Dubai’s rise in international commerce and the brand new face of globalisation

By His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chambers

Over the previous few many years, globalisation has remodeled economies and made our world extra interconnected than ever earlier than. Right here, His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chambers, displays on the state of globalisation in 2023 and explores the function of Dubai as a worldwide gateway for commerce. 

For a time, globalization felt like an unstoppable pressure. Fueled by advances in know-how, and the elevated mobility of products and labour, our economies grew nearer, and our societies grew to become extra linked. 

Nonetheless, geopolitical tensions, the pandemic, and chronic inflation are actually making their mark on our international financial system. Their influence has been partly disguised by excessive costs within the power sector, which brought about worldwide commerce to stay resilient in 2022 and even rebound within the first quarter of 2023. However with stagnated financial progress emanating from growing international locations and rifts between nations widening, the face of globalisation is altering. The result’s a shift in direction of ‘deglobalisation’ and the formation of recent regionalised financial blocs. 

The influence of ‘nearshoring’ and ‘pal shoring’

In response to elevated volatility in our international markets, nations have begun to look inward and prioritise bilateral commerce agreements – most frequently with neighbouring or close by international locations which share the identical political values and commerce pacts. These practices, known as ‘pal shoring’ and ‘nearshoring’, have been on the rise since late 2022 because of international battle, Brexit and worldwide polarisation.  

On the face of it, this development may very well be seen as a step backwards. Aren’t we stronger as a worldwide group? Shouldn’t we kind ties with as many economies as doable? Nations which favour pal shoring would argue that it may add larger resilience to produce chains, improve financial alternative, and decrease threat. For instance, ongoing stress between the US and China has prompted the US to relocate commerce agreements and manufacturing to Mexico, providing the nation important financial good points. 

However provided that international commerce volumes are rising – although at a reasonable tempo – Dubai’s economic system can proceed to profit from the brand new face of globalisation. It will possibly do that by leveraging its location on the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and Africa in addition to capitalising on the sturdy progress in overseas investments within the emirate. 

Globalization has been one of many essential components that has turned Dubai into a worldwide hub for commerce and commerce, in just some many years. At present, the emirate is about to additional strengthen its international ties and is poised to double the scale of its economic system over the subsequent 10 years.

Increasing Dubai’s international attain 

Earlier this yr, the Dubai Authorities launched the Dubai Financial Agenda (D33), which goals to double the scale of the emirate’s economic system by 2033 by way of 100 transformational initiatives. 

These initiatives will launch Dubai’s plan for inexperienced and sustainable manufacturing, add 400 cities to Dubai’s overseas commerce map, open financial corridors with Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia – and way more apart from. These landmark initiatives will promote export progress and sustainable financial enlargement within the emirate. They will even set up Dubai as one of many high three international cities of the world, one of many 5 main logistic hubs and one of many high 4 international monetary facilities.

A method to make sure Dubai’s place as a worldwide gateway for enterprise and commerce is by pursuing continued international enlargement.

In 2022, the Dubai Authorities launched ‘Dubai World’, an initiative spearheaded by Dubai Chambers which goals to help the emirate’s financial diversification plan and competitiveness. The initiative will set up 50 built-in business consultant workplaces in 5 continents throughout the subsequent few years. 

Supporting this aim, Dubai Worldwide Chamber, the worldwide arm of Dubai Chambers, has opened new worldwide workplaces in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the Center East, bringing the full variety of our workplaces worldwide to 27. By means of this community, we’re accelerating the D33 aim of bringing Dubai’s FDI to over AED650 billion and its overseas commerce to AED25.6 trillion whereas strengthening bilateral commerce and supporting the internationalisation of Dubai firms. 

Dubai Chambers can be supporting the emirate’s financial ambitions by creating key alternatives for the enterprise group to kind international and regional ties. Subsequent month, for instance, Dubai Chambers will host the Dubai Enterprise Discussion board. Key private and non-private stakeholders from throughout the globe will collect for a transformational two-day programme of networking and deal-making. The occasion is the proper alternative for Dubai enterprise leaders to strengthen their ties with worldwide organisations each close to and much – supporting the emirate’s regional and international endeavours. 

Within the years to come back, our international economic system will proceed to shift and restructure itself in response to market volatility. However by remaining agile and open to alternatives on all fronts, Dubai will proceed to steer the world as a hub for innovation, worldwide commerce, and tech-driven enterprise.  

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