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Dubai, a major business center in the Middle East has been treated as a tax haven for the Investors / Businessmen. The Taxation system is very satisfactory for the Businessmen and Investors. The corporate tax is set at a maximum rate in the oil and bank sectors in the Emirates.

Taxation aspects for Companies in Dubai

Corporate Tax

1. Corporate taxation in Dubai is limited only to banks and oil companies.

2. Oil companies in Dubai are subject to a maximum amount of 55% corporate income tax on the UAE-sourced income.

3. Branches of foreign banks in Dubai, subject to 20% tax rate on their Dubai source income.

4. Calculation method for the taxable income:

For Banks

For Oil Companies

According to their audited financial statements

According to their concession agreements

5. Free trade zones (FTZs) have their own rules and regulations and there is no corporate tax.


In the year 2018, the VAT was introduced in the UAE to provide a new source of income. VAT is a tax on the consumption or use of goods and services levied at each point of sale.

Corporate tax regime in Dubai (UAE): An overview

Registration Criteria:

Mandatory Registration

Optional Registration

· If its taxable supplies and imports exceed AED 375,000 per annum. or

· Expected turnover to be more than AED 375,000 in the next 30 days.

· Turnover or expenses (which were subject to VAT) were more than AED 187,500 in the last 12 months or

· Expect that either your turnover or expenses (which were subject to VAT) to be more than AED 187,500 in the next 30 days.

Kindly note that:

If you fail to register for VAT on time, a late registration administrative penalty of 20,000 AED will apply.

VAT Rate:

· UAE Authorities implemented the VAT rate of 5% on jewelry, tobacco, luxury cars, and alcohol industry etc. (low rate as compared to other countries worldwide) for particular goods and services.
· VAT charged at 0% also on few services:
· investments in precious materials;
· the supply or residential properties;
· education services;
· healthcare services.

Excise tax in Dubai

UAE have implemented an excise tax, generally ranging from 50% to 100%, non-essential goods which includes tobacco products and carbonated drinks/energy drinks, luxury cars etc.o:p>


Dividend tax in Dubai

Companies established in UAE can get benefit from the double taxation treaties signed by UAE and there is no tax on dividends / no withholding tax imposed for foreign or local investments. dividend payments are not tax-deductible from the paying company.

Indirect taxes REGIME in Dubai

hotels and entertainment activities

10% municipal tax

import of alcoholic beverages;

50% tax

purchase of alcohol

30% tax


Individual Taxation Aspects:

UAE has been treated as a tax haven country for businessmen and investors. And No Income Tax Provisions / Compliance Obligations are applicable to individuals in UAE (DUBAI).


Published by

CS Lalit Rajput
(Company Secretary)
Category Corporate Law   Report

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