
highly developed infrastructures and resources, while individuals are
covered with comprehensive health schemes.
Education is considered the corner stone of the social development
process in the emirate. The Government of Abu Dhabi therefore
attaches great importance to development of the education sector
and spends unstintingly to provide the resources and expertise
it requires. In addition, the universities and institutions of higher
learning created by the emirate’s government meet the highest
Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook – 2010 provides detailed educational
statistics for the academic year 2009 / 2010, in which the number of
schools in the Emirate was 489 (305 government and 184 private),
including 53 Kindergartens, 91 primary schools, 62 preparatory
schools, 46 high schools and 237 multistage schools. These schools
have 12,038 classrooms, with 291,512 pupils, 20,372 teachers and
5,299 administrators. The number of pupils per teacher was 14.3 and
the number of pupils per classroom was 24.2.
The gross enrolment ratio in the first cycle for the school year 2008/
2009 was 88.1 percent for males and 96.3 percent for females, while
total ratio was 91.9%. The net enrolment ratios were 76.1% for males
and 81.5 for females, while the total ratio was 78.6%.
Regarding higher education facilities, the number of universities
totaled 9 in the 2009/2010 school year, including 3 government and 6
private universities, in addition to 13 colleges and 7 institutes.
The academic year 2009/2010 witnessed the graduation from higher
education of 7273 students, of whom 4352 students graduated from
the government institutions and 2919 from private institutions.
The number of students enrolled in all educational stages up to the
secondary level in 2009/2010, was 291314 (excluding 198 students
in institutions of special education), of whom 148079 were males, and
143235 were females. Accordingly the female/male ratio was 96.7%.
This ratio was 109.9% in the government education and 87.7% in the
The gross enrolment ratio is defined as the number of students,
regardless of their age, enrolled in a particular education stage to
the number of population in that stage’s official age group multiplied
by 100. The 2008/2009 gross enrolment ratio in the first cycle was
91.9%, the corresponding ratios for males and females were 88.1%
and 96.3%, respectively. The net enrolment ratio is defined as the
number of enrolled students in the official age range of a particular
education stage to the number of population in that stage’s official
age group multiplied by 100. The 2008/2009 net enrolment ratio in
the first cycle was 78.6%, the corresponding ratios for males and
females were 76.1% and 81.5%, respectively.
The health sector receives special attention from the emirate’s
government. Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook – 2011 points out the
impressive strides achieved in Abu Dhabi Health services in terms of
quality and expansion.
The year 2010 data also reveal an increase in the number of health
professionals and resources. In this regard, the number of physicians
was 4757 and the number of nurses was 8,221. The number
physicians, nurses and beds /1000 population was 2.4, 4.2 and 1.8,
The health sector data also point to a rise in the number of number
of physicians in government hospitals from 1,822 in 2009 to 2026 in
2010. In addition, the number of outpatients grew from 1,331,900 in
2009 to 1,386,700 in 2010, while admitted patients increased from
105,100 in 2009 to 105,200 in 2010.
Although the number of hospitals fell from 39 in 2009 to 33 in 2010,
due to the adoption of a new classification of health establishments,
health services have developed remarkably during the period in
question, with the number of health centers growing from 360 in
2009 to 435 and clinics from 207 to 239 in 2010.The health sector
data also point to a rise in the number of number of physicians in
government hospitals from 1,822 in 2009 to 2026 in 2010. In addition,
the number of outpatients grew from 1,331,900 in 2009 to 1,386,700
in 2010, while admitted patients increased from 105,100 in 2009 to
105,200 in 2010.
Although the number of hospitals fell from 39 in 2009 to 33 in 2010,
health services have developed remarkable during the period in
question, with the number of health centers growing from 360 in 2009
to 435 in 2010, and clinics from 207 to 239. Furthermore, the number
of available hospitals beds increased from 3,621 in 2009 to 3,579 in
According to the social welfare statistics set out in Abu Dhabi
Statistical Yearbook – 2011, the largest proportion (27.5 percent)
of social aid beneficiaries were the elderly, followed by cases
associated with divorce, which accounted for 23.5 percent of total
beneficiaries. Social assistance provided to the elderly in the Emirate
of Abu Dhabi reached AED 185 million, while 124 million AED went to
There has been a monthly growth in the number of cases entitled to
social benefits from 10884 cases in January, costing over AED 51
million, to 11,814 cases in December costing over AED 55 million.
The number of employees working at nurseries (under supervision
of the Ministry of Social Affairs) increased from 282 in 2005 to 836 in
2010, with the number of nurseries doubling from 31 to 66 over the
The number of non-governmental organizations, which provide
cultural and public services, increased from 42 in 2005 to 50 in 2010.
Agriculture and the Environment
Statistical data on agriculture and the environment, statistical data
and information offer indispensable support to decision-making. Such
data also gives insight into a wide range of economic activities and
serves as a basis for building plans and projects aimed at developing
and promoting sustainable agriculture sector that preserves the
environment and contribute to the enhancement of food security.
In spite of the daunting challenges facing this sector, such as water
scarcity, high soil salinity, elevated temperatures and high humidity,
sound agricultural policies and plans can prove very beneficial to
the agricultural sector, not only in terms of the sector's output and
its contribution to the economy, but in other ways as well, such as
improving air quality.
The policies and programs of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi are becoming
increasing responsive to the rising awareness about the importance
of better and cleaner environment. Environmental issues are quite
complicated since they involve diverse areas such as air, water
resources, soil and their impacts on human health and development.
Therefore, providing efficient statistics covering important
environmental aspects has become a necessity for policy makers,
analysts and researchers in order to work on the conservation and
development of the emirate's resources.
Statistics centre- Abu Dhabi seeks to provide agricultural and
environmental statistics that monitor the real status and cover all
its aspects as well as keep track of the developments taking place
in both areas in order to follow through with the emirate’s plan to
achieve sustainable development.
Agriculture and Livestock
Agriculture and fisheries activity is one of the main sectors of
production and one of the components of the GDP, in addition
to being the source of a wide range of food commodities and a
supplier for the Emirate’s numerous food processing industries.
The agricultural policy further aims to bolster the contribution of
Agriculture to economic development raise efficiency in utilizing
available agricultural resources technically, economically, and
environmentally to attain sustainable development. It also aims to
maximize productivity, support agricultural industries, and increase
their GDP contribution, as well as achieve a balanced development in
the agricultural sector in relation to other economic sectors.
The statistics presented in this section of the yearbook include data
on the number and area of farms and indicators of the area under
crops and the quantities and values of agricultural yield. In 2010,
there were 24,290 agricultural holdings in the Emirate, with a total
area of 747,679 donums. About 87% of the area was put to various
kinds of agricultural land use. The sheep and goats inventory in the
Emirate of Abu Dhabi totalled about 2.3 million head. The bulk of this
is concentrated in Al-Ain region, where 63% of the emirate’s sheep
and goats are raised. The camel inventory totaled 378,076 head,
54% of which are in Al-Ain region. Cattle populations are more or less
evenly spread over the Emirate’s three regions in 2009.
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is showing an increasing interest in
environment protection, and the conservation of natural resources.
Environmental statistics reveal the impact of development on a
number of key elements of environmental statistics, such as climate,
air, water, and waste management.
In 2010, the average minimum temperature of the Abu Dhabi
Emirate was 23⁰C while the average maximum temperature was
34.8⁰C. Average annual rainfall decreased from 81.8 mm in 2009
to 23.2 mm in 2010. Average minimum relative humidity was 33.1%
while average maximum relative humidity was 78.1%. Average
atmospheric pressure was 1,008.7 hectopascal and the maximum
daily solar radiation exceeded 8,000 Watt /m²/h in some areas.
In regard to air quality, the concentrations of air pollutants in 2010
were within their allowable limits in general except for particulate
matter (also abbreviated PM 10, i.e. particles with a diameter of
10 microns or less). In 2010, the annual average concentration of
PM 10 reached 226.6 mcg/m3 in the region of Abu Dhabi, with the
highest averages recorded in the residential and industrial areas in
The quantity of treated wastewater in 2010 was 246.6 MCM. Abu
Dhabi region accounted for about 74% of treated wastewater,
while the share of Western region did not exceed 3.6% of the total.
Average withdrawal of groundwater decreased by 6.2% to 2,250.9
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi generated more than 27.3 thousand tons
of waste per day in 2010, which adds up to approximately 9.97 million
tons annually. Construction and demolition waste constituted the
highest percentage with 74% of the total amount of waste generated
in the emirate.
About Statistical Center-Abu Dhabi (SCAD)
Statistics center-Abu Dhabi (SCAD) was established in 2008 in accordance
with Law No. (7), to develop and organize statistical work in the Emirate of Abu
Dhabi in particular and the United Arab Emirates in general. SCAD’s purpose is
to produce statistical information that is consistent with the emirate’s orientation
towards sustainable development and strategic plans under the supervision and
with full support of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Being the of the official statistical data collection agency in the Emirate of Abu
Dhabi, the center assumes the functions of preparing the statistical plans and
programs that serve the emirate’s wider development programs, conducting
statistical surveys across the emirate. SCAD is also responsible for the
collection, classification, storage, analysis and dissemination of official statistics
and the release of the results of social, demographic, economic, environmental
and cultural surveys.
The activities of the Center will encompass all areas relating to social conditions
in accordance with relevant international standards and ethics, such as
independence, professionalism, impartiality, objectivity, confidentiality, cost
effectiveness and quality of statistics.