The UAE has become a leading global destination for foreign investment, as a result of its political stability, sound economic policies, business-friendly regulatory environment and zero-tax regime. Within the UAE, specialised free zones provide international investors with a secure environment to establish and grow their business operations, ranging from SMEs to subsidiaries of leading global companies. The UAE also offers strategic geographic location with easy access to countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South Asia.
HLB UAE, comprising members HLB Hamt and HLB Jivanjee, is among the top ten leading firms in the UAE with 7 partners and over 200 staff across 9 offices. A recent visit of HLB International’s Head of Business Channel Development, Coco Liu, was the occasion of a series of high-level meetings including presentations to companies, industry associations and local chambers of commerce.
Meetings were held with leading international organisations including Dubai Trade, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), Austrade, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, PROMOS Italy, and international banks such as HSBC, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, RAK Bank, Industrial and Commercial bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China.
The meetings emphasised the importance of HLB in the UAE, as well as the long-term trade and investment relationship between Europe and China. HLB offers extensive presence across Europe and China and has agreements with major economic partners there, enjoying a robust trade and investment relationship which has grown dramatically in recent years.
With one of the most open and dynamic economies in the world, the UAE offers an attractive proposition for international businesses and entrepreneurs, from service and trading companies to manufacturers and educational institutions, to gain momentum in the Middle East and access other potentially lucrative markets in Africa and South Asia.