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United Arab Emirates: Market Profile

15 June 2017

UAE GDP is expected to grow moderately at 1.5% in 2017 due to fiscal consolidation and an expected fall of oil output following the OPEC production cut agreement....Read More


Philippines' SEZs Set Out to Woo Chinese and Middle East Investors

5 June 2017

Rapid expansion of SEZ sector sees Philippines launch charm offensive to counter shortfall in overseas investment....Read More


UAE: 5% VAT Set to be Implemented from 1 January 2018, exemptions allowed

31 March 2017

The government is planning to introduce a 5% value added tax (VAT) on goods and services with effect from 1 January 2018. While it is yet to specify the complete list of goods and services to be subje...Read More


Fast-growing Middle East Film and TV Sector Seeks Global Markets

28 Feb 2017

Hampered by a lack of funding and a comparative shortage of outlets, the burgeoning Middle East film and TV sector is looking to attract far greater international funding and wider distribution, while...Read More


UAE: Streamlined Customs Processing Promised for Approved Businesses

26 Oct 2016

Faster customs clearance is on offer to those businesses that sign up to the country’s Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme....Read More


UAE: New Standards and Online Tracking Introduced to Combat Counterfeit Automotive Spare Parts

23 Sept 2016

Importers and manufacturers of automotive spare parts will have to conform to new technical and safety standards under changes proposed by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESM...Read More


UAE: Senior Executives No Longer Face Personal Bankruptcy in Case of Company Insolvency

13 Sept 2016

For the first time, executives in the UAE are to be legally protected from personal bankruptcy in the case any company they are associated with facing insolvency problems. Previously, such executives ...Read More


UAE: Employers Legally Obliged to House Low-Paid Workers

27 July 2016

Free accommodation will have to be provided for low-income workers by employers with 50 or more employees from December 2016....Read More


Building on the UAE’s construction boom

15 Aug 2014

Against a background of Middle East instability, the UAE has become a haven for regional investment and tourism. A solid economic recovery coupled with a fillip from Dubai’s successful bid to host the...Read More


Sharjah: The UAE’s Manufacturing Stronghold

24 July 2014

Firmly established as the UAE’s manufacturing centre, Sharjah is emerging as an increasingly popular investment destination aside from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With its favourable geographic location, Sha...Read More


Trading with MENA: leveraging Dubai’s advantages

3 July 2014

As the regional trade and logistics hub, Dubai is an important gateway for Hong Kong companies looking to enter the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Dubai’s total exports have almost double...Read More


Diversifying Abu Dhabi: FDI opportunities in its non-oil economy

12 June 2014

Instead of relying on oil reserves to power its economy, the United Arab Emirates and the emirate of Abu Dhabi (in particular) is committed to diversification, promoting knowledge-based and sustainabl...Read More


Recovering Dubai: a resurgent retail market

8 May 2014

Dubai’s retail market has been boosted by a growing influx of tourists, expatriates and investors. Amid the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa region, they have been keen to capitalise on the ...Read More


Dubai targets Hong Kong's crown as World's Hottest Real Estate Market

16 May 2013

Dubai comes close second to Hong Kong in annual survey of the fastest rising values in the world's real estate markets. Some analysts back the Middle Eastern city to take the number one slot in the 20...Read More


Abu Dhabi builds for tourism

17 Oct 2012

Abu Dhabi is setting to turn itself into a tourism centre with some 20 new hotels to open in the next three years, along with the world’s tallest gate...Read More


Abu Dhabi: Time to shine

31 July 2012

Abu Dhabi is not only the wealthiest of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, but the capital of the country. Sitting atop rich oil and gas reserves, the emirate is embarking on its Economic Vision...Read More


Dubai: from sand dunes to glittering metropolis – to safe haven

18 July 2012

The Arab Spring, while casting doubt on the sustained growth of trade and investment in the MENA, has confirmed the role of Dubai as a safe haven for business in the region. With the inflow of profess...Read More


UAE firms race for Libya advantage

17 Feb 2012

UAE firms are making the trip to Libya to establish how to be part of the country's re-generation following the civil war last year...Read More


UAE health care pressure

2 Dec 2011

UAE health care professionals are gearing up to greater demand from international and regional firms as the fallout from the Arab Spring tensions continues...Read More


Saudi Arabia aims for the top

18 Nov 2011

Saudi Arabia is to be the location for the world's tallest building, signalling a new round of major construction works in the region...Read More

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