In recent years, mutual investment between China and the UAE has been increasing. Chinese enterprises mainly invest in real estate, energy infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and steel, building materials, construction machinery, hardware, chemical and other fields in the UAE. Whilst the UAE enterprises have invested more than 650 projects in China, mainly covering energy, ports, banks, free trade zones, etc.
In the first half of 2019, China's direct investment in the UAE registered 510 million U.S. dollars, with a year-on-year increase of 271 percent. China's direct investment in the UAE totaled 5.91 billion U.S. dollars, while the UAE's direct investment in China totaled 1.27 billion U.S. dollars.