Population

The Revitalisation Master Plan has been supported by an assessment of population and economic drivers for Baniyas-South Wathba. The analysis of the existing situation, and projections for future growth are summarised below.

Existing Demographic Profile for Baniyas-South Wathba

  • At the time of the 2005 Census, Baniyas-South Wathba housed 62,300 residents, comprising 10% of Abu Dhabi city’s estimated 600,000 residents at this time. An analysis of built form stock within the Revitalisation Master Plan area indicates that it currently houses approximately 68,200 residents.
  • There are 2,779 vacant residential plots currently defined within the Baniyas- South Wathba area. Assuming these are to be occupied by Emirati nationals and that the current population remains stable, this implies a total population capacity of 85,900 residents. This represents an additional growth of an estimated 23,600 residents.
  • Baniyas-South Wathba is a young community, with 71% of the population aged less than 30 years and almost half (47%) aged 20 years or younger. This trend can be expected to continue into the medium term as new housing plots are occupied attracting young families. The proportion of those aged 15 to24 is well above the Abu Dhabi urban average. With these two age brackets combined, 48% of the population is aged less than 25 years. This compares to the 34% for the Abu Dhabi urban average.
  • Baniyas-South Wathba has a significant concentration of UAE citizens, numbering 36,000 citizens (or 58% of the total Baniyas-South Wathba population).
  • Baniyas-South Wathba houses residents from a diverse range of nationalities. 79% of residents were born in the UAE, Middle East or other Arabic speaking countries. A significant proportion of residents (15%) were born in Asian countries, with 5% originating from Africa.
  • 63% of Baniyas-South Wathba’s population is of working age (that is, aged between 16 and 65 years). 31,200 residents (or 50% of residents) are actively employed.
  • A relatively low proportion of residents (4,700 or 11% of those aged over 15 years) have tertiary qualifications, in part a refl ection of the high proportion of school-age residents.
  • Of those aged over 15 years, 62% are married and 34% are single.