Top United Arab Emirates Imports 2017
In 2017, United Arab Emirates bought US$269.7 billion worth of imported products down by -8.6% since 2013 and down by -0.4% from 2016 to 2017.
Top 10 UAE Imports from China

China's exports to UAE amounted to
$48.2 billion or 17.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $25.3 billion
  2. Machinery: $8.5 billion
  3. Iron or steel products: $1 billion
  4. Toys, games: $919.9 million
  5. Furniture, lighting, signs: $915.7 million
  6. Knit or crochet clothing: $901.2 million
  7. Footwear: $881.8 million
  8. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $878.4 million
  9. Iron and steel: $771 million
10. Plastics: $720 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from America

America's exports to UAE amounted to
$23.3 billion or 8.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $7.1 billion
  2. Aircraft, spacecraft: $4.5 billion
  3. Vehicles: $2.6 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $1.5 billion
  5. Gems, precious metals: $1.4 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $921.6 million
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $704.5 million
  8. Fruits, nuts: $422.8 million
  9. Perfumes, cosmetics: $395.2 million
10. Plastics: $390.9 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from India

India's exports to UAE amounted to
$20.2 billion or 7.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $10.2 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $1 billion
  3. Iron and steel: $705 million
  4. Machinery: $674.7 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $606.7 million
  6. Cereals: $592.6 million
  7. Knit or crochet clothing: $546.2 million
  8. Vehicles: $484.3 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $431 million
10. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $419.3 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to UAE amounted to
$14 billion or 5.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $9.3 billion
  2. Machinery: $1.7 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $857 million
  4. Rubber: $408.6 million
  5. Iron or steel products: $371.3 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $240.4 million
  7. Photo/cinematographic goods: $172.3 million
  8. Iron and steel: $154.1 million
  9. Plastics: $81.3 million
10. Man-made filaments: $71.8 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to UAE amounted to
$11.9 billion or 4.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Aircraft, spacecraft: $2.8 billion
  2. Vehicles: $2.1 billion
  3. Machinery: $1.8 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $1 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $620.4 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $448.9 million
  7. Plastics: $348.4 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $232 million
  9. Perfumes, cosmetics: $225.9 million
10. Other chemical goods: $222.8 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from Vietnam

Vietnam's exports to UAE amounted to
$9.8 billion or 3.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $7.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $461.6 million
  3. Footwear: $368 million
  4. Knit or crochet clothing: $137.2 million
  5. Ships, boats: $117.4 million
  6. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $95.6 million
  7. Leather, animal gut articles: $75.3 million
  8. Coffee, tea, spices: $70 million
  9. Fruits, nuts: $58.3 million
10. Furniture, lighting, signs: $52.3 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from South Korea

South Korea's exports to UAE amounted to
$8 billion or 3% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $2.1 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $1.7 billion
  3. Machinery: $1.4 billion
  4. Tobacco: $707.6 million
  5. Ships, boats: $344.5 million
  6. Iron or steel products: $326.7 million
  7. Iron and steel: $205.3 million
  8. Plastics: $147.8 million
  9. Mineral fuels including oil: $147.6 million
10. Rubber: $132.6 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from Turkey

Turkey's exports to UAE amounted to
$7.6 billion or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $5.6 billion
  2. Iron and steel: $182.1 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $172.5 million
  4. Knit or crochet clothing: $157.7 million
  5. Machinery: $156.9 million
  6. Vehicles: $110 million
  7. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $108.7 million
  8. Mineral fuels including oil: $88.9 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $76.6 million
10. Furniture, lighting, signs: $71.8 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's exports to UAE amounted to
$6.9 billion or 2.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $2.3 billion
  2. Plastics: $990.8 million
  3. Gems, precious metals: $497.2 million
  4. Dairy, eggs, honey: $385.1 million
  5. Organic chemicals: $312.9 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $310.4 million
  7. Soaps, lubricants, candles: $259.8 million
  8. Iron and steel: $168.9 million
  9. Cereal, milk preparations:$158.3 million
10. Aluminum: $116.2 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from Italy

Italy's exports to UAE amounted to
$6.8 billion or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $1.6 billion
  2. Gems, precious metals: $598.7 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $556.7 million
  4. Vehicles: $352.6 million
  5. Furniture, lighting, signs: $331.4 million
  6. Footwear: $316.7 million
  7. Perfumes, cosmetics: $310 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $283.3 million
  9. Leather, animal gut articles: $263.1 million
10. Pharmaceuticals: $216.9 million
Top 10 UAE Imports from United Kingdom

United Kingdom's exports to UAE amounted to
$6.8 billion or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $1.4 billion
  2. Vehicles: $1 billion
  3. Gems, precious metals: $859.8 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $754.1 million
  5. Iron or steel products: $350.8 million
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $263.2 million
  7. Perfumes, cosmetics: $256.8 million
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $248 million
  9. Beverages: $235.5 million
10. Aircraft, spacecraft: $212.9 million
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Research Note: 
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats due to reporting anomalies such as currency translations and delays.
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Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis