Dubai remains the top global destination for attracting
Greenfield Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects, with the emirate
attracting 511 Greenfield projects in H1 2023, as per Financial Times ‘fDi
Markets’ data - the comprehensive online database on cross-border greenfield
Dubai continues to set new benchmarks in global performance
as an investment destination, surpassing second-placed Singapore by 325
During the first half of 2023, Dubai’s global share in the
attraction of Greenfield FDI projects stood at 6.58 percent - up from 3.83
percent over the same six-month period last year.
The results, which underscore the emirate’s status as a key
investment hub, align directly with the city’s 10-year Dubai Economic Agenda
D33, which aims to double the size of the emirate’s economy over the next
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown
Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, said: "Dubai’s
ability to maintain its top ranking in attracting Greenfield FDI projects
reflects the city's ability to create unparalleled growth opportunities and
value for global investors. Guided by the visionary leadership of His Highness
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the
UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the emirate has intensified its drive to accelerate
economic diversification and innovation. This commitment, coupled with the
adoption of advanced technologies, is shaping a future filled with endless
opportunities for progress and prosperity. With the clear growth roadmap set
out by the Dubai Economic Agenda D33, we continue to work to create an
investment environment that not only wins the trust of investors from all over
the world but also encourages them to contribute to Dubai’s
In parallel, new data released by Dubai FDI Monitor at
Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), shows the city logged a total
of 880 announced FDI projects between January and June of this year, a
year-on-year growth of 70 percent. The Dubai FDI Monitor tracks, substantiates
and analyses all types of FDI projects announced within the emirate.
Dubai FDI Monitor data also indicates that Dubai’s
Greenfield FDI projects account for 65 percent of total announced FDI projects.
The report also states year-on-year Reinvestment FDIs increased from 3 percent
to 4.4 percent when comparing H1 2023 with the same period in 2022.
Meanwhile, Dubai also saw a year-on-year rise in global
Greenfield FDI capital attraction, reaching AED20.87 billion (USD5.68 billion).
According to Financial Times Ltd. “fDi Markets” data, Dubai climbed from eighth
in H1 2022 to sixth globally in H1 2023,
Additionally, Dubai ranks first globally in the attraction
of HQ FDI projects, according to Financial Times Ltd. “fDi Markets” data, by
attracting 33 HQ projects in the first half of this year, ahead of London and
Singapore. The achievement further highlights the emirate’s rising profile as a
global hub for the headquarters of leading companies.
Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai’s Department
of Economy and Tourism, commented: “We are continuing to accelerate efforts to
deliver the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler