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Foreign Investment in the UAE

Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into the United Arab Emirates achieved a growth of 4% during the year 2021 compared to 2020 – reaching $20.7 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 $171.6 billion.The UAE has signed with its trading partners approximately 106 agreements to protect and encourage investments.

An increase in Foreign Direct Investment inflows to the UAE

According to the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2022, the value of foreign direct investment inflows at a growth rate of 4%. The total inflows of foreign investment in 2021 amounted to $20.7 billion (AED 76 billion), compared to $19.884 billion (AED 73.04 billion) in 2020.

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 37% percent of the total FDI inflow to the region, which amounted to $55.5 billion.

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 MENA  region in terms of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), accounting for 31% percent of the total FDI inflow to the region, which amounted to $66.6 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 19th globally in terms of FDI inflows and 17th globally in terms of FDI outflows in 2021.

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19th
globally
in attracting foreign direct investment in 2021.
17th
globally
in the Emirati investment outflows to other countries in 2021
The UAE accounted for
37%
of the total foreign direct investment inflows to West Asia region 2020
The UAE accounted for
31%
of the total foreign direct investment inflows to the MENA region 2021
$171.6
billion
is the value of cumulative FDI inflows in 2021
$215
billion
is the value of the cumulative FDI outflows to the world in 2021

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