United Arab Emirates at a glance

Country overview

The United Arab Emirates resource wealth and strong credit rating support its ability to fund infrastructure projects. The processes around starting a business and registering property, which promote competition, have also been improved.

Governance structure

The UAE is a constitutional federation of seven emirates - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah. Each emirate is responsible for its respective infrastructure. The country operates under a dual civil and Sharia law system, with common law also practised through the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC).

 

Key Metrics

Top Performing Metrics

This is defined by the metrics with the highest unweighted score out of 100. 

High income country average

Funding capacity:
Summary credit rating

Source: InfraCompass


Pipelines


Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure five-year plan (2018-23)

The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has revealed that it is implementing 129 development projects worth approximately AED11.8 billion, as part of the ministry's five-year plan (2018-2023).

Pipeline

Priority list

Country

United Arab Emirates

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All

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Static

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Operation 300bn

Operation 300bn aims to develop the UAE’s industrial sector and raise the industrial sector’s contribution to the GDP from AED133 billion to AED300 billion by 2031 with an investment of AED30 billion from the Emirates Development Bank. The strategy is aligned with national goals and international commitments relating to advancing sustainable economic growth, deploying clean energy solutions, driving industrial innovation, and promoting responsible consumption and production.

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Investment Program

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United Arab Emirates

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All

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UAE Energy Strategy 2050

The UAE Energy Strategy 2050 aims by 2050 to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25% to 50%, reduce the carbon footprint of power generation by 70%, and improve energy efficiency by 40%. It was announced with an investment of AED600 billion to meet growing energy demand and ensure sustainable growth.

Pipeline

Investment program

Country

United Arab Emirates

Sector

Energy

Update Frequency

Static

Data Downloadable

No


UAE Railway programme

The UAE Railway Programme includes a national network of railway projects that would link the seven emirates and the key cities of the UAE. It was launched as part of the 'project of the 50' with an investment worth of AED50 billion.

Pipeline

Investment program

Country

United Arab Emirates

Sector

Transport

Update Frequency

Static

Data Downloadable

No


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National Infrastructure Banks

In tandem with the development of forward pipelines, the National Infrastructure Banks and Similar Financing Facilities tool serves as guidance to governments looking to establish or reform National Infrastructure Banks. These institutions can maximise the quantity and quality of infrastructure projects and crowd in private investment, providing value for end users. National Infrastructure Banks provide the financing, expertise, and long-term planning for both public and private stakeholders to develop infrastructure in line with the needs of the community.