Dubai: India emerged as the top trading partner for UAE last year with the Gulf nation's import from the country estimated at USD 28.5 billion and exports at USD
36.2 billion, according to official data.

Among the 10 countries that comprised almost 61 percent of the total value of imports of UAE worth USD 100.6 billion in 2011, India emerged as the top nation with USD 28.5 billion, followed by China at USD 14.97 billion and the US at USD 14.2 billion, Federal Customs Authority said in a statement.

It added that among the 10 biggest export destinations for the UAE that constituted nearly 69 percent of the country's exports at USD 21.32 billion, shipments to India touched USD 9.8 billion, with the balance of trade in favour of India.

Switzerland took the second position with a volume of USD 3.9 billion, followed by Saudi Arabia at USD 1.5 billion.

(Agencies)

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