Ungated Post | 19 Dec 2018

The impact of the aluminium sector on the UAE economy

Production of aluminium and of semi-finished aluminium products supports just over 60,000 jobs in the UAE, once supply chain linkages and employee spending impacts are taken into account. This is associated with a US $5.47 billion contribution to UAE GDP.

The UAE’s aluminium sector, which comprises the major primary aluminium producer Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), and its domestic business customers who make semi-finished aluminium products, contributed US $2.42 billion to UAE GDP in 2017. The sector’s high labour productivity, by global and local standards, meant that this required only 10,110 directly-employed workers. However, taking supply chain linkages (‘indirect impacts’), and staff spending effects (‘induced impacts’) into account, in total the sector supported 60,950 UAE-based jobs across the manufacturfing, construction, energy and utilities, and services sectors. That is equivalent to 1.0 percent of all UAE jobs, and means that for every job in the aluminium sector itself, a further five roles are supported elsewhere in the national economy. The total contribution to national GDP associated with that was US $5.47 billion, or 1.8 percent of total non-oil GDP.

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