Sino-UAE: F&B, Clean Energy, Tourism & Finance | BELT & ROAD

"China is expected to play an important role in supporting the UAE's future energy mix strategy."


Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D., Chief Economist

Charlene Rahall, Mingqiao Zhao, Mengran Li, Analysts

Highlights include:

  • The UAE is China's most important non-oil trade partner among GCC countries, handling 60% of Chinese exports to other GCC countries, Iran, Africa and Europe.
  • A new joint venture Coffee Centre between China and the UAE presents an untapped potential for Chinese coffee beans in the local market and a new trade route to the global market via Dubai.
  • The UAE aims to increase the share of clean energy from near zero three years ago to 50% by 2050, and China is expected to play an important role in supporting their future energy mix strategy.

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