Welcome to the United Arab Emirates. Made up of seven states, the United Arab Emirates is an intriguing mix of new and old with its international influences and strong local traditions. Home to a significant expatriate population, it is one of the most important economic centres in the Middle East. From construction and building to food and services, there are plenty of opportunities for New Zealand companies.
To find out more about this diverse and exciting market, download our United Arab Emirates market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 18th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||26 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||24 of 176|
Getting to the United Arab EmiratesEmirates offer a non-stop flight to the United Arab Emirates which takes just over 17 hours. Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific offer non-direct flights. Depending on the stopover destination and waiting time, flight time is at least 20 hours.
When to visit
Summer (July to August) in the United Arab Emirates can be uncomfortably warm and a number of business people head away on holiday during this time. There are also religious celebrations and public holidays to consider so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the United Arab Emirates’ national holidays as some businesses may close over these periods.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on United Arab Emirates.
When doing business in the United Arab Emirates, understanding cultural differences can help make the right impression. Appointments should be made well in advance and punctuality is vital – both are signs of respect.
Download our guide on this page for more cultural tips.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in the United Arab Emirates
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit United Arab Emirates, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with United Arab Emirates
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with the United Arab Emirates, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their United Arab Emirates page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.