Double Taxation Treaties Signed by UAE

Updated on Sunday 19th February 2017

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Dubai has a tempting taxation regime and foreign financiers who choose to open companies in Dubai also profit from the double tax treaties signed between UAE and other states, with the purpose of avoiding double taxation for enterprises that have working offices in Dubai and overseas. As a foreign investor, it is useful to know if there are any double tax avoidance treaties between UAE and your state. Our accountants in Dubai can give you full and proper information about the double taxation treaties signed by the UAE.

Double taxation treaties in Dubai and the UAE

The first double taxation avoidance treaty was signed between the United Arab Emirates and France. Since then, the Emirates have signed 60 double taxation treaties with states around the world. The list of double taxation agreements contains: Armenia, Algeria, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Cyprus Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Korea, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Pakistan, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Seychelles, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Tajikistan, Tunisia, New Zealand, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Vietnam, Venezuela and Yemen. 

The content of Dubai’s double tax treaties

Most of Dubai’s treaties for the avoidance of double taxation contain requirements about the following issue:

•    the taxation of income of individuals and enterprises, as most treaties cover the revenue taxes concerning the contracting countries;
•    reduced tax rates for specific types of revenues;
•    procedures of removal of double taxation which are frequently dissimilar for each nation;
•    exemptions for the taxes imposed on air transportation and shipping;
•    tax cutbacks for investments made by the governments of the contracting countries.

 All double taxation agreements are made so that Dubai has a superior global relation with its economic associates.

Extra info about Dubai’s double taxation treaties

Foreign investors should know that the levies paid in Dubai can be solicited in the home state of the foreign business as a credit in contrast to the tax paid in the UAE, depending on the supplies of the double taxation treaty and the applicable rules in the native republic. 

Our team of accounting specialists in Dubai can offer proper information about every double taxation treaties or other taxes, so please feel free to contact us.


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