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Indian Investors Invest $335 Mn in Dubai Market in Jan-June, 2023: Vestian Report

Bangalore, December 26, 2023: Dubai witnessed significant investments (FDI) from Indian investors, amounting to USD 1.6 Bn between 2020 and H1 2023. Dubai’s strategic location along with tax-friendly policies act as a key incentive for Indian investors and business owners who are looking to expand into new markets.

Indian investments (FDI) in Dubai nearly doubled from 2020 to 2022, reaching USD 541 Mn in 2022. Moreover, the first six months of 2023 accounted for 62% of investments (FDI) in the whole previous year. Indian investors made significant purchases, exceeding USD 4 Bn, in Dubai’s residential market in 2022.

As COVID-19 receded, Indian investors consistently increased their investments in Dubai, showcasing a notable uptrend since 2020. The investment amount nearly doubled from 2020 to 2022, reflecting positive momentum. This optimistic trajectory is expected to continue and align with Dubai’s economic agenda outlined in D33.

In the first six months of 2023, India was amongst the top countries investing in Dubai with a cumulative investment of $335 million, in terms of investments in the number of projects, India has outnumbered Canada and Latvia with investments in a total of 123 projects, leading international property consultant Vestian which provides occupier focused solutions for commercial, residential, industrial, retail and hospitality sectors said in a release citing data from Dubai Land Department.

Indian Investments in Dubai

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YearForeign Direct Investments (USD Mn)No. of Projects
202031629
202136278
2022541142
H1 2023335123

Note: Data captured on 8th November 2023

Source: Department of Economic Development, Dubai FDI, Compiled by Vestian Research

UAE aims to double Dubai’s GDP by 2033 and position itself as a global economic hub, Indian investors are leveraging upon opportunities presented by the Emirate’s dynamic real estate market and investor-friendly policies. The ongoing positive trajectory is a testament to the mutually beneficial relationship between India and UAE, which has been further cemented by the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in 2022, contributing to the ambitious economic goals outlined by the UAE government says Shrinivas Rao, FRICS, CEO, Vestian

As per Dubai FDI monitor, substantial investments from India have been directed towards the IT services and business services sectors. By the conclusion of the second quarter of 2023, Indian investors had invested USD 10.5 Mn, mostly in greenfield projects. 

Rao further adds Dubai has emerged as a top choice for investment destination for Indian individuals and businesses, offering a favourable alternative to significant tax obligations in their home country. The recent announcement of a transnational rail and shipping route connecting India-Middle East-Europe corridor during the G20 summit is expected to improve connectivity between UAE and India, fostering economic development.

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