Forgotten Diseases Research Foundation

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Size at Birth by Gestational Age

These curves were created from a study of 2,497 singleton births in five hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (1). We created charts for boys and girls; they show the 3rd to 97th percentiles for 37 to 41 weeks gestation.

Weight at Birth
Head Circumference

Down Syndrome

A recent study created growth curves for children with Down Syndrome (DS) in the UAE. The study was performed in three large cities in the Emirates, and used growth data for children who had been born between 1994 and 2012. It enrolled 182 patients and obtained a total of 1,263 measurements (2). The study is freely availablethrough PubMed central, which has individual basic curves that may be used to monitor height, weight, and head circumference.


  1. 1. Dawodu A et al (2008). Size at birth in a rapidly developing economy : intrauterine growth pattern of UAE infants. Ann Hum Biol 35(6):615-623. Abstract on PubMed.  
  2. 2. Aburawi EH et al. (2015) National growth charts for United Arab Emirates children with Down syndrome from birth to 15 years of age. J Epidemiol 25(1):20-29. Full text on PubMed.

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