Why the United Arab Emirates?

With nearly 700 French companies (MNCs, SMEs or start-ups) employing around 30,000 employees, the United Arab Emirates hosts the largest number of French companies in the Middle East. Business opportunities in the country and more widely in the area are multiple.

The United Arab Emirates, and especially Dubai, show remarkable dynamism and resilience. The organization of the Expo 2020 Dubai is a tremendous accelerator of the "smart city" strategy of the entire UAE federation and is also a source of opportunities for our companies.

The UAE has strong investment potential with a Coface A2 business environment rating. GDP growth has tended to decline in recent years (3.8% in 2015, 3.0% in 2016 and 0.5% forecast in 2017), however, we have seen an upward forecast in 2018 (prev 2.0%) and 2019 (prev 3.0%) Abu Dhabi Economic Services (July 2018)

The United Arab Emirates economy is one of the most diversified Gulf Countries Cooperation (GCC), making it a favorable country for business investment.

In addition, the country has a privileged position as a commercial platform (essentially through its port and airport among the largest in the world) and financial platform in the region, as well as a stable political climate.

Moreover, with the perspective of the Expo 2020, investments will play a key role in the long-term development of the economy (especially in the areas of transport, hotels, construction and infrastructure). 

The United Arab Emirates shows a surplus trade balance ($ 68.3 billion of trade surplus in 2016), a diversified economy (oil accounts for only 30% of GDP). Dubai's economy accounts for 26% of the country's total GDP.

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