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The UAE is an open economy with a high per capita income and annual trade surplus. It is a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al- Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain, formed on December 2, 1971. The government transformed the economy by forming a business environment which directly benefits the economic growth of the country. Such efforts have seen the UAE rapidly emerge as an important hub for international trade, finance and tourism which has attracted large inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) and expatriate workers. Moreover, successful efforts at economic diversification have reduced the portion of GDP as a proportion of oil and gas output to 25%. The cards and payments industry grew at a CAGR of 7.18% during the review period and was primarily driven by the prepaid card category. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.55% over the forecast period. During the review period, prepaid cards occupied the largest share in the overall cards and payments industry, and recorded a CAGR of 13.33%. Debit cards grew at a CAGR of 8.19% followed by charge cards which grew at a CAGR of 5.62% during the same period. Credit cards grew marginally, at a CAGR of 0.92%.