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Its objective is to combat the harmful practices in international trade. Article 1 of the Law defines the harmful practices in international trade as the practices of dumping, specialised subsidy and increase of imports.

Dumping means exporting a product to the UAE at an export price that is less than the normal value of the like product in the export country in the normal course of trade.

A complaint against dumping, subsidisation or increase of imports should be submitted in writing to the Department of Anti-injurious Practices in International Trade as per the determined form.

The complaint shall be made by the domestic industry or on behalf of industry or by concerned Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the UAE, or by producers’ federations.

The complaint should include evidence of the existence of dumping, specific subsidy or increase in imports and the injury caused by the alleged injurious practices as well as the causal link between the injurious practice and the alleged injury caused to the complainant, and all available information supporting the complaint.

Books, booklets, articles and other literature
Computer software and applications, databases and similar works defined in a decision to be issued by the Minister of Economy
Lectures, speeches, sermons and other works of similar nature
Plays, musicals and pantomimes
Musicals accompanied by dialogues and musicals which are not accompanied by dialogue
Audio and video works or audio-visual works
Architectural work and architectural plans and drawings
Drawings, paintings, sculptures, etchings, lithography, screen printing, reliefs and intaglio prints and other similar works of fine art
Photographic work and the likes
Works of applied art and plastic art
Charts, maps, plans, 3-D modelling for geographical and topographical applications and architectural designs etc.
Derivative works, subject to the protection afforded to the work(s) upon which they are based

Under this law, trade mark is defined as anything having a distinctive form such as names, words, signatures, letters, figures, drawings, logos, titles, hallmarks, seals, pictures, engravings, advertisements, packs or any other mark or group of marks if used or intended to be used either to distinguish goods, products or services whatever their source or to indicate that the goods or products belong to the trademark’s owner due to its manufacturing, selection or trading or to indicate the rendering of a service.

The Federal Law No (31) of 2016, promulgated by Law No (17) of 2002 on Regulation and Protection of Industrial Property of Patents, Industrial Drawings and Designs regulates patent protection in the UAE. A patent protection in the UAE is granted for any invention resulting from an innovative idea or innovative improvement of an invention in all fields of technology, provided that such an idea or innovative improvement has a scientific basis and is applicable.

Established under Federal Law No (2) of 2014 under the umbrella of the Ministry of Economy, it is specifically designed for SMEs owned by UAE nationals. The programme aims to develop the general framework and guidelines to provide the necessary expertise and the technical, administrative and training support in various fields in order to promote and develop small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as prepare periodic evaluations of them.

Develop the SME sector as a major contributor and a primary supporter of the nation’s economy.
Empower and support UAE nationals towards self-employment in the SMEs sector and bolster the SMEs GDP contribution in the economy.
Strengthen the UAE’s position as a hub for SMEs and entrepreneurship.
Develop support programmes and initiatives aimed at developing the SME sector.
Spread a culture of entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and research in order to realise the UAE’s economic ambitions.

Credit facilities, promotion and marketing, provided this shall not conflict with any financial or legal obligations
Federal bodies are obliged to grant SMEs no less than 10% of total contracts
Companies, in which the Federal Government owns a ratio of no less than 25% of its capital, is committed to contract with the projects and enterprises in the UAE by rate of not less than 5% of the total contracts.
Simplified processes and procedures as well as the reduction of fees
Incentives and facilities for SMEs
Allocation of space in both local and international events and exhibitions in which the UAE is part of
Organisation of local exhibitions catering to the needs of SMEs and boosting promotion of products and services

The National Programme caters to SMEs owned by UAE nationals.

The Council includes representatives from all bodies within the government sector which are related to SMEs.

Develop strategic plans and policies for small enterprises and projects
Set the necessary rules and regulations to enhance the coordination between the National Programme for SMEs and participating bodies
Follow-up on programme performance indicators
Promote sustainable economic development in the UAE

All active members of the National Programme are given a unique Identification Number (NP ID) to be recognised by the programme as well as by other organisations connected to the NP portal.

Yes, registration is necessary in order to get a unique ID number.

All members of other organisations will automatically become a member. However, there is a need to complete required information to activate your account and get the NP ID.

To register in the NP portal, visit or email

No, your account needs to be activated before you get the NP ID.

It usually takes 2-3 days to activate your account, but it can take longer depending on the process.