UAE accounts for 57 percent of FDI projects in Arab countries in 2022: DHAMAN

KUWAIT, 27th July, 2023 (WAM) – The Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (DHAMAN) announced a rise of 74 percent in the number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects entering Arab countries in 2022, totalling 1,617 projects with a rise in investment cost of 358 percent, reaching US$200 billion.


According to the report's data, the UAE ranked first among recipient countries with around 923 projects. In terms of sectors, renewable energy ranked first in terms of investment cost, with a share of 60 percent while the software sector led in terms of the number of projects, accounting for 23.4 percent of the total.


According to the 38th Annual Investment Climate Report for Arab Countries in 2023, organised by DHAMAN from its headquarters in Kuwait, these FDI projects are mainly concentrated in Egypt, accounting for 53 percent of total investment cost, and in the UAE, accounting for 57 percent.


The cumulative value of these projects in the region over the past 20 years totalled $1.5 trillion, comprising over 16,000 projects that have created more than two million jobs, the report added.


In the report's opening remarks, Abdullah Ahmed Al Sabah, Director-General of DHAMAN, said that the corporation monitored 155 composite and subsidiary indicators issued by more than 30 international organisations, which revealed changes to the global rankings of Arab countries across four main indicator groups that are relevant to the investment climate in the region in 2022, which are political, economic, regulatory and production.


The overall changes to the international indicators for Arab countries have had a positive impact on several FDI projects entering the region and their investment costs, he added.


The strong performance will continue in 2023, especially after a 28 percent increase in the number of foreign projects entering the region, and a 70 percent rise in investment costs, reaching $74 billion in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022, which are due to improvements in the political and economic conditions in the region and subsiding geopolitical issues both regionally and globally, he further added.