Investment Incentives in the U.A.E.

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United Arab Emirates flag United Arab Emirates: Investing

Incentives or guarantees

Forms of Aid
As it is, there are no incentive schemes for investments. Only the proliferation of free zones can be perceived as a will to attract foreign capital.
Privileged Domains
No special aids.
Privileged geographical sectors
The oil activity sector, ship yards and also restructuring of public sectors (water and electricity distribution d).
Privileged Geographical Zones
Many advantages are given to foreign companies which are established in free zones. These are not subject to requirement of a local majority shareholder. Foreign investors can hold 100% of the Capital. Moreover, there is no customs duty on imports. Finally, waiver of corporate tax or income tax if the local authorities decide to create and ensure it.
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Tax incentives offered to foreign investors

Special tax treatments
The UAE offers several free trade zones with renewable 50-year tax holydays. For more information on tax incentive programs you can consult the Department of Economic Development website.
Useful Links
Abu Dhabi Investement Authority

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