Monday, May 30, 2005

Launched: UAE Census 2005 :: Khaleej Times

Entitled 'General Census of Population, Housing and Establishments' it will be "unique in terms of participation by nationals, both men and women, who will undergo extensive training to carry out various tasks in the project." The last census was in 1995.


The preparations stage started at the beginning of the year and would conclude by the end of May. The second (field) stage begins on July 15 and will continue till the end of the year. Preliminary results are expected in the first quarter of 2006, but processing and analysing data will take about a year.
UPDATE: Further details in this Gulf News report.


Blogger Keefieboy said...

I remember the 1995 census. A highly-trained UAE national came to my door, spoke at me in Arabic and eventually got me to understand that I had to fill in the form. The form at least was multi-lingual.

Oh dear, that makes me sound like some kind of Fascist. But that's the irony of the UAE - yes, of course, the official language is Arabic, but the lingua franca is English or Hindi. What to do?

8:54 PM  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Some census-type form was pushed under my door a few months back. Among other things it wanted details of educational level of household occupants. The rightmost column was headed: "illitrate"

I threw it in the bin. If they can't do it properly, don't do it at all.

Besides, given every fucking person here has given numerous passport copies to every single government agency and civic department, every expat man, woman and child has or is listed on a residence/work permit, and every single local presumably is on the books for all the various benefits, I cannot understand why they need to do a census. The time and money would be better spent setting up a proper datamining system for the terabyte of info they must have on all of us.

9:06 PM  

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