Cigarettes in UAE, 2017, is an analytical report by Globaldata that provides extensive and highly detailed current and future market trends in the market. The report offers Market size and structure of the overall and per capita consumption based upon a unique combination of industry research, fieldwork, market sizing analysis, and our in-house expertise.
Based on the duty-paid market, per capita levels stood at 759 pieces per year in 2016 and have fared somewhat worse as a result of the UAE’s rapidly expanding population. Current consumption levels are only 66.5% of those in 1990 and have been in decline. It is estimated that in 2016 some 27.0% of adult males, but only 3.0% of adult females, are smokers. Smoking is more prevalent among expatriates in the UAE than among nationals, whilst tourism is also a factor.
Legitimate market volumes stood at 4.5 billion pieces in 2016, which 115.4% above 1990 levels, with overall market volume, including contraband, standing at 6.4 billion pieces in 2016.
Local production has until recently been expanding, although the focus of local manufacturers is on exports and the duty free markets is the leader with an estimated 27.5% of the duty paid market in 2016. BAT is second, followed by KG&T, Imperial Tobacco, and JTI.
The UAE is a significant import-export destination, with export trade reported to have reached 57 billion pieces in 2015. Exports, based on imports, are equally high and are estimated at 22.1 billion pieces in 2015.
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