UAE 1st regionally, 11th globally for transport infrastructure

UAE outperforms countries such as the USA, Finland and Belgium

The UAE was ranked 1st regionally and 11th globally in terms of in terms of the availability and quality of transport infrastructure by the Global Enabling Trade Report 2012 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

With this ranking the UAE outperforms countries such as the USA, Finland and Belgium.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works said the UAE's generous and carefully planned spending on infrastructure projects has resulted in advancing its global ranking in WEF's Global Enabling Trade Report 2012. Today we see the fruits of this approach." "Upon directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ministry of Public Works continues to build road networks connecting the country's cities to further boost the economy. Public spending on infrastructure by the UAE is the highest regionally. The availability and quality of infrastructure in the UAE contributes to the national economy and furthers our commitment to development in the country," he added.

The UAE came among the 17 economies who have 100% of their road network paved. It also globally ranked 4th in terms of the quality of air transport infrastructure, 6th in terms of the quality of seaport infrastructure, and 7th transshipment connectivity The WEF report highlights other strong areas of performance reflecting the UAE's on-going commitment to trade, including, Border Administration (11th globally), Transport and Communications Infrastructure (18th globally), and Business Environment (12th internationally). The UAE tops the region in all these areas.

The Enabling Trade Index, published within the framework of the Global Competitiveness Network and the Supply Chain and Transportation Industry Partnership, was developed in consultation with key industry leaders, academics and international organizations in the trade arena measures the extent to which economies have developed institutions, policies and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to destinations. It assesses four key areas of performance, namely Market Access, Border Administration, Transport and Telecommunications Infrastructure and the Business Environment, and sub-indices within these broad areas. The index provides a yardstick of countries' performance in creating enabling trade environments and pin-pointing where improvements are most needed.

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