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Double Tax Treaties in Dubai

Double Tax Treaties in Dubai

Updated on Tuesday 19th April 2016

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Dubai has an attractive taxation regime and foreign investors who choose to open companies in Dubai also benefit from the double tax treaties signed between UAE and other countries with the purpose of avoiding double taxation for companies that have operating offices in Dubai and abroad.


If you are a foreign investor, it is helpful to know if there are any double tax avoidance treaties between UAE and your country. Our lawyers in Dubai can give you complete information about the double taxation treaties signed by the United Arab Emirates.

Double taxation treaties and agreements in Dubai and the UAE

The first double taxation avoidance agreement was signed between the United Arab Emirates and France. Since then, the Emirates, including Dubai, have signed approximately 60 double taxation treaties with countries across the world.


The list of double taxation avoidance agreements includes: Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Mauritius, Canada Bulgaria, , China, , the Czech Republic, Egypt, Cyprus Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, , Ireland, , Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Korea, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, , Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Seychelles, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, New Zealand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen. 

 What do Dubai’s double tax treaties contain?

Even if personalized, most of Dubai’s agreements for the avoidance of double taxation will contain provisions about the following:

  • -       the taxation of income of individuals and companies, as most agreements cover the income taxes applies by the contracting states,
  • -       methods of elimination of double taxation which are usually different for each country,
  • -       reduced tax rates for certain types of incomes,
  • -       tax reductions for investments made by the governments of the contracting states,
  • -       exemptions for the taxes levied on air transportation and shipping.

 All double taxation agreements are created so that Dubai has a better international relation with its economic partners

Information about Dubai’s double taxation treaties

Foreign investors should know that the taxes paid in Dubai can be solicited in the home country of the foreign company as a credit against the tax paid in the UAE, depending on the provisions of the double taxation treaty and the applicable laws in the native country. Our Dubai lawyers can give you specific information about the provisions of each double taxation treaty, if you want to know more about the effective agreement signed between Dubai and your country.

If you want to know more about investing in Dubai, please contact our law firm in Dubai.




  • Jane 2016-03-14

    I have a company in Dubai and this article helped me understand how I can take advantage of all the tax benefits. Thanks!

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