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Facts & Figures

About the UAE

Strategically located between Europe and Asia, the United Arab Emirates has become the headquarters of choice for hundreds of multi-national public and private companies doing business in the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States("CIS"), Central Asia, India and Africa. Abu Dhabi, the U.A.E. capital, plays the central role in the UAE's economy. The country is comprised of seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman ), each having a certain degree of local autonomy similar to the relationship existing between a Canadian province and the Canadian federal government.

Key Facts:

  •  UAE has easy access to the 1.5 billion consumer markets in Africa, West Asia, CIS Countries and East Europe as well as the areas surrounding the Red Sea and the Gulf.
  •  UAE possesses 10% of worlds proven crude oil reserves, which will last for more than 100 years.
  •  UAE is one of the safest places for business in the world.
  •  UAE free trade zones are home to more than 3000 companies with an estimated trade of around USD 8 billion.

Other Advantages: The investment incentives promise companies a prosperous future with advantages of zero personal and corporate taxes. There are no foreign exchange controls, no trade barriers, modern infrastructure, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, and Freedom from foreign exchange controls.

The UAE is a dynamic and exciting place to do business. US, GCC, European, Asian and other companies have unique access to capital, industrial and emerging and developed markets as well as exceptional tax and business incentives for locating in or relocating to the UAE.

If your company is going international, the UAE is the place to be.

Doing Business In The UAE

Appointing A Commercial Agent

Foreign businesses that desire to provide goods and services within the Emirates, but do not seek a physical presence there, usually conduct their business through the appointment of a UAE commercial agent. Commercial agencies are attractive because there is relatively little cost or expense to a foreign company seeking to do business in the UAE through this method, and, since business will be carried on through the name of the UAE agent, there is no requirement to procure a separate business license on behalf of the agency. In accordance with UAE law, a registered commercial agent must either be a UAE citizen, or a company that is 100% owned by UAE citizens. The commercial agent facilitates the marketing of a foreign company's goods and services in one or more of the Emirates, as stipulated by an agency agreement between the foreign principal and the UAE agent. The agency agreement also spells out all other rights and duties of the agent and principal, including the principal's profits and the agent's compensation - in the form of commissions - for his services within the UAE.

Opening A Branch

The Companies Law, in Article (313) allows a foreign company to exercise its main activity in the UAE by opening a branch or a representative office. The difference between the two is that the foreign company which opens a branch in the UAE may exercise freely the activities for which it is licensed whereas a representative office may practice only promotional business for the products and services provided by the parent company.

Get in touch

Majestic General Trading LLC

Office No. 203, M2, Building 1170

Oud Al Tobah Road

Al Ain, UAE

P.O. Box: 88388

Tel:  +971 3 7648 666

Fax: +971 3 7648 667

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