The international success of the UAE owes a lot to the expansions that the region has been investing in, across the sea, land, and air. It helps that the government put in place new PPPs rules with the intent of improving the delivery sub-sector. The UAE environment has put Dubai in a competitive environment but it is uniquely placed to meet these challenges head on confident of its ability to be the transport hub in the region.
In the UAE, Dubai leads the transport and logistics industry claiming a share of more than 40 percent. Abu Dhabi is a close second.
It is strategically positioned in regards to geography a factor which has enabled it to claim a fair amount of the international shipments to the UAE.
According to a research by the Dubai Statistics Centre, the transport sector contributed to 16 percent of the GDP in 2015 up from 15.8 percent in the previous year. In 2013, the sector contributed 14.8 percent. From these, one can see that it has continually been growing over the years. One of the major reasons the sector has been seeing such a growth is the increase in the number of visitors coming and leaving the region at any one point through the seaports and airports.
The Dubai International alone, in 2013 had a total of 373 534 movements to and out of the country. In 2014, the runway was closed for maintenance which accounts for the decline that the DSC report shows. Yet, even that decline was slight as the number was at 357 842 movements. The same years that the runway was closed saw Dubai become a leading business airport in the world. It beat London for the first time in history and maintained this lead in the next year with the traffic rising by 10.6 percent.
The new airport in Dubai, Al Maktoum International Airport, had a spike activity in 2014 when the DXB was closed down registering an increase of 7.7 percent.
Sea transport was not left behind by development. Jebel Ali has become the ninth-largest port (for cargo) in the world. It offers more than 90 services per week to more than 100 world ports. According to the DSC figures, in 2014, it handled over 15m TEUs.
There has also been a growth in activity in land transport. The number of bus trips in the region can attest to this. All the buses, including the urban feeder, totaled to 148.1m in 2014 up from 130.5 in 2013.
According to the RTA, in 2015, the number increased to 531.35m rides in 2014 when you factored in the Tram and Metro systems. The Metro itself saw a 20 percent growth in the year between 2013 and 2014.
The dynamic nature of the transport system in Dubai has been driven by population growth, visitor numbers increasing and the increase in commuters to work per day.
In 2013, Dubai had an active population of 3.29m which had increased to 2.55m by 2015.