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Cigarettes in UAE, 2018

Cigarettes in UAE, 2018


Cigarettes in UAE, 2018, is an analytical report by GlobalData that provides extensive and highly detailed current and future market trends in the UAE 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.

The UAE is a significant import-export destination and export trade was estimated at 38.5 billion pieces in 2016. The country is a member of the GCC and in line with other members has been proactive in seeking to reduce smoking levels, with a combination of economic and other measures being used to achieve this aim. Looking at 2017, the main impact to hit the market was the change in the way that excise tax was levied on cigarettes, which came into force in October. Although prior to the change increased purchases are likely to have been made, in the immediate aftermath sales are believed to have halved. Imported international cigarettes dominate the internal market.


  • The domestic cigarette market in the UAE is well developed and completely converted to filter tipped cigarettes as a result of GCC actions that outlawed plain, unfiltered varieties.
  • King size is the dominant length with nearly all brands marketed offered in the 85mm format.
  • In 2017, the main international players were PMI with a 29.5% share, BAT with a reduced 25.5%, and JTI with a 15% share.
Reasons to buy
  • Get a detailed understanding of consumption to align your sales and marketing efforts with the latest trends in the market.
  • Identify the areas of growth and opportunities, which will aid effective marketing planning.
  • The differing growth rates in regional product sales drive fundamental shifts in the market.
  • This report provides detailed, authoritative data on these changes - prime intelligence for marketers.
  • Understand the market dynamics and essential data to benchmark your position and to identify where to compete in the future.

1. Overview
2. Market Size
3. Market Structure
4. Manufacturers & Brands
5. Taxation & Retail
5.1. Taxation
5.2. Retail Prices
6. The Smoking Population
7. Production & Trade
7.1. Production
7.2. Imports
7.3. Exports
8. Operating constraints
8.1. Advertising Restrictions
8.2. Health Warnings/Labeling Requirements
8.3. Other Restrictions
9. Prospects & Forecasts
10. Appendix
10.1. What is this Report About?
10.2. Time Frame
10.3. Product Category Coverage
10.4. Methodology
10.5. About GlobalData
10.6. Disclaimer
10.7. Contact Us
List of Tables
Table 1: Cigarette Consumption, 1990-2017
Table 2: Legal vs. Contraband Cigarette Sales, 2004-2016, Million Pieces
Table 3: Per Capita Consumption, 1990-2017
Table 4: Manufacturer Sales & Market Share, 2002-2017, Million Pieces
Table 5: Manufacturer Sales & Market Share, 2002-2017, %
Table 6: Smoking Population, 1990-2017
Table 7: Dubai: Smoking Incidence by Age & Gender, 2009, %
Table 8: Dubai: Smoking Incidence by Ethnicity & Gender, 2009
Table 9: Cigarette Production, 2007-2012
Table 10: Import Volumes, 2001-2016
Table 11: Cigarette Imports by Country or Origin, 2005 and 2007-2016, Million Pieces
Table 12: Export Volumes, 2003-2016
Table 13: Cigarette Exports by Country of Destination, 2005 and 2007-2016, Million Pieces
Table 14: Consumption Forecasts, 2017-2027
List of Figures
Figure 1: Methodology
Figure 2: GlobalData at a Glance

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