United Arab Emirates Market Overview


9.99 million

GDP (2021)

USD 358.87

Per Capita GDP

USD 36,284.6

GDP Growth


Source: World Bank 2021 (https://data.worldbank.org/)

UAE Imports

The following information is a snapshot in time to give you a general overview of UAE’s top importing products. This information is sourced from FAO Globefish market profile for USA (2020). Some of this information may change from time to time, therefore we encourage you to go directly to FAO Globefish for the most up-to-date information.

Imports – Top 10 Products (Value)


Shrimps, prawns

(HS 0306.17)

USD 216 946 380


Tunas, skipjack, bonito

prepared or preserved; whole or in pieces
(HS 1604.14)

USD 75 707 360


Atlantic, Danube salmon

fresh or chilled; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0302.89)

USD 52 148 680


Fish, other than species in 0303

frozen; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0303.89)

USD 39 336 890



fresh or chilled; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0302.85)

USD 27 079 590


Fish, other than species in 0303

frozen; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0303.89 )

USD 19 959 280


Shrimps, prawns

prepared or preserved, in airtight containers
(HS 1605.29)

USD 16 613 160



fresh or chilled; excluding fillets, livers and roes
(HS 0302.84)

USD 16 504 550



frozen fillets
(HS 0304.62)

USD 14 080 600



(HS 0306.12)

USD 11 663 630

Source: FAO Globefish Market Profile for UAE – 2020 (https://www.fao.org/in-action/globefish/countries/en/)

Globefish provides information and analysis for global trade in fish and fish products. Search for information about the size of the market, the top imported product and formats as well as other important market information.  The information here is a snapshot from 2019 – check the link for more recent information.

FRDC Trade Database
Australian Exports to UAE

This database provides a wealth of seafood exporting and importing information with the ability to look at seafood production and trade data.

The database allows you to filter the data by year, export market destination and species. You also have the option to look at the data by seafood trade value or volume.

The FRDC database sources information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Find seafood production and trade data for your products and markets

Seafood Specific Information

Micor Importing Requirements

Micor (Fish) sets out the know importing country requirements, which differ from or are additional to Australian export conditions and which must be met to gain market access.

Seafood Export Program Report

The latest summary report from the Australian Government on registrations, export shipments and markets, exports by product, and exports.

UAE Supply Chain Guide

Rock Lobster in UAE

General Information About Exporting to UAE

Austrade Export Market Profile 

To view a market profile that outlines information on doing business with UAE, news and insights, events, and information about visiting UAE.

Australia-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA)

Australia and the UAE commenced negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in March 2005. These negotiations were subsumed into negotiations for an Australia-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) FTA in 2007. Australia and the GCC last met for negotiations in 2009.


Information about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy and foreign relations.

Relevant UAE Based Authorities

UAE Customs

Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce Industry

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce Industry

UAE Government Portal

Export Market Reports

Are you looking to diversify your seafood export markets, but not sure if a market is right for you and your business? SIA has developed a series of FREE market summaries and supply chain guides to help producers gain valuable insights into new markets and make informed business decisions.

UAE Supply Chain Guide

Lobster Market Summary