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China remains Dubai’s biggest trade partner in H1

DUBAI, Sept. 19, 2018 (BSS/Xinhua) – China maintained its position as
Dubai’s biggest trade partner in the first half of 2018 with a total trade
volume of 69 billion dirham (18.8 billion U.S. dollars), local media reported
Tuesday.

Dubai’s total non-oil foreign trade in the first six months of 2018
reached 645 billion dirham, an increase of 0.78 percent from the same period
last year, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) state news agency WAM reported.

In the first six months, India was Dubai’s second biggest trade partner
with trade worth 56 billion dirham, followed by the United States, with 39
billion dirham, the report said.

Saudi Arabia remained Dubai’s largest Arab trade partner and its fourth
largest global trade partner with 29 billion dirham in bilateral trade.

Gold trade topped the list of high-value commodities trade from January to
June with a value of 76 billion dirham, followed by phones, 75 billion
dirham, jewelry, 51 billion dirham, and diamonds, 47 billion dirham.

Total re-export registered a 14 percent growth to reach 203 billion
dirham, confirming Dubai’s role as a regional and global re-export hub, with
imports amounting to 377 billion dirham and exports of 65 billion dirham, the
WAM reported.

Dubai, part of the seven emirates comprising the UAE, is a major oil
supplier whereas oil contributes only 2 percent to its economy.

Ninety percent of the UAE oil is located in the biggest emirate and UAE
capital Abu Dhabi.

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