Trade Policy Review: United Arab Emirates 2012

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“Trade Policy Reviews” analyse the trade policies and practices of each member of the WTO. The reviews consist of three parts: an independent report by the WTO Secretariat, a report by the government, and the concluding remarks by the Chair of the WTO’s Trade Policy Review Body. The opening section - “key trade facts” - provides a visual overview of the WTO member’s major exports/imports, main export destinations, origins for its imports and other key data. This edition looks into the trade practices of the United Arab Emirates.



Report by the WTO Secretariat

The UAE’s trade regime is open, with low tariffs and few non-tariff barriers to trade. The UAE’s openness was instrumental in achieving the solid growth registered prior to the global crisis and has facilitated the diversification of economic activity. The investment regime remains considerably more restrictive than the trade regime, as foreign participation in any domestic company or activity is limited to 49% of the capital; however, 100% foreign ownership is allowed in any of the UAE’s free zones.


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