Jul 26 2011
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Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook - 2011 released (final add)
Abu Dhabi, Jul 26th, 2011 (WAM)--xxxx. Schemes. Education is considered the corner stone of the social development process in the emirate. The Government of Abu Dhabi therefore attaches great importance to development of the education sector and spends unstintingly to provide the resources and expertise it requires.In addition, the universities and institutions of higher learning created by the emirate’s government meet the highest standards worldwide. Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook - 2010 provides detailed educational statistics for the academic year 2009 / 2010, in which the number of schools in the Emirate was 489 (305 government and 184 private), including 53 Kindergartens, 91 primary schools, 62 preparatory schools, 46 high schools and 237 multistage schools. These schools have 12,038 classrooms, with 291,512 pupils, 20,372 teachers and 5,299 administrators. The number of pupils per teacher was 14.3 and the number of pupils per classroom was 24.2. The gross enrolment ratio in the first cycle for the school year 2008/2009 was 88.1 percent for males and 96.3 percent for females, while total ratio was 91.9 per cent. The net enrolment ratios were 76.1 per cent for males and 81.5 for females, while the total ratio was 78.6 per cent. Regarding higher education facilities, the number of universities totaled 9 in the 2009/2010 school year, including 3 government and 6 private universities, in addition to 13 colleges and 7 institutes. The academic year 2009/2010 witnessed the graduation from higher education of 7273 students, of whom 4352 students graduated from the government institutions and 2919 from private institutions. Educational Enrollment: the number of students enrolled in all educational stages up to the secondary level in 2009/2010, was 291314 (excluding 198 students in institutions of special education), of whom 148079 were males, and 143235 were females. Accordingly the female/male ratio was 96.7 per cent. This ratio was 109.9 per cent in the government education and 87.7 per cent in the private education. The gross enrolment ratio is defined as the number of students, regardless of their age, enrolled in a particular education stage to the number of population in that stage’s official age group multiplied by 100. The 2008/2009 gross enrolment ratio in the first cycle was 91.9 per cent, the corresponding ratios for males and females were 88.1 per cent and 96.3 per cent, respectively. The net enrolment ratio is defined as the number of enrolled students in the official age range of a particular education stage to the number of population in that stage’s official age group multiplied by 100. The 2008/2009 net enrolment ratio in the first cycle was 78.6 per cent, the corresponding ratios for males and females were 76.1 per cent and 81.5 per cent, respectively. Health: the health sector receives special attention from the emirate’s government. Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook - 2011 points out the impressive strides achieved in Abu Dhabi Health services in terms of quality and expansion. The year 2010 data also reveal an increase in the number of health professionals and resources. In this regard, the number of physicians was 4757 and the number of nurses was 8,221. The number physicians, nurses and beds /1000 population was 2.4, 4.2 and 1.8, respectively. The health sector data also point to a rise in the number of number of physicians in government hospitals from 1,822 in 2009 to 2026 in 2010. In addition, the number of outpatients grew from 1,331,900 in 2009 to 1,386,700 in 2010, while admitted patients increased from 105,100 in 2009 to 105,200 in 2010. Although the number of hospitals fell from 39 in 2009 to 33 in 2010, due to the adoption of a new classification of health establishments, health services have developed remarkably during the period in question, with the number of health centers growing from 360 in 2009 to 435 and clinics from 207 to 239 in 2010. The health sector data also point to a rise in the number of number of physicians in government hospitals from 1,822 in 2009 to 2026 in 2010. In addition, the number of outpatients grew from 1,331,900 in 2009 to 1,386,700 in 2010, while admitted patients increased from 105,100 in 2009 to 105,200 in 2010. Although the number of hospitals fell from 39 in 2009 to 33 in 2010, health services have developed remarkable during the period in question, with the number of health centers growing from 360 in 2009 to 435 in 2010, and clinics from 207 to 239. Furthermore, the number of available hospitals beds increased from 3,621 in 2009 to 3,579 in 2010. Social Welfare: according to the social welfare statistics set out in Abu Dhabi Statistical Yearbook - 2011, the largest proportion (27.5 percent) of social aid beneficiaries were the elderly, followed by cases associated with divorce, which accounted for 23.5 percent of total beneficiaries. Social assistance provided to the elderly in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi reached AED 185 million, while 124 million AED went to divorcees. There has been a monthly growth in the number of cases entitled to social benefits from 10884 cases in January, costing over AED 51 million, to 11,814 cases in December costing over AED 55 million. The number of employees working at nurseries (under supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs) increased from 282 in 2005 to 836 in 2010, with the number of nurseries doubling from 31 to 66 over the same period. The number of non-governmental organizations, which provide cultural and public services, increased from 42 in 2005 to 50 in 2010. Agriculture and the Environment: statistical data on agriculture and the environment, statistical data and information offer indispensable support to decision-making. Such data also gives insight into a wide range of economic activities and serves as a basis for building plans and projects aimed at developing and promoting sustainable agriculture sector that preserves the environment and contribute to the enhancement of food security. In spite of the daunting challenges facing this sector, such as water scarcity, high soil salinity, elevated temperatures and high humidity, sound agricultural policies and plans can prove very beneficial to the agricultural sector, not only in terms of the sector's output and its contribution to the economy, but in other ways as well, such as improving air quality. The policies and programmes of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi are becoming increasing responsive to the rising awareness about the importance of better and cleaner environment. Environmental issues are quite complicated since they involve diverse areas such as air, water resources, soil and their impacts on human health and development. Therefore, providing efficient statistics covering important environmental aspects has become a necessity for policy makers, analysts and researchers in order to work on the conservation and development of the emirate's resources. Statistics centre- Abu Dhabi seeks to provide agricultural and environmental statistics that monitor the real status and cover all its aspects as well as keep track of the developments taking place in both areas in order to follow through with the emirate’s plan to achieve sustainable development. Agriculture and Livestock: agriculture and fisheries activity is one of the main sectors of production and one of the components of the GDP, in addition to being the source of a wide range of food commodities and a supplier for the Emirate’s numerous food processing industries. The agricultural policy further aims to bolster the contribution of Agriculture to economic development raise efficiency in utilising available agricultural resources technically, economically, and environmentally to attain sustainable development. It also aims to maximize productivity, support agricultural industries, and increase their GDP contribution, as well as achieve a balanced development in the agricultural sector in relation to other economic sectors. The statistics presented in this section of the yearbook include data on the number and area of farms and indicators of the area under crops and the quantities and values of agricultural yield. In 2010, there were 24,290 agricultural holdings in the Emirate, with a total area of 747,679 donums. About 87 per cent of the area was put to various kinds of agricultural land use. The sheep and goats inventory in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi totalled about 2.3 million head. The bulk of this is concentrated in Al-Ain region, where 63 per cent of the emirate’s sheep and goats are raised. The camel inventory totaled 378,076 head, 54 per cent of which are in Al-Ain region. Cattle populations are more or less evenly spread over the Emirate’s three regions in 2009. The Environmental: the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is showing an increasing interest in environment protection, and the conservation of natural resources. Environmental statistics reveal the impact of development on a number of key elements of environmental statistics, such as climate, air, water, and waste management. In 2010, the average minimum temperature of the Abu Dhabi Emirate was 23 C while the average maximum temperature was 34.8 C. Average annual rainfall decreased from 81.8 mm in 2009 to 23.2 mm in 2010. Average minimum relative humidity was 33.1 per cent while average maximum relative humidity was 78.1 per cent. Average atmospheric pressure was 1,008.7 hectopascal and the maximum daily solar radiation exceeded 8,000 Watt /m/h in some areas. In regard to air quality, the concentrations of air pollutants in 2010 were within their allowable limits in general except for particulate matter (also abbreviated PM 10, i.e. particles with a diameter of 10 microns or less). In 2010, the annual average concentration of PM 10 reached 226.6 mcg/m3 in the region of Abu Dhabi, with the highest averages recorded in the residential and industrial areas in the emirate. The quantity of treated wastewater in 2010 was 246.6 MCM. Abu Dhabi region accounted for about 74 per cent of treated wastewater, while the share of Western region did not exceed 3.6 per cent of the total. Average withdrawal of groundwater decreased by 6.2 per cent to 2,250.9 MCM. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi generated more than 27.3 thousand tons of waste per day in 2010, which adds up to approximately 9.97 million tons annually. Construction and demolition waste constituted the highest percentage with 74 per cent of the total amount of waste generated in the emirate.
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