US-UAE bilateral ties

An increasingly important export market

The US and the UAE enjoy strong commercial and political ties. In 2016, US exports to the UAE reached USD 22.4 billion, posting a 449% growth since Emirates launched US services in 2004. A significant portion of those exports to the UAE came in the form of Boeing aircraft for Emirates. The UAE remains the top US export destination in the entire Middle East North Africa (MENA) region for the eighth year in a row according to the US Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. In total, the UAE is ranked the 16th largest export destination for American goods.

US export markets in 2016:


MENA countryExport value (USD billion)Export market ranking% change over 2015
Bahrain0.9078-29%
Egypt3.5149-26%
Israel13.2021-3%
Jordan1.49669%
Kuwait3.305020%
Morocco1.876016%
Oman1.7862-25%
Qatar4.934016%
Saudı Arabia18.0219-8%
UAE22.3816-3%

Source: US Census Bureau