Dubai is the seventh emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The population currently stands at 1.5 million however 82% of the population are expatriates. Arabic is the office language however English is the business language. Dubai is the undisputed business hub of the Middle East.
The Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone is a Dubai based, state owned Economic Zone and is one of the biggest, most service driven, customer centric Free Zones in the world. Regulations were passed in 2003 establishing the basis for Jebel Ali Free Zone Offshore Companies which operate under the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA). Such companies enjoy all the advantages of other international offshore companies but have the added benefit of Dubai’s reputation for business transparency. It is worth noting however that the a Dubai Offshore Company is not allowed to carry out business within the UAE or the Free Trade Zones.
Key benefits of UAE:
- A Dubai Offshore Company is not a tax haven company; it is not on any black list. The UAE is considered a Schedule 3 FATP jurisdiction and complies with relevant anti-money laundering regulations.
- No Corporate or Personal Taxes payable. Only banks and companies active in the oil sector are subject to corporate taxes.
- Offers a high degree of anonymity. Directors and Shareholders information is not kept on public record.
- Dubai is not a signatory to any international exchange of information agreements. This status is not expected to change as Dubai has no taxation gain from the participation of such treaties.
- The UAE has entered into some mutual assistance / double tax treaties with relevant jurisdictions such as Malayisa, Hong Kong and the UK. More will follow.
Bank Account Opening:
Bank Accounts can be opened in a number of international banks located in Dubai however a personal visit is required and the process can take a number of weeks to complete.
New licensing regulations for Trusts & Service Providers in Hong Kong
As per new regulations, all Hong Kong businesses providing Trustee Services, including Corporate Service Providers will not be able to operate without a valid trading license after March the 1st 2018. The new scheme is designed to better regulate individuals carrying out services within the financial sphere in Hong Kong and will be overseen and administered by the Hong Kong Companies Registry.
The terms of Hong Kong's new register of significant controllers and what it means for companies
As per new legislation, from March 1st 2018, every company incorporated in Hong Kong will be required to keep and maintain a register of all persons who have significant control of the company. The record must be updated as required and kept at the registered company address, even if there are no persons of significant control.
The pros & cons of European Passport-by-Investment schemes
In a bid to rebuild the dwindling economy in Cyprus shortly after the financial crisis four years ago, the government launched a passport-by-investment program to temp wealthy foreigners with citizenship in exchange for an investment of no less than €2 million into the Cyprus economy.
Using the Cyprus Non-Dom scheme for beneficial tax planning
In an attempt to improve and simplify the Cyprus tax system as well as to remain a highly compliant and attractive jurisdiction, the introduction of the non-domicile (shortened to Non-Dom) scheme aims to give Cyprus a competitive edge over other jurisdictions.
How are Cyprus banks handling the island's high rate of NPLs? Can more be done to combat them?
It is no secret that the Cyprus banking sector is struggling with the overwhelming level of Non-Performing Loans (NPLs), no matter the efforts exerted by the main banks in Cyprus by following conventional banking models to balance their profit/loss reports, NPLs remain to be the proverbial hole in the bucket.
Income tax exemptions for expats living in Cyprus: what are your options?
Situated in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Republic of Cyprus boasts a strategic geographical location at the hub of three continents; Europe, Asia and Africa and a pleasant sunny climate year round.
The UK Persons of Significant Control Register & its impact on companies
The requirement to maintain a register of people with significant influence or control, more commonly known as the PSC register was introduced to mandate all unlisted companies in the UK, including LLPs and dormant companies to maintain a register identifying those with significant control over a company.
Cyprus implements the Hague Convention, legally recognising Trusts as a type of Equitable Law
This year, the Republic of Cyprus ratified The Hague Conventions’ definition of the legislation applicable to trusts and furthering the regulations surrounding their recognition. Cyprus common law now recognises trusts as a unique legal institution under equity.