UAE: Dubai Articles & Analysis

Dubai saw steady GDP growth of 3.2% in 2017 and is expected to reach 3.5% in 2018, with an increased drive towards consolidating its position as a knowledge-based economy. The emirate is among the most diversified in the region, thanks to factors such as a highly attractive business environment that has brought in large amounts of foreign investment.

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Dubai is making moves to strengthen and diversify trade ties with Latin America, investing in infrastructure to facilitate investment in high-potential sectors.

Rising demand for freight handling, logistics and subsidiary services, along with an expansion into leisure, is driving growth in Dubai’s maritime sector, helping the emirate cement its position as a global leader in the industry.

Much of the increase in...

Dubai’s capital markets are seeing innovation in a range of spheres, witnessing the launch of new fundbased products on its primary exchanges, as well as new types of futures contracts on both Nasdaq Dubai and the emirate’s derivatives-focused exchanges.

 

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With some analysts suggesting that the 2017-20 period could see as much as $480bn in combined government expenditure across the GCC – with $288bn of that to be spent in transport and infrastructure projects alone – the region clearly maintains a considerable appetite for major capital investment.