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Thriving business community

Through its progressive and dynamic ecosystem, the emirate is empowering companies to flourish and succeed.

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Investment potential for business

Dubai has proven a solid proposition for investors and companies through a robust legal structure, pro-business regulatory environment, and strong corporate governance. Its laws and regulations are transparent, agile and designed to preserve the rights of organisations and individuals.
What’s more, Dubai’s global trade continues to boom.
Trade Exchange

US$ 330 billion

Non-oil trade 

Dubai’s external non-oil trade in 2018 is valued at around a third of a trillion dollars. 

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Free zones 

Dubai is home to more than 30 free zones


US$145 billion

Trade in free zones 

The city’s free trade zones account for almost US$145 billion.

170 new companies open in Jumeirah Lake Towers at the DMCC Free zone every month.

170 new companies open in Jumeirah Lake Towers at the DMCC Free zone every month.

Free Zones

Dubai’s trade-friendly environment pioneered free zones have 100% foreign ownership, tax-free policies, low-cost set up and renewal structures. This has led to businesses of all sizes, from publicly listed entities to start-ups, attempting to capitalise on Dubai’s strategic position as the gateway to economies across Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
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Registered companies

Dubai free zones attract 56% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies and more than 200,000 registered companies.

Professional People


MENA investors 

Dubai has seen a large influx of SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) and boasts one third of all MENA investors and 19 venture capitalists – the highest in the region.

Ease of doing business

 The UAE is the leading country in the Arab world in ‘Ease of Doing Business’, according to the World Bank’s latest rankings. Dubai was ranked 8th in the February 2020 Global Financial Centres Index, and 6th worldwide in terms of reputation.

This reflects not just ease of setting up, but its established trade and industry networks and multi-sectoral efforts that have been made to increase efficiency.

Driven by simplicity
Dubai’s business environment is hassle-free at its core: efficient, convenient and tech-centric.

Initiatives for success

Smart Dubai Office has launched over 130 initiatives in partnership with government and private sector entities. Some key initiatives include the Dubai Data Initiative, the Dubai Blockchain Strategy, the Happiness Agenda, the Dubai A.I. Roadmap and the Dubai Paperless Strategy, which are all aimed at making business more efficient, effective and less time intensive.


Instant licenses

Over 4500 Instant Licenses were issued since the launch of the service three years ago until 2020. Mentioned by the Business Registration and Licensing (BRL) sector in Dubai Economy


Commercial licenses

3,448 of Instant Licenses issued up to 2020 were commercial.


Professional licenses

1,244 of Instant Licenses issued up to 2020 were in the professional category.

Smartest city in 2021

Dubai has an ambitious goal to be the world’s smartest city by 2021. And savvy businesses realise the region has become an international magnet for tech-based businesses. According to the latest Smart Cities Index, Dubai is now one of the world’s top five cities using tech to improve residents’ lives.



AI and IoT

The emirate is leveraging emerging technologies and initiatives such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) to make business more personalised, seamless, and impactful.

The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it. Dubai is built for business within a safe and secure environment that continues to bring companies from all continents to its shores.

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Global gateway

Positioned at the nexus of the East and West, Dubai is a futuristic and thriving hub for global trade.

Fast growth market

Fast growth market

As a dynamic marketplace, Dubai's economy is now among the most diversified in the world.

The Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai at night

Long term vision

Dubai's bold vision for the future sets the city apart as a fast-paced and forward looking metropolis.


Global financial hub

Dubai's infrastructure and regulatory environment make it the leading financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

Cargo Speed

City of innovation

Known as "the city of the future", Dubai is a leading centre for research and development (R&D) in emerging industries.

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