Dubai FDI launches first-ever city FDI Monitor



Dubai attracted AED 28.6 billion in green field FDI in 2015

  • In FT Markets rankings, Dubai climbs to 4th globally in number of projects and 6th in foreign capital attracted
  • Dubai attracted 279 greenfield FDI projects and validated AED 20 billion (US$5.3 billion) investments, shows Dubai FDI Monitor
  • Largest capital investment came from Saudi Arabia, US, UK, India, and Kuwait in 2015

Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), an agency of the Department of Economic Development- Government of Dubai, revealed new achievements for Dubai’s global foreign direct investment (FDI) rankings and results for 2015 in its first ‘Dubai FDI Monitor’ reports series. According to FT (Financial Times) Markets data quoted in the reports, Dubai attracted AED 28.6 billion in greenfield FDI in 2015 and the report shows another record year for Dubai with 16% growth in the number of greenfield FDI projects to 279, compared to 240 in 2014, and nearly AED 20 billion (US$5.3 billion) of FDI inflows.
“Dubai continued to enhance its position as a preferred global FDI destination in 2015 by climbing global FDI rankings to 4th position in number of greenfield projects and 6th in foreign capital attracted according to FT Markets,” said Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of DED. “It proves that Dubai’s leadership, vision, economic diversity and strategic plans across key growth sectors as well as the government’s investment in knowledge, technology and infrastructure continue to offer investors a host of unique investment opportunities and a business environment that is conducive to business success, growth and expansion.”

The Dubai FDI Monitor report shows that Saudi Arabia, US, UK, India, and Kuwait were the top five source countries for FDI to Dubai in 2015, generating a total of AED 14.9 billion or (US$4) billion and representing 76% of total FDI for the whole year. As for the largest number of projects in 2015, the top five source countries were US, UK, India, Germany and Switzerland generating a total of 168, or 60%, of total FDI projects.

The Smart Choice

Pointing to a strong technology component in capital inflows to the emirate, the Dubai FDI Monitor report reveals that 71% of FDI projects in 2015 qualified as high and medium tech, generating 59% of total FDI.

Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO of Dubai FDI commented: “Thanks to our wise leadership, Dubai has been successful in attracting investments in smart city technologies, renewable energy and green buildings among other high-tech sectors that improve productivity and efficiency while accelerating the transition to a green and sustainable economy.
“Apart from being an ideal location to set up and grow business, Dubai’s fully diversified economy, is powered by an educated workforce, excellent quality of life, a business-friendly environment and a pipeline of world-class projects, including the Expo 2020, making it a smart choice for investors. Now that Dubai is geared to become a high value knowledge and innovation economy, its appeal for technology, research and development FDI has been further enhanced,” he added.

The Dubai FDI Monitor report also reaffirms Dubai’s ability to facilitate business and competitively serve an expanding consumer market spread across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia through business services, trade and tourism. Top industries by number of projects in 2015 were professional services, IT services, transportation and warehousing, finance and retail. The top five industries generated a total of 164 projects, representing 59% of total projects in 2015.

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