UAE: Dubai Industry

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Near-term sentiment is on the rise among Dubai’s business leaders, with the IMF forecasting a healthy GDP growth rate of 4.2% in 2019 for the emirate. While not as exposed as some of its regional neighbours to the effects of fluctuating commodities prices in recent times, Dubai nevertheless stands to benefit from the knock-on effects of higher prices over the last year.

Dubai is stepping up efforts to promote the development of its small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) community, creating a new incubator to further strengthen the sector.


A key driver of non-oil GDP growth, Dubai’s industrial sector continues to play an integral role in both its own diversification plans and those of the UAE. As a whole, the UAE is already the most diversified economy in the GCC, with only a third of its GDP coming from hydrocarbons activity. Recently, however, pressures from the oil price drop...


Dubai’s goal of becoming a key regional centre for exports of foodstuffs took a big step forward in early 2017 with the launch of a designated food park in the emirate, occurring alongside several other major developments in the food and beverage sector.


In June 2017 the UAE’s ruling Cabinet, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and vice-president and prime minister of the UAE, approved the standardisation of the “Made in UAE” label, with the aim of strengthening the country’s manufacturing sector. The move forms part of a larger push to promote manufacturing in the...

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