- 147: suicide cases among Indians in Dubai in 2008
- 113: suicide cases among Indians in Dubai in 2009
- 110: suicide cases among Indians in Dubai in 2010
Higher rate among expatriates
In previous reports, it was stated that in 2011, the Consul General of India in Dubai, Sanjay Verma, released suicide statistics for the past three years among Indians in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain. Abu Dhabi was not included.
Verma said that in 2008 there were 1,420 deaths among Indians, 147 were suicides. In 2009 there were 1,285 deaths of which 113 were suicides and in 2010, 1,114 Indians died, of which 110 took their own lives. Researchers from UAE University studied suicide rates in the national and expatriate population in Dubai in 2011. They analysed suicides in Dubai from 2003 to 2009 using aggregated socio-demographic data of suicide victims.
Suicide rates per 100,000 population were calculated. Suicide rate among expatriates (6.3/100,000) was seven times higher than the rate among the nationals (0.9/100,000). In both groups, male suicide rate was more than three times higher than the female rate.
Approximately three out of four expatriate suicides were committed by Indians.
The majority of suicide victims were male, older than 30 years, expatriate, single and employed, with an education of secondary school level and below.
— Source: Dr Tara Wyne, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director