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Strategic location

The UAE is blessed with a strategic location between the east and west, making it accessible to major emerging economies. UAE’s location links shipping routes and facilitates efficient transportation of goods within the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the rest of Asia.

State-of-the-art infrastructure

The UAE provides advanced infrastructural facilities in all fields. In March 2016, Dubai announced to set up the world's biggest wholesale city, with an investment of AED 30 billion. The city, which will occupy an area of 550 million sq.ft., aims to help the UAE acquire a significant share of the global economic sector which is estimated at USD 4.3 trillion. The city will be linked with Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport and will provide logistical support that will fully link the UAE to the region and to the rest of the world.


The UAE offers endless choices of business premises and locations. According to your business activity, you are at liberty to choose a place appropriate for operation whether on the mainland or in a free zone.

You can set up your business in:

  • Plush business centres
  • Fancy shopping malls
  • State-of-the-art furnished commercial buildings and towers
  • Industrial areas
  • Free zones specialised in a range of industries from logistics to media, power and Information Technology
Political stability
  • The UAE is a model of political stability. Since its formation in 1971, the UAE has been a successful constitutional monarchy which has been based on the Founding Father’s belief system on peace, tolerance and good governance
  • The UAE is a member of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Arab League and the UN and its agencies. According to the Global Peace Index 2016, the UAE is the third most peaceful country in the region
Ease of doing business

According to the Doing Business 2019 report, the UAE ranked 11th globally and 1st in the region. The UAE scored impressive ranks in the following indices:

  • Securing utilities – 1st rank
  • Tax collection – 2nd rank
  • Securing construction permits- 5th rank
  • Property registration – 7th rank
  • Enforcement of contracts – 9th rank
  • Protection of minority investors – 15th rank
Protection of intellectual property rights

UAE laws strictly enforce protection of intellectual property rights and trademarks.

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Favourable business regulations

The UAE signed major business international treaties to encourage business and foreign investments. It maintains tightened export control laws to prevent the movement of illicit goods as per Federal Law No. 13 of 2007 concerning Goods Subject to Import and Export Control.

Open economy

The UAE favors fair competition which prohibits monopoly and encourages competition. The UAE encourages private sector growth and maintains liberal policies in terms of foreign exchange controls, visa policies and import regulations. The UAE has strong ties with key trade associations to strengthen its position as an open economy and a player in the international trade and competition.

The UAE:

  • Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 1996
  • Party to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) since 1994
  • Member of the Greater Arab Free-Trade Area (GAFTA) along with all GCC countries
  • Free Trade Agreements with Singapore and the EFTA bloc in 2008 and 2009
  • Active advocate as a GCC member country for the facilitation of Free Trade Agreements with the EU, Japan, China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Australia, Korea and the Mercosur bloc comprising Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
Economic stability

The UAE economy is growing at a fast pace, its GDP has increased more than 236-fold from AED 6.5 billion in 1971 to AED 1,540 billion in 2014.

Currently, the UAE is implementing policies for a post-oil economy. The UAE plans to increase the contribution of the non-oil sector to 80 per cent of the nation's GDP in the next 10 to 15 years.

For this purpose, it has employed several strategies to promote its overall economic and social position and diversify its national income based on a sustainable and knowledge-based economy, away from the dependency on oil. Read about strategies and plans here.

Other advantages

Some of the other advantages of investing in the UAE are:

  • Competitive cost of electricity, water and petrol
  • Minimal property lease charges on lands allocated for industrial investment purposes
  • Competitive financing costs, high level of liquidity and strong banking system supported by the government
  • Maximum 5% customs fee, the lowest rate in the region
  • Availability of skilled and unskilled labour at cost-effective rates
  • Implementation of several international agreements and reform regulations which protect labour rights and promote a healthy and transparent relationship between the employers and employees
  • Option to partner with local business people and explore different markets within the UAE and GCC countries


  • Abu Dhabi
  • Ajman
  • Dubai
  • Fujairah
  • Ras al-Khaimah
  • Sharjah
  • Umm Al-Quwain

World Wide Ranking

Organization Survey Ranking
Institute for Economics and Peace [20] Global Peace Index[1] 41 out of 144
United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index 35 out of 182
Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 30 out of 180
World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 23 out of 133
Pyramid Research [21][2] Mobile Telephony Market Penetration 1st of top 10