Pakistanis in the United Arab Emirates
21% of the UAE's population
|Regions with significant populations|
|Abu Dhabi · Dubai · Sharjah · Al Ain|
|Urdu · Punjabi · Pashto · Sindhi · Balochi · Seraiki · Kashmiri · Arabic · other Pakistani languages|
|Islam · Christianity · Hinduism · Sikhism|
Pakistanis in the United Arab Emirates include expatriates from Pakistan who have settled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as Emirati people who have Pakistani heritage. With a population of over 1.2 million, Pakistanis are the second largest ethnic group in the UAE, constituting 21% of the country's total population. They are the third largest overseas Pakistani community, behind the Pakistani diaspora in Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. The population is diverse and consists of people from all over Pakistan, including Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. The majority of Pakistanis are Muslim, with significant minorities of Christians, Hindus and other religions. The majority are found in Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively, while a significant population is spread out in Sharjah and the remaining Northern Emirates. Dubai alone accounts for a Pakistani population of 400,000.
From the time when heavy Pakistani migration occurred to the Middle East, a number of Pakistanis went to the United Arab Emirates. While many tend to be skilled and semi-skilled professionals, most are unskilled migrant workers.
Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates maintain strong economic relations with each other, with the UAE being the second biggest trading partner of Pakistan in terms of bilateral trade. The United Arab Emirates is a major investment destination for Pakistan. Pakistanis rank among the top ten investors in the UAE property market, with one report showing them as the third largest nationality that bought most property in Dubai. Many wealthy Pakistanis have bought expensive properties in Dubai and have second homes there. Pakistani expatriates in the UAE are actively involved in the country's business, investment and services sectors. The UAE is the second largest source of remittances to Pakistan; in 2012, remittances from the UAE amounted to $2.9 billion.
Pakistanis in UAE dominate the transport sector i.e. from logistics to crane operators and up to taxi drivers. There are many Pakistani bankers working in various local and multinational banks. It is not uncommon to find Pakistani Professionals working in various Multinationals in UAE. There are many Pakistani restaurants in UAE owned and run by these expatriate Pakistanis. Pakistani women are also running successful fashion houses in the emirate of Dubai.
There are number of organisations which represent Pakistanis in UAE. Some of them are as follows:
- Pakistan Business Council (PBC)
- Pakistan Association of Dubai (PAD)
- Pakistan Professional Wing (PPW)
- Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Alumni - UAE Chapter
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