With more than 80% of the UAE’s population made up of expats, you’ll find yourself in a dynamic work environment. Despite its cosmopolitan feel, business here still has its roots firmly in Arab culture - so you should always respect Islamic rules and traditions.
Its strategic position in the Middle East, strong banking sector, diverse economy and stable political system make the UAE an attractive place for business. The country was ranked 21st out of 190 countries in The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Survey for 2018, coming first for paying taxes and scoring well for dealing with construction permits and enforcing contracts.
The UAE has managed to weather the global economic downturn and its economy is growing steadily, with non-oil sectors now making up about 70% of its GDP.
Dubai will host the World Expo 2020, which is likely to boost the economy over the next few years. The event is expected to create many new job opportunities in the hospitality and construction sectors.
You may face some challenges doing business in the UAE. Each emirate has its own regulations when it comes to certain business matters, which can be confusing if you work in different parts of the country. English is widely spoken in business, but Arabic is the official language - so you may need an interpreter to translate some documents.