Non-oil private sector businesses in the UAE expect 2020 to be a more upbeat year, amid forecasts of greater tourism and economic investments.
That’s according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data from the consulting firm, IHS Markit.
The report shows a slowdown in output growth during December with job numbers rising only marginally from the month before.
However, firms are confident of a strong revival this year with the Expo 2020 Dubai being a key source of optimism.
The seasonally adjusted PMI, which covers manufacturing and services, slowed to 50.2 last month from 50.3 in November.
Readings above 50 indicate expansion while readings below that point to contraction.