Abu Dhabi Government Aims to Boost Economy Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
There are two major challenges that the Abu Dhabi government is currently facing, in the post-pandemic market which includes supporting businesses that are currently operating in Abu Dhabi and promoting the Emirate as an investment destination despite the lockdowns and restrictions that have been placed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Nevertheless, Abu Dhabi has taken agile and effective actions to address these challenges.
The government allocated AED 3 billion (USD 816.8 million) credit guarantee scheme to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) through the Ghadan 21 Accelerator Programme and introduced several relief funds, subsidies and waivers to support the businesses in Abu Dhabi. The swift response to the pandemic from authorities, residents and businesses, provided the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) an opportunity to showcase the resilience of the local economy and society.
Abu Dhabi Investment Office Initiatives
Along with the financial incentives and public incentives deployed under the Ghadan 21 Accelerator Programme, the role of ADIO and other organizations working towards economic development is to identify gaps and opportunities in the business ecosystem and to connect people from the public and private sectors, and across different industries. Abu Dhabi is currently focusing on improving areas that collide with the interest of national security, development priorities and the competitive advantages found in Emirate.
Some of its major focus includes innovation in agriculture, ICT (Information & Communications Technology), financial services, health and biopharmaceuticals, and tourism. Transformation in these fields is being boosted by ADIO’s AgTech Incentive Programme, launched in 2020, with ADIO providing competitive financial and non-financial support to innovative businesses that allow them to deliver impactful solutions. Success in these sectors will contribute to economic diversification and increase the trade activity in Abu Dhabi.
Likewise, Abu Dhabi is fostering the public-private partnership (PPP) which was formalized in 2020, considering the commercial and financial impact that the partnership will have on the economy. The PPP framework will have more focus on sustainability rather than the return on investment, making sure that the parties involved in this partnership generate social dividends in terms of contributing to sovereign wealth, providing an efficient and effective service for citizens, and ensuring environmental sustainability.
Creating Sustainable Business Environment
The investors are confident in the government’s commitment in providing an effective environment for the businesses to grow in terms of infrastructure, safety, subsidies and other waivers. On the other hand, the UAE government has also provided a clear path to acquiring UAE citizenship for international investors who excel at investing in key sectors. With an eye to the future, Abu Dhabi’s development strategy continues to focus on inclusive growth, with a particular attention on expanding opportunities for younger generations.
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New AED 30 Billion Strategic Programme to Boost the UAE Economy
H. H. Sheikh Mohammed, VP & PM of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, recently announced a new strategic programme to boost vital sectors in the country. The initiative includes AED 30 billion (USD 8.17 billion) provided by the Emirates Development Bank (EDB) to finance the start-ups and SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises) over the next five years to support the UAE’s efforts on exponentially increasing the size of the industrial sector in the coming decade. The funds provided by EDB will help create and support 13,500 new companies across various sectors and generate more than 25,000 jobs. Some of the major industries that will be funded through EDB are health care, infrastructure, food security and technology.
Emirates Development Bank Strategy
The EDB strategy was formulated by conducting several workshops, arranging meetings and discussions with more than 200 stakeholders across various sectors in the federal, local and private sectors to help to create its new strategy to boost manufacturing. The EDB strategy will help to hasten industrial development and the adoption of advanced technology while its funds will support entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs. Apart from the financial assistance, the strategy will also provide supply chain support, project finance, long-term finance, business accelerators, equity capital finance and a business growth support fund. The EDB will establish partnerships with UAE lenders to extend financial services to Small and Medium industrial companies and increase its direct financing by 73% in 2021.
More than 90% of the industrial enterprises that are currently operating in the UAE, are small and medium-sized businesses which are considered to be the backbone of the UAE economy. The EDB strategy will support in creating more than 13,500 new SMEs in the country, which will have a significant impact on economic growth, as they are the major drivers of shaping a productive industrial sector and sustainable economy. The volume of spending on Research and Development in the industrial sector will increase from AED 21 billion (USD 5 billion), which is approximately 1.3% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), to AED 57 billion (USD 15.5 billion) in 2031, bringing the contribution to the GDP to 2%.
Investment Opportunities in UAE
The government has taken several measures to control the Covid-19 outbreak and accelerate the pace of economic recovery. Some of the major initiatives taken by the government include providing UAE citizenship, 100% ownership of the businesses, extension of freeze on government fees to support the local economy and businesses. The futuristic strategies planned by the government, reflects the government’s supportive and investor-friendly environment which will continue even beyond Expo 2020. Even though the Expo will end on March 31, 2022, the investors and businesses that are operating in Dubai will continue to benefit from these supportive measures till early 2023.
April 9, 2021
Operation 300 billion – Focus on Sustainable National Economy
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the Industrial Strategy “Operation 300 billion”, a 10-year comprehensive strategy that aims to empower and expand the industrial sector to become the driving force of a sustainable national economy, increasing its contribution to the GDP from the current AED133 billion (USD 36.2 billion) in 2021 to AED 300 billion (USD 81.6 billion) by 2031. The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology will lead the strategy comprising of programmes and initiatives to support 13,500 industrial Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The strategy will focus primarily on future industries that implement advanced technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) solutions and applications. It aims to increase the value of these industries through improving and promoting local products on a global level and building an attractive business environment for local and international investors to improve their productivity. The strategy will also provide facilities and incentives for the industrial SMEs with an aim of positioning the UAE as a global industrial hub and attract Foreign Direct Investors (FDIs), talents and experts from across the world. These initiatives are expected to contribute towards advancing the national economy and sustainable development of the country.
Operation 300 Billion – Objectives
The initiative has four major objectives. The first objective will offer financing facilities to priority industrial sectors, develop industrial quality infrastructure to support existing and new local industries. The second objective is to capitalize on the industrial development and stimulate the national economy through launching a programme to enhance the value and demand for UAE products with the aim of boosting their contribution to the GDP, increasing their exports and finding new markets for them. The third objective is to encourage innovation and the adoption of advanced technology and solutions. The fourth objective is to create strong foundations to enhance the UAE’s position as a leading global hub for both business and technology.
The “Operation 300 billion”, also comprises of a new initiative, that Unifies Industrial Brands under the slogan ‘Make it in the Emirates’. Under the new initiative, the brands that are manufactured will be distinct and have a unique identity by enhancing their quality and global competitiveness. Ultimately, every product made in UAE will comply with the highest international quality standards and have its rightful place among the best international products. The industrial strategy will achieve a giant leap in the UAE’s industrial sector to become the main driving force of the national economy and paving the way for the next 50 years.
Implications of Operations 300 Billion to Economy
There are more than 33,000 industrial enterprises that are currently operating in the UAE, among which more than 95% of the enterprises are small and medium-sized businesses. SMEs are considered to be the backbone of the UAE. The Operation 300 billion strategy will support more than 13,500 SMEs by 2031, as they are major drivers of shaping a productive industrial sector and sustainable economy. The volume of spending on Research and Development in the industrial sector will increase from AED 21 billion (USD 5 billion), which is approximately 1.3% of the GDP, to AED 57 billion (USD 15.5 billion) in 2031, bringing the contribution to the GDP to 2%.
Investment Opportunities in UAE
The government has taken several measures to control the Covid-19 and accelerate the pace of economic recovery. Some of the other major initiatives apart from Operation 300 billion include providing UAE citizenship, 100% ownership of the businesses, extension of freeze on government fees to support the local economy and businesses. The futuristic strategies planned by the government, reflects the government’s supportive and investor-friendly environment which will continue even beyond Expo 2020. Even though the Expo will end on March 31, 2022, the investors and businesses that are operating in Dubai will continue to benefit from these supportive measures till early 2023.
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Digital Solutions Fueling the Growth of Businesses in UAE
A report conducted by ‘Visa’ in UAE suggested that a significant number of the companies operating in UAE are switching to digital solutions to recover in 2021. Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in UAE are optimistic about business recovery, with 3 out of 4 stating they feel positive that businesses will rebound from the pandemic-induced slowdown this year. Similarly, approximately 82% of the merchants in UAE said that their investments in digital payments had paid off and will play a major role in their business recovery.
A similar study conducted by ‘Godaddy’ suggested that UAE entrepreneurs have increased their digital initiatives to help attract and retain more customers. Approximately 36% of UAE entrepreneurs have increased their digital marketing activities to attract more customers, while 33% started selling their products and services online. Approximately 68% were sure that their business could survive a second wave of COVID-19 as big as the first one.
Digitalization of UAE Retail Market – 2021
The retail customers in UAE are actively switching to digital and contactless transactions. The increase in use of contactless payments was around 93% during the pandemic, while take away and home delivery were 87% and 78% respectively. UAE expects these spending trends to continue to grow in the post-pandemic era. While 60% of the companies which were surveyed mentioned that contactless payments were the preferred payment option among their customers, at the start of the pandemic only 18% of these companies mentioned that contactless payments were the preferred by the customers.
More than 38% of the retailers in the UAE that were surveyed said they have established an online presence in response to COVID-19. Nearly 86% are confident that online shopping will remain a preference even after the crisis. UAE retailers are leading the way in digitizing their business, as they feel that it is the key for their business recovery in 2021.
Investment Opportunities in IT Industry – UAE
With an increasing number of SMEs digitalizing their business, the demand for IT services is also on the raise in UAE. It is estimated that the digital wallet market value in UAE will increase at a rate of 24% reaching AED 8.5 billion (USD 2.3 billion) by the end of 2022. UAE provides an optimistic platform for both the existing companies and investors who are looking to expand their business in the Emirates. The upcoming EXPO 2020 will also favour the investors and businesses that are operating in UAE and will continue to benefit from them.
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Dubai Masterplan 2040 Focuses on Improving the Quality of Life in Dubai
The latest Dubai 2040 Urban Masterplan aligns with UAE’s vision for the next 50 years. The Plan is focused on enhancing people’s happiness and quality of life. The people-centric Plan focuses on reinforcing Dubai’s competitiveness as a global destination by providing a wide diversity of lifestyle and investment opportunities for residents and visitors over the next 20 years.
Dubai 2040 Urban Masterplan, has created a development model that offers the best possible quality of life and creates the conditions for sustainable prosperity which draws its inspiration from global best practices and adapts them to local needs and requirements. The primary goal of the masterplan is to create a truly inclusive environment that not only meets the diverse needs of people residing in UAE, but also inspire them to tap into their creative and innovative capacities and realise their true potential.
Dubai Masterplan 2040 – Measures to Improve Quality of Life
The plan emphasises on upgrading and improving the efficiency of utilizing the resources in Dubai, developing vibrant, healthy and inclusive communities, and doubling green and leisure areas and public parks to provide a healthy environment for residents and visitors. Nature reserves and rural natural areas will constitute 60% of Dubai’s total area. Several green corridors will be established to link the service areas, residential areas and workplaces, facilitate pedestrians’ movement, bicycles, and sustainable mobility means across the city, in coordination with developers and government departments.
The land area used for hotels and tourist activities will increase by 134%, while that used for commercial activities will increase to 168 square kilometres. Dubai will continue to be a global hub for innovative start-ups, international corporations, and strategic investments. The Master Plan will also increase the land area allocated to education and health facilities by 25%. The length of public beaches will increase by 400% in 2040 to increase residents and visitors’ quality of life.
Dubai Masterplan 2040 – Impact on Dubai Economy
The new Plan will raise the efficiency of development and promote the infrastructure’s optimal utilisation by developing vacant urban spaces. It also seeks to provide sustainable and flexible means of mobility and foster greater economic activity and attract foreign investments to new sectors. The plan will help raise the Dubai’s growing role as a pivotal business and trade hub, enhancing its attractiveness as an investment destination by leveraging its superior logistics infrastructure and contribute to Dubai’s efforts to mitigate the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, accelerate the pace of its economic recovery and prepare the ground for a bright new post-pandemic world.
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Importance of Conducting Market Research in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Economic Outlook – 2021
Abu Dhabi is considered the wealthiest emirate in UAE, in terms of per capita income and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The estimated GDP for the year 2020 was approximately AED 1.47 trillion (USD 401 billion) which contracted by 7.5% compared to 2019, as result of lower oil production and COVID19 outbreak. The GDP Per Capita for the same period accounted for AED 160,000 (USD 43,005). The economy is expected to grow at a rate of 2.2% between 2021-2023.
Abu Dhabi injected approximately AED 50 billion (USD 14 billion) in 2021 to support small local businesses, research and development, tourism and entertainment industries to increase the GDP contribution of the non-oil & gas sector. The government aims to boost the private sector’s contribution to Abu Dhabi’s GDP from 32% in 2019 to 37% in 2021.
Importance of Market Research in Abu Dhabi
The ideal platform provided by the Emirate has made the environment highly competitive, where businesses compete on quality, price and most importantly the market information. In order to succeed in Abu Dhabi, better understanding of consumers, market and competition is required for companies (new and existing) to make key business decisions.
Advantages of Conducting Market Research – Abu Dhabi
Developing Effective Business Strategies
With the help of a comprehensive market research exercise (i.e. surveys & interviews, business plan and feasibility study), companies can identify potential opportunities, evaluate market demand and devise an effective business strategy.
Understanding Market & Competition
Market research helps companies in analyzing the latest market trends, competition and consumer behavior in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Gulf region.
Understanding Consumer Behaviour
Market research helps companies in understanding consumer behavior and trends better. With the help of market research, businesses can better understand consumer needs and wants and accordingly position themselves in the market. Most importantly, an effective market research allow businesses to understand the following:
- Target Audience Profiling – Identify customers
- Market Segmentation – Identify niche / segment in the market
- Market Positioning – Position business considering target audience / market segment
- Marketing Mix – Plan effective product / service offering
- Pricing Strategy – Understand key price points
Evaluating Return on Investment (ROI)
Conducting Market research in Abu Dhabi helps companies in better understanding return on their investments. By evaluating the market demand of products and services and through competitor scanning, market research allows companies to ascertain the business potential. Through in-depth market research, companies (existing and new) can not only reduce the risks associated with the investments but also benefit from increased revenues and profitability.
Need For Conducting Market Research – Abu Dhabi
COVID-19 has impacted almost all the sectors in Abu Dhabi and has made the market highly volatile and uncertain. The unpredictable conditions have further increased the need for conducting market research to be highly critical for the long-term success of any business. Organisations that fail to conduct market research tend to drown. Though some organizations conduct internal research, they tend to lose sight of the consumer market research that is required for the growth of their business.
By imparting right knowledge and suggesting practical solutions, market research companies can enable business not just to accelerate their growth but also mitigate potential business risks. Therefore, it becomes essential for businesses (new and existing) to conduct in-depth market research and use information / insights to make key business decisions.
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Dubai Urban Master Plan 2040
In order to further enhance Dubai’s appeal to investors, visitors and residents, Dubai has launched the 2040 Urban Master Plan, a roadmap for sustainable urban development in the city. The masterplan was designed by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, V.P. and P.M. of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The plan focuses on using the available spaces within the city limits and concentrates on development in existing urban areas.
The major focus of Dubai 2040 urban master plan is to develop the five urban centres namely Deira & Bur Dubai, Marina & JBR, Business Bay & Dubai Downtown and Expo 2020 Centre & Dubai Silicon Oasis Centre. Initiatives such as infrastructure development and new property development will be carried out raising Dubai’s reputation globally as a business and financial hub. Furthermore, the implementation of 2040 Master Plan will strengthen Dubai’s resilience toward global challenges.
Impact of Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan – Tourism & Hospitality
It is estimated that Dubai’s population is set to reach 5.8 million by 2040 from 3.4 million in 2021, and the 2040 urban masterplan will provide the groundwork for how the city can grow sustainably over the next 20 years, accommodating the needs of the growing population. Under the plan, the land area used for hotels and tourist activities will increase by 134%, while the land used for commercial activities will increase to 168 Sq. kms.
While Dubai will continue to be a global hub for innovative start-ups, international corporations and an ideal platform for Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), the master plan will also increase the land area allocated to education and health facilities by 25%, while the length of public beaches will increase by as much as 400% in 2040. Easily accessible integrated service centres will be established across Dubai while the plan also seeks to raise the quality of life of the city while increasing population densities around key transit facilities.
Investment Opportunities in Dubai
The people-centric plan focuses on reinforcing Dubai’s competitiveness as a global destination for investment, by providing a wide diversity of lifestyle and investment opportunities for citizens, residents, visitors and addressing all their growing needs over the next 20 years. It will also enhance Dubai’s investment appeal and attract fresh investments into all the sectors. The plan will help raise the Emirate’s growing role as a pivotal business and trade hub, enhancing its attractiveness as an investment destination by leveraging its superior logistics infrastructure, including some of the world’s best ports and airports and maximising its ability to harness the vast talent pool available. The new master plan will help strengthen Dubai’s efforts to mitigate the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, accelerate the pace of its economic recovery and prepare the ground for a bright new post-pandemic world.
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UAE Foreign Exchange Industry Experts Positive of Economic Recovery in 2021
The year 2020 saw a drop in remittances value by 10-15%, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the drop in remittances value by 10-15% in 2020, the UAE’s foreign exchange industry executives remain confident in recovery mainly due to the increase in economic activity, Covid-19 management by the government and the return of expat workers to the UAE being the major contributing factors for the increase in remittance flows.
UAE Foreign Exchange Industry Experts View
Joyalukkas Exchange – Antony Jos, MD – Joyalukkas Exchange & Treasurer at the Foreign Exchange and Remittance Group (FERG), expects growth in remittances this year on the back of a strong rebound in the economy, strong vaccination drive, firmer oil prices, Expo 2020 Dubai and the opening up of the Israel market to UAE businesses.
Lulu Financial Holdings – Adeeb Ahamed – MD Lulu Financial Holdings said that the outlook for UAE remittances is positive for 2021 and the Lulu Group remains bullish in their views for the remittance and foreign exchange business. Ahamed said a revival of the economic activity will be a huge boost to the business along with Covid-19 management by the UAE government, the return of expat workers to the UAE and better job opportunities which will influence the remittance flows.
Al Ghurair International Exchange – Imad Ul Malik, GM – Al Ghurair International Exchange & Joint Treasurer at FERG said that remittances from the UAE are expected to grow in 2021 as a result of the vaccination drive and opening up of the leisure and travel industry. Likewise, the opening of the leisure and travel industry is also an indication of the increased confidence in getting back to normality. The upcoming Expo 2020 will also reflect directly on the remittance industry in a positive manner.
Orient Exchange – Rajiv Raipancholia, CEO – Orient Exchange, said there is uncertainty on the outlook and does not expect a return to pre-pandemic levels this year. However, he stated that if more projects were launched this year, there will be demand for more migrant workers, which would lead to a bullish outlook for remittances.
UAE Coronavirus Cases Decreasing
UAE was seeing a gradual decrease in the infection rates, as 52.46% of the population has received the Covid-19 vaccine according to the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) which is a positive sign and a step to recovery and resuming normal life in the country. Daily Covid-19 cases in the UAE dipped below 2,000 for the first time in more than two months, with 1,898 new cases reported on March 15.
UAE Economic Recovery 2021 Strategy
The post-COVID 19 will give rise to new business patterns with governments playing a key role in the national economy, leading to substantial investments in digital infrastructure, 5G networks, Smart Cities & Services, health, education and trade.
The measures taken by the government to control the Covid-19 and vaccinate against the population, will accelerate the pace of economic recovery by increasing the willingness of international investors to visit the Emirates. Furthermore, Dubai extended the freeze on government fees to support the local economy and businesses. The decisions taken by the Dubai government, reflects the government’s supportive and investor-friendly environment which will continue even beyond Expo 2020. Even though the Expo will end on March 31, 2022, the investors and businesses that are operating in Dubai will continue to benefit from these supportive measures till early 2023.
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Abu Dhabi Targets Innovative Companies with AED 2bn Investment Programme
Last year, Abu Dhabi’s Investment Office planned to provide financial and non-financial incentive programmes with an estimated value of AED 2 billion (USD 450 million) from 2021 onwards, targeting innovative companies in high growth areas. Through this innovation programme, Abu Dhabi aims to show the world that it is open for business and is committed to entrepreneurship.
Despite the funds from the innovation program being focused on all the sectors of the economy, the primary emphasis will be to allocate funds for start-ups, entrepreneurs, as well as SMEs (Small Medium Size Enterprise). The program will also provide non-financial incentives such as consulting services, connect the companies to potential revenue streams and provide them with opportunities to look at policy and how they may be able to participate in changing policy and regulations.
Abu Dhabi Economic Stimulus Package targeting SMEs
In addition to Abu Dhabi Investment program – 2021, several other initiatives were also introduced to support the startups and SMEs in the Emirate. One of such initiatives is the economic relief scheme which includes 16 Initiatives aimed at reducing the costs of living and supporting businesses in the emirate.
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Finance collaborated with three of the emirate’s top lenders to expand the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme as part of Abu Dhabi’s economic stimulus programme. Under the deal with Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and First Abu Dhabi Bank, the government will guarantee up to 80% of the value of the credit guarantee scheme to SMEs. Similarly, the investor-friendly initiatives that the government launched in 2020, following the outbreak of the pandemic has had a positive impact on the economic recovery and in the stabilization of the jobs in the Emirate.
Investment Opportunities – Abu Dhabi
With the initiative, Abu Dhabi has shown its commitment in reaching out to international investors to establish their presence in the Emirate. The latest supportive measures taken by the government will accelerate the growth in startups and international investments in Abu Dhabi and contribute to economic recovery. It will also reduce the cost of business operations for the existing companies, providing adequate time for the companies to recover, especially the SMEs in the aftermath of Covid-19 pandemic.
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Dubai Extends the Freeze on Government Fees to Support Local Economy and Businesses
Dubai has extended a three-year freeze currently in place on fees charged for certain government services until 2023, according to an executive order issued by the Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. The extension of the freeze will help boost Dubai’s competitiveness, improve the confidence and resilience of businesses and eases any financial challenges they may have due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Apart from the extension of the freeze, the government has also mentioned that there will be no new fees imposed on businesses, except in the case of the introduction of new vital services.
Industry specific fee waivers and exemption were also provided by the Dubai government among the initiatives in the latest package, with a primary focus on commercial establishments, hotels as well as the entertainment sectors. In the events sector, the exemption from the fees charged for postponement and cancellation of recreational and sports activities, including conferences and exhibitions, has been extended. The package also extends the freeze on fees charged for ticket sales, issuing permits and other government fees imposed on entertainment and business events.
Dubai Government Support – Private Sectors
In order to support the private sector and combat the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dubai government has announced measures worth AED 7.1 billion (USD 2 billion) for the past one year. The investor-friendly initiatives that the government launched early last year following the outbreak of the pandemic has had a positive impact on the economic recovery and in the stabilization of the jobs in the Emirate. Except for the travel and tourism industry, almost all the other sectors have either been stabilising or steadily recovering over the last few months. Industry experts have revealed that the business conditions in Dubai continue to strengthen with output and employment numbers increasing amid growing confidence among firms for a strong economic recovery in 2021. The successful roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines in Dubai has also contributed to the increase in optimism for growth in business activity over the coming year.
Investment Opportunities – Dubai & UAE
The latest supportive measures taken by the government will accelerate the pace of economic recovery and also reduce the cost of business operations, providing adequate time for the companies to recover, especially in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which needed support from the public sector to overcome the impact of pandemic. The decisions taken by the Dubai government, reflects the government’s supportive and investor-friendly environment which will continue even beyond Expo 2020. Even though the Expo will end on March 31, 2022, the investors and businesses that are operating in Dubai will continue to benefit from these supportive measures till early 2023.
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