Trade & Investment Opportunities

These reports identify the potential business opportunities in some promising regions of the world. The reports scan Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Asia, Africa, Commonwealth of Independents States (CIS), Latin America regions and the rest of the world for business opportunities.

The food and beverage exports has a high share in the Zimbabwean agro-processing sector total exports of about 17% the second largest, and the fastest CAGR of 7.1% over 2015-2019. Therefore, the focus of the synergies between Zimbabwe and UAE will be on the food, beverage industry especially fruits, and vegetables sub-sector that accounted on average for about 26.9% of food and beverage total exports over the period under investigation.
The report assesses the status quo of Dubai business and economic cooperation and potential future synergies with Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The Report identifies the major trade and investment opportunities in these major East African markets.
This report explores UAE/Dubai export potential into France. The report assesses the current bilateral trade performance between the two trading partners and identifies the potential export products and investment opportunities.
In 2019, Germany was the 10th largest partner in Dubai’s total trade, with a share of 2.6%. The aim of this report first to find products that can increase Dubai’s exports to Germany. Moreover, the study has identified products which can boost Dubai imports from Germany or turn it into inward investment.
In 2019, UAE ranked 1st in GCC (2nd in the Middle East) in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. Many policies of Dubai Government support the development of Renewable Energy and the reduction of waste and CO2 emission. The first part of the report discusses investment opportunities in Dubai’s water, food and energy sectors and the second part describes the opportunities in global supply chain, entrepreneurship and EXPO 2020 for Dutch businesses.
In 2019, UAE imports of Food and Beverage products from Russia reached USSD 772 million. UAE’s larges imported food products from Russia include cereals, cocoa and products of it, and sugar and confectionery products. Russia has high potential to export other food products to UAE, such as maize, sunflower oil, fresh chicken eggs, lentil and chickpeas.
The average growth rate of total trade between Dubai and the Netherlands deepened from a high of 22% to -7% between two periods of 2012-14 and 2015-17. The report shows the selection of major traded goods which have shown sluggish growth compared to the past trends, and are prone to be turned into new business opportunities.
The recent UAE-Israel Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relation and Full normalization has opened the door for a huge potential of trade and investment opportunities between the two countries. The UAE and Dubai strategic location and competitive advantage can be a trade and business hub for the Israeli companies and offer them easy access to the emerging markets across the GCC, Africa and Asia. On the other hand, Israel may offer its well-developed hi-tech services that can be helpful for the modernization and efficiency improvement of many economic sectors in UAE.
In 2019, Dubai import of Food and Beverage products from Belgium reached USD 113 million. Largest imported products include cereal preparations, fruits and vegetables and dairy products. Belgium food companies may play a significant role in the development of the food manufacturing in UAE. In particular, UAE may develop the production of chocolate, pastry and sugar confectionery products using the experience of Belgium food companies.
The report explores trade and investment opportunities that could be available for the UAE businesses in 10 select Latin American markets namely: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.
The report shows that the largest exported products from UAE to the USA include aluminum, petrol, and iron products, and the demand for these products is growing in the USA market. Moreover, the UAE has untapped potential in exports of mobile phones, cars, medicament and electronics to the USA. In addition, UAE exporters can diversify their exports to USA by exporting cocoa butter, fresh tuna, leather and chemical products.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises of 10 countries, namely, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The region has a collective GDP in excess of $2.9 trillion, and is home to a combined population of close to 650 million people, making it an emerging economic giant.
Both UAE exports and re-exports to Malaysia have experienced growth from 2012 to 2018. However, there is still a possibility to increase the UAE exports and re-exports to this country such as electrical generating sets, gold, Manganese ores and concentrates, etc.Potential investment opportunities for the UAE businesses in Malaysia cloud exist in Halal pharmaceuticals, electronics and cloud computing, tourism and renewable energy.
Non-tariff trade measures (NTMs) are the policy measures that are different from the custom tariffs and may affect the price of exported goods by adding non-ad valorem fees. Countries apply NTMs to protect consumers’ health or they use it as protectionist measures. The purpose of this report is to present and analyze the structure and importance of NTMs in top 10 export and re-export partners of Dubai.
Pakistan’s economy is a major economy in the South Asian region and its consumer sector has been one of the fastest growing consumer product sectors in Asia. Some selected trade opportunities for UAE businesses in Pakistan could include opportunities for exporting and re-exporting products such Pharmaceuticals, Electric generating sets, Lamps and lighting fittings, Seats, Polymers of Ethylene, Motorcars etc. Some sectors with possible investment opportunities in Pakistan could include the Halal Meat, Halal Pharmaceuticals, ICT, Clothing and Footwear and Automotive sectors.
Chemical industry is one of the important industries in UAE economy and it has diversified product portfolio. In 2018, the share of chemical and petrochemical products in UAE exports was 13% and UAE exports of these products to the world grew by 29% between 2017 and 2018. This report describes UAE exports of top 10 chemical and petrochemical products to the world and show potential export opportunities in these products.
This study will analyze trade and investment opportunities for UAE businesses in Indonesia. The economy of Indonesia is diversified and has experienced robust growth in the past. UAE business could have some investment synergies in sectors such as Agriculture, Tourism including Halal Tourism, Infrastructure and Renewable energy.
The process of trying to find new markets and products for UAE businesses is important to help find new business opportunities. This study analyzed 50 economies with strong historical economic growth and found that some products with possible potential for increased exports/re-exports to these 50 fast growing economies group were found to include Vehicles, Plastics, Aluminum, Aircraft parts, Cement, Residue from food industries, Processed food, Cork and articles of cork and Pharmaceuticals, among other products.
Furthermore, several of the potential export/re-export markets were found to be in South Asia, South East Asia and East Africa.
The weakness in commodity prices seen across the board since 2014 has affected most South American economies, given their high reliance on minerals’ exports. However, the recent recovery in most commodities’ prices is expected to provide stability to these economies over the short to medium terms.The report analyzes bilateral trade relations of Dubai with 4 particular South American markets, namely, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It lists major traded products with each country, and highlights suitable trading opportunities for Dubai exporters. The report also looks at sectoral trends in 5 key sectors, namely, logistics, tourism, agribusiness, manufacturing, and energy, and highlights suitable investment opportunities for Dubai investors.
The Caribbean region consists of 28 sovereign states (countries) and overseas departments or territories; however, due to data limitation, only sovereign states (i.e.16 countries) are covered in this report. Excluding territories (such as Puerto Rico), Dubai trade with the Caribbean states was valued at $273m in 2017; of which, $183m came in the form of imports, and $90m in the form of exports. After going over the region’s bilateral trade relations with Dubai in details, the report highlights suitable trading opportunities for Dubai traders. It also looks at recent trends in 5 key sectors, namely, logistics, tourism, agribusiness, light manufacturing, and energy, and highlights suitable investment opportunities for Dubai investors.
The Central America region consists of 7 countries, namely, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Additionally, 2 key markets in the neighboring Caribbean region (i.e. Cuba and the Dominican Republic) are also covered in this report.
The report analyzes the region’s bilateral trade relations with Dubai, lists major traded products with each country, and highlights suitable trading opportunities for Dubai-based traders. The report also looks at sectoral trends in 5 key sectors, namely, logistics, tourism, agribusiness, light manufacturing, and energy, and highlights suitable investment opportunities for Dubai-based investors.
The business services in the UAE is valued at AED152.8 billion in 2017, a 2.7% growth in comparison to 2016. For the future development of business services in the country, there should be a balance between the supply of a service that responds equally to a paying demand for that service. In particular, there is a need to improve or bring new business services which can provide high quality and modern services. This report shows UAE’s business services which have the potential to improve both in demand and supply side.
Finding potential new markets and potential export/re-export products is an important exercise for UAE traders. In this regard, it is important to understand which product groups could have competitive advantage for UAE businesses in the growing economies in regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa. The analysis highlighted several prospective product groups with high RCA values in 2016 (i.e. RCA value exceeding one) such as zinc and articles, copper and articles, carpets/floor coverings, electrical machinery, tools, implements and cutlery and vehicles, among other products. The top countries with the greatest intensity of RCAs across the various export and re-export trades included Cameroon, Ethiopia, Seychelles and Tanzania.
Because of its strategic position in the Mediterranean region together with its geographical proximity to Southern Europe, Greece's economy presents potential opportunities as a trading hub for the trading with the rest of Europe. Greece and UAE businesses could have some investment synergies in sectors such as Logistics, Pharmaceutical products, Real Estate, Tourism, Agri-business among other sectors. Selected trade opportunities for UAE businesses could include opportunities for exporting and re-exporting products such as Aluminum and articles, ceramic products, glass and glassware, plastics and articles among other products.
The Southeast Asia region comprises of 11 countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. With a total population size of 650 million persons, a cumulative GDP worth $2.6 trillion, an average GDP growth rate of 5.8% in 2017, as well as a strategic location bordering 2 global economic powerhouses, China and India, the region's trade and investment potential seems to be unmatched by any other region.
This report analyzes the region's bilateral trade relations with Dubai, with the aim of identifying suitable trading opportunities for Dubai-based traders. The report also looks at sectoral trends in areas such as logistics, tourism, agribusiness, light manufacturing, and energy, with the aim of identifying suitable investment opportunities for Dubai-based investors.
Growth in per capita incomes and population in the UAE has led to sales growth for food and beverage products. While several categories such as fruits, vegetables, cereals, coffee have experience historical sales growth , some categories with high potential could include Halal meat, Green tea and Fresh coffee. The niche organic food market has also experienced growth and could be a potential business opportunity. Consumers in general seem to be showing a preference for certified branded goods which highlight the need for business to certify their products and focus on branding their goods for local sale and export/re-export.
Finding potential new markets and export and re-export products is an important exercise for UAE traders. UAE traders have had substantial success in increasing exports and re-exports of goods around the world. The economies of South America are growing economies and over the long run could present potential business opportunities for UAE traders. They could also help UAE exporters and re-exporters to diversify their export and re-export markets. In this regard, it is important to understand which products could have competitive advantage in the South American region, which this report will attempt to do using the Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA) methodology.
Dubai construction sector has played a pivotal role in Dubai economic development. The sector underpinned the development of many other sectors including among others, the real estate, hospitality and landmarked Dubai government budget policy over the last 2 decades. Although Dubai construction sector is maturing, yet its contribution to GDP and employments is still relatively high. Despite the slowdown in the global, regional and domestic economic activity since 2014 on the back of the fall in international oil prices and the slowdown in global demand, Dubai construction sector is expected to gain momentum in the in the run to EXPO 2020 with diversified potential investment and trade opportunities.
The Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region is a major emerging region of the world economy. With its rich natural resources, abundant supply of labour, large and growing consumer market, it could provide potential opportunities for UAE businesses in a range of sectors. UAE businesses could find potential investment opportunities in sectors such as logistics and warehousing, renewable energy, tourism and construction, medical centers, the processing of halal food products and the processing of agricultural products such as coffee and chocolate, among other sectors.
Investment across borders can bring great rewards, but company's hard-earned cash may become trapped overseas. In particular, some UAE investors are facing difficulties while repatriating of hard currency from developing nations into the UAE. This report aims to describe the reasons and problems of trapped cash, and provide possible solutions for trapped cash issues.
The Chinese government has unveiled its 13th Five-Year Plan back in March 2016, which highlights the need to increase innovation and encourage domestic consumption to make the economy less dependent on government investment, exports, and heavy industry. Given the current transitory state of the Chinese market, it is an ideal time for businesses to explore potential opportunities. This report analyzes the country's trade trends and foreign direct investment environment, and provides a sectoral analysis that covers tourism, agribusiness, logistics, ICT, and manufacturing. The report also aims at identifying suitable investment opportunities and highlights available investment incentives and barriers that may affect conducting business in the Chinese market.
The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa) accounted for about 20% of the global GDP, 40% of the world population and one-third of the world's area. The average annual GDP growth of BRICS bloc was about 3.2% over the past five years and the expected GDP growth will be around 4.3% during 2017-2021. Considering the potential growth of these countries in the near future, this study aims to analyze the potential trade and business opportunities between the UAE and BRICS.
The aim of this report is to shed light on the Indian economy at the national level as well as at the state, and the most agglomerate cities and clusters. It also highlights the most recent regulatory reforms by the Indian authorities to improve the business environment.
Moreover, the report classifies India states and cities by GDP, population and per capita income to identify performance by each unit. Further we highlight the major economic activities and industries by major states and cities.
Mongolia is highly rich in mineral resources. With a low cost of extraction of several mineral resources coupled with geographical proximity to the growing economy of China, there could be potentially large opportunities in Mongolia's growing economy, especially in the mining sector. Revenues from mineral sales could benefit other economic sectors.
Potential trade opportunities for UAE exporters and re-exporters include machinery for mining and construction activities and also consumer products.
Serbia is situated in South Eastern Europe, central part of the Balkan Peninsula and it enjoys custom free access to 1.1 billion consumers in the countries with which it has free trade agreements. The country also has potential investment opportunities for Dubai investors in automotive, agriculture, textile, construction and tourism sectors.
In all CIS countries full foreign ownership is allowed in banking; construction, tourism & retail; health care & waste management sector groups. The most restricted sector for investment in the region is media, where the average index for foreign ownership for CIS region is 73.1. The potential sectors in these countries are: agribusiness, Islamic finance, ICT and tourism.
Agriculture remains Malawi's mainstay of its economy contributing about 29% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and about 70% of Malawi's labor force. The sector offers many investment opportunities such as livestock production (for dairy and beef), aquaculture, horticulture, processing and packaging of other agriculture produce.
In Zambia also the agriculture sector has a strong growth potential given the country's large fertile land and water resources endowment. About 58% of Zambia's total land area is classified as having medium to high potential for agricultural production, but only 14% of agricultural land is utilized.
The Caribbean region offers great investment prospects for Dubai businesses in the areas of tourism, retailing, agribusiness, logistics, energy, and manufacturing.
A favorable business environment together with a strategic location in the center of Europe make Hungary a country with a diverse range of business opportunities. Hungary is also a relatively mature economy as compared to some other countries in Eastern Europe.
Azerbaijan has significantly improved its business climate in terms of ease of doing business. The introduction of "single window" system in 2008 has explicitly reduced the red tape costs and paperwork associated with the process of business registration and incorporation. The country's involvement in 'Iron Silk Road' project promises great potential for investors, as new railway will allow easy access of goods on both directions between Azerbaijan and China.
Potential opportunities in trading with Belgium include products such as halal food, basic food products for use in processed food industries, pharmaceutical products, aluminum and plastics. Potential investment opportunities for UAE businesses include investment in certified halal food processing facilities, food processing centers, ICT sector, the chemical industry, halal pharmaceuticals, real estate and construction and renewable energy.
The republic of Kosovo is a small state in Southeast Europe that declared independence from Serbia in February 2008. This landlocked country sits on an area of 10,900km2 and shares borders with Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, and Montenegro. The country offers high potential for boosting bilateral trade with Dubai in a number of goods, such as importing vegetables, wood and leather products; as well as exporting machinery and appliances, along with packaged foodstuff. There are also good investment prospects for Dubai investors in the following sectors: Agribusiness, manufacturing, construction, tourism, and logistics.
This report focuses on potential trade and investment opportunities in KSA, Qatar and Kuwait. There are currently plenty of potential opportunities open to foreign companies in KSA. Around 92% of those opportunities fall under the following 5 categories: construction, industry, services, environment and IT. The most potential investment opportunities in Qatar and Kuwait are in industry, services, IT, construction and transport. Among the three GCC countries KSA is considered one of the major Dubai trade partners.
Having a market based economy, Kenya is considered the economic, commercial and the logistics hub of East Africa. Realizing its role as a launch pad in East and Central Africa, foreign investors usually aim beyond the domestic market. The country capitalizes on its strategic location, good economic performance across all sectors and the strong demography with an emergence of a new middle class. Major sectors attracting investment include oil and gas exploration, energy, banking, real estate, retailing, consumer goods manufacturing, vehicle assembly, agriculture and tourism.
As demonstrated by the high volume of Dubai's trade with North Africa, Dubai businesses already have a strong understanding of the challenges for doing business in the region. With proper risk management strategies they could extend the advantage they have in trade to other economic sectors.
To rank the three main cities in West Africa, we employed a framework that could help in filtering and screening the potential cities within the region. As data and statistics are not available for African cities, we used national data to arrive at the most potential countries within West Africa region.
A mineral rich economy with a growing population makes South Africa a businesses destination with possible long-term potential. South Africa's strategic position in the Southern part of Africa combined with its relatively advanced economic status make it a potential hub for doing business with the growing economies of Southern Africa.
Dubai represents a fertile ground for associations to develop their presence in UAE, GCC, MENA and the entire world, supported by facts such as: Friendly business environment, with Tax free treatment, costs of trade: among the cheapest in the world, proximity: links the 2 booming continents of Asia and Africa and advanced and large scale infrastructure: ports, airports, roads, and soon rails.
The CIS region offers UAE businesses with a diverse range of trade and investment opportunities despite some challenges and its landlocked geography. Some of the export and re-export opportunities are: machinery, electrical equipment, cars, plastics and articles, iron and steel articles. Sectors with possible investment opportunities include: agriculture, Halal products, automotive, pharmaceuticals and health care.
Botswana has the potential to serve as a gateway to the southern African market as it is strategically located in the heart of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) ? a region with more than 250 million people. As the best strategy to access Botswana's market is through direct investment in potential sectors that can help diversifying the economy and increase its international trade opportunities. Currently, UAE major export opportunities can be found in exporting products such as: Telecommunication Equipment's, Automatic data processing machines, Mining equipment, etc.
Mozambique is a growing developing economy strategically located in Southern Africa. Its investment law provides for investment incentives based on the location and size of investment. Investments are exempt from payment of customs duties and VAT. With its rich arable land, Mozambique's agricultural and agro- industry holds potential opportunities. Selected trade opportunities for UAE businesses in Mozambique include opportunities for exporting and re-exporting finished products including transport equipment and machinery for mining activities and consumer products to Mozambique.
In 2014, Dubai construction sector accounted for about 7.6% of its total GDP, ranked as the 6th largest sector. The sector plays a pivotal role in Dubai economy. As the sector is maturing, its share in Dubai total GDP has declined over the years, as the sector share declined from 12% in 2008. Considering both shares of construction and the real estate sector they account together for about 20% of Dubai total real GDP, ranking them the second largest sector after wholesale and trade that accounted for about 28.9%. Running up to EXPO 2020 open opportunities across the sectors of real estate, tourism, hospitality, retail, and infrastructure, translating into growth for construction activities.
The Scandinavian countries are considered among the best countries for doing business, and well established rules and regulations. They have agreements with the EU for visa-free travel to 36 countries including the 26 Schengen countries. These countries also have Free Economic Zones with tax benefits.
Sweden is among the best countries in the world for doing business (8th position in the WB index). It adopts open trade and investment policies, and EU laws and regulations. There are various trade and investment opportunities for the UAE companies in Sweden. They include UAE exports of goods such as vehicles, ships and UAE imports from Sweden of various products, such as wood, iron and steel, plastics. Potential investment opportunities are identified in various sectors including clean technology, forestry, manufacturing and retail.
This report tackles the Consumer Goods sector in the UAE, with the focus on: what Consumer Goods are and how they can be classified, trends in Consumer Goods global and regional markets, UAE retailing and Consumer Goods, UAE Consumer Goods selected categories and their performance, and finally analyzes the UAE business climate.
This report focuses on the following areas: Health & Wellness definitions, Health & Wellness trends in global and regional markets, UAE health care, UAE medical tourism and other related topics,
The Republic of Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. It has recently started introducing market reforms. For instance, it has allowed more private business participation in the retail services sector. Cuba has prioritized activities and sectors in a special development zone including: Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, renewable energy, agro-food industry, tourism and real estate development. The state guarantees capital transfers abroad without fees, taxes, dividends, and in freely convertible currency. A special tax regime for foreign investors. An Economic, Trade and Technical Agreement was signed between Cuba and UAE in 2014.
Central Asia. Neighboring countries include Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and China. There are potential products can be exported to Kyrgyzstan like: tea, palm oil, machineries ...etc. The UAE businesses can invest in the Kyrgyz mining sector as the country has one of the largest mineral deposits in Central Asia, also there are opportunities in the tourism sector and transport and logistics sector.
Ecuador, a country in the Andean region of South America, located towards the North West of the continent. The country enjoys abundant oil reserves. Petroleum represented on average around 60% of the Ecuador total exports. Therefore, the petroleum sector is considered one of the major sectors that are open for FDI in the country and the manufacturing sector comes second in the flow of the FDI. With the prospects of the Ecuador development plans, it is expected that more demand for aluminum with be created. UAE traders have a potential re-export trade opportunity in some of the manufactured goods that can be re-exported to the Ecuador.
This report presents the current macro-economic situation of the country, together with its ease of business ranking. It then looks at the external trade of Latvia, the foreign direct investment related to Latvia and its trade, investment and tax policies. Finally, the report provides information on various bilateral trade opportunities between Latvia and UAE and several potential investment opportunities for the UAE in Latvia.
Together with Latvia and Estonia, Lithuania is a member of the Baltic nations. Historically, they have held regional cooperative ties in several intergovernmental organizations. Lithuania offers investors a diversified economy, a low cost and skilled workforce, low corporate taxation, a well-developed road network, and a stable political system. The country's laws are streamlined with the EU and ensure equal treatment between foreigners and domestic investors. No authorization is needed from the government for a foreigner to be able to invest in the country. Nearly all economic sectors are freely accessible to FDI. The country offers 7 free economic zones (FEZ) with tax benefits.
This report presents the current macro-economic situation of the country, together with its ease of business ranking. It then looks at the external trade of Estonia, the foreign direct investment related to Estonia and its trade, investment and tax policies. Finally, the report provides information on various bilateral trade opportunities between Estonia and UAE and several potential investment opportunities for the UAE in Estonia.
This report aims to highlight Africa's surging consumer markets major trends and their lucrative business potential. Africa's consumer market segment is opening up opportunities for businesses in retail, telecommunication, education, health and many other consumer market segment.
The report highlights the Czech Republic's economic growth combined with positive annual import demand, which mean that there are potentially lucrative opportunities for UAE exporters and businesses.
The aim of this report is to look at the current status of the bilateral economic cooperation between Dubai and Ethiopia and the prospect economic synergies that may arise in the future given their respective competitive advantage and global competitiveness.
Belarus in Eastern Europe enjoys good potentials for the UAE based companies as they can import agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, in addition to Iron and steel products. In exports: UAE businesses can export plastics, precious metals and stones, and ceramic products. Dubai traders could redirect certain Belarusian commodities towards Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific (i.e. Potash and nitrogen fertilizers, oil products, rolled steel); at the same time, they have opportunity to bring finished goods and manufacturing equipment from China, Japan and S. Korea into Belarus.
The study details the opportunities that investors and traders can avail in Switzerland given the incentives provided by the government which mostly doesn't set any obstacles or barriers on FDI.

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