FTA Director General Khalid Ali Al Bustani

Corporate tax: FTA launches corporate tax workshop platform

The new feature forms part of the steps the FTA has taken to ensure a smooth implementation of the corporate tax law

Saudi Arabia disburses $8bn

Saudi Arabia’s National Development Fund disburses over $8bn in financing

The Saudi Industrial Development Fund supported over 100 beneficiaries through the industrial fund’s academic and advisory programmes

S&P Global affirms positive outlook on Bahrain

S&P Global affirms rating, positive outlook on Bahrain

The country’s fiscal and debt positions strengthened in 2022 on the back of higher oil prices and budget consolidation measures

Saudi Arabia’s foreign reserves fell from SAR1.57tn the previous month

Saudi Arabia’s net reserves fall to $410bn, lowest since 2010

The central bank said the net foreign assets dropped to SAR1.54tn in April from SAR1.57tn the previous month

UAE Minister of State for foreign trade Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi

UAE, Malaysia agree to launch CEPA negotiations

The UAE has so far concluded four CEPAs with India, Israel, Indonesia and Turkey and the first two have already come into force

Israel consul general Liron Zaslansky with Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner & Group Editor-in-Chief of Motiva

Strengthening the UAE-Israel partnership

H.E Liron Zaslansky, Consul General of Israel in Dubai shares her thoughts on the strong relationship between the two states and avenues for further growth

UAE, Italy strengthen economic partnership

UAE, Italy strengthen economic ties, explore investment exchanges

The partnership is expected to create new investment opportunities to support sustainable economic growth

UAE's One Dirham banknote issued in 1973. Image Credit: Central Bank of the UAE

UAE’s dirham marks 50 years of circulation

The Emirati dirham was issued as the UAE’s official currency replacing a mix of international currencies which had been in circulation in the emirates

UAE corporate tax exempt

UAE corporate tax: Ministry issues decision on exemptions

The decision aims to clarify the application of the corporate tax regime for individuals and ensures that only business income is taxed

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World Bank expects UAE’s non-oil economy to grow by 4.8% in 2023

The economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council are projected to grow by 2.5 per cent in 2023 and 3.2 per cent in 2024

Dubai Chambers signs MoU with AACCI

Dubai Chambers opens Sydney office, signs MoU with Australia Arab Chamber

The Sydney office is the second to be inaugurated in 2023 and expands the chamber’s global network to 17 representation offices

Abu Dhabi 2022 GDP

Abu Dhabi economy grows 9.3% in 2022 on non-oil activities boost

The city’s non-oil sectors witnessed significant growth of Dhs43bn in 2022 and contributed 50 per cent to the overall GDP

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s economy grew 3.9% in Q1 of 2023

Economic expansion was driven by a 5.8 per cent increase in non-oil activities

UAE Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi.

UAE, South Africa seek to boost trade ties in energy, tourism

The country is the UAE’s second-largest trading partner in Africa, accounting for 8 per cent of total non-oil trade with the continent

Gold set for second weekly gain on weak dollar

Spot gold was up 0.1 per cent at $2,042.01 per ounce, as of 5.34am GMT

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

Saudi Arabia opens four new economic zones to boost investment

The economic zones are expected to accelerate growth, increase export competitiveness, attract talent and improve the country’s global links

IMF April WEO update

Global growth to fall from last year: IMF

The latest IMF World Economic Outlook update found that recession concerns have gained prominence, while worries about stubbornly high inflation persist

Dubai Customs partners with the GInI

Dubai Customs, Global Innovation Institute partner to enhance services

The authority applies the latest and most important global standards in innovation and creativity strategy

Dubai Future Fellowship launched by Sheikh Hamdan photo Dubai Media Office

Sheikh Hamdan launches Dubai Future Fellowship

The programme’s goals will be supported by an international network of fellows known for their achievements in government, technology and future sectors

UAE new corporate tax

UAE to offer corporate tax relief to small businesses

The tax relief seeks to support startups and other small businesses by reducing their corporate tax burden and compliance costs

Fitch upgrades Saudi Arabia.

Fitch Ratings raises Saudi Arabia’s outlook on strong fiscal buffers

The kingdom has one of the highest reserve coverage ratios among Fitch-rated sovereigns at 18 months of current external payments

mohre Unemployment Insurance Scheme

UAE Unemployment Insurance Scheme: Subscribers cross one million

The Unemployment Insurance Scheme covers employees in the federal government and the private sectors

Bahrain unveils new visa

Bahrain unveils new ‘golden licence’ to attract investors

The new licence is part of an economic recovery plan launched by the Gulf state in October 2021 to boost investment and job creation

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UAE ranks 18th globally in FDI confidence index

The GCC countries were high in the emerging markets ranking with Qatar ranking fourth and Saudi Arabia ranking sixth globally

EY projects $42.2bn boon to UAE economy from Expo 2020 Dubai

The pre-event phase contributed around one-quarter of gross value and the legacy phase will add 62 per cent

Bahrain GDP 2022 growth. Image by EDB

Bahrain’s economy expands by 4.9% in 2022, the fastest in a decade

The country’s non-oil sector grew by 6.2 per cent in 2022, the highest growth rate recorded over the past ten years

UAE cabinet meeting March 2023 photo courtesy WAM

UAE approves 24 national initiatives, aims to double re-exports in 7 years

Additionally, the UAE cabinet meeting reviewed more than 19 initiatives to attract talent to the country

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi

UAE, Costa Rica to launch free trade talks

The CEPA programme was launched in September 2021 to expand UAE’s trade and investment partnership with several strategic global markets

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UAE central bank projects GDP growth rising to 4.3% in 2024

In 2023, inflation is projected to decelerate to 3.2 per cent, on the back of softer price increases in all categories

S&P Global, Moody’s raise Saudi Arabia rating on reform agenda

Fitch Ratings, one of the big three rating agencies, assigns Saudi Arabia the same score as S&P Global while Moody’s has it one level higher