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UAE Emerges as a Global Investment Magnet According to UNCTAD Report6 min read

Author: Omar Sami
Managing Partner Attorney at German Law Legal- & Tax Consultant

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a hub for global investments, as per a recent report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report highlights the significant surge in new foreign investment projects in the UAE in 2023, which marks a milestone for the country’s journey towards becoming a global business center.

According to the report, the UAE saw a remarkable 28% increase in the number of new foreign investment projects in 2023 compared to the previous year. This surge has made the UAE a popular destination for global investments, securing its position as the second-highest recipient of new foreign investment projects worldwide, just behind the United States.

The UNCTAD report reaffirmed the UAE’s resilience amidst global economic fluctuations, with the country maintaining its attractiveness for foreign investors despite declines witnessed in other regions. This resilience reflects the confidence of the global business community in the UAE’s economy, supported by robust policies, legislative frameworks, and a steadfast commitment to sustainable development.

While global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows increased marginally by 3% in 2023, reaching an estimated USD 1.37 trillion, the UAE stood out as a beacon of stability and growth amid economic uncertainty. Developed countries, including the European Union and North America, witnessed stagnation or declines in FDI inflows, whereas the UAE showcased a remarkable 28% rise in greenfield project announcements, signaling a promising trajectory for future investments.

The report anticipates a modest increase in FDI flows for 2024, buoyed by stabilized financing conditions and a favorable investment climate. However, challenges such as geopolitical risks and global economic uncertainties loom large, underscoring the importance of proactive measures to sustain the UAE’s momentum as a global investment magnet.

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The UNCTAD report highlights the UAE’s commitment to economic diversification, innovation, and sustainable growth. As the country continues to attract foreign investments and foster a thriving business ecosystem, it solidifies its position as a leading player in the global economy, shaping the future of international trade and investment.

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