Dubai tops Arab world in economic performance, study finds

The Dubai Competitiveness 2018 report compared the emirate to 63 global economies in 346 competitiveness indicators
Dubai tops Arab world in economic performance, study finds
Dubai ranked second in the MENA region and twelfth globally in foreign direct investment abroad (4.51 percent of GDP) and a total stock of $28.8 billion.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Sun 13 May 2018 06:41 PM

Dubai ranks first in the Arab world and fourth globally in terms of economic performance, according to a new report from the Switzerland-based IMD World Competitiveness Centre.

The report – compiled in cooperation with the Dubai Competiveness Office of the Department of Economic Development – ranked Dubai ahead of Canada, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as all EU countries excluding Luxembourg.

Dubai ranked first in several categories, including gross domestic savings (percentage of GDP) and employment growth, and second in export of goods, low employment rate and youth unemployment.

The emirate also ranked third in employment (percentage), exchange rates, export concentration by partner, and export of goods per capita, as well as fourth in terms of GDP per capita and tourism receipts.

In the Arab world, Dubai also leads on a number of indicators including direct investment flows inward, forecast inflation, ‘government consumption expenditure  - real growth’, export concentration by partner and tourism receipts.

The report also ranked Dubai first among Arab countries – and nine globally – in direct investment flows inward (6.42 percent of GDP) with a stock of $73.8 billion, ahead of the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, France and China.

Dubai also ranked second in the MENA region and twelfth globally in foreign direct investment abroad (4.51 percent of GDP) and a total stock of $28.8 billion.

The Dubai Competiveness 2018 report compared the emirates with 63 economies around the world based on 346 different competitiveness indicators.

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