UAE and Qatar in top 10 for electrical vehicle readiness

08 November 2023 3 min. read

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are among the word’s top countries for electrical vehicles, according to Arthur D. Little's latest Global Electric Mobility Readiness Index.

The Global Electric Mobility Readiness Index analysis how countries rank in terms of their electrical vehicle readiness. This year, a total of 35 countries were evaluated, and demonstrating the Middle East’s rise in the green mobility scene, 13 of the assessed countries came from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Notably, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar both made the top 10 of the index, demonstrating their dedication to e-mobility in spite of operational, financial and technological challenges, ranking ahead of major Western markets such as Japan and Australia and emerging market powerhouses including India and Brazil.

UAE and Qatar in top 10 for electrical vehicle readiness

United Arab Emirates
Electrical vehicles are becoming more common on UAE highways. In Dubai alone, the goal is to have 42,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030. The total number of charging stations in the nation has over the past years increased significantly to about 700, with further growth planned for to meet the 2030 ambition.

In order to encourage the adoption of electrical vehicles, the Road Transport Authority and Dubai Electricity & Water Authority are collaborating to offer incentives including free parking and toll-free travel for electrical vehicles.

Arthur D. Little found that 82% of UAE consumers are already willing to acquire an electrical vehicle, demonstrating that the combined efforts of the public and business sectors to promote the segment have been well received.

UAE and Qatar in top 10 for electrical vehicle readiness

The UAE’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, ADNOC Distribution, and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company have formed a joint venture to expedite the transition to sustainable transportation. The venture aims to meet the changing needs of green-minded customers and encourage the widespread adoption of electrical vehicles.

“With the government’s continued support and collaboration with the private sector, the UAE is well on its way to achieving its goal of becoming a leader in e-mobility and sustainable transportation, not only in the Middle East, but worldwide,” said Arthur D. Little’s report.


Qatar, an economy that is primarily dependent on oil, has set lofty goals to shift from an industrial-based economy to a knowledge-based economy.

By 2030, Qatar plans to convert 35% of all of its fleet cars and all of its public transportation buses to electric power. Keen on demonstrating the power of electric buses, Qatar already rolled out numerous such buses during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

UAE and Qatar in top 10 for electrical vehicle readiness

The government is promoting greater electrical vehicle adoption among consumers in addition to supporting public transportation. The Ministry of Transportation is pushing hard for the adoption of electrical vehicle charging stations for private use.

74% of Qatari residents consider buying an electrical vehicle as their next car, with financial institutions encouraging such purchasing behavior by providing green financing choices.

“The active involvement of numerous ministries, agencies, and stakeholders in creating a strong infrastructure for electrical vehicle charging and providing a wide range of advantages including free charging is indicative of Qatar's strong commitment to fostering green transportation,” said Arthur D. Little’s researchers.