United Arab Emirates Infrastructure Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Infrastructure industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast, BMI's Infrastructure Risk Reward Index, Market Overview and Company Profiles.

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  • Understand the market through analysis of projects , investment plans and key players
  • Understand the threats to your operations and investments and protect your company against future risks

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United Arab Emirates Infrastructure Report
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BMI View: We are maintaining our forecast for solid construction industry growth over our forecast period as investors seeks to capitalise on the infrastructure opportunities in the run up to Expo 2020 hosted by Dubai - particularly in the non-residential and transport sectors. Also supporting interest in Dubai ' s market is its more diverse economy , which has kept it fairly insulated against the commodities price drop that dampened growth in the more oil-dependent Abu Dhabi.

Forecast & Latest Updates

  • We are forecasting 6.6% real growth over 2016 and an annual average of 6.1% over the first half of our forecast period up to 2020. Dubai's preparation to host Expo 2020 is providing major growth opportunities across commercial building and transport infrastructure in particular.

  • Over our full 10-year forecast we forecast industry expansion of 4.7% in real terms. Nominal industry value is expected to rise from an estimated USD40.3bn in 2015 to USD85bn in 2025, keeping the UAE as one of the larger construction markets in the Middle East.

  • The government is eager to use the public-private partnership (PPP) model more regularly in order to continue to attract private investment and ease the burden on its own budget. In November 2015 the Dubai PPP Law was enacted.

5-Year Forecast Scenario (United Arab Emirates 2016-2020)
2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f
f = BMI forecast. Source: BMI
Construction industry value, AEDbn 162.18 181.32 198.73 217.01 229.49
Construction Industry Value, Real Growth, % y-o-y 6.61 8.70 6.50 6.20 2.75
Construction Industry Value, % of GDP 11.3 12.0 12.4 12.8 12.8

Risk/Reward Index

  • The UAE is in fourth place out of 14 countries in Middle East & North Africa Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index, with a score of 65 comfortably above the regional average of 53.6

  • The UAE is ranked one of the Gulf's easiest markets to do business, with a well-developed financial market and large labour pool.

  • Foreign firms have to be represented by a domestic partner to operate in the country, which weighs on the overall attractiveness of the market.

Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index (UAE 2016)
Geography Risk/Reward Index Rewards Industry Rewards Country Rewards Risks Industry Risks Country Risks
Source: BMI
United Arab Emirates 65.0 65.6 70.0 57.3 63.8 60.0 66.3
BMI Industry View
Table: 5-Year Forecast Scenario (United Arab Emirates 2016-2020)
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index
Infrastructure SWOT
Industry Forecast
United Arab Emirates - Infrastructure & Construction - Q1 2016
Table: 10-Year Forecast Scenario (United Arab Emirates 2015-2025)
Transport Infrastructure - Outlook And Overview
Table: UAE - Operational Risk Profile
Table: Major Projects - Transport Infrastructure
Energy And Utilities Infrastructure - Outlook And Overview
Table: Major Projects - Energy & Utilities
Residential/Non-Residential Building - Outlook And Overview
Table: Major Projects - Residential & Non-Residential Building
Industry Risk Reward Index
UAE - Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index
MENA Infrastructure RRI: Oil Prices And Security Remain Key Risks
Market Overview
Competitive Landscape
Table: UAE Construction Players - Key Financial Data (USDmn)
Company Profile
Arabtec Construction
Dutco Balfour Beatty Group
Habtoor Leighton Group
Drake & Scull International
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The United Arab Emirates Infrastructure Report features BMI Research's market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.

BMI's United Arab Emirates Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Emirati infrastructure and construction industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent infrastructure industry forecasts for United Arab Emirates to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Emirati infrastructure market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Emirati infrastructure sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in United Arab Emirates.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering infrastructure and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments. These are broken down into construction (social, commercial and residential), transport (roads, railways, ports, airports, etc), and energy & utilities (powerplants, pipelines and so on).

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the infrastructure and construction sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (up to 2012) and forecasts to end-2024 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key developments in the market and risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

Construction: Industry value (USDbn); contribution to GDP (%); total capital investment (USDbn); real growth (%).

Construction industry real growth forecasts (%) and industry value (USDbn) forecasts for industry sectors are split into Residential and Non-residential and Infrastructure sectors. Where the data is available for particular countries the infrastructure is further broken down into indicators for the transport subsectors of roads, railways, airports and ports and the energy and utilities sub-sectors of power plants and transmission grids, oil & gas pipelines and water infrastructure. This dataset is unique to the market.

The reports also include analysis of latest projects across the infrastructure sectors (transport, utilities, commercial construction).

BMI’s Infrastructure Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (construction companies, suppliers and partners) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and  demographic data points. These provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Overview

An assessment of the competitive landscape and key challenges to entering the market. Details of the largest companies active in the sector across the sub-segments of the industry, including the key financial figures from some of the largest players in the sector.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Infrastructure reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.