FDI and Business Environment

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a record high of $23 billion in 2022, reflecting a notable 10% increase compared to the previous year. This surge in FDI underscores the UAE's status as an attractive investment destination. The country's advanced and diversified economy, coupled with its commitment to economic reforms, has positioned it as a prime location for global investors.

As the second-largest economy in the Arab world, the UAE has emerged as a prominent recipient of FDI within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) bloc. In fact, the UAE accounted for approximately 60% of the total FDI inflows into the GCC, which more than doubled to $37 billion during the same period. This demonstrates the UAE's appeal for foreign investors seeking opportunities in the region.

The UAE's ongoing efforts to diversify its economy beyond hydrocarbon revenues have yielded positive results, as evident in its focus on sectors such as financial services, trade, and tourism. By implementing business-friendly reforms and social initiatives, the UAE has created an environment conducive to both domestic and global investment.

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UAE managed to achieve top ranks in foreign direct investment inflows in West Asia, and Middle East and North Africa region in 2021

86% of FDI inflows to UAE in 2021 were in retail, real estate, financial, mining, and manufacturing sectors

The cumulative FDI inflows to the UAE uptil 2020 reached $130.4B – 31% of this was by UK, India and China

In terms of outward investments, UAE cumulative FDI outflows expected to reach $240 billion by the end of 2022, making UAE a major global investor

Top sectors and countries for outward direct investments

UAE: A regional Hub for Global Companies

UAE is projected to exceed 1 million business licences (cumulative) by end of 2024-25