Dubai FDI Location Benchmarking Study (Middle East)

Market Study

Wavteq was awarded a contract with Dubai FDI, the IPA of Dubai, to produce a study benchmarking the performance of Dubai in attracting FDI and the competitiveness for FDI in general and in 10 key sectors.


Key Deliverables

  • Development of an econometric model determining how much FDI a city should attract based on its GDP and Population size
  • Application of the model to the 50 leading cities for FDI in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and development of a new City FDI Performance Index
  • Identification of 100 key cost and quality location factors to benchmark Dubai against other cities from GCC, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America
  • Benchmarking of Dubai for 10 key sectors, ranking Dubai’s overall competitive position in each sector and identified key strengths and weaknesses
  • Presentation of the study at the Dubai Investment Week in October 2018
  • The report was published in 2019

City FDI Performance Index


Project Lead

Scott Bryan (Senior Partner, Strategy & Consulting, Wavteq)