UAE: Dubai Industry

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With a strategic position near the Strait of Hormuz, Dubai has always been a natural location for a port serving its hinterland, and the emirate has a longstanding maritime tradition. Furthermore, following the development of Jebel Ali Port, which now has the largest man-made harbour in the world, Dubai has emerged as a serious player in the global maritime industry....

Chapter | Industry from The Report: Dubai 2015

The manufacturing sector has recorded consistent growth in recent years, accounting for 13.7% of the emirate’s GDP in 2013. Free zones such as the Jebel Ali Free Zone and the Dubai Auto Zone continue to play an important role in the sector, with incentives helping to draw in international players. According to the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, its 625 automotive companies generated trade...

Chapter | Maritime Industry from The Report: Dubai 2015

Dubai’s maritime industry adds $3.92bn in economic value annually and the emirate’s government has placed a strong emphasis on the sector in the last decade. Long-term goals include implementing smart technology, maintaining high-quality infrastructure and developing local human capital. In the first initiative of its kind in the Middle East, the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre in Dubai...

In many respects 2014 marked the transition from strong recovery to promising growth for Dubai. With many exciting projects in the pipeline, not least the hosting of Expo 2020, the emirate is continuing to build on its reputation as a dynamic and international centre for business.

The emirate posted robust economic expansion across all sectors in 2013, and its resilience in the years following the global economic downturn has helped to re-build confidence among the global business community. Dubai has set itself the target of reaching 20m visitors per year by 2020 and the emirate received a major boost to this end when it won the right to host World Expo 2020 in November 2013. 

Dubai has invested heavily in the creation of competitive infrastructure and a business-friendly regulatory framework to help solidify its status as a regional hub for trade and manufacturing. In terms of logistics, the Jebel Ali Port and the rapid expansion of the national airline, Emirates, provide companies with streamlined import/export...

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