UAE Used Car Market: A Thriving Industry with Forecasted Growth to AED 39.8 Billion by 2028

In-Depth Analysis by Ken Research 

GURUGRAM, India, Feb. 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Ken Research forecasts a significant growth trajectory for the UAE Used Car Market, predicting its expansion to AED 39.8 billion by 2028. The market, currently valued at around AED 20.4 billion, is experiencing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.9%, signifying a vibrant and evolving used car industry. 

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Market Transformation and Key Drivers 

The UAE Used Car Market has undergone substantial transformation since the 1990s, driven by a diversifying economy and an increasing expat community. The demand for affordable transportation has shifted the market landscape from traditional offline channels to a mix of organized and unorganized sectors, with a notable segmentation based on market structure, car types, and regional influences.

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Revenue Growth and Expanding Opportunities 

From 2017 to 2028, the market is expected to see a considerable increase in revenue, growing from AED 7.8 billion to AED 39.8 billion. This growth is fueled by factors such as the global shortage of semiconductor chips, boosting demand for used cars, and the sustained need for mid-level cars. 

Ecosystem and Competitive Dynamics 

The market, featuring major players like Al Futtaim, AWR-Arabian Automobile, and Al Habtoor, is moderately fragmented. Al Futtaim leads among OEM players, holding a significant share. The industry reflects a shift from traditional channels to a blend of organized and unorganized sectors, with the competitive landscape being dominated by a few OEM players contributing to 40% of total market sales. 

Segmentation Insights 

In 2023, the market is distinctly segmented by the type of car. SUVs are a popular choice, particularly among families, while the influx of expats fuels demand for sedans and hatchbacks. This trend reflects diverse preferences within the market, with families opting for SUVs for recreational purposes and individuals gravitating towards sedans and hatchbacks for commuting.

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Regional Market Analysis 

Dubai leads the market segmentation by region, driven by its large population, frequent tourist influx, and thriving business hub. Sharjah is witnessing growth in demand, focusing on improving business infrastructure. However, smaller-population emirates experience lower demand for used cars. 

Future Market Outlook 

The UAE used car market is expected to witness a growth slowdown in 2023 due to improved conditions in the new car market related to semiconductor shortages. However, strong demand in the used car market persists, especially for mid-level cars. Factors driving demand include affordability, availability, the necessity for mobility, and a substantial expat population. 

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By Market Structure 

Organized Sector 

Unorganized Sector 

By Organized Sector 

OEMs/Franchise Dealers 

Multi-Brands Dealerships 

Online Marketplaces/Classified 

By Unorganized Sector 

Auction Houses 

C2C & Others 

Local Dealers 

By Car Type 





Pickup Truck 


By Brands 









By Country of Origin 



South Korea 




By Region 


Ras Al-Khaimah 

Umm Al-Quwain 


Abu Dhabi 



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