UAE: Dubai Economy Articles & Analysis

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The emirate of Dubai, by virtue of being less generously endowed with hydrocarbons than its regional neighbours, has worked hard over the past several decades to develop a wider, more diversified economic bedrock to power growth. As a result the emirate has several sectors whose growth is not wholly contingent on hydrocarbons revenues, and which continue to prosper in the current environment.

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What do you see as being the most important growth drivers for the consumer goods industry in the coming years? 

To what extent is digitisation improving the provision of health care services in the UAE?

How can the private sector help contribute to the government’s humanitarian aid efforts? 

While low oil prices weighed heavily on many of Dubai’s trading partners and neighbours, the emirate delivered a strong economic performance in 2016, buoyed by growth in key non-hydrocarbons segments, which provided an important buffer against external challenges.

Despite the slow pace of economic recovery by many of its key partners, Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade has maintained solid momentum, with direct exports on the rise.


One of the most important issues currently facing the Middle East is the changing composition of its demographic structure. A massive cohort of young people – known as a youth bulge – is challenging policymakers, with youth policy affecting security, education, the labour market and welfare programmes, among other areas. Given the relative...