The United Arab Emirates Opens Its Doors to Unrestricted Foreign Investment

    July 2019

    Foreign ownership restrictions have traditionally been the greatest single impediment to foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Gulf region. On 2 July 2019, this changed in dramatic fashion with the announcement by the Federal Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of a significant opening of the UAE markets to foreign investors, a radical and positive change in direction for the country.