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The traditionally strong bilateral relations enjoyed by India and 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, President of UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, 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

    • Both countries aspire to take the bilateral trade from the existing $ 72 bn to $ 100 bn in the next five years.

    • Growing India-UAE economic and commercial relations contribute to the stability and strength of a rapidly diversifying and deepening bilataral relationship between the two countries. India-UAE trade was valued at US$ 180 mn per annum in the 1970s, today this figure stands around US$ 72 bn (FY 2021-2022)

    • UAE is the second-largest export destination of India (after the US) with an amount of over 28 bn for the year 2019-20. For UAE, India was the second-largest trading partner during 2019-20.

    • 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%). During April 2000 to September 2022, UAE became the 7th largest FDI investor with nearly $15.18 bn investments in the country.

    • Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of UAE and the ruler of Abu Dhab on the 18th of February 2022, signed the historic Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in a virtual summit. CEPA is the first deep and full free trade agreement to be signed by India with any country in the past decade, providing for an institutional mechanism to encourage and improve trade between the two countries.

    • 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

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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 in the world

      • $ 300 bn value of indian chemical industry by 2025
      • Supplies 16% of the global dyestuff and dye intermediates
      • India is set to emerge as fourth largest chemical producer in the world
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  • Oil & Gas

    Oil & Gas

    • 2nd

      Largest refiner in Asia

    • 3rd

      Largest consumer of crude oil and petroleum products

    • 20%

      Target of achieving ethanol blending in petrol by 2025

      • 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

    • 2nd

      Largest installed wind capacity in Asia

    • 3rd

      in Renewable Energy Country Attractive Index in 2021

    • 3rd

      Largest installed renewable energy capacity 

      • India has the largest renewable energy expansion plan globally 
      • 5th Largest installed solar capacity 
      • It's home to the world's largest solar plant (648 MW) and solar park (2 GW)
      • The world’s largest renewable energy park of 30 GW capacity solar-wind hybrid project is under installation in India
    Visit Sector 499Investible Projects
  • Food Processing

    Food Processing

    • 2nd

      largest producer of food grains, fruits, and vegetables

    • #1 

      producer of Milk

    • $535 bn

      Expected value of Indian food and retail market by 2025-26

      • Largest producer, consumer, and exporter of spices and cashew nuts
      • Largest producer of pulses
      • 353 Cold Chain projects, 63 Agro-Processing Clusters, 292 Food Processing Units, and 6 Operation Green projects have been approved
      • Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana, a government scheme, was formulated for creating a modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet
      • 41 upcoming Mega Food Parks under Mega Food Park Scheme
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  • 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
      • Expected to reach $65 bn by 2024, and 130 bn by 2030
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  • 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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  • 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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Recent Investments

Lulu Group

Lulu Group to invest INR 3,500 cr in Tamil Nadu (Mar 2022)

Lulu Group to set up food processing and logistics centres for procuring and processing agri-produce for exports to middle eastern countries.


Data centre firm Princeton Digital Group raises over $350 million from Mubadala

Data centre company Princeton Digital Group (PDG) closed equity investment of more than $500 million led by Mubadala Investment Company, which put in $350 million


Dealshare raises $45 million from ADIA

Social commerce platform DealShare has raised $45 million from the wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as part of a larger funding round.


ADIA invests $235 mn in Mindspace REIT

ADIA bought the 9.2% stake in real estate investment trust Mindspace Business Parks REIT for $235 mn from Blackstone Inc

DP World

DP World to invest INR 10,000 crore in Gujarat

Global supply chain solutions company, DP World, said it was looking to invest INR 10,000 crore in developing logistics infrastructure in Gujarat


Mubadala has invested $ 853 Million into Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd

Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment Co has agreed to invest $853 million in the retail division of India’s Reliance Industries RELI.NS


UAE sovereign wealth fund Mubadala to invest $1.2 billion in India’s Jio Platforms

Mubadala, a United Arab Emirates state investment company, is investing $1.2 billion in Indian telco and digital services firm Jio Platforms.The sovereign wealth fund, which has a venture arm split across Abu Dhabi and San Francisco, is the sixth investor to back Jio.


Chennai-based Star Health and Allied Insurance has raised $ $429 million from 62 anchor investors including ADIA

Star Health and Allied Insurance Company on November 29, 2021 said it has raised a little over $$ 429 million from anchor investors ahead of its IPO 

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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