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Country Forecast United Arab Emirates June 2018

Country Forecast United Arab Emirates June 2018

  • June 2018
  • ID: 265365
  • Format: PDF
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit


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Policy towards private enterprise and competition

2018-19: Financial restructuring of struggling companies is assisted by improved insolvency regulations. Federal and emirate authorities aim to promote the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.

2020-22: Private-sector involvement in the non-oil economy is encouraged and further major public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects and some state sell-offs are announced, mainly in the downstream oil and gas sector.

Policy towards foreign investment

2018-19: The Abu Dhabi Global Market and Dubai International Financial Centre try to attract foreign interest.

2020-22: Free zones continue to build momentum, attracting foreign investment into heavy industries, logistics, retail and other areas. Dubai encourages investment in Expo 2020 and renewable-energy-related projects.

Foreign trade and exchange controls

2018-19: The dispute with Qatar stalls Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) efforts to sign new free-trade agreements (FTAs).

2020-22: A GCC-EU FTA is likely to be held up by the Qatar dispute, but a separate deal with the UK is more likely. The regulation of foreign-exchange flows may be strengthened further, to combat money-laundering.


2018-19: Road tolls and property levies are extended. Value-added tax (VAT) of 5% was introduced as planned in January 2018, but some sectors remain exempt.

2020-22: Corporate taxation may be widened beyond current limited sectors, but only at very low rates. Some VAT exemptions may be removed but the rate will stay at 5%.


2018-19: Regulatory changes facilitate access to credit for small and medium-sized firms. The bond market deepens for both public and private issuers. Financial markets widen the availability of instruments, including futures contracts.

2020-22: The Dubai and Abu Dhabi bourses may combine to boost liquidity and facilitate the listing of smaller stocks.

The labour market

2018-19: Greater regulation of working conditions, with coverage widened to include foreign labour. "Emiratisation" efforts include increasing the cost of foreign labour, but reliance on expatriates persists.

2020-22: The government raises its quotas for the number of UAE nationals that companies must employ.


2018-19: Construction of the next phase of Dubai's metro and some projects to support Dubai's hospitality, logistics and entertainment strategy move forward in preparation for Expo 2020. The first of four nuclear plants becomes operational.

2020-22: Investment continues in power generation, especially renewables, including four nuclear reactors and solar plants.

Technological readiness

2018-19: The UAE, and particularly Dubai, moves ahead with its efforts to exploit the potential of blockchain technology, financial technology (fintech) and artificial intelligence. Regulatory challenges hinder progress.

2020-22: Dubai emerges as the regional technology hub. Cyber security preparedness becomes a policy priority.

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