Dubai Chamber site promising African nations for web
Africa Gateway, the online portal from Dubai Chamber acts as a rich knowledge resource designed to equip users with essential information on the most promising countries in the continent to do business Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dubai Chamber) has announced the launch of a new website that delivers key insights into the burgeoning markets of Africa.

Titled Africa Gateway, the online portal acts as a rich knowledge resource designed to equip users with essential information on the most promising countries in the continent to do business, with statistics, strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities the main elements.

Extensive overview

Accessed via Dubai Chamber’s website at, Africa Gateway currently provides an extensive business overview of 10 African countries; Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, with more countries to be added in future upgrades.

The portal details vital information about each one, including demographics, political outlook, economy, key sectors, trade, foreign investment, business environment and current relationship with the UAE.

The platform represents a major plank in Dubai and the UAE’s drive to step up business relationships with Africa.

“Africa Gateway was established to provide a comprehensive country profile of the most important markets in Africa and to help Dubai and UAE businesspersons in their evaluation of countries where they are considering expanding into. As such, it represents one of the main tools in Dubai Chamber’s armoury to scale up commercial relations with public sector and private sector entities across the continent,” said Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber.

Guiding decisions

Africa Gateway, the content of which is developed in collaboration with Economist IU, aims to provide those who are considering making investments in Africa or conducting business in the continent with valuable data and trend analyses to help guide the decision-making process

Alongside rankings on ease of doing business are risk assessments measured over previous years to the present. These indicate the countries’ general directions and tendencies over time, thereby helping prospective businesspersons gauge respective strengths and weaknesses when assessing commercial opportunities.

Dubai Chamber’s new website is a tangible result of the organisation’s commitment to harvesting business data about Africa to support its operations across the continent. Tackling the dearth of hard information for Dubai and UAE-based enterprises about the business environment in many African countries, the chamber commissions regular reports on the continent and has published five to date.

The reports complement Dubai Chamber’s other significant business activities in Africa, which include regular high-level trade missions between the regions and four international offices, one each operating out of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique.