|08 December, 2018

Dubai DED: Number of companies in the paper products sector reached 208 with 453 activities

Number of workers in the paper industry reached 4886

Dubai DED: Number of companies in the paper products sector reached 208 with 453 activities

Operational rate of companies is 98%

Paper industry in Bur Dubai accounted for 66% of the total

Dubai: The Business Registration and Licensing (BRL) Sector in the Department of Economic Development (DED), Dubai, has issued a report on the paper products industry, which includes statistics on the number of companies operating in Dubai, and the historical presence of paper product companies from 1963 till 2018. This will assist in determining the expected volume of demand, production capacity, and size of future expansion.

The report showed that the number of companies in the paper industry reached 208, which has increased significantly from 1963 until September 2018. During 2008-2012, the number of companies was 29, which reached 65 from 2013-2018, an increase of 124%.


The Business Registration and Licensing sector, in cooperation with several government and semi-government entities, constantly update industrial activities according to the needs of the business community in the local and international market, and also develop laws governing their work. Businessmen can engage in many industrial activities, including the paper industry which includes 453 activities.

As per the report, the "Bowls and boxes of cardboard" represents the largest number of activities (100), followed by "Cans and paper containers" (60), "Packing and packaging" (46), "Paper Napkins and towels" (40) and "Paper bags" (34).

The report highlighted the distribution of the companies according to the main areas in Dubai, with Bur Dubai accounting for the largest share (138), followed by Deira (70). The top sub-regions were: Dubai Investment Park 1 (21); Al Quoz Industrial Area 4 (20); Eyal Nasser (11); Dubai Investment Park 2 (11); Al Mankhool (10); Umm Ramool and Jebel Ali 1 (9 each); Al Quoz 1 and Al Quoz Industrial Area 2 (8 each); Al Khabaisi, Al Souk Al Kabir, Al Qusais Industrial 2, Jebel Ali Industrial 1 and Riggat Al Buteen (6 each); and Al Qusais 1 (5).

The report pointed out that before purchasing machinery and equipment, businessmen must gather data and conduct a preliminary study on the volume of demand in the target markets, as the expected sales volume in the local market and export opportunities to neighboring markets determine the production capacity of tissue paper production machines.

The specifications of the required product must also be defined as well as the prevailing prices and the suitability of the machines to meet the existing competition. The requirements of the Standards and Metrology Authority must also be specified in the target market locally or externally so that the product conforms to the standard specifications.

As per the report, projects in this industrial sector are economically viable, and attract investment, reflected in the operational and survival rate of the companies at 98%. The increase in the number of new businesses highlights the increase in demand and investments in this sector.

The BRL sector provides all business-related information in selecting the most promising opportunities in Dubai. BRL team is ready to provide businessmen with more information about any sector they wish to explore.


About the Department of Economic Development, Dubai

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is the government body entrusted to set and drive the economic agenda of the emirate of Dubai, UAE. DED supports the structural transformation of Dubai into a diversified, innovative service-based economy that aims to improve the business environment and accelerate productivity growth. DED and its agencies develop economic plans and policies, identify and support the growth of strategic sectors, and provide services to domestic and international investors and businesses.

For further information on DED, please contact:

Faisal Shamsudheen, Phone: +971 4 445 5927, Email:

Nafisa Elmarzouky, Phone: (971 4)4455978, Email:

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