The UAE elevator and escalator market was valued at 12.4 thousand units in 2022 (by new installation) and is expected to reach 17.1 thousand units by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.73% from 2022 to 2029. The Abu Dhabi Plan Capital 2030 aims to increase urbanization and tourism in the UAE's major cities. The UAE is working on transportation and road infrastructure projects, including the USD 11 billion Etihad Rail project, the USD 5.9 billion projected hyperloop project between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the USD 2.7 billion Sheikh Zayed double-deck road project, and others. Such factors will support the UAE elevator and escalator market growth during the forecast period. Moreover, in 2021, the UAE's top ten tourism projects were worth USD 40 billion (£27.2 billion), maintaining the country's position as the GCC region's tourism leader.
The growth in skyscrapers and infrastructure investment are long-term demand drivers for the UAE elevator and escalator market. Moreover, as the government pushes forward with different programs, such as the Dubai 2040 urban development plan, the Energy Strategy 2050, the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, and the Dubai Tourism Strategy, infrastructure will play a critical role in the UAE's expansion goals. Furthermore, the growing demand for urban transportation and government efforts to boost tourism and expand transportation infrastructure will propel rail and metro construction across the country.
- The UAE elevator market by the installed base is expected to reach 94,397 thousand units by 2029. The increasing investment in UAE real estate resulting in the need for passengers to commute between levels will likely elevate the demand for passenger elevators. Some new megaproject developments in Dubai are Al Quoz Creative Zone, Dubai Urban Tech District, Mohammed bin Rashid Library, and many more.
- The tourism industry in the United Arab Emirates is booming, mainly due to an influx of business, sports, leisure, and religious visitors. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the most popular destinations for international visitors in the United Arab Emirates. With 10.1 million visitors in the first eight months of 2022, Dubai was 4th among the world's most popular cities. With 5.26 million visitors, Abu Dhabi was ranked 94th.
- As the government presses on with different programs, such as the Dubai 2040 urban development plan, the Energy Strategy 2050, the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, and the Dubai Tourism Strategy, infrastructure will play a critical role in the UAE's expansion goals and contribute to the UAE elevator and escalator market progress.
Expanding residential construction to hike elevators and escalators demand
- Five supertall skyscraper developments are underway in the region, which is expected to support the UAE elevator and escalator market. Construction of Ciel Tower (366 m), Primo Tower 1 (356 m), Uptown Tower (339 m), One Za’abeel Residential Tower (330 m), and Al Wasl Tower (302 m) is expected to be completed by 2023. As a result, demand for traction elevators is likely to rise as more skyscrapers are constructed.
- UAE under-construction private villa or low-rise projects (such as Emaar Majestic Vistas, Emaar Surf, etc.) increased from 5,165 in 2020 to 5,642 in 2021, increasing the demand for 2–15-person elevators in the UAE elevator and escalator market.
Ongoing demand for buildings construction in infrastructure and commercial sector to boost demand for installation of elevators and escalators.
- The Dubai Land Department (DLD) registered 2,845 commercial property transactions totaling Dh33.9 billion (USD 9.2 billion) in the third quarter of 2021. Compared to the previous quarter, transaction volumes were up 1%, and year-over-year, they were 34% higher.
- With government-backed companies (Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Aabar Investments, etc.) projected to remain the primary source of demand for Grade A office space, an improvement in the macroeconomic situation could contribute to an increase in the entire commercial elevator industry in the future years.
- One of the under-construction commercial projects in Abu Dhabi is Masdar City, with a projected value of USD 22,000 million and should be completed by 2025.
Government's efforts to expand infrastructure across the nation to increase demand for new installations.
- To help expand this industry even more, the Gulf aims to introduce a uniform visa procedure for international travelers, making travel formalities easier. In addition to operating flights on new routes in Asia, Europe, and Africa, regional airlines such as Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, and Emirates Airlines are extending their codeshare arrangements with various airlines. As a result of these advancements, passengers will have access to ever more diverse travel options. The combination of these efforts will increase international tourist arrivals in the country.
- UAE approves development projects worth nearly USD 54 million. The approved development initiatives include implementing a USD 49 million project linking Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital with the Federal Road Network.
- Zenatix has expanded its operations to the Middle East and the UAE region to offer organizations asset management solutions and robust cloud-based energy. Zenatix arrives in the topography at the perfect time with strategic initiatives declared by the Dubai government and corporates around climate preservation and sustainability, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) planned in Dubai in 2023, and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.
Elevators reaching their average life expectancy mainly in high-rise apartment buildings to boost the demand for maintenance in the UAE elevator and escalator market
- Otis has introduced its enhanced ‘Signature Service’ offering in the UAE elevator and escalator market. Signature Service includes new digital technologies with the company’s legacy of special care for its customers’ people-moving equipment.
- A digital economy approach drives the long-term growth potential of the modernization industry in UAE by integrating emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence Cyber Security and supporting SME digitization.
- The maintenance and modernization in the UAE elevator and escalator market accounted for 67% and 33%, respectively, for 2022.
- The key players in the UAE elevator and escalator market are KONE, Otis, Mitsubishi Electric, Schindler, Hyundai Elevator, TK Elevator, and Hitachi.
- The top 4 prominent vendors, including KONE, Otis, Mitsubishi Electric, and Schindler, account for 48% of the UAE elevator and escalator market share in UAE.
- Schindler UAE is rising to the demands of the Emirates’ ever-expanding urbanization, confronting obstacles with a digital strategy, and bringing people to flow management to new heights.
- In March 2019, KONE launched its first Regional Distribution Center (RDC) in the United Arab Emirates Dubai South Freezone (DWC). The RDC will be the Middle East and Africa's primary KONE and non-KONE spare parts distributor.
- The Schindler RISE (Schindler Robotic Installation System for Elevators) is being used to construct the Uptown Tower, a 340-meter-high skyscraper in Dubai's Uptown district be finished in 2022.