GCC: Total population and percentage of nationals and non-nationals in GCC countries (national statistics, 2010-2017) (with numbers)


date/ period Total population date/ period Nationals Non-nationals % in total population
Country Nationals Non-nationals
Bahrain (1) mid-2016 1,423,726 mid-2016 664,707 759,019 46.7 53.3
Kuwait (2) 31 December 2016 4,411,124 31 December 2016 1,337,693 3,073,431 30.3 69.7
Oman (3) 7 April 2017 4,599,051 7 April 2017 2,488,755 2,110,296 54.1 45.9
Qatar (4) February 2017 2,673,022 April   2010 243,073 1,456,362 14.3 85,7
Saudi Arabia (5) May 2016 31,742,308 May 2016 20,064,970 11,677,338 63.2 36.8
United Arab Emirates (6) mid-2010 8,264,070 mid-2010 947,997 7,316,073 11.5 88.5
Total* 53,113,301 25,747,195 26,392,519 49.4 50.6

Sources: national institutes of statistics, latest year or period available as of 7 April 2017.

* Total provides the sum of population numbers at different dates. It is not exactly the total population at any of these dates.

1- Definition:
Non-nationals are:
1- persons bearing nationality of a foreign State other than the GCC State of residence, or bearing no proof of nationality from any given state (stateless persons and holders of refugee status and travel document in a third country) ;
2- Holders of residence permit residing in the given GCC country at date of census, as per definition of residence used in each of the countries.

Figures for Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are estimates.
2- Sources of data:
(1) Bahrain Central Informatics Organisation (CIO), CIO’s website, “Statistics” and “Population” sections http://www.data.gov.bh/en/ResourceCenter
(2) Kuwait Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), Statistical Reports, http://www.paci.gov.kw/en/
(3) National Centre for Statistical Information (NCSI), homepage as of 6 April 2017, https://www.ncsi.gov.om/Pages/NCSI.aspx
(4) Qatar Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, homepage as of 6 April 2017, http://www.mdps.gov.qa/en/Pages/default.aspx; Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), Census 2010, http://gulfmigration.eu/population-by-nationality-qatari-non-qatari-census-1970-2010/;
(5) Saudi Arabia General Authority for Statistics, Demographic Survey 2016, https://www.stats.gov.sa/sites/default/files/en-demographic-research-2016_4.pdf
(6) UAE National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)-now: Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA), estimates. http://original.fcsa.gov.ae/EnglishHome/ReportDetailsEnglish/tabid/121/Default.aspx?ItemId=1914&PTID=104&MenuId=1