In light of the global developments and the UAE’s strategic plans, and in line with the State’s policy to promote economic diversification, a group of UAE international investors proposed the establishment of a council bringing them together and coordinating action amongst them. Once established, members of such Council would have the opportunity to support investment decision-making as well as economic and political decision-makers at both economic and political levels in the country; by providing them with clear indicators and parameters of the ongoing developments in all areas of UAE investments worldwide.

During the second half of September 2009, a meeting was chaired by the then Ministry of Foreign Trade with a group of UAE companies with distinct investment presence abroad in various sectors such as: telecommunications, real estate development, energy and tourism. The meeting also included representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Economy where the companies declared their desire and willingness for the idea offering support to the proposed council. As well, all attendees expressed their desire that UAE Cabinet provides the moral support to the Council represented in approving the establishment.


To act as a link between UAE international investors and government to enhance competitiveness of UAE international investments and to overcome all types of challenges.


To protect UAE international investments through effective coordination amongst the international investors in addition to communication with the governmental agencies and overseas parties to remove potential obstacles, explore safe investment opportunities abroad and provide advice to the Council.





The United Arab Emirates endeavours to become an effective economic player on the regional and global stage and today is already in a prime pioneering position across several key areas, including international investments. Our country has witnessed remarkable success and is now leading the MENA region in terms of total direct outbound investments. This was achieved through the proactive efforts of UAE companies, which have invested across a variety of economic sectors in countries that have the appropriate capabilities and attractive investment environments.
Today, the accomplishments of the UAE companies investing abroad are well-established. Despite facing strong competition, UAE companies have successfully showcased Emiratis management excellence and enhanced our global positioning through its direct international investment projects. In light of the rapid expansion and development of the UAE’s private sector, the UAE International Investors Council (UAEIIC) was formed to further implement the effective economic diversity policies as well as be the pillar to support the national companies in foreign countries. 
The Council serves as the link between UAE investors looking for international investment opportunities with the related government and semi-government bodies, facilitating the process of investment flow and streamlining. Furthermore, the Council has established itself as the premiere source of professional advice, guidance, and logistical support which can ensure the protection of UAE investment abroad. We truly believe that the Council will continue to play a vital role in helping UAE investment abroad to flourish through the sharing of international expertise, which will in turn ensure the UAE economy’s unrelenting progress. 
Hence, through this Council, we strive to eliminate obstacles and challenges that face UAE investments while also increasing our investment presence in various countries. Our nation’s global standing and strengthen. 



To ensure sustainable development, it has become critical for countries to implement a comprehensive plan to shape its future. The UAE Future Foresight Strategy, launched by the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE President (may Allah protect him), and adopted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (may Allah protect him), has become the main driver of the UAE government’s efforts to establish a work formula, which uses future tools to deal with future trends, opportunities and challenges. This allows for the implementation of proactive scenarios and solutions for changes and developments of the future on purely scientific bases.
The UAEIIC complements the strategy through its vision, mission and objectives. The ideals of the Council embody the national approach in providing the best services in all areas of life through synergies and consolidation of efforts, as it requires all of us to work as one team, where we share roles and responsibilities to reach our aspirations. These efforts and energies reflect this unique model of collaboration between the government and the private sectors. This joint effort is evident in the role of the Council as a platform which represents the UAE international investors, forming a qualitative addition for the endeavours of the State in enhancing the competitiveness of national investments abroad in line with the determinants of the UAE Vision 2021.



According to the global ranking index, the United Arab Emirates is among the most active investors. This is the result of many years of dedication and consistent hard work; following the vision of the country’s wise leadership to position the UAE internationally and most importantly, the adoption of a sustainable economic diversification policy for the country. 
The UAEIIC was established to complement the roles in supporting the UAE international investors, stemming from the belief that efficient coordination and communication among investors which are the keys to achieving success abroad. Moreover, this single platform that combines the government and the private sectors has become a vital element in both communication and coordination.
Since its inception, the UAEIIC has received critical support from both the government and private sectors, leading to the establishment of a unique semi-government institution in the region that is built on best practices and the latest models of a semi-government body, and which continues to evolve.
Over the years, the UAEIIC has flourished with strong support from various entities in the UAE.  Its accelerated development in recent times was primarily due to the wise leadership and determination of the board of directors to turn this project into a reality.
The UAEIIC is still in its development stage but the path to achieve its ultimate objective is fast approaching. The Council will strive to uphold its core values to support the UAE international investors while also adding value to its members. We are determined to build an efficient organisation which will help us achieve our vision.
  1. Transparency
  2. Governance
  3. Team spirit
  4. Participation
  5. Effective communication