Historic highway

International gateway for the tea trade

The UAE is the world’s largest re-exporter of tea with a 60% share of the global market. Since the world’s major tea plantations were established in India and Sri Lanka in the early 1900s, Dubai has been a key international gateway for the trade. Its strategic location midway between the tea producers and tea consumers was a natural advantage. In 2013, the total volume of tea traded through Dubai increased to 129 thousand tonnes (US$ 463 million), representing a jump of 34% on trade in 2012. As a tea trade facilitator, we continue to invest in the innovative infrastructure, business services and expertise to help you capitalise on the flow of tea passing through the region.

The DMCC Tea Centre

A dedicated facility combining warehousing, blending and packaging, our tea centre provides comprehensive facilities and convenient solutions for traders who want to maintain a stock for importers in the Middle East and adjacent regions. We process teas from 13 different countries and facilitate the trade of tea to international buyers worldwide.

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Table 3.1 Import of tea

Volume in metric tons and value in USD

Year Volume Value
2011 74,305 247,521,817
2012 66,888 217,730,534
2013 83,127 263,063,860
2014 44,367 121,029,830
2015 87,393 267,588,736
2016 100,988 418,738,738