The textile industry in UAE is huge. It exports to more than 50 countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. Homegrown luxury brands are in high demand from brand-conscious male consumers with a high purchasing power. But more aggressive marketing programs are needed to promote the country as a high quality clothes producer and incentivize key players in the industry.
The UAE textile industry has a diversified product portfolio. Some of the textiles produced in the country are car seats, tents and curtains, in addition to clothes. Knitted fabric is the most in demand in the UAE followed by woven fabrics. The UAE apparel industry has transformed from conventional outlets to large shopping malls and organized retail chains. Apparel brands are very strong due to their presence in premium shopping malls.
The industry foresees good profitability in import of textiles and textile articles and making garments and then re-exporting them. Bulk imports of textile and textile articles are from China and India. The cost of manufacturing is significantly lower in these countries due to the availability of cheaper labor and lower input costs.
Textile and garment companies in the UAE have improved and upgraded their raw material storage, packing and transport facilities for large-scale operations.