CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UAE attracts $8 bln investment in 2012 after Arab Spring

Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:24am EST

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(Corrects after officials made clear that figure was for all foreign direct investment not just that from Arab Spring states)

DUBAI Feb 11 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates attracted about 30 billion dirhams ($8.2 billion) of direct foreign investment last year, the UAE's prime minister said on Monday.

Large amounts of capital fled Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Yemen and other Arab countries in search of safe havens after political and economic turmoil erupted in those countries in early 2011.

Because of its political stability and Dubai's status as an international business centre, the UAE has attracted a large share of the capital.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum's office said in a statement that the UAE had received 30 billion dirhams in all foreign direct investment last year. (Reporting by Martin Dokoupil, Amena Bakr and Mahmoud Habboush; Editing by Andrew Torchia)

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