India and UAE have shared trade links through the centuries. Trade, which was dominated by traditional items such as dates, pearls and fish, underwent a sharp change after the discovery of oil in the UAE (oil exports began from Abu Dhabi in 1962). The traditionally strong bilateral relations enjoyed by India & UAE have received impetus with regular exchange of high-level bilateral visits from time to time. 

    • In Feb 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his official visit to the UAE, held one-on-one and delegation level talks with President of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 
      They reviewed the bilateral partnership and discussed new areas of cooperation and welcomed deepening of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership across sectors, including trade and investment, digital infrastructure, fintech, energy, infrastructure, culture and people to people ties. Discussions also covered regional and global issues.
       

    • In Oct 2023, delegation led by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, visited United Arab Emirates wherein the Hon'ble Minister co-chaired the 11th India-UAE High Level Task Force on Investments (HLTFI), and engaged with industry representatives and interacted with the UAE delegation led by His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 

       

    • In July 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Abu Dhabi and met President of the United Arab Emirates His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Upon PM Modi's visit several MoUs were signed including The signing of MoU for establishment of a framework to promote the use of local currencies (INR-AED) for cross-border transactions by Governors of the respective Central Banks, interlinking payment and messaging systems by Governors of the respective Central Banks and MoU for planning to establish Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi in Abu Dhabi.

      The leaders resolved to further enhance bilateral partnership in the energy field, both in oil, gas, and renewable energy.

    • In Sept 2022, EAM visited the UAE during which he co-chaired the 14th Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) and the third Strategic Dialogue with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. During the visit, he also met UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ), interacted with the press and had a discussion on foreign policy.

    • In Feb 2022, a virtual summit took place between UAE President and PM Shri Narendra Modi during which the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and several other MoUs/Agreements were signed. During the virtual summit, both leaders also issued a Joint Vision document that will guide India-UAE strategic partnership in times to come. 

    • In Dec 2021, Hon'ble EAM Dr. S Jaishankar visited Abu Dhabi to attend the 5th Indian Ocean Conference and on the sidelines, met with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (ABZ) and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ) and discussed cooperation and joint action that solidify the strategic partnership between the two countries.

    • In Nov 2021, EAM Dr. S Jaishankar visited the UAE to attend Sir Bani Yas Forum in Dubai. During the visit, he also had meetings with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (ABZ) and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ).

    • In 2021, EAM Dr S Jaishankar visited the UAE in April and met His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (ABZ). In the meeting, they both reviewed the COVID-19 pandemic and cooperation between India and the UAE.

    • PM visited UAE 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.

    • PM Modi visited UAE in Feb 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.

    • 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 was valued at $180 Mn per annum in the 1970, today this figure stands out around $84.84 Bn in FY 2022-23.

    • The cumulative FDI inflows from UAE to India are worth $18.5 Bn for Apr 2000 to Mar 2024.

    • India and the UAE marked the first anniversary of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which has been a growth engine for bilateral trade, increasing it by 16.4% from FY 2021-22 to FY 2022-23. The agreement has resulted in the elimination of duties on a large number of tariff lines and has benefited key sectors like Mineral Fuels, Electrical Machinery, Gems & Jewellery, and Automobiles.

    • India’s major export items to the UAE are: Petroleum Products, Precious Metals, Stones, Gems & Jewellery, Minerals, Food Items (Cereals, Sugar, Fruits & Vegetables, Tea, Meat, and Seafood), Textiles (Garments, Apparel, Synthetic fibre, Cotton, Yarn) and Engineering & Machinery Products and Chemicals.

    • India's major import items from the UAE are: Petroleum and Petroleum Products, Precious Metals, Stones, Gems & Jewellery, Minerals, Chemicals, Wood & Wood Products.

    • The UAE is the second-largest export destination for India (after the US) with an amount of $31.6 Bn for the year 2022-23. for the UAE, India was the second largest trading partner in 2022.

    • The UAE's investments in India are mainly in five sectors: Real estate, Ceramics and glass, Transport and warehousing, Financial services, Coal, oil and gas. During Apr 2000 to Mar 2023, the cumulative equity flow from the UAE to India is nearly $15.5 Bn, making the UAE the 7th largest FDI investor in India.

    • On 11-12 June 2023, a high-level delegation from the UAE, led by H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, visited India. The delegation included senior officials of the UAE government and representatives from the UAE business community. During their visit, the first India-UAE CEPA Joint Committee (JC) meeting took place, where the committee reviewed bilateral trade, agreed to operationalise the sub-committees and share preferential trade data on quarterly basis, and discussed other matters related to the effective implementation of the CEPA. 

    • On 1st September 2022, on the margins of the 14th JCM, an MoU was signed to setup the India-UAE Cultural Council Forum that will facilitate deeper Cultural Cooperation and People to People interactions between the two countries.

    • Major theaters and cinema halls in the UAE screen commercial Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. The Emirati community also take part in annual International Day of Yoga events and various schools of yoga & meditation are running successfully in the UAE. 

    • Indian expatriate community of approximately 3.5 Mn is the largest ethnic community in UAE constituting roughly about 30 % of the country’s population. 

    • There are 130 Indian schools in the UAE following the CBSE and Kerala Board curricula with approx 3.25 Lakh students, mostly children of Indian expatriates.

    • On 26 August 2021, a historic Agreement was signed between the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) New Delhi to establish a Visiting Professorship in Social Science at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). 

    • 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.

    • Soft launch of Gandhi Zayed Digital Museum was done in Abu Dhabi on 04 December, 2018. The Museum was opened for the public on 12th March 2019. 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.

Prominent Investments

UAE in India

DP World

DP World is a global supply chain solutions firm; specialising in cargo logistics, port terminal operations, maritime services and free zones. They ...Read more

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, was awarded a 10% ...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

    Chemicals

    • #3 

      Largest consumer of polymers

    • #4 

      Largest producer of agrochemicals

    • #6 

      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 the largest producer and exporter of castor oil in the world and is responsible for almost 85-90 % of total global exports in this segment
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  • Oil & Gas

    Oil & Gas

    • #1 

      Largest exporter of Petroleum products in Asia

    • #2 

      Largest refiner in Asia

    • #3 

       Largest consumer of crude oil and petroleum products

      • Target of achieving 20% ethanol blending in petrol by 2025
      • Presently, about 23,500 km of long gas pipeline network is under operation in the country, and around 12,000 km of pipeline is approved/under construction
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  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

    • #2 

       Highest installed wind capacity in Asia 

    • #4

      Solar Power Capacity Globally (as per REN21 Renewables 2022 Global Status Report)

    • #4 

      Largest Renewable energy capacity globally

      • The 30-GW renewable energy park at Kutch, Gujarat is billed as the largest of its kind in the world
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  • Food Processing

    Food Processing

    • #1 

      Largest producer, consumer and exporter of Spices

    • #1 

      Producer of Milk globally

    • #1 

      Largest producer and consumer of Sugar

      • India’s food processing sector is one of the largest in the world and its output is expected to reach $535 Bn by 2025-26
      • Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana, a government scheme, was formulated to create a modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet
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  • Pharma

    Pharmaceuticals

    • #1 

       Leader in the global supply of DPT, BCG and Measles Vaccine

    • #3 

      Largest market in terms of volume

    • #14

       Largest market in terms of value

      • 60% of the world's vaccines and 20% of generic medicines come from India
      • India has the highest number of US-FDA compliant Pharma plants outside of the USA
      • Expected to reach $65 Bn by 2024, and 130 Bn by 2030
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  • Ports & Shipping

    Ports & Shipping

    • 6 Mn

      Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority handles over 6 Mn TEUs, reflecting the highest container throughput

    • 12

      Major ports

    • 217

      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
      • The number of Indian seafarers has grown to a remarkable 2,80,000 in 2023, registering an increase of almost 140% in just nine years
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  • Construction

    Construction

    • 100

      Smart cities 

    • 70%

      India's trading by value is done through maritime transportation

      • 4,830 projects worth INR 93,381 Cr of Water Supply, Water Body Rejuvenation, Sewerage & Septage Management, Parks & Green Space Development are approved under AMRUT 2.0 mission
      • The Real Estate Industry in India is expected to reach $1 Tn by 2030 and will contribute 13% to India's GDP by 2025
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Recent Investments

emaar

The Emaar Group announced its $60 Mn office and shopping complex in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, under the name 'Mall of Srinagar'

Dubai’s Emaar Group will build a $60 Mn shopping and office complex in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost part of India.

The Jammu and Kashmir government said Emaar’s project, called ‘Mall of Srinagar’, marks the first foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Union Territory. The announcement came on a day Srinagar hosted an India-UAE investors’ meet.

Mubadala

Mubadala and Canadian pension fund invest in India's infrastructure investment trust

Mubadala Investment Company, Abu Dhabi’s sovereign investor, and the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, a Canadian pension fund, have become anchor investors in Cube Highways Trust, an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) in India.

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority invests $500 Mn in Lenskart

Lenskart has signed a definitive agreement with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority to raise $500 Mn amidst a market slump, as the Indian eyewear retailer expands its offerings and prepares for international markets. This investment is an extension to last year's funding round and enables the startup to maintain its valuation of $4.5 Bn. 

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.

PDG

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

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

Dealshare

Dealshare raises $45 Mn from ADIA

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

ADIA

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 Cr in Gujarat

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

Releince

Mubadala has invested $853 Mn into Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd

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

Jio

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

Mubadala, a United Arab Emirates state investment company, is investing $1.2 Bn 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.

Star

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

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

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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

  • The 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's interest

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  • Expediting license approval

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  • Provide policy advocacy

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  • Business advisory

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  • Issue redressal

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  • APEDA facilitates exposure visit of Farmer Producer Organizations to UAE; aim to unlock region's vast agricultural and food product export opportunities

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