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United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a stable economy, a modern political system and comparatively young population with disposable income.

Evaluating the market in the United Arab Emirates

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EDC Position

EDC Country Position - Open


What this means:

  • Actively pursuing business
  • All EDC solutions are available in this market, subject to regular approval criteria
How does EDC determine the position?

Risk Rating

EDC Country Position – Low Risk

Low Risk

What this means:

The Commercial Country Ceiling (CCC) Risk Rating is measured from low to high, and is meant to represent the best possible rating that can be assigned to a commercial business (obligor) in a country.

How does EDC determine the risk rating?

Business environment in United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a key Middle Eastern market for many Canadian exporters across a range of sectors. The UAE is a very wealthy nation, with a high per capital income and sizable annual trade surplus. The country has a stable economy with a modern political system. Successful efforts at economic diversification have broadened the scope of opportunities across all sectors. Free trade zones, offering 100% foreign ownership and zero taxes, are attracting foreign investors. Canada has a strong commercial trade relationship with the UAE and Canadians have made inroads in many sectors such as Oil & Gas, resources, power, infrastructure and environment and ICT. Opportunities that match Canadian capabilities in a variety of sectors continue to be present. EDC serves Canadian companies in the United Arab Emirates through our local representation in Dubai.
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Environmental Infrastructure & Waste Water
  • Mining & Metals
  • Oil and Gas
  • Power
  • Services - Non-Industrial
  • Telecom
  • Transportation Services

Here’s a helpful tip for doing business in the UAE.

The UAE will be hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, which offers great opportunities for Canadian businesses to connect with potential customers in the Middle East.

Unlock key contacts in the UAE when you download our Market Entry Advisor Guide.

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Alicia McCarthy

Senior Trade Advisor, EDC

Alicia McCarthy  Senior Trade Advisor, EDC