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Dubai leads global FDI leagues

Strengthens position as preferred FDI destination over past 10 years

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Dubai has delivered a sustained performance in attracting FDI during the 10 years from 2010 to 2019 into diversified economic sectors and as the preferred choice of major global companies establishing their Middle East, Africa, and South Asia headquarters.

The Financial Times’ fDi Markets, which monitors capital flows in greenfield FDI projects worldwide, ranks Dubai as a major city in all benchmarking categories and city performance rankings in attracting FDI. While cities are classified as large, medium, and small, Dubai is classified as a 'major' city due to its strategic advantages and sustainable performance in attracting investment.

Dubai's global FDI rankings over the decade from 2010 to 2019 are:

  • #1 in the Middle East and North Africa region and #3 in the world in the number of FDI projects, after London and Singapore.
  • #1 in the Middle East and North Africa region and #6 in the world in terms of FDI capital inflows, after Singapore, Shanghai, London, New York, and Hong Kong.
  • #1 in the Middle East and North Africa region and #7 in the world in the number of jobs created from FDI.