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The D33 agenda includes 100 transformative projects, with economic targets of Dh32 trillion over the next 10 years, doubling our foreign trade to reach Dh25.6 trillion and adding 400 cities as key trading partners over the next decade. Image Credit: Dubai Media Office

Dubai: Dubai will seek capital mostly from the US and the UK, already its biggest sources of foreign direct investment, as it looks to expand trade and almost double funding from abroad over the coming decade.

The US and UK will be 'the key markets,' Helal Al Marri, the head of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Friday. “In addition to that, we see bilateral agreements with over 200 countries really driving the trade.”

The latest official figures show the US and UK accounted for more than half of total FDI in the first-half of 2022. China, India and Japan were the UAE’s biggest trade partners in 2021, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Dubai’s Dh32 trillion program, dubbed - D33 - set out plans that include a goal for foreign trade to reach Dh25.6 trillion for the next decade. The Emirate also aims to become the third-largest tourism destination globally by 2033.

“Tourism continues to grow,” Al Marri said. “We have already hit 12.8 million tourists in November, we are already on a run rate to pre-Covid levels.”

“The government announced last year that with corporate tax coming in midway through this year, there will be adjustment piloted and reviewed across all types of government fees,” said Al Marri. “You’re going to see that going on through the year.”