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Exploring business opportunities in the UAE

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Did you know that the UAE is the biggest export market in the Middle East for Scottish companies?

Join us for an exciting breakfast event organised in collaboration with The Corporate Group. The event will give you the opportunity to hear from experts about the business opportunities in the UAE.

Speakers will include senior representatives from the following organisations:


  • Ayman Al Awadhi, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Corporate Group, who will speak about market entry, business opportunities in the UAE and Expo 2020.

  • Moore Stephens, who will give you information about tax and VAT in the UAE.

  • Rob Goddard, Founder and CEO of Evolution/CBS, who will provide tips on how to grow your business and information on a trade mission to Dubai that will take place in November.

  • Colin Crabbe, Middle East specialist at SDI, who will focus on the support available for Scottish companies.

  • A potential case-study, who will share their experience about doing business in the UAE.

Why doing business in the UAE ?

  • It is the UK’s largest export market in the Middle East and the 13th biggest globally. The UK exported £9.8 billion of goods and services in 2016. This was a 37% increase since 2009. The UAE is the UK’s fourth largest export market outside the EU.

  • It has a diverse economy which is continually growing and expanding.

  • A gateway for exporting into other Middle Eastern and African countries.

  • There is no taxation on personal income and capital gains.

  • English is widely spoken and accepted as the language of business and there is a large British expat community.

  • It is the only country in the Arab world to be ranked again among the top 20 in the digital competitiveness index, according to a report released by IMD World Digital Competitiveness Centre. The country is ranked 17th globally, up one spot this year, due to its continued developments and increased adoption of digital strategies in various projects.

  • It is on the cusp of breaking into the Top 20 countries when it comes to “ease of doing business”. Currently placed 21st, compared to other Gulf States such as Bahrain placed 66th and Saudi Arabia 92nd and Qatar in 83rd spot.

  • The Government plans to introduce a 10-year residency visa to attract investors and new talent.

Main sectors for opportunities:

  • Education

  • Health

  • Creative Industries

  • Renewables

  • Technology

  • Construction and infrastructure development

  • IT

  • Hospitality

  • Food & Drink

One-to-one meetings:

If you would like to discuss your business situation more in-depth, speakers will be available for one-to-one meeting following the event. To guarantee their availability, please book your session in advance.

For more information or to book a place, please contact sophie-lou.arceselenir@edinburghchamber.co.uk. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

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