Dubai non-oil foreign trade rises to AED 645bn in H1, 2018

September 18, 2018  
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade recorded AED 645 billion in the first half of 2018; an increase of AED 5 billion from 2017 figures.

Dubai’s re-exports registered a AED 24 billion increase and grew 14 per cent to AED 203 billion, which reflects the robust and healthy position Dubai leads as a distinctive regional and international re-export hub, while imports touched AED 377 billion and exports totalled AED 65 billion.

The emirate’s free zones foreign trade scored an increase of 20 per cent, AED 43 billion in the first half of 2018 to AED 257 billion. Re-export activity through free zones touched AED 112 billion; with a 31% increase from the same period in 2017, while exports through free zones made a 23% increase to AED 8 billion, and imports through free zones made AED 136 billion; an increase of 12% compared to the same period last year. Direct trade stood at AED 383 billion and customs warehouse trade weighed in at AED 6 billion.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council praised the growth and said: “Dubai’s competitiveness plays a key role in attracting investments from around the world, which seek to take advantage of Dubai’s position as a regional and international trading hub.”

HH said that trade is one of the key sectors that drives Dubai’s growth as a major global trading hub, which is supported by the emirate’s long heritage of being a gateway for global trade.

“The current growth of Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade is an indication that we are on the right path of revenue diversification,” Shaikh Hamdan said.

“Dubai’s external trade growth reflects global economic trends, especially in the areas of communication and information technology. This is driven by the national economy’s focus on innovation and creativity, and our leadership in adopting artificial intelligence technologies in various sectors.

"There is no doubt that Expo 2020 will showcase our unique economic experience and will highlight our ability to establish global leadership across various development sectors. Such events help towards a better connected world,” he added.

Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, DP World Group chairman and CEO and chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, credited the performance of the foreign trade sector to Dubai’s advanced infrastructure and policies. He pointed out that Dubai Customs was the first to introduce many advanced systems and programmes in support of Dubai’s preparations to host Dubai Expo 2020.

“We are offering a plethora of facilities and advanced services to traders and investors that will make their experience of doing business with Dubai memorable. For example, the AEO programme has successfully taken off and continues to be implemented across the UAE under the aegis of the Federal Customs Authority. The new economic scheme follows the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, towards boosting the performance of the UAE’s foreign trade to better secure the UAE’s post-oil future. The AEO programme is creating seamless commercial links between the UAE and the rest of the world,” he added.

“We work hard to enhance the competitiveness of the UAE and Dubai by offering unique advantages and developing customs services and product offerings. This is why we launched a number of pioneering programmes such as the Smart Workspace, Mirsal 2, Risk Engine, Advanced Container Inspection System and Smart Customs Luggage Inspection System, amongst many others” he said.

Bin Sulayem added that making customers happy is a priority for Dubai Customs, as part of which it launched the new seven-star Mina Rashid customs centre. The initiative was inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Moham


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