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Dubai World Trade Center makes radical fee changes to lure more businesses

Dubai state-owned convention facility, the World Trade Center (DWTC), a free zone offering offshore licenses for businesses and One World Central, is maneuvering the emirate to allow it to host more businesses, Forbes reported.

In its move to boost foreign direct investment inflows (FDI) in the emirate, DWTC is slashing incorporation and licensing fees for businesses by up to 70% within DWTC Authority, Forbes quoted a DWTC announcement.

Depending on the size of the business, immigration-related service fees too will be cut down by 40% to 50%.

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Through this initiative, DWTC said it hopes to increase the inflow of FDI in the country which stood at $7.4 billion in 2017, 7.1% higher than 2016, according to Forbes.

“The UAE government aims to boost the FDI by increasing the contribution of the non-oil private sector to 80% by 2021. The sector’s share currently stands at 70% due to slow economic growth,” said Forbes.

Companies to benefit

The move will benefit big companies, who are looking to establish their headquarters in Dubai which is considered as the trading and commercial hub of larger Middle East region.

The step will also help existing companies spend less when doing business, Forbes said.

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Commenting on the announcement, Helal Saeed Almarri, the director general of DWTCA said, “DWTC’s commercial propositions are designed to support the government’s mandate on reducing fees to scale down the cost of doing business for the private sector and to offer a viable ecosystem that supports sustainable, long-term success.”

“The significant reductions will collectively increase the competitiveness of, and the ease of doing business within the DWTCA free zone”, he added.

The World Bank expects UAE’s overall GDP growth to recover to 2.5% in 2018 up from 1.7% in 2017, with inflation projected to rise to 2.9% end of the year.

Recently, the Dubai Free Zones Council (DFZC), the body representing the emirate’s 30-plus economic free zones, which include DIFC,  said it was ramping up efforts to boost FDI by easing business registration fees and introducing new regulations to support e-commerce.

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