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  • Imports from the United Arab Emirates A$5,331 million
  • Exports to the United Arab Emirates A$3,331 million
  • Capital Abu Dhabi
  • Official Language Arabic
  • Area 84,000 sq km
  • Population 9.0 million

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Minister Andrew Robb launches AU-MENA 2015
5 May 2015
Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, launched the third annual Australia Unlimited-Middle East North Africa promotion, AU-MENA 2015, on 12 April in Dubai.

Doing business

The current economic stance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one an open market policies and economic openness. The UAE is actively seeking to diversify its economy away from crude oil and traditional commodities to more diversified market sectors. The following sectors: education, sustainable energy sector, food and beverage services, infrastructure and accommodation.

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Country Profile

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    The UAE is the Middle East’s second largest economy, after Saudi Arabia, and one of the wealthiest countries in the region on a per capita basis. Its estimated GDP in 2013 was US$396.2 billion, a real GDP growth rate of around 4.8 per cent.
    » read more at DFAT
    Australia’s merchandise trade with the UAE increased more than 25 per cent year-on-year in 2013 to nearly A$6.4 billion, making the UAE our 15th largest merchandise trading partner and largest Middle East partner. Australian exports amounted to A$2.6 billion in 2013.
    » read more at DFAT
    The President of the UAE is His Highness (HH) Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who is also Ruler of Abu Dhabi Emirate. The Ruler of Dubai Emirate, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, is the Vice-President, Prime Minister and Defence Minister.
    » read more at DFAT

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