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Setting up in the UAE

Setting up in the UAE

Individuals and businesses wishing to set up in the UAE can choose to set up on the ‘mainland’ or invest in a free zone.




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The UAE, a federation of seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Ras al Khaimah and Umm al Quwain), has undergone a fundamental transformation since oil was first discovered in 1962. Once a small, insular economy dependent on fishing and pearling, the UAE is now a cosmopolitan, business-oriented environment which has attracted tremendous internal and foreign direct investment. The government has invested significantly in infrastructure – highways, telecommunications, sea ports and airports – in the knowledge that such investment leads to innovation in terms of new business opportunities and new industries.

  • Economy 
  • Infrastructure
  • Climate
  • Culture
  • Setting up in the UAE
  • Free zone companies


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