The UAE is expected to continue to see strong growth in 2014, across all of its freight modes. The country is rapidly developing one of the world's top logistics markets through investments in ports, airports, rail and free trade zones. These are utilised by the country's air freight and logistics companies, which are becoming a familiar presence throughout the world, serving the globe from their UAE hubs.
Headline Industry Data
2014 air freight tonnes through Dubai International Airport forecast to grow by 5.5% and to average 5.0% to 2018.
The Khalifa Port is forecast to enjoy gross tonnage handling growth of 25.5% in 2014. Growth over the medium term will average 13.2%.
The UAE's total trade real growth in 2014 forecast to be 7.2% and to average 5.3% over the medium term to 2018.
Key Industry Trends
Abu Dhabi International Posts 24.5% Rise In Cargo Traffic: UAE's Abu Dhabi International Airport handled a total of 66,944 tonnes of cargo during the fifth month of 2014. This is up 24.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) from 53,788 tonnes of cargo traffic during the same period of 2013. During May 2014, aircraft movements stood at 12,931, representing a 15.8% y-o-y rise from 11,162 movements registered in May 2013.
First Phase Of Etihad Rail To Become Operational: The first phase of the UAE's national railway network, Etihad Rail, is soon to become operational, according to Nazim Assad bin Taher, director of the roads and transport department at the National Transport Authority (WAM). The 266km-long rail network will link Shah and Habshan to Ruwais. The first phase is currently going through testing and commissioning, which is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2014.
Jebel Ali Port Shipping Volumes From Iran Record Fall: The Jebel Ali Port in the UAE registered a fall of 300,000 standard container units in shipping volumes from Iran in 2013, according to the port's operator DP World, largely as a result of the sanctions placed upon Iran by the West....
The United Arab Emirates Freight Transport Report has been researched at source, and features latest-available data covering commercial transport and logistics by road, rail, air and water; industry forecasts, company rankings covering leading national and multinational operators; and analysis of latest industry trends, opportunities, projects and regulatory changes.
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering freight transport and logistics, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the freight sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
Industry Trends And Developments
Analysis of latest projects across the freight transport sector (road, rail, air, sea and logistics) including market overview which provides an outline of the key elements driving development.
BMI Industry Forecasts
Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and macroeconomic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:
Transport Sector: Sector Value (US$bn); sector real growth (%); employment (`000); total freight carried by road, rail, inland waterways, maritime, air and pipeline (mn tonnes-km/mn tonnes)
Trade: Exports and imports (US$mn) by category of goods (manufactured goods, food, chemicals etc.); top-5 import and export trade partners (US$mn); imports/exports to each global region (US$mn)
Port Data: Throughput (`000 tonnes) and container throughput (TEU) for all major ports in the state
Oil Products Prices: Price forecasts for gasoline and aviation fuel (US$/bbl) at all major global energy trading hubs
Economic Indicators: Nominal GDP (US$bn); real GDP growth (%); GDP per capita (US$); industrial production (%); unemployment (%)
Details of the freight infrastructure in each state by segment (road, rail, air, water and pipelines). Full analysis of the competitive landscape within each segment.
The freight reports contain a chapter detailing the political outlook of a given region, examining the domestic politics, long-term outlook and foreign policy, and assessing the impact this could have on freight and transport businesses.
Examines the short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.