The traditionally strong bilateral relations enjoyed by India & UAE received impetus with the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi to UAE in August 2015. This visit marked the beginning of a new strategic partnership between the two countries. His Royal Highness, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, visited India in February 2016. His Royal Highness visited India again in January, 2017 as the Chief Guest at India’s Republic day celebrations. It was during this visit that the bilateral relations were upgraded to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’.

    • India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) established diplomatic relations in 1972. UAE opened its Embassy in Delhi in 1972 & India opened its Embassy in Abu Dhabi in 1973.

    • PM Modi visited UAE in February 2018 for the 6th World Government Summit in Dubai, where India was the Guest of Honor; he also met Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE & Ruler of Dubai.

    • PM visited UAE again in August 2019 to receive UAE's highest civilian award, 'the Order of Zayed’ and which was conferred on him by the UAE President in April 2019. The visit also witnessed the official launch of the ‘RuPay Card’ in UAE, and the release of a set of stamps issued by Emirates Post commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

    • India and UAE have shared trade links through the centuries. The real impetus, however, started after Dubai positioned itself as a regional trading hub by the early 1990s and about the same time, the economic liberalization process started in India.

    • Growing India-UAE economic and commercial relations contribute to the stability and strength of a rapidly diversifying and deepening bilateral relationship between the two countries. India-UAE trade, valued at US$ 180 million per annum in the 1970s, is today around US$ 60 billion, making UAE, India's third-largest trading partner for the year 2018-19.

    • UAE is the second-largest export destination of India (after the US) with an amount of over US$ 30 billion for the year 2018-19. For UAE, India was the second-largest trading partner during 2018 with US$ 36 billion (non-oil trade).

    • UAE’s investment in India is estimated to be around US$13-14 billion; it is the 10th biggest FDI investor for India. UAE's investments in India are mainly in five sectors: Services Sector (15.78%), Sea Transport(8.80%), Power(8.34%), Construction Activities (Infrastructure -7.15%) and Construction Development (Townships, Housing, Built-up Infrastructure And Construction-Development Projects - 7.08%).

    • Indian investments in the UAE are estimated at around US$85 billion. There are 4365 Indian companies, 238 commercial agencies and 4862 trademarks registered in the UAE, and the inward Indian FDI stock into the UAE amounted to $6.2 billion at the end of 2017, as per UAE Ministry of Economy data. Most Indian companies have invested in real estate, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, transportation, logistics, construction, financial and insurance activities.

    • Indian expatriate community of approx. 3.3 millions is the largest ethnic community in UAE constituting roughly about 30 per cent of the country’s population.

    • The importance given to Indian culture by the UAE was further highlighted in April, 2019 when India participated as the Guest of Honour Country in Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2019

    • Soft launch of Gandhi Zayed Digital Museum was done in Abu Dhabi by the then EAM, Late. Smt. Sushma Swaraj and the Foreign Minister of the UAE on 04 December, 2018. The Museum was opened for the public on 12 March, 2019 by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE’s Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development. In recognition of this unique initiative, the UAE Government presented the Embassy of India and the UAE Ministry of Culture the Pioneers Award for 2019.

    • The foundation stone for the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was laid on 20 April 2019 and the ceremony was attended by H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the Minister of Climate Change & Environment of the UAE along with other representatives of the Government of the UAE and the Ambassador.

    • Indian schools: There are 130 Indian schools in the UAE following the CBSE and Kerala Board curricula with approx 219,000 students, mostly children of Indian expatriates.

Prominent Investments

UAE in India

DP World

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Sharaf Group

UAE based conglomerate active in Shipping & Logistics, Retail, Travel & Tourism, IT, Industrial, Hospitality & Real Estate and Financial ...Read more

Lulu Group

One of the largest retail companies in the UAE. The company’s India presence includes Lulu International Convention Center & Hotel in Thrissur, ...Read more

Emaar Properties

Emaar is one of the largest real estate developers in the Middle East. In India, Emaar has created a portfolio of properties in Gurugram, Delhi, ...Read more

India in UAE

ONGC & PetroResources

A consortium led by India’s state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) including Indian Oil and Bharat PetroResources, were awarded a 10 per ...Read more

L&T Middle East

L&T is an Indian multi-national firm headquartered in Mumbai. The company has business interests in engineering, construction, manufacturing ...Read more

Oberoi Group

Indian Hospitality chain founded in 1934. In UAE, the group has 5-star hotels, villas and properties in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman ...Read more
  • Chemicals


    • 3rd

      Largest consumer of polymers

    • 4th

      Largest producer of agrochemical

    • 6th

      Largest producer of chemicals

      • India produces 16% of the world's dyestuff and dye intermediates
      • The market size of the chemicals industry stood at $ 163 bn in 2017-18
      • India’s proximity to the Middle East, the world’s source of petrochemicals feedstock, adds to the economies of scale
      • India's chemicals industry is expected to reach $ 304 bn by 2025
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  • Oil & Gas

    Oil & Gas

    • 2nd

      Largest refiner in Asia

    • 3rd

      Largest consumer of crude oil and petroleum products

    • 4th

      Largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG)

      • India is the largest exporter of petroleum products in Asia
      • Its the 3rd largest consumer of energy and oil in the world after China and the US
      • 16,788 km of operational natural gas pipelines and 14,239 km gas pipelines are under development
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  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

    • 4th

      Largest installed wind capacity

    • 5th

      Largest installed solar capacity 

    • 5th

      Largest installed renewable energy capacity 

      • India has the largest renewable energy expansion plan globally 
      • It's home to the world's largest solar plant (648 MW) and solar park (2 GW)
      • India is also ranked the 2nd most attractive renewable energy market in 2017
      • Goals for 2022: 

                - 100 GW of solar power
                - 60 GW from wind power
                - 10 GW from biomass power
                - 5 GW from small hydropower

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  • Food Processing

    Food Processing

    • #1

      Largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices

    • #1

      Largest processor, producer and consumer of cashew nuts

    • 2nd

      Largest producer of food grains, fruits and vegetables

      • India is the world's largest producer, consumer & exporter of spices
      • India is the world's largest processor, producer and consumer of cashew nuts
      • Indian food and retail market is projected to touch $828.9 bn by 2020
      • Indian dairy industry is expected to double to $ 140 bn by 2020
      • Annual household consumption is expected to treble by 2030, making India the 5th largest consumer globally
      • India is the world's largest milk producing nation
      • There are 17 functional and 42 sanctioned Mega Food Parks
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    Food Processing Information Kit

  • Pharma


    • 3rd

      Largest pharmaceuticals industry by volume

    • #1

      Largest producer of vaccines 

    • 20%

      Share in global pharmaceutical supplies by volume

      • India is currently the 4th largest medical device market in Asia
      • Bio-Pharma is the largest sub-sector contributing to 62% of the total sectoral revenue
      • India is expected to become the 3rd largest pharmaceuticals market by 2020 in terms of incremental growth
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    Pharmaceuticals Information Kit

  • Ports & Shipping

    Ports & Shipping

    • 16th

      Largest maritime nation

    • 12

      Major ports

    • 200

      Non-major and intermediate ports

      • India has a coastline of nearly 7,517 km
      • Maritime transport in India handles 95% of the trade by volume
      • Seaborne trade in India has grown at twice the global growth rate of 3.3%
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    Ports And Shipping Information Kit

  • Construction


    • 100

      Smart cities by 2020

    • 3rd

      Largest construction market globally by 2025

      • India's construction sector is expected to record a CAGR of 15.7% to reach $ 738.5 bn by 2022
      • The industry contributes 55% share in the steel industry, 15% in the paint industry and 30% in the glass industry
      • The construction sector is the 2nd largest employer in India in 2017
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    Construction Information Kit


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Recent Investments


Indian government gives BCCI approval to host IPL 2020 in UAE

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received formal approval to stage the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), clearing the way for the marquee Twenty20 tournament to be held between September 19 and November 10 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

DP World

DP World, NIIF JV to invest Rs 1,000 crore in JNPT free trade zone

Hindustan Infralog Pvt Ltd (HIPL), a joint venture between DP World Ltd and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Ltd (NIIF), will invest Rs 1,000 crore in developing its Nhava Sheva Business Park (NSBP) Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Mumbai.


Investment app Scripbox to debut in UAE and Singapore

Scripbox, an online investment app announced its international foray to target non-residential Indians (NRIs), especially in UAE and Singapore. It has also introduced a new KYC process for non-residential Indians (NRIs) on its digital platform to help onboard them without the use of paper.

UAE Team

The UAE plus desk at Invest India is part of the India UAE Fast Track Mechanism [FTM] to monitor and resolve issues faced by UAE investors in India.

Key Functions

  • Entire spectrum of investment promotion – research, outreach, promotion, facilitation and aftercare
  • Initiating, attracting, facilitating and handholding UAE investments across sectors
  • Providing information on investment opportunities across sectors and in specific projects 
  • Extending holistic support to the small and medium enterprises from UAE with India interest

Team Advantages

  • Expediting license approval

    Expediting license approval

  • Provide policy advocacy

    Provide policy advocacy

  • Location assessment

    Location assessment

  • Business advisory

    Business advisory

  • Issue redressal

    Issue redressal


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  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Investment Promotion Award 2016 for excellence in partnering for investment promotion