Dubai Small and Medium Sized Enterprises – Statistics and Trends

Did you know SME businesses account for 42% of the workforce, and contribute around 40% to the total value-add generated in Dubai’s economy? It’s a startling fact, but true, nevertheless. Micro  firms  account  for  72%  of  the  overall  business  count  in  Dubai,  followed  by  Small  and Medium  Firms (SMBs)  accounting  for  18%  and  5%  of  the  business  count.

Check out our infographic, “Dubai Small and Medium Enterprises – Statistics and Trends” for more such interesting details. You’ll come to know how many SMEs are there in Dubai’s sectors, how they are categorized and much more.

Sector-wise SMEs By Number Of Establishments

Sector %age
Trading 57%
Services 35%
Manufacturing 8%

License Issued Statistics By Sector

Manufacturing %age Services %age Trading %age
Food & Beverages 24% Real Estate, Renting 33% Consumer Goods Trading 25%
Basic Metals and Fabricated Metal products 21% Construction  &  Contracting industry 31% Textiles  and  Garments  Trading 16%
Others 55% Others 36% Other 59%

SMEs contribute around 40% to the total value-add, in the following order:

  • Micro 8%
  • Small 14%
  • Medium firms 17%

SMEs Value-add Generated By Category

Category Value-add Generated
Trading 47%
Services 41%
Manufacturing 13%

SME Workforce Employed By Each Industry Category

Category %age of total workforce employed
Trading 33%
Services 51%
Manufacturing 16%

68% of trading SMEs indicated that they have revenues from international markets and customers. This compares to 53% and 37% among Manufacturing and Services SMEs, respectively

Approximately ¾ of the SME exporters in Dubai are currently exporting to other countries without having a physical presence in these markets.

Another 18% of businesses have either set up offices or have entered into strategic alliances in other countries

An estimated 50% of the SMEs across Dubai indicated having a website and around 6% of the total respondents indicated that they have online ordering capabilities or e-commerce features built into their websites.

70% of the SMEs expect medium to high growth in demand for their goods and services over the medium-term.

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