Why UAE & Qatar?
Both the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar are keen to bring high standards of education and to encourage the establishment and development of high tech businesses. Particular emphasis lies in low carbon technologies and areas where partnerships for sustainable business can be built.
United Arab Emirates
Dubai is the second largest member of the UAE. It's home to the most important port and is the country's commercial capital.
It offers easy access to 1.5 billion consumer markets in Africa, West Asia, CIS countries, and Eastern Europe as well as the areas surrounding the Red Sea and the Gulf.
In general, setting up a business presence in Dubai is relatively easy and straightforward.
With progressive, forward-thinking government policies in place, the business environment in Dubai actively encourages foreign investors.
The government provides all industrial facilities, and has brought in several liberal commercial laws and regulations that are hugely appealing to overseas businesses.
Investors are granted incentives and along with the simple procedures for doing business in UAE.
What makes doing business in Dubai even more attractive is the fact that taxation is minimal and mostly non-existent. The only industrial sectors that are significantly assessed in taxation are banking, oil and cigarette manufacturing.
It's a place which has changed constantly and adapted itself to become one of the world's great business destinations.
Years of government investment have put the country in a position to attract entrepreneurship and it is the private sector that will now take up the challenge to help build and diversify the economy further.
With one of the highest rates of GDP per capita in the world and a stable government and economy, there is real potential for UK companies to bring their products and services to Qatar. UK goods and services generally enjoy a strong reputation.
The exploitation of significant gas reserves has made Qatar a key strategic energy supplier to the world's major economies. Oil and gas (which account for around 50% of Qatar’s GDP) are the major driving forces of Qatar's economy – one of the world's fastest growing.
Safeguarding and maximising oil and gas revenue therefore remains central to Qatar’s economic development and to its desire to diversify its economy.
Qatar will invest tens of billions of pounds to develop its infrastructure over the next 10 years or so. Its successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022 provides a real focal point for projects including rail and the New Doha Port.
Rapid population growth is driving demand for accommodation (both residential and commercial) and medical and education services.
A list of some of the most recent opportunities from Dubai and Qatar businesses looking for partners in the UK are listed in chronological order (see left).
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