Dubai Small and Medium Sized Enterprises – Statistics and Trends

02 Apr 2015

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.


Dubai in Numbers

Infographic by GO Gulf a Dubai web design Company

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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.