Exporting to the United Arab Emirates

A guide for British businesses who are interested in developing their overseas trade and doing business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).



A detailed guide on doing business in and with the UAE. The guide contains information on:

  • challenges of doing business in UAE
  • growth potential of the market
  • trade between the UK and UAE
  • start-up and market entry considerations for the UAE
  • legal considerations in the UAE
  • tax and customs considerations in UAE
  • entry requirements for UAE
  • who to contact for more help

More information


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Managing risk

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Published 21 March 2014
Last updated 1 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Addition of export control requirements to Nuclear section 5.2.
  2. January 2018 update covering all sections of the guide.
  3. 2015 update of exporting to UAE guide.
  4. First published.