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Dubai: The population of the UAE is “closer to 10 million,” Ameen Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary, Public Health Policy and Licence Sector, Ministry of Health, said on Sunday.The population was 9.3 million at the end of 2014, according to the Ministry of Health.Al Amiri did not state further details. He was speaking in Dubai at an exhibition and conference promoting business opportunities between Dubai and Florida.The UAE population has been steadily growing over the past decade. In 2005, it was 4.149 million and in 2010 it was 8.442 million, according to the World Bank.The UAE relies heavily on foreign workers, who make up 85 per cent on the country’s population. The majority of foreigners living in the country are from South Asian nations — India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Indians represent the single largest expatriate community with 2.6 million, accounting for 30 per cent of the total population, according to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.