Guernsey, Jersey & Isle of Man to strike FATCA deals with US

(Dubai, 11/10/2012) The governments of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man have simultaneously announced that they are seeking to negotiate partnership agreements with the United States to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The intention is that the three British Crown Dependencies will negotiate their own individual agreements which will follow the […]

Dubai: A leading Global Financial Centre?

(08/08/2012, Dubai) The global financial crisis which has become almost pandemic in the last few years has led to a lack of confidence in not only the banking and economic systems which currently operate, but in the financial centres and governments that provide these services and regulate them. The City ofLondon, for example, has come […]

RAKIA Free Zone – Investor Sustainability an Alien Term?

(06/08/2012, Dubai) It's already since longer time a medium sized imposition, to deal with RAK Investment Authority – at least when it comes to licenses in the Free Trade Zone. Again and again, absolute standard processes are being counteracted, regulations and processes being changed overnight – or any Mufti had again some flatulence and he […]

Santander Bank eyes MidEast opportunities

(01/08/2012, Dubai) Santander, one of the world's biggest banking groups, is in talks to bring its financial services to the Middle East. Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Spanish banking giant "to explore potential areas of cooperation to jointly offer world class financial services in the […]

Dubai’s DIFC announces major shake-up

(01/08/2012, Dubai) Jeff Singer, the former chief executive of Nasdaq Dubai, was on Tuesday appointed CEO of the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA). He replaces Abdulla Al Awar who has been appointed as an advisor to the board of directors, a statement said. The appointments come as the organisation segregates into two independent entities […]

NOV 2011 – Actual figures about Emirates Airlines

26/11/2011 – Emirates Airlines launched yesterday its service to Munich (Germany) with the flagship aircraft Airbus A380 (489 seater) as flight number EK049.The airlines actual figures are impressive:Largest A380 operator world wide with 17 aircrafts in operation, as per today.A380 destinations: Munich, London Heathrow, Manchester, New York, Paris, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, Bangkok, Seoul, Jeddah, Johannesburg, […]

Visa red-tape hurting firms, says Dubai Chamber chief

21/11/2011 – Lengthy and costly visa applications are squeezing businesses and taking a toll on profits, the man charged with overseeing the interests of Dubai’s private sector said Monday. Bureaucratic red tape has become a burden for firms operating in the Gulf emirate, with many running up significant tabs to absorb the cost of securing […]

UAE sees first annual deflation in 20 months

21/11/2011 – Reuters: Consumer prices in the UAE dipped by 0.1 percent on an annual basis in October, their first decline in 20 months, and rose 0.4 percent from the previous month helped by a jump in food costs, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday.Analysts have expected prices in the world’s […]

Dubai Shopping Festival to start on January 5

Dubai: The Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) has announced the dates for the 17th edition of the globally renowned event – Dubai Shopping Festival. The 32-day festival will be held from January 5 to February 5, 2012. Attracting millions of visitors each year, the festival showcases the region’s best in shopping, winning, and family […]

UK Tax Unit to target Middle East Property Owners

The UK government has set up a 200-member team of taxation investigators, known as the ‘affluent unit’, which will target those who own properties overseas and have not declared them for tax purposes. During the boom era, thousands of British investors bought holiday homes and investment properties, mainly in Dubai and Egypt. There will be […]


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