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Foreign Investment in the UAE

Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into the United Arab Emirates achieved a growth of 44.2% during the year 2020 compared to 2019 – reaching $19.88 billion – despite the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic that has cast a shadow on the volume of investment, trade and world economies. The cumulative balance of the FDI inflow increased, amounting to about $174 billion and achieving a growth of 12.9% during the same period. The UAE has signed with its trading partners more than 76 agreements to protect and encourage investments.

An increase in Foreign Direct Investment inflows to the UAE

According to the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2021, the value of foreign direct investment inflows to the UAE increased in 2020 by $2.01 billion (AED 7.38 billion), at a growth rate of 11.24%. Thus, the UAE has advanced 9 ranks to become 15th globally in 2020. The total inflows of foreign investment in 2020 amounted to $19.884 billion (AED 73.04 billion), compared to $17.875 billion (AED 65.66 billion).

UAE FDI Inflow
Numbers are in Billion Dollars

UAE ranked first in FDI inflows in West Asian Countries

The UAE ranked 1st in the West Asia region in terms of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), accounting for 54.4 percent of the total FDI inflow to the region, which amounted to $36.547 billion. The inflows to the region increased by 9.4% compared to 2019.

FDI Inflow 2020 - West Asian Countries
Numbers are in Billion Dollars

UAE ranked first in
FDI inflows in MENA Region

The UAE ranked 1st in the Middle East and North Africa region, accounting for 40.2 percent of the total FDI inflow to the region, which grew to $49.4 billion.

FDI Inflow 2020 - MENA Region
Numbers are in Billion Dollars

The UAE ranked first in FDI flows 2020

The UAE managed to achieve top ranks in foreign direct investment inflows and outflows in West Asia, and Middle East and North Africa region. It ranked 15th globally in terms of FDI inflows and 13th globally in terms of FDI outflows in 2020.

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15th
globally
in attracting foreign direct investment in 2020.
13th
globally
in the Emirati investment outflows to other countries in 2020
The UAE accounted for
54.4%
of the total foreign direct investment inflows to West Asia region 2020
The UAE accounted for
40.2%
of the total foreign direct investment inflows to the MENA region 2020
$150.896
billion
is the value of cumulative FDI inflows in 2020
$203.727
billion
is the value of the cumulative FDI outflows to the world in 2020

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