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Dubai is a city rich with opportunities.

This dynamic cosmopolitan city, served by over 240 shipping lines and over 100 airlines, boasts a state-of-the-art infrastructure and a flourishing international business community. Located at the meeting point of three continents, Dubai-based ventures have strategic access to a population of over 1.8 billion covering the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. In addition, the UAE has experienced a phenomenal real GDP growth rate of 4.2% from 1990-2002, compared to the world growth rate of 2.7% in the same time period. To fast-track its 2010 vision of becoming an oil-independent knowledge economy, Dubai has set up a series of special economic zones known as ‘Free Zones’ in Dubai & in the rest of the United Arab Emirates.


UAE economy was traditionally dominated by pearl production, fishing, agriculture, and herding. Oil export begun in 1962. The UAE has huge proven oil reserves, estimated at 98.8 billion barrels in 2003, with gas reserves estimated at (212 trillion cubic feet); at present production rates, these supplies are estimated would last well over 150 years. In 2003, the UAE produced about 2.23 million barrels of oil per day–of which Abu Dhabi produced approximately 94%.

Major increases in imports occurred in manufactured goods, machinery, and transportation equipment, which together accounted for 70% of total imports.

Many free zones complex are well established in the UAE. The Free Zone grant 100% foreign ownership; 100% repatriation of capital and profits; No currency restrictions; No corporate taxes for minimum15 years, renewable for an additional 15 years ;No personal income- taxes.

More than 4000 companies operate at the Jebel Ali complex in Dubai, which includes a deep-water port and a free trade zone for manufacturing and distribution in which all goods for re-export or transhipment enjoy a 100% duty exemption.

Except in the free trade zone, the UAE commercial companies’ law requires at least 51% local citizen ownership in all commercial businesses operating in the country.

As a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the UAE participates in the wide range of GCC activities that focus on economic issues. These include regular consultations and development of common policies covering trade, investment, banking and finance, transportation, telecommunications, and other technical areas, including protection of intellectual property rights.

The United Arab Emirates is a constitutional federation of seven emirates:

1. Abu Dhabi,
2. Dubai,
3. Sharjah,
4. Ajman,
5. Umm al-Qaiwain,
6. Ras al-Khaimah,
7. Fujairah.

The federation was formally established on 2 December 1971.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected as President on 3 November 2004.

HH President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi
HH Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai
HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah
HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman
HH Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Ruler of Umm al Qaiwain
HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras al Khaimah
HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah


Please note: telephone and fax numbers have been given on the basis of dialling from inside the UAE. If you are dialling internationally then you should insert the access code +971 and delete the first zero. eg: dialling Ministry of Economy from Italy, you would dial 0097126265000.

Ministry of Defence

The Minister: HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (also Prime Minister)

Abu Dhabi POB: 46616; Tel: 02 4461300; Fax: 02 4463286

Dubai POB: 2838; Tel: 04 3532330; Fax: 04 3531974

Ministry of Finance

The Minister: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The Minister of State: Obaid Humaid Al Tayer
Abu Dhabi, POB: 433; Tel: 02 6726000; Fax: 02 6663088
Dubai, POB: 1565; Tel: 04 3939000; Fax: 04 3939738

Ministry of Interior

The MinisterLt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan (also Deputy Prime Minister)

Abu Dhabi POB: 398; Tel: 02 4414666; Fax: 02 4414938

Dubai POB: 4333; Tel: 04 3980000; Fax: 04 3981119

Ministry of Presidential Affairs

The MinisterSheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (also Deputy Prime Minister)

Abu Dhabi, POB:280; Tel: 02 6222221; Fax: 02 6222228

Ministry of Education

The Minister: 
Humaid Mohammed Obeid al Qattami

Undersecretary: Dr Jamal Al Mehairi

Abu Dhabi POB: 295; Tel: 02 62138000; Fax: 02 6313778

Dubai POB: 3962; Tel: 04 2994100; Fax: 04 2994535

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Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The Minister of State: Dr Mohammed Anwar Gargash (also Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs)

Abu Dhabi, POB: 1; Tel: 02 4444488; Fax: 02 4447766

Dubai, POB: 3785; Tel: 04 2221144; Fax: 04 2280979


Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

The Minister: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

Abu Dhabi, POB: 45253; Tel: 02 6428000; Fax: 02 6428778


Ministry of Public Works

The Minister: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

Abu Dhabi POB: 878; Tel: 02 6651778; Fax: 02 6665598

Dubai POB: 1828; Tel: 04 2693900; Fax: 04 2692931


Ministry of Economy

The Minister: Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri

Abu Dhabi POB: 901; Tel: 02 6265000; Fax: 02 6215339 Dubai POB: 3625; Tel: 04 2954000; Fax: 04 2951991



Ministry of Foreign Trade

The Minister: Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Ministry of Justice

The Minister: Dr Hadef bin Jua’an Al Dhaheri

Abu Dhabi POB: 260; Tel: 02 6814000; Fax: 02 6810680

Dubai POB: 1682; Tel: 04 2825999; Fax: 04 2825121

Ministry of Energy

The Minister: Mohammed bin Dha’en Al Hamili

Abu Dhabi POB: 59; Tel: 02 6671999; Fax: 02 6664573


Ministry of Labour

The MinisterSaqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash

Abu Dhabi POB: 809; Tel: 02 6671700; Fax: 02 6665889

Dubai POB: 4409; Tel: 04 2691666; Fax: 04 2668967

Ministry for Cabinet Affairs

The Minister:Mohammed Abdullah Al Gargawi

Abu Dhabi POB: 899; Tel: 02 6811113; Fax: 02 6812968

Dubai POB: 5002; Tel: 04 3967555; Fax: 04 3978884



Ministry of Social Affairs

The Minister: Mariam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi

Abu Dhabi POB: 261; Tel: 02 6322500; Fax: 02 633259


Ministry of Labour

The Minister: Dr Hanif Hassan Ali

Abu Dhabi POB: 848; Tel: 02 6334716; Fax: 02 6726000

Dubai POB: 1853; Tel: 04 3966000; Fax: 04 3965666



Ministry of Environment and Water

The Minister: Dr Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad

Abu Dhabi POB: 213; Tel: 02 4495100; Fax: 02 4495150


Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development

The Minister: Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais

Abu Dhabi POB: 17; Tel: 02 4453000; Fax: 02 4452504


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