United Arab Emirates: Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP

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 United Arab Emirates

Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP

 Latest value 4.48
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1975 - 2022
 Average 1.59
 Min - Max -1.17 - 6.77
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for the United Arab Emirates from 1975 to 2022. The average value for the United Arab Emirates during that period was 1.59 percent with a minimum of -1.17 percent in 1999 and a maximum of 6.77 percent in 2004. The latest value from 2022 is 4.48 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 176 countries is 1.68 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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United Arab Emirates - Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP - Recent values chart

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United Arab Emirates - Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP - historical chart - 1975-2022




Foreign direct investment in the United Arab Emirates and other countries reflects the foreign ownership of production facilities. To be classified as foreign direct investment, the share of the foreign ownership has to be equal to at least 10 percent of the value of the company. The investment could be in manufacturing, services, agriculture, or other sectors. It could have originated as green field investment (building something new), as acquisition (buying an existing company) or joint venture (partnership).

FDI is reported on an annual basis, i.e. how much new investment was received in the country during the current year. It typically runs at about 2-3 percent of the size of the economy measured by its gross domestic product. If a country routinely receives FDI that exceeds 5-6% of GDP each year, then this is a significant success.
Definition: Foreign direct investment are the net inflows of investment to acquire a lasting management interest (10 percent or more of voting stock) in an enterprise operating in an economy other than that of the investor. It is the sum of equity capital, reinvestment of earnings, other long-term capital, and short-term capital as shown in the balance of payments. This series shows net inflows (new investment inflows less disinvestment) in the reporting economy from foreign investors, and is divided by GDP.


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 Terms of trade 117.37 2021 percent
 Trade openness 166.57 2020 percent
 Financial openness 2.299 2021 index points
 Exports, percent of GDP 95.93 2020 percent
 Exports, billion dollars 335.24 2020 billion U.S. dollars
 Growth of exports -7.02 2020 percent
 Imports, percent of GDP 70.65 2020 percent
 Imports, billion dollars 246.89 2020 billion U.S. dollars
 Foreign Direct Investment, percent of GDP 4.48 2022 percent
 Foreign Direct Investment, billion dollars 22.74 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Current account, percent of GDP 11.55 2021 percent
 Trade balance, percent of GDP 25.28 2020 percent
 Reserves 138.43 2022 billion U.S. dollars
 Foreign exchange reserves 598.35 9/2023 billion
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