Sustainable growth and strategic vision: Dubai’s path to global prominence

Sustainable growth and strategic vision: Dubai’s path to global prominence

According to data acquired through the Dubai Statistics Center, Dubai’s gross domestic product (GDP) has reached approximately Dhs 223.84 billion during the first nine months of 2023. Moreover, as highlighted in our previous article in this series, the city skyrocketed to the top six in the international rankings. It has specifically attracted 511 Greenfield Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects last year. The impressive figures demonstrate the endless support of Dubai’s visionary leaders and the forward-thinking approaches implemented by its government officials.

To further capitalise on this momentum, the emirate established the ‘Dubai Economic Agenda (D33)’. It is a strategic ten-year-long roadmap designed to double its GDP and cement its status as an economic force. Part of this comprehensive framework is the newly unveiled ‘Dubai International Growth Initiative’, which drives sustainable global expansion for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) based in the city.

The business-friendly climate

The favourable business climate in Dubai is among the very foundations upon which its economic landscape stands. Some of the largest firms and enterprises across the city are adopting sustainable practices to make a positive impact on the environment and society. As an added benefit, it significantly uncovers cost-saving opportunities and enhances brand reputation.

Similarly, the emirate’s corporate engine exhibits a wide-ranging nature of diversification, from thriving tourism centres to state-of-the-art tech platforms. Dubai also hosts a kaleidoscope of local and international start-ups, medium-sized enterprises, and large-scale organisations. These underscore the apparent depth and breadth of the city’s economic activities. This vitality has contributed to Dubai’s impressive GDP performance in the first three quarters of 2023.

Recognising Dubai’s economic data, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, lauded the city’s sustained economic appeal. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan remarked, “This success is the result of the harmonious collaboration between all of Dubai’s economic stakeholders, including its public and private sectors. It is also a reflection of Dubai’s favourable economic climate, robust world-class infrastructure, pro-business regulations, and deep talent pool, which together consistently draw in a diverse array of investors and entrepreneurs from all corners of the globe.”

Dubai’s corporate events: A platform for SMEs

In 2023, Dubai Business Events (DBE) won 349 bids to organise international conferences, congresses, exhibitions, and trade events. This data is 49% greater than the 2022 record. 

While some of these events have taken place in 2023, others are scheduled for the coming months. Nevertheless, they are poised to open the way for additional innovation, promote trade and investment, and attract top talent from around the world. They also serve as a sustainable breeding ground for local and foreign SMEs and organisations looking to develop long-term relationships with key decision-makers. By meeting with stakeholders and thought leaders, the city reinforces its commitment to long-term sustainability.

Additionally, the CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, Ahmed Al Khaja, emphasised that the city’s business events ecosystem continues to play a vital role in wider tourist and economic development. He stated that this is consistent with the aims of the D33 Agenda.

The journey ahead

By cultivating a friendly environment for SMEs and foreign companies, Dubai builds a gateway for greater innovation and economic diversification. Through initiatives like the Dubai International Growth Initiative, the emirate will cement its reputation as a forward-thinking global business destination.

This article is part of the Dh500 million Dubai International Growth Initiative series:

Part 1: Dubai invests in SMEs with the launch of the Dh500 million Dubai International Growth Initiative

Part 2: Dubai expands its plans for SMEs, logistics, and education sectors with a tech giant partnership

Part 3: Dubai Chamber of Commerce demystifies new Corporate Tax laws: Key considerations for SMEs and start-ups

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