Executive Summary

Dubai’s geopolitical advantages, its proximity to South Asian and African countries has made it a favoured destination for trade. Availability of high-class infrastructure has driven businesses to set up offices here using the emirate as a springboard for activities in the Middle East.

Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade grew 2.7% to reach AED 327 billion in the first quarter of 2017 compared to AED 318 billion in the same quarter of 2016.

For the purpose of this report, the Trading sector is considered to consist of the following segments and industry stakeholder groups: Re-exports, exports, imports, and Support Services/ Other Supporting Organizations

Dubai Trading Sector

Dubai Trading Sector

In 2017, imports were the lion’s share of non-oil foreign trade at AED 201 Billion (3% growth), exports AED 35 Billion and re-exports AED 51 Billion (5% growth).

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