The UAE government provided Dh13.33 billion ($3.6 billion) in grants across all seven emirates in the first half (H1) of 2019, a growth of 23.4 per cent on the comparable period in 2018, a media report said.
Financial grants provided since the beginning of the year until the end of June accounted 6.6 percent of total government's expenditure, valued at Dh200.5 billion, reported Emirates news agency Wam, citing statistics revealed by the Ministry of Finance.
The grants are provided by the Federal Government and other local governments to ensure social cohesion and integration, being a mainstay of the comprehensive development drive in the country.
According to the World Competitiveness Rankings report 2019, published by Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development, the UAE ranks first globally for business efficiency, outshining other economies in areas such as productivity, digital transformation and entrepreneurship.
The IMD World Competitiveness Rankings takes into account 235 indicators from 63 ranked economies, with factors ranging from unemployment, GDP, government spending on health and education, to social cohesion and corruption.
The grants, which are provided through the Ministry of Social Development and other local departments, aim to subsidise prices for Emiratis and provide direct financial support to eligible beneficiaries.