Beef market
United Arab Emirates

Basic information:

  • Area: 83 600 km²
  • Neighbouring countries: Saudi Arabia, Oman
  • Capital city: Abu Dhabi
  • Largest cities: Dubai: 2.4 million, Sharjah: 1.3 million, Abu Dhabi: 1.2 million, Al-Ajn: 0.5 million, Ras al Khaimah: 0.3 million
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Administrative division: federation consisting of seven emirates ruled by emirs (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al.-Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaywain). The largest emirate is Abu Dhabi, whose capital is also the capital of the entire country. Each emirate has a large degree of internal autonomy, primarily in economic matters.
  • Terrain: a desert plain bounded to the north-west by the coastline of the Persian Gulf (about 1,200 km long) and to the east by a mountain range over 1,500 m above sea level and partly by the coast of the Gulf of Oman.
  • Climatic conditions: tropical desert climate with high temperatures persisting throughout the year. In addition, on the Gulf coast (both in the capital Abu Dhabi and Dubai), humidity levels of up to 80-90% are to be expected between May and the end of October. The combination of temperatures of 40-45 degrees and high humidity occurs for about half the year. Precipitation is virtually non-existent (only sporadically during the winter, however, there are winters without precipitation).
  • Currency: Emirati dirham (AED), fixed exchange rate: 1 USD = 3.673 AED
  • Population:7 million. Arabs and Persians make up̨ approximately 40% of the country’s population, of which only 19% are UAE nationals. People from countries of the Indian subcontinent make up 50 % of the population. The rest̨ of the population is made up of immigrants from Southeast Asia, mainly from the Philippines.
  • Natural resources: oil and gas, 95% of these resources are located within the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The UAE holds̨ 10% of the world’s oil reserves. The UAE ranks̨ 5 in the world in terms of its natural gas reserves. Abu Dhabi has the strongest economy̨ among the emirates. 95% of the UAE’s oil and gas production comes from the emirate. Together, it generates 64% of the UAE’s GDP.
  • State religion: Islam, adhered to by approximately 96% of the population (85% Sunni, 15% Shi’a); in addition to Christians (mostly Catholic), Hindus and other faiths of Southeast Asian nations. There is complete freedom of religious practice for non-Muslim faiths.


Beef market (production):

Beef production in the UAE between 2012 and 2022 ranged from 15,000 to 19,000 tonnes per year, with production expected to reach 19,000 tonnes in 2022.

Beef production in the UAE between 2012 and 2022 does not exceed 19,000 tonnes per year.

Beef production and market growth rate from 2012 to 2022 in the UAE (in thousand tonnes)


Beef market (consumption):

Beef consumption in the UAE ranged from 118 to 134 thousand tonnes per year from 2012 to 2022, with consumption expected to reach 134 thousand tonnes in 2022. The rate of consumption growth (year-on-year) during the period described ranged from -11.51% (2020) to +11.32% (2012).

Beef consumption in the UAE between 2012 and 2022 is increasing and is more than seven times the national production.

Beef consumption and consumption growth rate from 2012 to 2022 in the UAE (in thousand tonnes)


Beef market (exports and imports):

UAE beef exports to other markets were non-existent between 2012 and 2022. Imports between 2012 and 2022 ranged from 102,000 tonnes (2012) to 116,000 tonnes (2018).

Beef imports to the UAE between 2012 and 2022 show an increase due to increased consumption and low domestic production.

Beef imports and growth rate of imports from 2012 to 2022 to the UAE (in thousand tonnes)


"Project funded by the Beef Promotion Fund"