More than 60% of the urban landmass within Dubai's city already contains buildings or is being used for projects under construction.
According to Gulf News, a new survey carried out by Dubai Municipality's buildings inspection department found that 64% of the city is occupied by new buildings, while the share of buildings in rural areas stands at just 3%.
The department has compiled a new database which has recorded the number and type of buildings across the city, which will help with urban planning as well as assessing the city's growth rates.
Jaber Al Ali, head of the municipality's buildings inspection department, said: "We started the survey about one year and a half ago with 45 engineers and inspectors, and have now entered the third stage."
The first stage involved recording the number of buildings across the municipality's 4,000km2 area - although this discounted free zone areas which are not under the municipality's jurisdiction. It found there were 88,931 buildings - 45,364 if which were in Bur Dubai and 40,392 were in Deira.
The second phase involved counting the number of units within each building and their purpose.
It also noted the condition of these buildings, and said that more than 40% required some form of maintenance. Violations ofthe building code such as multiple families living in one villa or bachelors living in areas for families were also noted, as were safety breaches including a lack of viable fire exits and no proper ventilation or lighting.
Al Ali said the database will be periodically updated.