Political and Legal Environments of the Emirates

773 Words Jan 9th, 2018 3 Pages
In a country like the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this can be a complex process, but it is necessary for successful market entry. This paper will explore the political and legal environments of the Emirates.
On a national level, the UAE is generally considered to be an open economy, and is certainly one of the more open economies in the region (CIA World Factbook, 2013). The country has committed resources to infrastructure development and job creation, indicating a willingness to build the economic strength of the nation for the long run. There is a free trade agreement in place with the United States. In addition, several areas have set up Free Trade Zones allowing 100% foreign ownership and no taxes, with the objective of attracting foreign investors (CIA World Factbook, 2013). It is worth noting that such policies are regionally limited. There are seven emirates, and their degree of economic integration with the world varies dramatically. Dubai has the highest degree of integration. Abu Dhabi also has some integration. There are free trade zones in Fujairah, Ajman, Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah as well. In addition, for foreign companies it is worth considering that the social legal environment can differ significantly between emirates Sharjah is much more conservative than adjacent Dubai, for example. There are several government agencies available to assist foreign firms…