Economy is on positive track to deliver UAE Vision 2021: Al Mansouri

DUBAI, 30th March, 2019 (WAM) — The UAE gross domestic product, GDP, grew by 1.7 percent in 2018 at constant prices of 2018 as compared to 2017, said Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, today citing preliminary macro-economy indexes issued by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, FCSA, for last year.

Al Mansouri noted that the improvement in the UAE’s economic performance was driven by growth in the oil revenues as a result of the increase in world oil prices and robust performance of non-oil activities.

He added that the economy was on the right track to deliver the UAE Vision 2021 which sought to develop non-oil sectors and reduce dependency on oil revenues.

The real GDP rose at real prices (base year 2010) to AED1442.5 billion in 2018 from AED1418 billion at the end of 2017, according to the FCSA’s GDP estimates.

For economic diversification, the estimates showed that GDP of non-oil sectors surged to nearly AED1127.6 million, a growth of 2.9 percent at current prices and 1.3 percent at constant prices at the end of 2018 as compared to 2017.

”The oil and gas sector contributed 25.9 percent to the GDP, while the share was 11.2 percent for the retail and whole trade sector, 9.2 percent for the financial services sector, 8.9 percent for the manufacturing industries and 8.3 percent for the building and construction sectors,” indicated the estimates.

In 2018, oil activities saw a growth of 35.1 percent as compared to 2017.

WAM/Tariq alfaham/Hassan Bashir


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