UAE inflation may touch 2pc in 2010
Dubai, February 15, 2010
Inflation in the UAE will not exceed two per cent in 2010, the economy minister was quoted as saying by state news agency Wam.
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri did not elaborate on his prediction, only saying it reflected 'positive results'.
The global financial crisis ended an oil- and real estate-fuelled boom in the Gulf Arab region, pushing consumer price growth down from 2008 record peaks, with some countries such as the UAE experiencing temporary deflation in 2009.
The UAE, the world's third largest oil exporter, registered annual inflation of 1.56 per cent last year, final data showed earlier on Sunday, down from a record high of 12.3 per cent in 2008.
Consumer prices fell 0.42 per cent on an annual basis in December, after 0.17 per cent growth in the previous month, final data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed, confirming preliminary estimates.
On the month, prices decreased 0.71 per cent in the last month of 2009, after rising 0.41 per cent in November, due to a decline in the household category, the data showed.
Analysts polled by Reuters expected inflation to accelerate to 2.5 per cent this year as the economy recovers from the last year's downturn.
The UAE central bank governor said in January the country would see a very low inflation rate for more than one year. – Reuters