The Dubai International Chamber — one of the three chambers operating under Dubai Chamber — has opened a new international representation office in Cairo on Sunday, reinforcing strong business links between Egypt and the UAE.
The strategic step is part of the Dubai Global initiative launched by Dubai to attract foreign investment, talent, and new business to reinforce the emirate’s position as one of the world’s leading commercial hubs while enabling Dubai-based companies to expand their business in 30 priority markets overseas.
“Egypt is a strategically important market for us. The UAE’s close relationship with Egypt has been a strong basis for the success of Dubai businesses in the country. UAE investments have more than doubled recently, with trade between the two countries reaching $7.5bn in 2021. Our new office in Cairo is in line with our Dubai Global initiative, where we aim to have a powerful network of 50 global offices worldwide by 2030 that will offer Dubai businesses access to exciting expansion opportunities,” said Omar Khan — Executive Director of International Offices of the Dubai International Chamber — at the inauguration in Cairo.
The Dubai International Chamber aims to strengthen the commercial relationship between Egypt and the UAE. The chamber has identified several high potential sectors to boost investment ties between the two countries. They include trade, agribusiness, IT, and maritime shipping.
The new office is set to offer Egyptian businesses market intelligence and operational expertise. It will also provide Egyptian MNCs and SMEs access to trustworthy partners to unlock Dubai’s global hub opportunities.
For Dubai businesses, in addition to market intelligence, route-to-market strategies, and operational set-up expertise, the Cairo office will help maximise business opportunities in Egypt, providing Dubai-based businesses access to reliable partners and stakeholders across the country.
Egypt was Dubai’s second trading partner on the African continent in 2021 and last year ranked 20th globally on the list of Dubai’s trading partners. The number of Egyptian companies registered as members of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce operating in the emirate amounts to more than 14,700 companies, which represents a growth of 103% compared to 2016 numbers and reflects Dubai’s importance and reputation for Egyptian businessmen and entrepreneurs.
Additionally, Egypt is one of the largest start-up hubs in Africa and accounts for 14% of all start-ups in Africa, according to an OECD report.
The Dubai International Chamber endeavours to create new mechanisms to attract FDI from strategic key markets to Dubai. With simplified customs processes, the chamber enables foreign companies to leverage Dubai’s extensive land, sea, and air logistics, opening new trade routes across the region and beyond.
The emirate can provide easy access to 2.2 billion consumers, serving as a hub to enable Egyptian companies and businesses to expand their footprint globally.
Supported by strategic public and private sector partners, the Dubai International Chamber aims to boost Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade from AED 1.4 trillion to AED 2 trillion by 2026 as part of the emirate’s five-year foreign trade plan. The chamber is also fully committed to providing all necessary facilities and support to expand Dubai-Egypt trade ambitions.