The United Arab Emirates have a strategic geographical position at the center of the main South-West directions. Thanks to the huge reserves of fossil fuels, that have played a decisive role in the economic growth, they have become in less than 50 years a strongly developed state with a high standard of living (GDP per capita is among the highest in the world).

The economy is open and dynamic and represents an interesting market for export. The UEA market is indeed the first outlet market for Italian companies in the Middle East area.

A little more than a year is missing at EXPO 2020, and a strong focus on this country is already being felt for what this futuristic exhibition brings with it.

Exactly in view of Expo 2020, there will be many opportunities for all the great works and infrastructures expected in the coming years. Construction, furniture, but also companies in the iron and steel industry, renewable energy, plastics and digital sector.

This is the first time that a world exhibition is held in a country in North Africa and the Middle East, where about 20/25 million visitors are expected.

India, Japan and China are the main trading partners of the United Arab Emirates (UEA). Among the major western partners we find the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.

The main export sectors of Italy are mechanics and goldsmithing, but for Italian companies there are spaces for growth and opportunities in all sectors, from agro-food to medium-high end goods in the fashion sector, from buildings and building materials to furniture and design, from industry to new technologies, from service to tourism.

The sectors with the greatest potential for development are:

  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Plant and Engineering
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Constructions and Building Materials
  • Furniture-Design
  • Goldsmithing-Jewelry
  • Textiles-Clothing and accessories
  • Beauty and Cosmetics
  • Food and Drink products
  • Real Estate and Tourism
  • Hospitality and Horeca
  • Energy and Environment (especially water management)
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • ICT, Security and Aerospace.



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