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The UAE has engaged in negotiations with several nations around the world to conclude free trade agreements to enhance the UAE’s position as trade hub and investment destination.

Click the link to view UAE’s trade agreements and negotiations

Reduced tariffs

Increased volume of investments

Enhanced access opportunities for local products to global markets, as well as facilitating market access for SMEs

Protection of investors and service providers

Protection of intellectual property rights

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is a regional trade organisation comprising Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. It was established in 1960 to promote free trade and economic integration between its member countries.

The free trade agreement between the GCC countries and the EFTA countries, signed in 2009, covers various aspects such as trade in goods, services, government procurement, competition, intellectual property, administration and dispute resolution. The joint committee of the GCC states and the EFTA states oversees the implementation of the agreement.

Industrial goods, including fish and other marine products, benefit from duty free access to the respective markets of the EFTA States. For products imported into the GCC, most customs duties are eliminated. Certain products become duty free after a transitional period of 5 years, while some others remain excluded from tariff dismantling or excluded from the scope of application. The agreement also provides for tariff concessions on processed agricultural products.

The Trade in Services ensures that each party will treat services supplier no less favourably than his domestic supplier in similar circumstances. It aims to reduce restrictions on market access, as well.

Yes, an annex on e-Ecommerce has been included in the GCC-EFTA FTA which aims to strengthen the exchange of information, cooperation and partnership in this field and to follow the latest development of other countries in this sector.

The Parties agreed to adopt or maintain competition laws to avoid anti-competitive business practices that may restrict trade between them. The Parties also commit to cooperating on issues relating to competition law enforcement.

The free trade agreements between GCC and FTA includes a chapter concerning government procurement with precise rules and principles that will address and allow the participation of GCC companies in the government tenders in the EFTA States and vice versa.

The GCC-Singapore FTA (GSFTA) signed in 2008 is a milestone agreement in strengthening ties between the GCC countries and Singapore, particularly because it is the first Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by the GCC and the second FTA that Singapore signed with the Middle East.

The GCC-Singapore FTA (GSFTA) is a comprehensive agreement that includes Trade in Goods, Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures, Trade in Services and Government Procurement.

It allows the GCC goods full duty-free access to the Singapore market. The GSFTA also qualify 99% of Singaporean domestic exports to the GCC for tariff-free concessions.

Key GCC sectors that benefit from this arrangement include petrochemicals, jewelry, machinery and iron and steel-related industry.

It provides the GCC service suppliers enhanced business opportunities in Singapore. The agreement highlighted the commitments made by Singapore and the GCC countries at the multilateral level, in particular, the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Specifically, Singapore and the GCC have committed to liberalise various services sectors beyond its WTO commitments.

Business services: professional services, computer and related services, rental and others

Communication services

Construction and related engineering services

Distribution services

Educational services

Environmental services

Financial services

Health related and social services


Recreational, cultural and sporting services

Transport services

The UAE eases limits on foreign equity in construction services, distribution services, hospital services and legal advisory services.

Citizens, permanent residents, local companies as well as multinational companies (MNCs) based in Singapore or the GCC

Click here to view all the economic cooperation agreements signed between the UAE and different countries.

You can visit the UAE by land, sea or air. By air, people from all over the world can reach the UAE through major airlines. By land, you can travel using private cars or by public transportation such as buses. By sea, you can tour via cruise lines with stops at Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

If you are a GCC citizen, you do not need to get a visa to go to the UAE. Outside GCC, you can get a pre-arranged visa or you can get a visa on arrival depending on the country where you are from.