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DUBAI / Tax Framework
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There is no federal corporate or income tax levied in the UAE (except on oil companies and foreign banks). Dubai introduced a local income tax under the Dubai Income Tax Ordinance of 1969; however, the tax has not been implemented and it is understood that there are no plans to do so. In addition, free zone entities are subject to a number of tax concessions. There is no value added tax or sales tax in Dubai or the UAE. There are no exchange controls on the remittance of profits or repatriation of capital and there are virtually no restrictions on foreign trade.Corporate governance Dubai has embraced the need to develop and encourage principles of good corporate governance in the Middle East which can only help to attract foreign direct investment. Hawkamah Corporate Governance Institute, the first institute of its kind in the UAE, has been established with the mission of assisting the countries and companies of the Middle East region to develop and implement sound and globally well-integrated corporate governance frameworks.

Dubai’s serious attitude to developing corporate transparency and principles of good corporate governance and anti-money laundering is a beacon for the Middle East region and is a significant attraction to the international investment and financial community.