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Dubai: Offshore Business Sectors


Dubai's economy is fairly clearly divided between the 'onshore' sector, dominated by local business interests, with restrictions on foreign ownership, and the 'offshore' sector which consists of the The Jebel Ali Free Zone, the Dubai Investment Park, Dubai Internet City, the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), the Dubai Airport Free Zone, and Dubai Media City. There are no taxes to speak of in Dubai, on- or off-shore, but 100% foreign ownership and customs privileges make the Free Zone and its successors some of the most favourable locations in the Middle East for international operations.

All business in Dubai is low tax, but in Offshore Business Review we examine the Free Zone, the newer DIC and DIFC, shipping and the banking and finance sector, which are the business sectors most interesting to international investors.

For details of taxation of Dubai entities (or lack of it) see Offshore Legal and Tax Regimes.



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