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United Arab Emirates Freight and Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

United Arab Emirates Freight and Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Freight and Logistics Market in UAE is valued at USD 16.93 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 30.33 billion growing at a CAGR of 10.21% through the forecast period. The UAE freight and logistics market has been growing steadily, mainly driven by the consistent and fast growth of e-commerce across the region and rising international trade.

Major disruptions to trade happened during the pandemic due to trade wars and new trade policies. This is likely to have a different outlook in Q-2 2021 with changes in trade treaties with a new administration in the United States and a new trade policy of The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) signed in the APAC region in 2020. This will augur well for the logistics industry across the world including in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE, like other GCC countries, faced a double whammy of sharply lower than expected oil revenue in 2020 in addition to the impact of the pandemic on the non-oil sectors.

Dubai’s strategic location between Asia and Europe, serves both the East and the West, providing optimum trading conditions for the Emirate. To facilitate the trade and e-commerce market, Dubai has implemented initiatives for the development of its infrastructure and technology, to implement a well-integrated transport system and excellent logistics infrastructure. According to the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, the logistics sector in the country is expected to contribute 8% to the UAE economy by 2021, up from the current 5.4% listed by the official UAE government portal.

In recent years and despite economic headwinds swirling around the Arabian Gulf, the logistics sector continues to occupy the fast lane. The logistics arena outperforms other major industries, but it is now rightly-regarded as a crucial enabler in the country’s economic diversification efforts.

Key Market Trends

Growing E-Commerce in United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is making rapid strides as the fastest growing e-commerce market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to a joint study by Dubai Economy and global payments technology company Visa, which ranks first in Forbes list of World’s Best Regarded Companies.

Growth in e-commerce comes as digital becomes the future in the United Arab Emirates. High internet usage, accompanied by smartphone penetration is one of the primary driving forces of growth in the e-commerce market in the United Arab Emirates.

A significant advancement in digital technology has led to a dramatic increase in active mobile internet users in the country. The mobile phone penetration in the country is at a world-record high of 210.9%. UAE residents are among the top 10 globally when it comes to spending time on the internet and social media, averaging seven hours and 54 minutes daily.

The government has implemented a number of initiatives to support it, such as the wage protection system. Moreover, a digital, lean, connected “paperless, cashless government, driven by cutting-edge, disruptive technologies, defining the government of the future now,” is part of the Smart Dubai 2021 initiative.

COVID-19 is boosting the UAE ecommerce business as consumers change their shopping behavior by opting to buy online rather than shopping at physical stores. This extensive growth of e-commerce is driving the investments in e-commerce logistics related infrastructure and technology to support the growth of the e-commerce.

Improving Maritime Transportation Sector in Dubai

The country’s preparation for Expo 2020 has also driven substantial investments in the transport and logistics sectors. The United Arab Emirates is also set to benefit from China’s One Belt One Road initiative. This initiative is a state-backed initiative to connect Asia, Africa, and Europe through a ‘belt’ of ‘overland corridors and a maritime “road” of shipping lanes’. The United Arab Emirates is among 71 countries that will be connected via this initiative.

In Dubai, the maritime transport sector is of great importance to the economy of the Emirate due to the great openness of the Emirate to international trade through is access to the Gulf. The sector provides a high-quality infrastructure that consists of ports, logistic services, and storage.

The United Arab Emirates comprises seven emirates – Dubai remains the major maritime center, but other emirates also make their own important contribution to the shipping industry. The United Arab Emirates benefits from its vital geographic location connecting the Red Sea, East Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Abu Dhabi ports have also shown continuous growth as the UAE’s maritime trade hub covering general and bulk cargo, container, and increasing roll-on/roll-off traffic. There is an influx of investment into the new container terminal at Khalifa Port. Fujairah is another maritime hub in the United Arab Emirates, and its infrastructure will be subject to further development by Abu Dhabi Ports, including the deepening of berths and expanded storage facilities, which reportedly involves the investment of AED 500 million (USD 136 million), as of Sep 2019.

Competitive Landscape

The United Arab Emirates freight and logistics market is competitive and fragmented with many international and local players actively competing for market share. DHL, Aramex, Al-Futtaim Logistics are some of the leading players in the market. The technology integration in the logistics sector is high and the emergence of digital players in the pool is increasing. Ecommerce growth has also helped in the emergence of digital players in the region. With the overall logistics infrastructure in the country developing rapidly the rivalry within the industry is expected to be fueled further.

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1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Current Market Scenario
4.2 Technological Trends
4.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives
4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market (Short-term and Long-term Effects on the Industry as well as Economy)
4.5 Insights into E-commerce and Impact of E-commerce Growth on the Logistics Market
4.6 Spotlight on Cross-Border Trade
4.7 Brief on Logistics Infrastructure Development in UAE
4.8 Overview on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market in UAE
4.9 Overview on Cold Chain Logistics Market in UAE

5.1 Market Drivers
5.2 Market Restraints
5.3 Market Opportunities
5.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
5.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
5.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
5.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

6.1.1 Freight Transport Road Rail Sea Air
6.1.2 Freight Forwarding
6.1.3 Warehousing
6.1.4 Value-added Services and Other Functions
6.2.1 Manufacturing and Automotive
6.2.2 Oil and Gas, Mining, and Quarrying
6.2.3 Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry
6.2.4 Construction
6.2.5 Distributive Trade (Wholesale and Retail Segments - FMCG included)
6.2.6 Other End Users (Telecommunications, etc.)

7.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)
7.2 Company Profiles
7.2.1 Deutsche Post DHL Group
7.2.2 United Parcel Service Inc.
7.2.3 Ceva Logistics
7.2.4 Agility Logistics
7.2.5 Gulf Agency Company (GAC)
7.2.6 Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC)
7.2.7 Al-Futtaim Logistics
7.2.8 Aramex
7.2.9 Freight International LLC
7.2.10 ATC Allied Transport
7.2.11 RSA Global
7.2.12 RAK Logistics
7.2.13 Emirates Logistics LLC
7.2.14 Bell & John Logistics
7.2.15 Fleet Line - Shipping LLC*
7.3 Other Companies (Key Information/Overview)
7.3.1 Emirates Post, DP World, Al Hilal Transporting and Contracting Company, Jenae logistics, Gulftainer, Mac World Logistics LLC, Mac World Logistics LLC, CSS Group, DTDC Eurostar Courier & Cargo LLC, IAL Logistics Emirates LLC, and Century Express*


9.1 Macroeconomic Indicators (GDP Distribution by Activity, Transport and Storage Sector-contribution to Economy, etc.)
9.2 Insights into Capital Flows
9.3 External Trade Statistics - Export and Import, by Product
9.4 Insights into Key Export Destinations
9.5 Insights into Key Import Origin Countries


Report Title: United Arab Emirates Freight and Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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