Among the most pressing issues are the reform of labour regulations and foreign labour sponsorships, and the decline of incentives to raise skill levels.
The Emirates ranked 16th in the Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017, down from 17th place in 2015-2016.
A similar initiative for a metro system in Abu Dhabi is underway, and another one connecting Abu Dhabi and Dubai is being planned as part of a 350-kilometre national railway network to ease road congestion.
As of August 2008, Dubai had an estimated 12,000 taxis, serving the city’s 1.5 million population and the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit every year.
The taxi companies are run by the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), which was established in 2005, under the authority of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
DXB is used by 130 airlines that fly to and from some 300 destinations across the globe.
The airport and its flag carrier have won many awards for excellence in service and design and are widely regarded for their comfort, luxury, and hospitality.
The UAE’s ports are some of the busiest in the Gulf region and the larger Middle East, with millions of tons of cargo and thousands of passengers using them for transit or as business and tourist destinations.