India Dubai's top trading partner during Jan-Mar

 India has emerged as Dubai's top trading partner, achieving total trade of over USD 10 billion during the quarter ended March.

India also emerged as Dubai's top exporting and re- exporting country at USD 5.7 billion and came second in terms of imports at USD 5.17 billion, following China at USD 6.94 billion. The US came in third place at USD 4.35 billion, according to the latest statistics released by Dubai Customs.

Unwrought, worked and semi-manufactured gold topped the list of Dubai's imports with USD 6.9 billion from January to March 2012, followed by diamonds at USD 3.78 billion and jewellery and precious metals at USD 3.1 billion.

Imports of telecom equipment have reached USD 3.10 billion, while cars touched USD 2.06 billion.

Gold was the number one product to be exported from Dubai during the said period at USD 5.06 billion, followed by jewellery and precious metals and non-crude oil.

The continued growth in Dubai's foreign trade reflects the strength and resilience of the UAE economy, said Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Custom and Free Zone Corporation, Dubai Customs Director General.

Ahmed said the statistics include non-oil direct trade, free zone trade and customs warehouses.

"The continued growth of Dubai's foreign trade has mainly resulted in the development of modern customs systems that ensures offering a wide range of high quality services to the private sector and shipping and logistics companies," he said.

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