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Automotive industry in the UAE - statistics & facts

Recent automotive industry trends, including autonomous vehicles, electrification, vehicle connectivity, and shared mobility, result from technological advancements worldwide. For some nations, the automobile sector is a significant indication of an economy's health and performance. A consistent rise in new car sales signifies a strong economy. Passenger car sales in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were expected to double between 2021 and 2026 to more than half a billion units.

UAE Automotive market insights

The United Arab Emirates is an important market in the automotive industry of the Middle East and North African region. Toyota was the leading automotive brand for passenger cars in the United Arab Emirates. In the MENA region, Japanese automotive brands are the preferred manufacturers, followed by Korean and U.S. brands. Among passenger car owners in UAE, SUVs were the most common car type compared to sedans and pickups.

Automotive outlook

One of the main engines of the UAE's economic expansion is the automotive sector. It is currently the second-largest automotive industry in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The UAE's government has prioritized the automotive industry's growth, indicating how it intends to use this sector to support the nation's economic expansion. In early 2020, the United Arab Emirates was not only looking into importing high-end and sports vehicles, but also set out to establish itself as a manufacturing base for luxury sports cars. In 2021, almost 15 percent of passenger car sales in UAE were luxury cars. This has led to increasing efforts to promote investment in research, manufacturing, and the development of new technologies.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 20 most important statistics relating to "Automotive industry in the UAE".

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