United Arab Emirates


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General information

Languages :

  • Arabic
  • English

Population : ~ 10 million

Currency: UAE Dirham (AED)

Current Exchange Rate to USD: 1 USD = 3.67 AED

Standard corporate income tax rate:

Corporate Tax Rate for all Entities:
(i) 0% : on taxable income that does not exceed AED 375,000.
(ii) 9% : on taxable income that exceeds AED 375,000.

Corporate Tax Rate for Free Zone Persons:
(i) 0% : on Qualifying Income.
(ii) 9% : on Non-Qualifying Income.

Interest expense deduction rules:

"The net interest expenditure allowable as a deduction shall be higher of the following:
(i) Up to 30% of EBITDA excluding exempt income.
(ii) An amount specified by the Cabinet."

Laws and government

Common law: 1

Civil law: 1

Religious: 1

Other infos about legal system :

The UAE adopts a dual legal system of civil and Sharia laws, and recently the system has been extended to include the common law as being practised in Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC).

The principles of the UAE's laws are drawn basically from Islamic Sharia (the system of law). However, most codified legislations in the UAE are a mixture between Islamic laws and other civil laws such as the Egyptian and French civil laws.

The UAE civil law system includes all relevant laws which are largely codified and adapted to meet the evolving needs of business demands, locally and internationally. In parallel to the civil dominating jurisdiction, the UAE adopts the Sharia law system, which works alongside the civil and criminal courts, particularly within personal status courts.

Infos about governmental layers:

The government of the UAE is a federal presidential elective constitutional monarchy (a federation of absolute monarchies). The federal government is divided into a legislative, executive, and judicial branch.

Federal / national only?: 1

State / provincial too?: 1

Data privacy rules?:

Federal Law No. 45 of 2021 (the UAE Data Protection Law)

Data security rules?:

Federal Law No. 45 of 2021 (the UAE Data Protection Law)

Standards & Tax treaties

Number of tax treaties: 137

OECD MLI treaty signatory?: YES

Type of tax: VAT / Excise

Taxes on foreign products?: Custom Duty

Taxes on foreign services?: VAT

Typical time and cost to incorporate a local private company: 1 month

Typical time and cost to register a branch of a foreign company: 2 months

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