Eco Emerging

United Arab Emirates : The challenge of the low-carbon transition


The economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is still one of the most dynamic in the region. The strong performances are due to the UAE's sectoral diversification and the attractiveness of Dubai to tourists and investors. Despite the tense geopolitical environment, the short-term outlook is bright, as hydrocarbon production is expected to increase and the steady growth in services and real estate is expected to continue. However, geopolitical risk, oil market uncertainties and US monetary policy are all factors that could threaten this outlook. Uncertainty about the pace and scope of the low-carbon transition is making the longer-term outlook much more uncertain. The UAE's strategy is to continue to increase its hydrocarbon production capacity in order to take advantage of favourable production conditions and to diversify exports.

Dynamic non-hydrocarbon sectors