IMA Overview

UAE Overview

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country located in the Arabian Gulf, bordered by Saudi Arabia and Oman. Because it is located in the centre of the Gulf countries, Indian Sub-Continent, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Africa, the UAE enjoys a strategic position that allows it to present unlimited opportunities across a wide range of sectors. In fact, as this guide will indicate, the UAE is now a hotbed of innovation brimming with new ideas. Being a hub for new ideas is a reclamation of a long tradition of Arab thinking and research.

The UAE’s surface area is 83,600 km², with diverse geographical terrains ranging from plains to mountains and from deserts to beaches. However, in spite of its limited area, it is this diversified landscape and strategic location which give the UAE a distinguished competitive advantage. The country has a significant coastline on the Gulf of Oman to the east and the Arabian Gulf to the west and northwest. Oil and natural gas are the primary natural resources in the UAE, and petroleum production is the most important industry. The UAE is also located next to the southern lines of the Strait of Hormuz, an essential passage for more than 40% of the world’s crude oil. It is for these same reasons that the UAE’s ports and airports today are ranked among the top choices for major carriers when planning their routes from the east to the west.

About IMA Guides

About This Guide

This guide aims to provide a route map of the way ahead, together with signposts to other sources of help.

The main objective of this Doing Business in the UAE Guide is to provide you with basic knowledge about the United Arab Emirates; an overview of the economy, business culture, potential opportunities and to identify the main issues associated with initial research, market entry, risk management and cultural and language issues.

We do not pretend to provide all the answers in the guide, but novice exporters in particular will find it a useful starting point. Further assistance is available from the UK Trade & Investment team in the UAE. Full contact details are available in this guide.

To help your business succeed in the UAE we have carefully selected a variety of essential service providers as ‘Market Experts’ Click Here

The guide is available in 4 formats:

  • this website

  • a ‘free’ downloadable 'mobile device-friendly’ App – available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play store

  • a full colour hard-copy brochure (please click here to request your copy)

  • PDF / e-Flipbook download – scroll down for more information

UKTI Video

About IOE

An Introduction to the Institute of Export

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Established in 1935, the Institute of Export is the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade. Offering a unique range of individual and business membership benefits and a world renowned suite of qualifications and training, the Institute is the leading authority in best practice and competence for businesses trading globally.
To view other videos, visit the IOE YouTube Channel

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Market Experts

Doing Business in the UAE Guide Market Experts - Please click on the logos below to view our Market Expert profiles and to find out how they can help you to succeed in the United Arab Emirates!

Tourism & Culture Authority

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ICT & Telecommunications

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Financing / Capital Consultancy Services

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Company Formations / Business Consultancy Services

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FDI / Investment Promotion Services

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