Emiratis in the United Kingdom

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Emiratis in the United Kingdom
Total population
UAE-born residents
5,406 (2001 Census)
Languages
Arabic · English
Religion
Islam

Emiratis in the United Kingdom are Emirati expatriates in the United Kingdom. They number several thousand and include many students pursuing higher education.

Demographics[edit]

At the time of the 2001 UK Census, there were 5,406 people born in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who were residents in the United Kingdom.[1] In the 2009/10 academic year, around 400 new UAE students enrolled in various higher education institutions across the UK and the overall number of Emirati-domiciled students registered on higher education courses totalled over 2,800.[2] This represents growth from 2005/2006, when the population numbered 2,000, which itself was an increase of 15 per cent on the previous academic year.[3] The UK continues to remain one of the top choices for overseas study amongst UAE nationals.[4]

According to UAE government statistics, between 1990 and 2012, around 250 UAE nationals became British citizens. The UAE does not allow dual citizenship.[5]

Community[edit]

Britain is one of the most popular destinations for UAE expats and is the most popular choice of Emirati students travelling overseas for their higher education.[6] Language and cultural difficulties, living outside the "comfort zone" and the different weather conditions are reported to be perpetual difficulties for new Emirati students in the UK.[2] The London branch of the Dubai National Bank is considered to be one of the central social venues for the capital's Emirati community.[7] Emirati students tend to retain certain cultural and religious practices when studying in the UK, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. The Emiratis see Ramadan as a time during which they can fast and more frequently offer prayers. It is also a period of interaction, something they miss during their time in London.[8]

The UAE government has issued its own version of a tourist map of London for Emiratis who visit the UK, with the map identifying "dangerous areas" to avoid. The warning came as a measure after incidents of fraud, theft and attacks on Emirati nationals in London.[9][10]

Notable people[edit]

Notable Emirati expatriates in the UK include:

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Alice (29 July 2010). "Helping UAE students prepare for life in the UK". Gulf News. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "VisitBritain and the British Council create a new online community to update perceptions of the UK amongst young Emiratis". AMEinfo.com. 9 March 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "UAE nationals flock to the UK for higher education". Dubai City Info. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Swan, Melanie (22 May 2014). "More than 250 Emiratis have switched to become British citizens in 22 years, UK figures show". The National. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Hussain, Abdul Ghaffar (10 October 2008). "Emiratis feel at home in London". Gulf News. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Shaheem, Samineh I (August 30, 2010). "Ramadan away from home". Khaleej Times. Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ "UAE Ministry issues its own tourist map of London with emphasis on safety". The National. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Emirati students feel safe in London but urge caution". The National. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Water tycoon 'Scotland's richest'". BBC News. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 

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