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Dubai reports record external trade growth in 2019

Dubai reports record external trade growth in 2019

Dubai has marked another economic milestone, with the value of external trade surpassing AED1.3 trillion (US$350 billion) for the first time in 2019.

The result puts the emirate well on track to reach its 2025 trade target of AED2 trillion.

Total non-oil external trade volumes rose 19% year-on-year to reach 109 million tonnes in 2019. Re-export volumes increased by a record 48% year-on-year to reach 17 million tonnes, while exports rose by 45% YoY to 19 million tonnes and imports grew by nine percent to 72 million tonnes.

In terms of values, the value of exports rose 22% YoY to AED155 billion, re-exports grew by four percent to AED420 billion and imports rose by three percent to AED796 billion.

The results capped a remarkable decade of economic growth for Dubai, with external trade volumes rising 70% in the period spanning 2010-20.

Commenting on the results, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the emirate’s Executive Council, said: "Dubai’s external trade has contributed significantly to the emirate’s economic achievements, further raising its status as a global hub for trade, business and tourism, giving it a solid platform for growth in the next 50 years and creating the optimal conditions for more sustainable development across sectors.

"Inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai’s external trade sector is progressing steadily towards the 2025 trade target of AED2 trillion set by His Highness. All government entities are working seamlessly together to provide the best services, facilitate trade and foreign investments, and further develop infrastructure across the emirate, especially at airports and free zones, to galvanise its journey of excellence and enhance its role as a commercial bridge between the east and west.

"Furthermore, hosting mega-events such as EXPO 2020 will provide opportunities for the international trade sector to explore new possibilities and expand growth."


Dubai: Top trading partners by value 2019

  1. China                      AED150 billion
  2. India                       AED135 billion
  3. USA                        AED77.7 billion
  4. Switzerland             AED60 billion
  5. Saudi Arabia            AED56 billion


Dubai: Top commodities traded by value 2019

  1. Gold                       AED169.5 billion
  2. Mobile phones         AED164 billion
  3. Jewellery                AED116.6 billion
  4. Petroleum/Oil          AED85.4 billion
  5. Diamonds               AED83.9 billion

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