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  • General
      Who is Dubai FDI?

      ​Dubai FDI is an agency of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai that offers essential information and provides invaluable support to foreign companies who intend to invest

      How can Dubai FDI help me?

      ​Dubai FDI guides, advises and provides practical assistance with all aspects of business decisions and management, starting from determining the best legal structures to identifying ​the appropriate business activities.


      How many Free zones are there in Dubai?

      ​There are twenty four free zones in Dubai​

      What is the tax in Dubai?

      No corporate tax, no personal income tax. VAT is introduced in January 2018.

      Is there any international schools in Dubai? What are the curriculums?

      ​Dubai has more than 140 private schools that offer a variety of curricula including American, British, French, German, Indian, International Baccalaureate, and Russian.​

      What level of medical care is available in Dubai?

      ​World class hospitals and clinics reside in Dubai.

      Can U.A.E. national investors benefit from FDI services?

      ​Dubai FDI services are available to foreign investors. However, UAE nationals can approach Dubai SME or Dubai DED directly.​

      How do we access the regional market from Dubai?

      ​The regional GCC market can be accessed through air and road networks, while the broader MENA & SA network can be accessed through air infrastructure. Once setup in Dubai, companies can leverage the GCC FTA to easily reach various markets.

      Why to locate my business in Dubai rather than GCC?

      ​Dubai is one of the most connected destinations in the GCC, MENASA and World. Emirates serves 16 destinations from Dubai to GCC region daily. Dubai's quality of life is unparalleled in the region, allowing people of all different ethnicities to work and live in a safe harmonious environment. UAE is ranked 21 in the Doing Business report, ahead of any other GCC country, reinforcing Dubai's business friendly environment.​

      Is my IP protected in Dubai?

      ​The UAE currently works on enhancing its Intellectual Property laws. The UAE works closely with The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and has been a member since 1974. For more information on the IP laws, kindly visit this link:

      http://www.economy.gov.ae/english/Ministry/MinistrySectors/Pages/CopyRightSector.aspx

      What is the eligibility criteria to avail Dubai FDI services?

      ​All foreign investors are eligible for assistance from Dubai FDI.​

      Is there any charge for acquiring Dubai FDI services?

      ​Dubai FDI services are free.​

  • Advisory Services
      Can Dubai FDI help me get a property for my business?

      ​Dubai FDI can advise you on selecting locations that conform to your business and target customers.

  • Investment Promotion
      Can I set up a company in a free zone through Dubai FDI?

      ​Dubai FDI can introduce you to a dedicated account manager in any free zone of your choice.​

      What sectors can I invest in?

      ​Dubai's strategic sectors are: Logistics, Health, Finance, Education, Renewables, Technology, Tourism, Retail, Light assembly and Manufacturing.

      What incentives does Dubai FDI offer?

      ​All of Dubai FDI's services are free. The city of Dubai offers great incentives such as: No corporate tax, no limitation on repatriation of profit, Tax free personal income, growing economy and a strategic geographical location.​

  • Investment Support
      Can Dubai FDI help me with financing?

      ​Dubai FDI can introduce strategic projects to possible partners.

      Can Dubai FDI help me to find a local partner?

      ​Dubai FDI can recommend potential local partners who are involved in various industries but we cannot recommend one partner over the other.

      Can Dubai FDI help me to find a local service agent?

      ​Dubai FDI can recommend Emirati companies whom you may partner with.​

      Does Dubai FDI work for Dubai only or it can help me set up in other Emirates?

      ​Dubai FDI services encompass Dubai only. Although we can't assist in other Emirates, but we can refer you to Government entities that could.

      Can Dubai FDI walk with us through the set-up process of our business? Will you help me with getting approvals? Attending external meetings?

      ​Dubai FDI can guide you throughout the whole process of set-up and provide all necessary assistance when required.​

      Can I get a support letter from Dubai FDI?

      ​Yes, when applicable.

      Can Dubai FDI help me to relocate my business from on-shore to free zone and vice versa?

      Yes​

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