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Food and Beverage Logistics in the UAE: A Hong Kong Success Story

8 Oct 2019

In the UAE, fast-growing population and a growing internationalisation and sophistication in consumer preferences has driven a rise in demand for fresh produce. With consumers demanding healthier, mor...Read More


The United Arab Emirates: Visa on Demand

6 Sept 2019

This page provides general information about visa requirements for Hong Kong residents travelling to The United Arab Emirates. For residents outside Hong Kong, please contact the nearest embassy or co...Read More


UAE: 1% Fee Waived on Re-Export Deposit Refund

22 Aug 2019

Companies operating in or trading with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will no longer have to pay a 1% fee when seeking a refund for the security deposit paid for the value of temporarily imported good...Read More


United Arab Emirates: Market Profile

19 Aug 2019

The UAE has well-established infrastructure, a stable political system, and one of the most liberal trade regimes in the Gulf region. The UAE has been the most successful of the Gulf States when it co...Read More


Eye on UAE: Thriving Start-ups and Emerging Opportunities

5 Aug 2019

The UAE not only boasts a healthy economy, but the Emirates also has strong infrastructure and extensive government support for entrepreneurs, offering a host of new possibilities for Hong Kong start-...Read More


UAE: New Law to Allow up to 100% Foreign Ownership of Maritime Businesses

25 July 2019

The United Arab Emirates is drafting a new law that will allow up to 100% foreign ownership of maritime companies. The legislation also includes a number of provisions to encourage more foreign mariti...Read More


UAE: 1,500 Government Fees Abolished or Reduced

22 July 2019

The United Arab Emirates is cancelling/reducing government fees on around 1,500 government services as part of efforts to make the business environment more efficient and to attract a higher level of ...Read More


UAE: Cabinet Approves 122 Business Activities Open to 100% Foreign Ownership

11 July 2019

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has opened 122 economic activities across 13 sectors for 100% foreign ownership, subject to approval by each individual emirate....Read More


Delivering High-End Hong Kong Workspace Solutions in the Emerging Markets

24 June 2019

The Hong Kong-headquartered serviced office business, The Executive Centre (TEC), has emerged as a leading flexible workspace provider in Asia since its founding in 1994. TEC’s Global Senior Developme...Read More


UAE: Hong Kong Signs Accord with UAE to Protect Investments

21 June 2019

Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a new agreement to protect and promote investment. The UAE has close ties with Hong Kong and is party to several international agreements with ...Read More


UAE: New Long Stay Residency Visas for Investors and Entrepreneurs

22 May 2019

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced long-term residency visas for expatriates in five categories, in some cases permitting them to reside in the UAE for up to 10 years. The Federal Authority...Read More


UAE: New Authority to Oversee Food Safety and Boost Foreign Investment in Abu Dhabi

14 May 2019

On 24 March 2019, the Abu Dhabi authorities announced that Law No 7 of 2019, on establishing the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), has been passed....Read More


UAE: New Product Safety Law Also Covers Imports

9 May 2019

The United Arab Emirates Federal National Council passed a new draft product safety law on the 13 March 2019, due to come into force in July 2019. The new law aims to ensure the safety of products in ...Read More


Success of BRI Port Paves Way for Future China-UAE Joint Projects

20 Dec 2018

Inauguration of new Khalifa Port terminal seen as likely precursor to new tranche of Middle East BRI developments....Read More


Unlocking the Middle East Consumer Markets: Takeaways from the Lifestyle Expo in Dubai 2018

20 Sept 2018

Middle East consumers place great value on products of good quality and creative designs, a major observation at the Lifestyle Expo in Dubai 2018 that held from 25-26 June. Large household sizes in th...Read More


Lifestyle Expo in Dubai 2018 Survey Results: A Shining Outlook for Consumer Products

13 Sept 2018

Industry players in the consumer products sector in the Middle East and Africa are showing signs of optimism about market prospects in the near term. Emerging markets in the Middle East are looking up...Read More


UAE: Abu Dhabi Global Market Cuts Annual Fees to Incentivise Start-ups

7 Sept 2018

Start-ups looking to operate out of the capital’s Abu Dhabi Global Market, a federal government-supported international financial free zone, are now only required to pay a reduced annual fee of AED2,5...Read More


UAE: Dubai Airport Freezone Cuts FDI Fees in Bid to Boost Competitiveness

7 Aug 2018

The fee for registering a FDI-backed business within the Dubai Airport Freezone has been cut by 65%, while the costs of acquiring the required licenses and visas for employees have been reduced by 33%...Read More


UAE: VAT Reclaim Scheme Introduced in Bid to Boost Tourism Sector

18 July 2018

As of October this year, non-resident tourists will be entitled to reclaim the VAT on purchases made at certain government-designated retail outlets....Read More


UAE: New Government Schemes Slashes Costs of Mandatory Employee Insurance

20 June 2018

Employers will no longer be required to provide a cash guarantee of UAE Dirham 3,000 (US$817) for each new worker they recruit....Read More

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