Country Overview
The United Arab Emirates resource wealth and strong credit rating support its ability to fund infrastructure projects. The processes around starting a business and registering property, which promote competition, have also been improved. To attract more investment capital, the United Arab Emirates could look to improve stock market liquidity and invest in larger infrastructure deals.
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GDP per capita
37,750 USD
Population
10.7 million persons
Infrastructure quality
88.5 (0-100 best)
Private infrastructure investment
1,130 5-year average, USD millions

Driver Overview

This section shows a country’s rank, ranking change and score for each of the eight drivers. It also categorises each country’s driver performance on a scale from “Emerging” (score from 0-20) to “Global Leader” (score from 80-100).

Driver
Rank
Score /100
Emerging Aspiring Contender Top performer Global Leader
- No ranking change Ranking increase Ranking decrease

Rank

Score /100

Best practice

27
1
60.7
Top performer
18
4
71.8
Top performer
26
7
79.0
Top performer
18
-
95.0
Top performer
33
14
79.9
Contender
44
4
33.1
Contender
14
1
69.0
Global Leader
28
1
43.1
Top performer

Metric Overview

Strengths

Registering property

According to the World Bank, registering a property takes one and a half days in the United Arab Emirates. This is significantly less time than the High Income Countries’ average of 24.6, placing the United Arab Emirates in the top five for InfraCompass 2020 countries for the metric.

Time required to start a business

According to the World Bank, the time required to start a business has decreased dramatically over the decade from 15.5 days in 2009 to only four days in 2019. Shorter times to set up can persuade businesses to set up in a country, including new infrastructure entities.

Summary credit rating

The United Arab Emirates has a strong credit rating, with a stable outlook. The United Arab Emirates high credit worthiness provides favourable borrowing costs for infrastructure investments.

Registering property

According to the World Bank, registering a property takes one and a half days in the United Arab Emirates. This is significantly less time than the High Income Countries’ average of 24.6, placing the United Arab Emirates in the top five for InfraCompass 2020 countries for the metric.

Time required to start a business

According to the World Bank, the time required to start a business has decreased dramatically over the decade from 15.5 days in 2009 to only four days in 2019. Shorter times to set up can persuade businesses to set up in a country, including new infrastructure entities.

Summary credit rating

The United Arab Emirates has a strong credit rating, with a stable outlook. The United Arab Emirates high credit worthiness provides favourable borrowing costs for infrastructure investments.

Top Performing Metrics

Top Performing Metrics

This is defined by the metrics with the highest unweighted score out of 100. 

High income country average

Funding capacity:
Summary credit rating

Opportunities to Grow

Value of closed PPP infrastructure deals

The value of closed PPP infrastructure deals as a proportion of GDP is substantially less than the average for the High Income Countries, at only 0.01% compared to 0.11%. This low value may reflect the limited availability of PPP investments in the country.

Long term GDP growth trend

The long-term GDP growth rate for the United Arab Emirates remains at 2.6% compared to the 20 year historical average of 4.7%. Long-term growth rates signal a country’s capacity to fund infrastructure from future growth. The COVID-19 pandemic may impact GDP growth trends.

Stocks traded

The value of stocks traded as a proportion of GDP has fallen quite dramatically in the United Arab Emirates from 36% in 2014 to 6% in 2018. As this indicator measures the liquidity of equities, it is important to infrastructure investors to know they can exit investments at appropriate points.

Value of closed PPP infrastructure deals

The value of closed PPP infrastructure deals as a proportion of GDP is substantially less than the average for the High Income Countries, at only 0.01% compared to 0.11%. This low value may reflect the limited availability of PPP investments in the country.

Long term GDP growth trend

The long-term GDP growth rate for the United Arab Emirates remains at 2.6% compared to the 20 year historical average of 4.7%. Long-term growth rates signal a country’s capacity to fund infrastructure from future growth. The COVID-19 pandemic may impact GDP growth trends.

Stocks traded

The value of stocks traded as a proportion of GDP has fallen quite dramatically in the United Arab Emirates from 36% in 2014 to 6% in 2018. As this indicator measures the liquidity of equities, it is important to infrastructure investors to know they can exit investments at appropriate points.

Metrics to Improve

Metrics to Improve

This is defined by the metrics with the lowest weighted score out of 100, such that these metrics would have the greatest impact on the overall score.

For metrics that have binary outcomes (yes=100/no=0), no comparative income group average is reported.

High income country average

Funding capacity:
Long term GDP growth trend

Financial markets:
Stocks traded

Detailed Data

This section shows country data for each of the 41 metrics. Note that all data has been normalised on a scale of 1-100. For raw metric data, please download the complete InfraCompass 2020 dataset. 

Where relevant, some metric scores have been inverted, such that all metrics have positive relationships with good infrastructure outcomes. For example, since lower compliance costs make it easier to invest in infrastructure, the normalised value of ‘number of procedures to start a business’ has been reversed such that lower number of procedures are scored closer to 100, and higher numbers closer to 0. In other words, a score of 0 indicates a poor performance, rather than 0 number of procedures.

Governance Regulatory Permits Planning Procurement Activity Funding Financial
Driver
Rank
Score /100
Emerging Aspiring Contender Top performer Global Leader
- No ranking change Ranking increase Ranking decrease

Metric

United Arab Emirates

High Income Countries Average

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28.2%

Recovery rate

The recovery rate is recorded as cents on the dollar recovered by secured creditors through reorganisation, liquidation or debt enforcement (foreclosure or receivership) proceedings.

27.7 (-1.3)
68.3

20.7%

Rule of law

World Governance Composite Indicator reflecting perceptions of the extent to which agents have confidence in and abide by the rules of society, and in particular the quality of contract enforcement, property rights, the police, and the courts, as well as the likelihood of crime and violence. The rule of law reflects whether the law imposes limits of power on the state, private sector and individuals.

66.1 (-0.9)
74.3

18.1%

Post-completion reviews

Whether the country conducts post-completion reviews on infrastructure projects to ensure the forecast outcomes are being achieved.

Yes
-

15.1%

Shareholder governance

Measures the governance practices that protect shareholders through three dimensions: the extent of shareholder rights index (shareholders’ rights and role in major corporate decisions), the extent of ownership and control index (governance safeguards protecting shareholders from undue board control and entrenchment), and the extent of corporate transparency index (corporate transparency on ownership stakes).

53.3
48.1

12.8%

Political stability and absence of violence score

Measures perceptions of the likelihood of political instability and/or politically-motivated violence, including terrorism. Estimate gives the country's score on the aggregate indicator, in units of a standard normal distribution i.e. ranging from approximately -2.5 to 2.5.

62.4 (+3.0)
61.9

5%

Infrastructure or PPP agency

Whether an infrastructure agency exists to coordinate an integrated approach to infrastructure delivery and policy.

Yes
-

United Arab Emirates

High Income Countries Average

27.7 (-1.3)
68.3
66.1 (-0.9)
74.3
Yes
-
53.3
48.1
62.4 (+3.0)
61.9
Yes
-

Country Overview Data

The United Arab Emirates resource wealth and strong credit rating support its ability to fund infrastructure projects. The processes around starting a business and registering property, which promote competition, have also been improved. To attract more investment capital, the United Arab Emirates could look to improve stock market liquidity and invest in larger infrastructure deals.
GDP per capita

37,750 USD

Population

10.7 million persons

Infrastructure quality

88.5 (0-100 best)

Private infrastructure investment

1,130 5-year average, USD millions

GDP

405.8 USD billion

GDP growth rate

1.6%

GDP per capita growth rate

-4.9%

Gross Government Debt

20.0% of GDP

Inflation rate

-1.5%

Summary credit rating

90.0 (0-100 best)

Unemployment rate

2.6%

Urbanisation ratio

87.0% of total population

Road connectivity

90.1 (0-100 best)

Quality of road infrastructure

6.0 (1-7 best)

Efficiency of air transport services

6.0 (1-7 best)

Efficiency of seaport services

5.5 (1-7 best)

Electricity access

100.0% of population

Electricity supply quality

7.1% of output lost

Exposure to unsafe drinking water

11.7% of population

Reliability of water supply

6.1 (1-7 best)

Digital Adoption Index

0.8 (0-1 best)

Mobile-broadband subscriptions

250.0 per 100 population

Fixed-broadband Internet subscriptions

31.4 per 100 population