Iraqis in the United Arab Emirates
|Regions with significant populations|
|Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.|
|Predominantly Islam, Minority Syriac Christianity|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Arabs, Armenians, Assyrians, Azeris, Iranians, Mizrahim, Turkmen|
Iraqis in the United Arab Emirates have a population exceeding 100,000, closer estimates report a total of 150,000 Iraqis in the Emirates. Iraqi people form one of the largest community of non-citizen Arabs in the UAE. Most Iraqis are recent immigrants who have fled instability back home; while Syria, Jordan, Iran and Lebanon were ultimate destinations for most refugees, a large influx sought the United Arab Emirates. In addition, an increasing number of Iraqi students seeking education and career opportunities opted for the country in light of its relatively reputable institutions across the Middle East.
Early migration of Iraqi people to the Emirates began after Abdul Salam Arif's 1968 Arab nationalist revolution in Baghdad which resulted in a high influx of Iraqis moving their businesses to Dubai and continued to do so during the 1970s, as well as throughout the Iran-Iraq war, the first Gulf war and the further ongoing civil unrest in Iraq due to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The majority of Iraqi expatriates that fled to the UAE are educated and affluent peoples who are now active in Emirati society, from being engineers to teachers and jewellers, as well as being involved in business and the media as presenters and news anchors.
Iraqi people in the United Arab Emirates
- Rosil Al Azawi, television presenter and model born in Sharjah
- Sophia Jawad, actress and model
- Ali Abu Khumra, television director
- The Narcicyst, rapper born in Dubai
- Zeena Zaki, fashion designer based in Dubai
- BuzzFlash > World Media Watch > 1/21/05
- http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/uae-iraqis-restricted-by-passport-delays?pageCount=0 UAE Iraqis restricted by passport delays
- Dubai: the vulnerability of success By Christopher M. Davidson
- http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/iraqi-expats-try-to-keep-their-traditions-alive-in-abu-dhabi-1.98498 Iraqi expats try to keep their traditions alive in Abu Dhabi
- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9868627/ns/world_news-mideast/n_africa/ Many talented Iraqis are leaving: Violence, political instability triggers exodus
- http://www1.albawaba.com/en/business/500-iraqi-companies-established-jebel-ali 500 Iraqi companies established in Jebel Ali