The three priorities set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for the industrial sector achieve a quantum leap in the contribution of the industrial sector to the country's GDP
Industrial Development Bureau, DED - Abu Dhabi
The three priorities set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for the industrial sector achieve a quantum leap in the contribution of the industrial sector to the country's GDP, achieve economic diversification, provide the necessary flexibility to face the fluctuations of the global economy and consolidate integration between the tributaries of growth The national economy to ensure sustainable development. These three priorities inaugurate a pivotal role for the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology in the future national economy, as the sector currently contributes about 10% of the total GDP, equivalent to 161.7 billion dirhams of the GDP, which amounted to about 1.617 trillion dirhams in 2019, according to a report issued by the Foundation Colliers International Middle East and North Africa ». The sector's priorities, according to the directives issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, after reviewing the work plan and objectives of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, which were introduced in the last ministerial formation, are to achieve industrial security, enhance local value added and raise the competitiveness of national industry. The development of the industrial sector in the country aims to meet the requirements of the next stage in the accelerated development process that is proceeding towards strengthening the UAE's approach to build and consolidate a knowledge economy based on advanced science and technology and related industries. The manufacturing sector achieved steady and healthy growth ahead of the Coronavirus pandemic and the state of closure imposed by it, and the sector recorded many achievements, most notably Khalifa Industrial City in Abu Dhabi (KIZAD). The main manufacturing trends in the UAE are the petroleum industries, the natural gas liquefaction industry, the aviation industry, chemicals and petrochemicals, the metallurgy and building materials industry, the food and beverage industry, the chemical fertilizer industry, the apparel industry and various consumer goods. The industrial sector in all countries of the world, including the UAE, has been clearly affected by the Corona pandemic for several years, foremost of which is the restriction of the import and export movement of raw materials and industry inputs from some countries or the measures that have been taken with regard to social distancing and prevention, which affected the progress of industrial processes, which is What required work to formulate a number of incentives to overcome these challenges. According to the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, in 2019 the UAE ranked 42nd globally in the Industrial Competitiveness Index issued by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the total added value of the industrial sector in it reached about $ 32.3 billion, (129.5 One billion dirhams), while the value of industrial exports reached 30.1 billion dollars (111.4 billion dirhams), indicating the decline of oil’s contribution to the state’s GDP, reaching 45.8 percent in the same year. According to UNIDO, the industries dependent on simple technology in the UAE accounted for 72% of the GDP, while the contribution of medium technology-dependent industries was 24%, while the contribution of high-tech industries was 2.1%. According to the Ministry of Economy, the industrial sector in the UAE provides a range of jobs to citizens and residents, as the number of workers in the sector reached 750,000 employees, until the end of October 2019, and the state has also succeeded in creating competitive industrial sectors, especially in large government companies, and applying revolution technologies. The fourth industry in various sectors, and the state, in the past two decades, developed the necessary infrastructure to enhance the competitiveness of the industrial sector in it, and to provide an attractive environment for industrial investment, as the sector’s shares during the past ten years amounted to 14% of the non-oil GDP. In 2019, the free industrial zones in all the emirates of the country reached 21 free zones, most notably Khalifa Industrial City (Kizad) in Abu Dhabi, the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) in Dubai, and the Hamriyah Free Zone (Sharjah). Dubai on June 16 20, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, which aims to make Dubai a global platform for business and industries based on knowledge, innovation and sustainability. The strategy identified 75 initiatives to transform Dubai into a global platform for industries based on knowledge, innovation and sustainability. The strategy will have a positive impact on Dubai's economy, as it is expected to add 160 billion dirhams to the emirate's total output until 2030, and among the most prominent industrial areas in Dubai are Dubai Industrial City, Dubai Investment Park, Jebel Ali Industrial Zone, Al Quoz Industrial District, Al Qusais and Ras Al Khor, according to a report issued by Dubai Economy The number of effective companies operating in the industrial sector in Dubai reached about 4,334 establishments by the end of 2018, and the number of businessmen investing in the industrial sector reached 4,067, at a rate of 85.4%, and women, their number reached 633 at a rate of 14.6%. Dubai Industrial City is considered one of the most important industrial zones in the country, especially in the food industries sector. The companies of this sector own about 20% of the total operating factories in the city, which exceed 200 factories. The city expects that the total number of factories in the city will rise to about 250 productive factories by the end of this year, as 70 factories are in production and it is expected to start production in them before the end of the current year 2020, while the city is the headquarters for about 750 commercial partners and more than 5000 specialists working in an environment An organization that acts as a catalyst for the growth and expansion of the industrial sector in the Emirates. While the total investments that have been pumped so far to develop infrastructure and support services projects in the city have reached 5.3 billion dirhams, while the amount of direct investments from business partners is 8.4 billion dirhams, in high-quality factories and facilities to serve the industrial sector in Dubai. The Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is one of the largest free zones in the world, and it is a thriving commercial center that includes factories and companies from more than 130 countries around the world, and the Jebel Free Zone includes 529 companies working in the fields of manufacturing and producing food and beverages from more than 67 Countries, including 22 American companies, 28 national land companies, 7 German companies, and 13 French companies. Emirates Global Aluminum is one of the most successful projects in the industrial sector in the UAE, as the company has two headquarters in Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah area in Abu Dhabi. The company produces 4% of the global aluminum production, or nearly half the amount of aluminum produced in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Equally owned by Mubadala Abu Dhabi, Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), the sovereign investment fund owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, announced last May a strategic cooperation between Strata Manufacturing Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala, and Honeywell International, to produce N95 masks at the Strata factory in the city of Al-Ain, as part of Mubadala's efforts to limit the spread of the Corona virus. It is considered the new production line, which is for investment in Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai. He started manufacturing masks with an annual production capacity of 30 million masks, the first production line for N95 masks in the Arab Gulf region, and this announcement is considered an indication of the flexibility and high efficiency of the manufacturing sector in Abu Dhabi and the ability to adapt to the current conditions and challenges. While the total number of new industrial licenses that entered into production in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during the first quarter of 2020, about 18 industrial licenses distributed among 12 licenses in Abu Dhabi, and 3 in each of Al Ain and Al Dhafra respectively, with a total investment value of 746 million And 755 thousand dirhams, according to the passing of the Industrial Activity Index in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for the first quarter of 2020 issued by the Industrial Development Office of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development. The scroll indicated that the industrial licenses that entered into production in Abu Dhabi during the first quarter of the current year achieved a growth of 12.5%, compared to the same period last year, when it reached 16 licenses, and according to the report of the Industrial Development Office, the total number of industrial licenses registered reached In the Emirate of Abu Dhabi until the end of the first quarter of 2020, about 1362 industrial licenses, including 824 production licenses, and 538 in production, distributed over 1018 factories in Abu Dhabi, 299 in Al-Ain, and 45 in Al Dhafra, while the total number of industry pioneers' licenses reached the "initial license granted to the investor." »And 220 licenses are registered with the Industrial Development Bureau, bringing with it the total industrial licenses issued by the office to 1582 licenses. The Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) confirmed that the city's investments exceeded 66 billion dirhams by the end of August 2019, while the number of main factories in the city reached 66 factories, and the number of citizens and foreign investors in the city exceeded 400 nails, and the city is witnessing the implementation of about 350 small and medium projects. It has a major role in developing the industrial sector in Abu Dhabi and the Emirates. 11 industrial fields in Abu Dhabi The industries in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi are distributed according to the type of activity in 11 industrial fields, where the construction and glass industries have registered 323 licenses, the metal industries 285 licenses, the manufacture of rubber, plastic and fiberglass 166 licenses, the chemical industries 165 licenses and the food 147 licenses, the equipment and machinery were manufactured 138 licenses And the wood and paper industry 114 licenses, general industries 1 9 licenses, electronic and electrical industries 56 licenses, the energy and sustainability industry 50 licenses, and finally the printing industry and the textile and leather clothing industry 44 licenses and media 3 licenses.