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Exploring business opportunities in the UAE

Exploring business opportunities in the UAE

@ Apex Hotels Ltd Apex Grassmarket Hotel 31-35 Grassmarket Edinburgh Midlothian EH1 2HS

23rd October, 2018 08:30-10:30 Event
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, Group Managing Director of The Corporate Group, who will speak about market entry, business opportunities in the UAE and Expo 2020.
  • 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 January.
  • Colin Crabbe, International Senior Manager High Growth Markets Unit at SDI, who will focus on the support available for Scottish companies.
  • Les Banks, Partner UK and Director UAE, Thomas & Adamson who will share his experience about doing business in the UAE.
One-to-one meetings:
 If you would like to discuss your business situation in more depth, speakers will be available for a one-to-one meeting following the event. To guarantee their availability, please book your session in advance.
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Why do business in the UAE ?
  • It is the UK’s largest export market in the Middle East and the 13th biggest in the world. 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.
  • 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.
Book a place through your online account or by calling Sophie-Lou on the following number 01312212970. For more information about the event, contact:


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