Potential Barriers to Entry in the UAE – Going Global

There are a number of critical considerations, issues and questions confronting companies as they establish, operate and grow a business in the Middle East from a base in the UAE. These include cultural differences, language barriers, influence of Shari’ah law, enforced local ownership rules, as well as choosing the most suitable location and legal entity to match your business requirements.

Today, more than 90% of the urban population of Dubai and more than 75% of the urban population of Abu Dhabi are foreign nationals, the majority from South Asia. English is widely used for business and is the lingua franca of the cities.

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