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Workforce numbers UAE 2019, by sector

In 2019, the construction sector accounted for the highest number of employed persons in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at around 1.64 million, followed by the wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and personal and household goods sector at around 1.1 million.

 The UAE economy 

The UAE is one of the Middle East region’s largest economies. Its gross domestic product (GDP) was forecasted to reach around 40 thousand U.S. dollars per capita in 2024. The service sector continued to account for the largest share of the GDP in 2019. Understanding the need to reduce reliance on revenues from petroleum and natural gas, the country has adopted plans to create a sustainable and diversified economy.

 Housing sector future

By 2022, the UAE was forecasted to have the second largest demand for housing units in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The growing construction of villas in the UAE has driven the growth of the smart homes market in recent years, which was also forecasted to continue growing by 2022.

Number of employed persons in the United Arab Emirates in 2019, by economic sector

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