In 2009 bilateral trade stood at £7.5 billion. The original objective for the Business Council was to boost bilateral trade to £12 billion by 2015. This was achieved by 2014.
At its 8th meeting in May 2015, the Business Council accepted the challenge laid down by the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in correspondence with his Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, for a new bilateral trade target of £25 billion.
At the end of 2019, bilateral trade stood at £18.4 billion (provisional figures).