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Automotive industry in the UAE - statistics & facts

The automotive industry is an important indicator of the state and performance of the economy. A healthy economy can be reflected in a steady increase of new automotive sales. In an economic downturn, consumers shy away at first from big-ticket investments such as commercial vehicles and passenger cars. The United Arab Emirates is an important market of the automotive industry in the Middle East and North African region.

The automotive industry in context of the GCC region

As of 2018, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia led the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in terms of the number of vehicle sales. During the same year, the number of vehicle sales of the United Arab Emirates was 13,900.

As of 2020, the automotive spare parts market was also led by the Gulf Cooperation Council region, closely followed by Iran. Over a third of those spare parts for automobiles were genuine parts, followed by branded aftermarket parts.

Automotive production in the Middle East and Africa is currently dominated by Turkey and Iran. As of yet, oil-rich countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council have not established a significant automotive production segment. In early 2020, the United Arab Emirates was exploring the possibility of not only importing high-end and sports vehicles but was also looking into establishing itself as a production hub for luxury sports cars in the near future. Therefore, efforts were done to conduct investment and promotion of manufacturing, new technologies, as well as investing in R&D. Like the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council sub-region, the United Arab Emirates is looking into ventures to diversify their economy and reduce the proportion of oil and gas revenues.

Leading automotive brands

Toyota was the leading automotive brand sold in the United Arab Emirates. This not only confirms Toyota as the global market leader in the automotive industry but it also reflects the wider trend within the Middle East and North African region, where Japanese automotive brands are the preferred manufacturers, followed by Korean and U.S. brands.

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Automotive industry in the United Arab Emirates

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