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10 New Sectors to be Added to Commercial Companies Law

Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade and Industry has

revealed that a landmark legislation in the Commercial Companies Law, allowing 100 % foreign

ownership of onshore companies in UAE, is almost complete. This will enable investors and

businesses in 10 new strategically important sectors to come under the purview of the law. The

UAE Cabinet will soon announce the list of sectors and the regulations associated with their entry

into the local market .

Al Saleh added that the cancellation of the national service agent requirement came into force on

April 1, allowing all current and previously licensed businesses in the UAE to update their status

according to the new amendments to the commercial companies law.

This announcement was made at the 7th edition of Sharjah Economic Ramadan Majlis, organised

by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in collaboration with the Sharjah

Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah) at Sharjah

Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP).

Image source: (WAM)

The Majilis convened senior government officials, diplomats, investors, prominent business

leaders, and media representatives. under the title: ’The role of the New Industrial Strategy and

Commercial Companies Law in developing the national economy and enhancing its


Al Saleh commented: "Legislations that have been issued or those that will be enacted soon seek to increase the country’s competitiveness for both local and international investors, and advance business performance. These legislations are not the outcome of a crisis, but follow a clear vision of the country’s economic future envisioned collaboratively by federal, local, and private sector stakeholders. The future depends primarily on attracting innovative talents who will lay the

foundations of economies of the future.”

Mohammad Juma Al Musharrkh CEO of Invest in Sharjah added: "The UAE keenly amends and updates economic legislation to accommodate the changing needs of global investors and lighten the burden on business owners and entrepreneurs, in order to promote strong economic growth and boost the local economy’s competitiveness."


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