Trading is one of the most important industries in the UAE, as this is one of the richest countries in the world when it comes to crude oil, petroleum, and petroleum-based goods. The UAE also imports many products, among which foodstuff and machinery and equipment occupy the first positions among the most imported products in the Emirates.
Recent surveys show the United Arab Emirates as the 25th largest exporter in the world. The UAE also has one of the most complex economies in the world, according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). Based on a very successful economic diversification plan, the UAE Government has succeeded to attract an important number of foreign entrepreneurs seeking for development and expansion opportunities in the Middle East.