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Dubai's economic growth higher than China

Economy expected to touch Dh150 billion mark in 2006

Dubai's economy grew around 16 percent in 2005 and is estimated to reach Dh136 billion ($37.02 billlion), according to a statement from the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED).

The emirate's economic growth would continue its steady pace and is expected to touch the Dh150 billion mark in 2006.

The growth rate is higher than that of China, acknowledged to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world today with a growth rate of 8.5 percent, said the DED statement.

Emphasising that 2005 had witnessed a consolidation of Dubai's meteoric growth, Mohammad Ali Alabbar, director general, DED, reiterated that Dubai's economy is sustainable over the long term.

"At current prices, Dubai's Gross Domestic Product has recorded a significant increase and is estimated to reach Dh136 billion in 2005 up from Dh118.4 billion in 2004," said Alabbar. "When compared to Dh62.3 billion in 2000 and Dh44.7 billion for the year 1996, this puts the accumulated annual growth of Dubai's economy in the last decade at among the highest rate of growth in the world," he explained.

Alabbar underlined the remarkable success of the diversification policy, which has been consistently adopted by the emirate in the 1980's and has been supported by the DED, which first developed strategic plan in 1997. "The non-oil GDP grew by 14.92 percent in 2005 and is estimated to reach Dh128.4 billion, up from Dh11.7 billion in 2004 and Dh92.5 billion in 2003. Compared with figures for 1996 when the non-oil GDP was only Dh38.17billion, this shows a record rise of 236 percent in the last decade," he said.

"Dubai's economy has continued to grow at a significant pace in the last few years as a result of the innovative and forward looking strategies of the government," said Alabbar. "The establishment of transparent policies that support and encourage private enterprise has generated greater confidence in the economy," he said.

"In formulating these policies, the Government of Dubai has always received extensive support from the private sector, which has come forward with innovative initiatives and suggestions, to further develop the business environment in the emirate," said Alabbar acknowledging the contribution of the private sector to Dubai's economic growth.

Alabbar added that in addition to the constant growth of non-oil sectors, high oil prices have also contributed to Dubai achieving steady growth rates.

"Backed by consistently high oil prices, Dubai's oil GDP grew by 18 percent over last year's Dh6.7 billion and is estimated to touch Dh7.9 billion, although the contribution of oil to Dubai's overall GDP has remained close to the 2004 levels at 5.8 percent," said Alabbar. "In turn, the contribution of the non-oil sector to the emirate's GDP was 94.20 percent in 2005," he added.

Alabbar noted that the government initiatives had enabled a continuous inflow of foreign capital - a trend that is expected to be maintained with the prevailing lucrative return on investment in key sectors.

He pointed out that the department, in addition to main economic sectors, will focus towards setting up a viable industrial sector, which is the real evidence of true economic growth, through the establishment of industrial incubators. - TradeArabia News Service

The Daily Star

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