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United Arabic Emirates
Local time in Dubai 02:14 AM
The weather in Dubai 17°C onbewolkt

Stats about City

United Arab Emirates
Datasource United Arab Emirates Netherlands Updated
Economic Growth (GDP Growth) + 0.49 % 2019 vs 2018 - 0.68 % 2019 vs 2018 16-12-2020
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - 1,072.78 $ 2019 vs 2018 (millions) - 6,992.58 $ 2019 vs 2018 (millions) 16-12-2020
Ease of doing business index - 0.67 Ranking 2019 vs 2018 + 0.01 Ranking 2019 vs 2018 16-12-2020
Gross National Income (GNI) + 25,351.98 $ 2019 vs 2018 (millions) + 36,352.06 $ 2019 vs 2018 (millions) 16-12-2020

Facts and Figures United Arabic Emirates

Capital Abu Dhabi (2,900,000 inhabitants)
Other major cities Dubai (2,300,000 inhabitants), Sharjah (1,300,000 inhabitants)
Average age 30.3 years
Surface area 83,600 km² – 2017
Population 10,400,000 inhabitants – 2018
Time difference +2 hours on Dutch summer time and +3 hours on Dutch winter time
Currency Emirati Dirham (AED)
Head of State President Khalifa bin Zayid Al-Nahayyan
Language Arabic, Persian and English

Sectors with opportunities

Water Freshwater is a major challenge in a region where it hardly ever rains. At the same time, wastewater, awareness of water use, water within the agricultural sector and rising sea levels are issues the region faces. Hence, enough challenges that require Dutch solutions.
Food Dubai is almost entirely dependent on the import of food. Dubai would like to change this by producing food themselves locally. The Food sector is therefore incredibly popular, with opportunities for Dutch companies who are active in the agricultural and horticultural sector. Because traditional renovation is very difficult (due to the climate and the subsurface), an innovative approach will be needed.
Energy Due to the presence of oil, Dubai has traditionally been highly dependent on the Energy sector. However, the oil supply will eventually run out (this only applies to Dubai, because Abu Dhabi has one of the largest oil reserves in the world). Hence, there is a strong need for new sustainable forms of energy. This offers opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs in, for example, solar or wind energy.

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