Doing Business in the UAE

Doing business annual report compares and investigates regulations in 183 countries that enhance or constrain business activity. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 183 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time. 

United Arab Emirates is ranked 33 out of 183 economies for the Ease of Doing Business, where Dubai is ranked 5 in Trading across borders

United Arab Emirates - Compared to global good practice economy as well as selected economies:

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United Arab Emirates's ranking in Doing Business 2010

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Dubai Trade’s Role in the Doing Business Report

Dubai Trade has been actively working with the World Bank team for the last 3 Doing Business reports on the topic of “Trading Across Borders”. Annually, Dubai Trade works with 10 - 15 companies actively involved in international trade to complete the surveys sent by World Bank. These companies respond back to World Bank either directly or through Dubai Trade and provide their response on the trading environment in the UAE. These responses are backed by data and facts collected over several transactions during the evaluation period.

Trading Across Borders Topic of the Doing Business report:

UAE is ranked #5 globally amongst 183 countries in the Trading across Borders topic of the Doing Business report. Below are the leading indicators for the same:

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About Doing Business Series:

Doing business annual report compares and investigates regulations in 183 countries that enhance or constrain business activity. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 183 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.

A set of regulations affecting 10 stages of a business’s life are measured: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and closing a business.

The data set covers 183 economies: 46 in Sub-Saharan Africa, 32 in Latin America and The Caribbean, 27 in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 24 in East Asia and Pacific, 19 in the Middle East and North Africa and 8 in South Asia, as well as 27 OECD high-income economies as benchmarks.

Doing Business report as a Benchmarking Tool

Doing Business, in capturing some key dimensions of regulatory regimes, has been found useful for benchmarking.

Doing Business provides 2 takes on the data it collects: it presents “absolute” indicators for each economy for each of the 10 regulatory topics it addresses, and it provides rankings of economies, both by indicator and in aggregate. Judgment is required in interpreting these measures for any economy and in determining a sensible and politically feasible path for reform.