The UAE is one of the most important export markets for global textile production, and it is estimated that the country exports more than 1,200 million garments a year.
However, as many as half of this is imported into the country.
In this interview with Al Jazeera’s Ali Abdel-Aziz, Al Jazeera correspondent Sarah Reza explains the country’s textile sector, the importance of textile suppliers, and what is the biggest concern for textile workers in the country?
Al Jazeera: Who are the world’s top textile manufacturers?
A: The UAE textile industry is very important to the UAE’s economy.
As a nation, we produce a lot of clothing, and this includes clothes from the UAE.
We also export to a lot countries, like Germany, Italy, and the UK.
There are also other textile industries, like paper and plastic production, as well as some construction and mining industries.
Q: What are the major concerns about the textile industry in the Gulf States?A