Sino-UAE: Deepening ties from e-commerce to food

Regional Views

Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist

Charlene Rahall, Mingqiao Zhao, 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
  • Deals signed with Chinese e-commerce giants and transportation companies over cross-border logistics are expected to play an important role in furthering growth of the e-commerce industry in the UAE.
  • The two sides are taking a multi-step approach to developing salt-resistant rice planting, with the ambitious goal of turning at least 10% of the UAE’s territory into green land.

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