The following Commercial guidance note Produced in partnership with Amir Ahmad and Farah Abed of Pinsent Masons LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Updated March 2019
The Business Environment
Forming a Company
Financing a company
Opening a Branch office
Opening a bank account
Utilising office space
Key employment laws
Contracting with Third Parties
Protecting Key Assets and Employees
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is strategically located at the crossroads of the major Western and Eastern economies. It is a constitutional federation of seven Emirates, each with their own local governments, and united under the over-arching leadership of the Supreme Council and the Council of Ministers. A member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the UAE is part of the Middle East's only multi-national common market, with a view to further cross-border economic and fiscal integration.
There are a variety of ways of doing business in the UAE. We have produced this guide to give you a brief introduction to some of the main considerations for foreign investors into the UAE, and to highlight the key areas a business will need to address before it begins operations in the UAE. The contents of this guide are intended to be of general use only and should not be relied upon without seeking specific advice on any matter.
Established in 1971, the UAE was once known primarily as a trading hub, connecting the East with the West. The last 40+ years have seen a diversification of the
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