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the arab british chamber of commerce mr abdeslam el idrissi director of trade services
The Arab-British Chamber of CommerceMr Abdeslam El IdrissiDirector of Trade Services

“Our relations with Britain are age-old. We are so close with one another and through this mutual closeness we have found that Britain is worth of respect and trust.”

The late president and founder of the UAE

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan


The Arab world is held together by the twin pillars of Islam and the Arabic language. However, there are huge variations in history, culture and business practice between them.

UK companies wishing to do business in the Arab world will find that they have advanced or developing modern economies and not to dissimilar to those of other overseas markets.

These countries are more likely to require the kinds of goods and services that UK companies offer. particularly in Internationally Traded Services, such as software or third level education, and in manufacturing sectors.

The Arab world offers a wide range of great business opportunities for UK companies.

the arab states
The Arab States

“The Arab States region is home to over 330 million people, living in 22 countries that stretch from Morocco, Mauritania

and Algeria in the west to Yemen and Oman in the east, which equates to 5% of the world’s population and their combined economies surpass 1 trillion US dollars, and growing by 5% annually”

the 22 arab states











12. Mauritania


14. Oman

15. Qatar

16. Saudi Arabia



19. Syria

20. Tunisia

21. UAE

22. Yemen

The 22 Arab States
the 22 arab states population
Algeria 33.3 million

Bahrain 0.7 million

Comoros 0.7 million

Djibouti 0.5 million

Egypt 80.1 million

Iraq 27.5 million

Jordan 6.1 million

Kuwait 2.5 million

Lebanon 3.9 million

Libya 6.1 million

Morocco 33.1 million

Mauritania 3.2 million

The 22 Arab States Population
  • Palestine 6.5 million
  • Oman 3.3 million
  • Qatar 0.9 million
  • Saudi Arabia 27.6 million
  • Sudan 39.3 million
  • Syria 19.3 million
  • Somalia 9.1 million
  • Tunisia 10.2 million
  • UAE 4.4 million
  • Yemen 22.2 million
Until 1500 : The area was a centre of sea piracy.16th century: The Portuguese started trade there.18th century: The British started trading in this region.1820: The British force the shaykhs on the coast to stop piracy.1853: A treaty signed between the shaykhs and the British. The region is given the name of 'Trucial coast'.1873: The Trucial Coast is administered by the British.1952: The seven emirates establish a Trucial Council.1970: Independence is given to the emirates.1971: United Arab Emirates established, and is made up of six of the emirates.1972: Ra'su l-Khayma joins the United Arab Emirates
the united arab emirates
Abu Dhabi (Capital)




Umm Al Quwain


Ras Al Khaimah

President :

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Prime Minister & Vice President:

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The United Arab Emirates
rulers of the emirates
Rulers of the Emirates
  • HH President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,

Ruler of Abu Dhabi

  • HH Vice-President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,

Ruler of Dubai

  • HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi,

Ruler of Sharjah

  • HH Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi,

Ruler of Ra’s al-Khaimah

  • HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi,

Ruler of Fujairah

  • HH Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mu’alla,

Ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain

  • HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi,

Ruler of Ajman

the united arab emirates9
The United Arab Emirates
  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the largest market in the Middle East for the UK, in real terms it is the UK's 9th largest export market in the world.
  • The UAE’s economy is booming, and its programme of investment and privatisation offers good opportunities for UK businesses. 
  • Trade between the two countries is growing at a fast pace and UK businesses are increasingly participating in the UAE's property and construction sectors.
  • UK Exports to UAE £3.6bn
  • UK Imports from UAE £1.1bn
uk s main export sectors
UK’s main export sectors
  • Manufactured goods
  • Telecommunication
  • Industrial machinery
  • Vehicles
  • Power generation equipment
  • Know how
the market
The Market
  • UAE is the leading regional hub
  • A growing market
  • A prosperous market
  • A diversified market
  • An accessible market
business environment
Business Environment
  • Highly developed economy
  • Free enterprise system
  • State-of-the-art telecommunications
  • Sophisticated financial and service sector
  • Top international exhibition and conference venues
  • High quality office and residential accommodation
  • Reliable power and utilities
  • First class hotel, hospitals, schools, shops and leisure facilities
  • Cosmopolitan lifestyle
uae business climate
UAE Business Climate
  • No Personal income and capital taxes
  • No corporate taxation
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • No currency restrictions
  • Competitive import duties (5% with many exemptions)
  • Modern efficient communications facilities
  • Simple staff recruitment procedures
  • Competitive freight charges
uae business climate14
UAE Business Climate
  • Open & transparent market
  • English is widely spoken
  • Full range of banking and business


  • First class infrastructure
  • Pro-business government policies
  • Free zones
doing business in uae
Doing Business in UAE
  • UAE is a member of the WTO
  • No foreign-exchange controls
  • Customs Valuation & Import Tariffs

Calculated on the CIF value at the rate of 5%

  • Intoxicating liquors: 50% of the CIF value
  • Tobacco products: 100% of the CIF value
uae free zones
UAE Free Zones
  • Further to its strategic location between Europe and Asia, the UAE has established numerous Free Trade Zone Areas to give businesses an additional incentive to be located there.
  • The Free Trade Zones in the UAE are well equipped with all the amenities, facilities and communication infrastructure required to set up a business. Furthermore, 100% foreign ownership is allowed with no recruitment or sponsorship requirements. Corporate tax and customs duty exemption on imported raw materials and equipment and no levy on exports and imports are some of the other benefits.
  • Jebel Ali Free Zone
  • Saadiyat Free Zone
  • Hamriyah Free Zone (Sharjah)
  • Ajman Free Zone
  • Sharjah Airport Free Zone
doing business in uae17
Doing Business in UAE
  • Sell directly to dealers and distributors
  • Commercial agency arrangements
  • Agent must be a UAE national/company
  • Agreement to be registered with Ministry of Economy and Commerce
  • Branch or representative office

• 100% foreign ownership permitted

• Local sponsor must be appointed

  • Limited liability company

•foreign ownership restricted to 49%

• local partner is required

  • Free zone establishment

• 100% foreign ownership

      • No sponsor or partner required

• no import duties

free zone incentives
Free Zone Incentives
  • 100 per cent foreign ownership
  • Exemption on all import and re-export duties
  • 100 per cent repatriation of capital and profits
  • Freedom from corporate taxation for 50 years with an

option to renew

  • No personal income taxes
  • An abundant and inexpensive energy supply
  • Simple, efficient recruiting procedures
  • High level of administrative support from authorities
  • Electronics Equipment
  • Jewellery
  • Vehicles
  • Machinery
  • Metals
  • Textiles

Top 5 Source Countries

  • India (1)
  • China (2)
  • USA (3)
  • UK (4)
  • Japan (5)
  • Singapore (15)
  • World’s 3 largest man-made islands
  • The Palm Jumeirah
  • The Palm Jebel Ali
  • The Palm Deira
  • Over 60 luxury hotels, 5,000 residential beachside villas, 5,000 apartments, marinas and theme parks
  • Due for completion by 2009
  • Dubai Metro
  • Shopping Malls
the world islands
The World Islands
  • Consists of over 300 man-made islands that are designed to represent the world map
  • Located 4km offshore from Dubai
  • 9km (width) by 7km (length)
  • Visible from space
  • As of April 2006, 90% of land reclamation is complete, with 270 islands visible above water
  • Due for completion by late
  • 2008
burj dubai
Burj Dubai
  • World’s tallest tower, iconic
  • structure of Downtown Burj
  • Dubai Project
  • Completed 80 floors (277m) as of Oct 31 2006
  • Burj Dubai is adding a new floor every 3 days
  • Will house one of the first Armani Hotels
  • Observation Deck at 442m.
  • To be completed in 2008
uae the place
UAE The Place
  • To do business in
  • To Exhibit in
  • To holiday in
  • To live in
thank you

The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce

Thank you

Abdeslam El Idrissi

Director of Trade Services

0207 659 4880