Event Overview

With trade relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India at an all-time high, the UAE-India Economic Forum (UIEF) seeks to bring together prominent government officials and key decision makers to discuss the policy frameworks and guidelines required to attract investors, sovereign wealth funds, large corporations and industries. UIEF is a one-of-a-kind event that assembles ministers, government entities and business leaders to explore bilateral trade and investment opportunities for both countries.

What makes this event unique?

  • A formidable line-up of distinguished speakers: UIEF has enlisted some of the most influential personalities in the world as speakers. The list includes Hon. Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Information, and Broadcasting, Government of India; H.E. Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, UAE; Hon. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways & Shipping, Government of India, H.E. Jamal Al Jarwan, Secretary General, UAE International Investor’s Council, Hon. M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India and H.E. Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkalceo, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), UAE.
  • Sideline meetings: UIEF has witnessed a number of meetings that have taken place on the sidelines of the event. These meetings, although unofficial, shed light on a variety of vital issues such as investment opportunities. For instance, the 2016 edition saw sideline meetings between Hon. Nitin Gadkari, Hon. M.J. Akbar, Sharaf DG Group, the UAE Infrastructure Minister and H.E. Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal.
  • The Qadat Al Tagheer Awards: The Qadat Al Tagheer Awards, co-located with UIEF, are aimed at honouring leaders from various walks of life who have shaped their own future and contributed significantly to the economies of their respective countries through their business endeavours. With great impetus being given to increasing business and investments across both India and UAE, the awards highlight the opportunities that exist and continue to emerge in the countries.


Conceived after Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to UAE and the subsequent India-UAE Joint Commission meeting in India, the UAE-India Economic Forum (UIEF) seeks to discuss and evaluate business opportunities in UAE and India, with special focus on critical sectors such as infrastructure, tourism, renewable energy and banking. UIEF aims to foster kinship and strengthen the economic ties between the two nations. India and UAE, which share a rich history together, are currently among the fastest growing economies in the world. Therefore, it is of critical importance to focus on the increasing number of opportunities they offer. UIEF is an effective platform for Indian businesses aiming to explore the Middle Eastern market, as well as UAE-based businesses seeking to enter the Indian market.