Dubai economy grows 2.3% in first half

DUBAI — Dubai’s economy grew 2.3 per cent in the first six months of 2010 as trade and manufacturing improved along with tourism, the Dubai Statistics Center said, confirming earlier remarks by its chief.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Thu 25 Nov 2010, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 11:34 AM

The global crisis ended an oil and real estate-led boom in the UAE last year, sending the world’s No. 3 oil exporter into its first downturn since 1993. Dubai’s debt woes have weighed on the economic recovery in 2010.

“The sectors of manufacturing, transport, logistics, services, wholesale and retail trade, hotels, restaurants and government services achieved positive growth,” said Arif Obaid Al Muhairi. He did not say whether the gross domestic product increase was in real or nominal terms.

The property sector contributed 11 per cent to the Gulf emirate’s economy in the first six months, Muhairi said, down from 14 per cent for whole of 2009, and 17 per cent in 2008.

Dubai’s non-oil exports and re-exports soared by 46 per cent and 26 per cent, respectively, in the second quarter, while imports jumped 17 per cent, data has showed.

Muhairi predicted last month Dubai’s GDP growth at 2.3 per cent for 2010, well above a 0.5 per cent forecast by the International Monetary Fund.In February, when uncertainties around state firm Dubai World weighed on the market, the IMF said it saw Dubai’s GDP contracting 1.3 per cent in 2010.

The economy of the emirate, which accounts for some 80 per cent of the UAE non-oil trade, expanded 5.7 per cent in real terms in 2008.

Official 2009 GDP data for Dubai are not available, although the IMF estimates a 0.9 per cent contraction.

Concerns about Dubai’s liabilities, have eased after Dubai World reached a deal in September to restructure almost $25 billion of debt.

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