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UAE Talks About a 10-Year Golden Business License5 min read

Author: Uwe Hohmann
Managing Partner, MBA Tax Law / Commercial- & Tax Consultant

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is known for its innovative economic policies. Traditionally, businesses operating in the UAE were confined to one-year licenses, which could complicate long-term planning for investors and entrepreneurs. In a move to enhance long-term commitment and economic stability, the UAE has proposed a major shift towards longer licensing periods.

During the first 2024 Economic Integration Committee meeting, an exciting development was discussed: the introduction of 10-year “golden” licenses and 5-year “silver” licenses. This initiative aims to give businesses more room to grow and plan for the future without the hassle of annual renewals.

These new licenses are attractively priced and designed to boost government revenues and stimulate business activities across the Emirates. This strategy aligns with the UAE’s ambitious “We are the UAE 2031” vision, which aims to bring substantial economic growth and development.

The discussions emphasized the UAE’s effort to work more closely with businesses and stakeholders across the region. The proposed extended licenses are a clear signal of the UAE’s intent to create a supportive environment for business, appealing to a global audience of investors and business leaders.

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The move towards long-term business licenses proves the UAE’s commitment to staying ahead in economic innovation. By offering more stability and predictability, these licenses make the UAE an even more attractive destination for investment.

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