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is known around the world for the excellent business environment
it offers. Rules and regulations for conducting business
from Dubai are among the most liberal and attractive in
the region. International companies seeking to establish
a business presence in Dubai have a host of alternatives.
Besides trading, many companies prefer setting up an office
in Dubai to liaise directly with customers and further expand
their area of operations. Having a permanent office in Dubai
can provides many advantages in the Middle East. Businessmen
in the region prefer to deal with locally based companies.
The are some specialised consultants that can help you to set up your office in Dubai. The buying patterns of some countries serviced through Dubai
are known to be unpredictable, thereby necessitating constant
monitoring of market forces. To operate a company in Dubai,
one has to obtain a relevant licence. You can also contact companies in Dubai by downloading the Dubai Business Directory.
There are several categories of licences available which can be broadly classified under following categories:
Commercial licences for trading activity;
Professional licences covering professions, services, craftsmen
Industrial licences for establishing industrial or manufacturing
These licences can be obtained from the Dubai Economic Department. Financial guarantees by a bank operating in Dubai may be required for some trade activities like jewellery and insurance. All commercial and industrial enterprises in Dubai must register with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
UAE established companies must have fifty-one per cent
participation by UAE nationals except in the following
Within the Jebel Ali Free Zone;
Business activities which are 100% AGCC owned;
Where wholly owned AGCC companies enter into partnership
with UAE nationals;
Where foreign companies register a branches or representative
office in Dubai;
Certain business practices where the law stipulates 100% local
In certain professional or artisan business practices where foreign
ownership is permitted. The law also defines the requirements in
terms of shareholders, directors, minimum capital levels and
incorporation procedures and stipulates provisions governing
conversion, merger and dissolution of companies.
seven categories of company formation defined by the law
General partnership Company
Joint venture Company
Public shareholding Company
Private shareholding Company
Limited liability Company
Share partnership Company
A limited liability company can be floated with a minimum of two and a maximum of 50 people whose liability is limited to their respective shares in the company’s capital. Limited liability companies provide a suitable structure for companies interested in developing a longterm presence in Dubai. The minimum capital requirement for floating a limited liability company is currently Dh. 300,000 (US$ 82,000), contributed in cash or in kind. While foreign equity in the company may not exceed 49%, profit and loss distribution can be specified.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT THE UAE
The UAE has spent an avarage of Dhs 5 billion (US$1.36 billion) per year on domestic development since it started exporting oil in 1964.
The UAE is the fourth largest oil producer in OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela.
The UAE provides almost 25 per cent of Japan’s total oil requirements.
The UAE has the third largest crude oil reserves in the world.
Abu Dhabi's Khuff reservoir is rated as one of the world’s largest non-associated gas fields.
The UAE has the third largest gas reserves in the Middle East
Approximately 20 per cent of the world’s
gas reserves are in the
Saudi Arabia holds more than 25 per cent of the total world oil reserves.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is ranked as the 20th largest oil and gas company in the world.
The Middle East holds more 65 per cent of the total world oil reserves.
Abu Dhabi's oil reserves at present production levels will last for approximately 130 years while Dubai’s oil reserves are estimated to last another 25 years
The Jebel Ali port is the world’s largest man-made port.
Khor Fakkan is the only natural deepwater port in the Middle East.
UAE has one of the world’s highest per capita incomes in the world.
Much of the land that makes the United Arab Emirates was formed under the sea.
Exhibitions in Dubai
|Hardware+Tools Middle East
Hardware+Tools Middle East is the region’s only trade exhibition for Tools, Hardware, Materials and Machinery.Running in Dubai from 10-12 May, 2011
|Beautyworld Middle East
The largest international trade fair for beauty products, hair, fragrances and wellbeing in the Middle East. key networking and sourcing platform for the beauty and cosmetics industries. 24-26 May, 2011
|Automechanika Middle East
Meet leaders from the automotive sport, workshop equipment, tyres and batteries, parts and systems, repair and maintence and accessories & tuning industries worldwide. 7-9 June, 2011
|Light Middle East
One of the largest exhibitions and trade fair featuring the lighting indistry in the Middle East. Organised by Messe Frankfurt in Dubai from 31 October-2 November, 2011
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