Abu Dhabi non-oil exports hit record level

Exports from Abu Dhabi hit record levels last year as the non-oil total hit Dh3.7bn.

Re-exports hit Dh2.4bn while goods imported into the capital were worth more than Dh18.9bn, according to figures from the Abu Dhabi Customs Department.

Japan topped the list of countries exporting to the emirate – goods from there were worth Dh4.4bn. Saudi Arabia came second with Dh3.3bn and Germany was third with Dh2.6bn.

Saeed Ahmed Abdullah Al Muhairi, Deputy Director of the department, said: "The department is ready to play a major role in developing the emirate's customs revenues through encouraging the exchange of trade with all the countries of the world.

"Indicators are positive regarding foreign trade between us and our partners and we seek to highlight the role of our emirate as a vital and leading trade centre in the region."

Qatar imported Dh873.7 million of goods from Abu Dhabi and other big importers included China and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. India, at Dh559.6m, topped the list of countries receiving re-exported goods.

Oman came second with Dh411.3 million closely followed by Qatar with Dh380.2million (Wam)