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    Dubai Records Foreign Direct Investment of AED 24.7 Billion in 2020

    Dubai Records Foreign Direct Investment of AED 24.7 Billion in 2020

    The Dubai Investment Development Agency, a part of Dubai Economy estimated that the Emirate recorded a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of AED 24.7 billion (USD 6.7 billion), across 455 projects for the year 2020. These FDI projects initiated in Dubai during 2020 exceeded the annual average projects over the past five years, which was estimated to be 441. Among the FDI projects, it was estimated that more than 50% were Greenfield projects wherein, the investors created a new brand at a new facility in Dubai. In addition, Dubai ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and fourth globally in attracting FDI during this period and also achieved more than 2% of the global market share in Greenfield FDI projects for the previous year. Furthermore, approximately 18,325 new jobs were created as a result of these investments.

    The FDI capital from reinvestment projects was estimated to be AED 1.6 billion in (USD 440 million), 2020, as per the data from Dubai FDI Monitor. Dubai ranked first in the MENA region in reinvestment FDI projects and 11th globally. Similarly, Dubai startups attracted an estimated AED 2.4 billion (USD 650 million), in FDI capital through 31 investments in 2020. The share of FDI projects in strategic sectors reached 57% and accounted for 91% of estimated FDI capital flows, reaching AED 22.5 billion (USD 6 billion). Around 76% of all strategic FDI projects in 2020 were invested in the technology sector with a total amount of AED 11.2 billion (USD 3 billion).

    Read: Master Plan 2040 to Enhance Dubai’s Reputation as an Economic Hub Globally

    Dubai Foreign Direct Investment – Country & Sector

    The United States was the top source country for FDI, accounting for 21% of FDI capital and 22% of FDI projects, followed by France (16%), Japan (11%), the UK (7%), and Germany (6%) made up the rest of the top five source countries for FDI capital into Dubai in 2020. The top five source countries accounted for 60% of the total FDI capital flows. The top five sectors with FDI flows were accommodation and food services (40%), electric power generation (13%), information services (8%), healthcare & social assistance (4%), and retail & whole trade (4%). The FDI capital in the top five sectors accounted for 69%.

    Read: UAE an Attractive Destination for Investment Over Next 3 Years

    Investment Opportunities in Dubai

    The people-centric plan focuses on Dubai’s success in combating the Covid-19 pandemic and starting the recovery phase in record time showcased the government’s commitment towards providing the best environment in the world, reinforcing Dubai’s competitiveness as a global destination for investment over the next 20 years. It will also enhance Dubai’s investment appeal and attract fresh investments into all the sectors. The FDI capital inflow during the year 2020, reflects the investors’ confidence in the government’s commitment to provide an effective environment for the businesses to grow. Dubai expects a significant increase in the FDI inflow in the forthcoming years with the futuristic strategies planned by the government.


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    UAE an Attractive Destination for Investment Over Next 3 Years

    UAE an Attractive Destination for Investment Over Next 3 Years

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) rose to 15th position globally in 2021, up by four positions compared to the previous year on the Kearney’s Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index (FDICI). The rankings were calculated based on the market research survey conducted by Kearney of 500 senior executives of the world’s leading corporations. The survey questionnaire asked questions related to companies’ likelihood of making a direct investment in a market over the next three years. Interestingly, global business executives stated that UAE is likely to attract the most investment in the next three years in the Middle East. 

    Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, UAE was one of the five countries that achieved a higher ranking in 2021 on the FDICI index. Some of the scales in which UAE ranked high were; government incentives for investors, enabling environment, technological infrastructure and innovation. Optimism levels regarding the economic outlook for the UAE scored higher in relative terms than those documented last year, placing it among the top five countries in terms of net optimism. The UAE along with Brazil and China were also named as the only three emerging markets on FDICI.

    Foreign Direct Investment in Post-Pandemic Economy

    The 2021 FDICI rankings displayed a high level of uncertainty about the timeline in which the global economy will recover from the post-Covid situation. In addition to the fall in confidence about the global economic recovery, the overall scores for the top-25 countries have fallen significantly when compared with previous years. Only 57% of investors interviewed were optimistic about the three-year global economic outlook, while more than 72% were confident about it in the year 2020, in a survey conducted before the pandemic began. Investors are more cautious regarding FDI globally as the majority of the countries are still going through economic recovery. The ranking reveals a significant fall in overall optimism about the global economy since pre-pandemic levels in 2020; however, investor optimism about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region generally remained stable.

    Read: Investors Positive & Confident about the UAE Economy

    Foreign Direct Investment in UAE

    Overcoming Covid-19 situation will be a key to economic recovery and the improvement in FDI inflow. The UAE 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 the successful roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines (52.46% of the UAE population is vaccinated), extension of freeze on government fees to support the local economy and businesses, announcement of UAE citizenship and Dh 30 Bn Strategic Programme to Boost the UAE Economy and Dubai Master Plan 2040. This has increased the investors’ confidence in the government’s commitment to provide an effective environment for the businesses to grow. As a result, UAE expects a significant increase in the FDI inflow with the futuristic strategies planned by the government.


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    Abu Dhabi Government Aims to Boost Economy Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

    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.

    Read: Abu Dhabi Targets Innovative Companies with AED 2bn Investment Programme 

    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. 

    Read – Abu Dhabi Economic Outlook – 2021

    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

    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.

    Read: Operation 300 billion – Focus on Sustainable National Economy

    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%.

    Read: UAE Foreign Exchange Industry Experts Positive of Economic Recovery in 2021

    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.


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    Operation 300 billion – Focus on Sustainable National Economy

    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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    Master Plan 2040 to Enhance Dubai’s Reputation as an Economic Hub Globally

    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.

    Read: Dubai Extends the Freeze on Government Fees to Support Local Economy and Businesses

    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.

    Read: Investors Positive & Confident about the UAE Economy


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    UAE Foreign Exchange Industry Experts Positive of Economic Recovery in 2021

    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.

    Read: Investors Positive & Confident about the UAE Economy

    UAE Foreign Exchange Industry Experts View

    Khaleej Times conducted interviews with several industry experts who were positive that remittances and foreign exchange business will pick up in 2021.

    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 

    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.

    Read – Abu Dhabi Government Support for SMEs demonstrates their importance to UAE

    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.

    ReadAbu Dhabi Economic Report 2021

    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 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.

    Read: Investors Positive & Confident about the UAE Economy

    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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    Abu Dhabi Government Support for SMEs demonstrates their importance to UAE

    Abu Dhabi Government Support for SMEs demonstrates their importance to UAE

    Last year, the government of Abu Dhabi announced that they would allocate 15% of annual procurement spending and contracts to micro, small and medium enterprises (mSMEs) to increase the segment growth rate and offset the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mSME sector. The primary goal of the initiative was to drive the growth of small businesses in Abu Dhabi as they are considered to be the backbone of the economy. Several other measures were also taken to help the mSMEs including the suspension of bid bonds and waivers of performance guarantees for projects worth up to AED 50 billion (USD 13.5 billion), which will be introduced from 2021 for mSMEs and Emirati entrepreneurs.

    Economic Stimulus Package – SMEs

    Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are a key component for Abu Dhabi’s business landscape as they account for more than 98% of the companies in the Emirate. They contribute approximately 29% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 44% of the non-oil economy. Therefore, the government aims to roll out an economic stimulus package to help soften the impact of the coronavirus on the SMEs and the economy.

    The economic relief scheme 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 introduced as part of Abu Dhabi’s economic stimulus. 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.

    The initiative provides SMEs with wider access to renewable financing options for working capital loans for a three-month duration and term loans for up to four-year duration to support further investment in Abu Dhabi. The UAE, also provided AED 282 billion (USD 77 billion) monetary support for the SMEs, providing zero interest funding to banks to boost lending growth in the country. Various other initiatives such as discounted utility bills and waivers of fees to support the economy were also taken.

    Investment opportunities in Abu Dhabi

    The Lenders in UAE have already provided a comprehensive package to reduce financial distress of SMEs that are operating in the country, through reduced costs and fees, loan deferrals and reduced interest rates and processing fees. UAE Central Bank (CBUAE) urged lenders to support their private sector clients and individual borrowers to cushion the impact of Covid-19. The CBUAE has released 60% of AED 50 billion (USD 14.5 billion) Targeted Economic Support Scheme. Abu Dhabi and UAE will continue to support the SMEs and mSMEs that are operating in the Emirates creating a mutually beneficial platform for the economy and the businesses.


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