Dubai Chamber adds 8,900 new members in H1-2017.
ARAB NEWS .Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said a total of 8,900 companies joined as members within the first six months of 2017, while it saw its new membership increase by 10.9 percent year on year. Dubai Chamber members' exports and re-exports grew by 6.1 percent during the first half of 2017 to AED146.7 billion ($40 billion), compared to AED138.3 billion in the same period of last year. The Chamber's total membership reached 210,000 by the end of H1-2017, making it one of the world's largest membership-based chambers of commerce. Saudi Arabia was the top export and re-export market for Dubai Chamber members with a value of AED51.9 billion. This figure reflects an 18 percent growth rate compared to the same period last year (AED44 billion). The Chamber issued 465,680 certificates between January and June of this year at a rate of more than 2,500 certificates per day, and issued 69 ATA Carnets for goods worth AED24.6 million in addition to other value-added services designed to facilitate international trade and improve ease of doing business in Dubai. Hamad Buamim, president and CEO of Dubai Chamber, highlighted Dubai's rapid progress on implementing its economic diversification plans, and noted that the new figures from the Chamber confirm the crucial contribution of the emirate's trade sector to this strategy. He said the growth in member exports came despite challenging global economic conditions, and that Dubai-based companies have taken a pro-active approach to exploring trade and investment opportunities in promising markets around the world. "Trade relations between Dubai and Saudi Arabia continue to flourish and develop, and this is clearly reflected in the 18 percent growth in member exports and re-exports to the Kingdom in the first half of the year," Buamim added. He described the strong growth in new members at the Chamber as a result of increased cooperation between Dubai's public and private sectors, which have formed important partnerships that have attracted foreign companies to Dubai and created a favorable business environment in the emirate. During the first six months of 2017, Dubai Chamber heavily promoted Dubai as a leading trade and investment hub by participating in 56 outbound missions and activities across 38 cities in 33 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, India, Belgium, Germany, Ethiopia, Ghana, China, the UK, Uruguay, the Netherlands, and Zambia. The Chamber received 350 delegations from 34 countries, marking a 14 percent increase in the number of visiting delegations compared to the same period last year.
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