With a population of 5.9 million, the UAE is the largest Gulf economy after Saudi Arabia and is gradually diversifying its economy to prevent over-dependency on oil revenues.
Abu Dhabi is the largest of the UAE's seven emirates, while Dubai is the most populous city. Dubai is known as a global city and business hub with 80 per cent of the population comprised of expatriates.
Dubai in particular, has striven to implement highly business-friendly policies to encourage trade and investment, and is now a major transport hub for passengers and cargo.
Key South Australian exports to the UAE include rape and colza seeds, wheat and meslin, dried lentils and almonds. There are strong export opportunities for South Australia in the areas of agribusiness, premium food and wine, smart and renewable technology, health care, and resources and energy.