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Are you a foreign company looking to invest or enter the UAE market or a multinational planning to restructure your operations out of the UAE and grow your business in the Middle East?

The 2023 Guide to Doing Business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is your simple but comprehensive guide to understanding and navigating the current investment climate and the most important laws regulating investments and commercial activities in the UAE.

The guide features various topics, including the history, geography and economy of the UAE, the legal and judicial systems, foreign investment models, real estate ownership and leasehold, and employment. It also provides a comparison of the available legal investment vehicles that may potentially be used to enter the UAE market.

Doing Business in UAE



Borys has been a partner of Baker McKenzie since 1995. In 2008 Borys was appointed managing partner of the Gulf offices (including Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh and Bahrain), coordinating the opening of the Abu Dhabi and Doha offices and the merger in the UAE with Habib Al Mulla in July 2013. Borys is head of the Investigations, Compliance & Ethics practice in the Middle East and is co-chair of the Investigations, Compliance & Ethics Steering Committee for the EMEA region. He regularly advises clients across various industries on a broad range of compliance-related matters, including anti-bribery policies and programs. Borys has participated in whistleblower interviews and has led investigations relating to allegations of fraud, embezzlement, bribery and breach of trade sanctions. He also works with in house legal teams of multi-national clients to deliver tailored trainings on anti-bribery issues and trade compliance matters and is increasingly involved in assisting clients in the structuring and implementation of comprehensive, risk-based compliance programs. Borys' practice also extends to advising multi-national clients on foreign direct investments, including joint ventures and strategic alliances, the structuring of offset programs for defense contractors, mergers and acquisitions (including privatizations) and general corporate counseling. Borys has practiced in numerous jurisdictions over his career. Prior to moving to the Gulf, Borys was the managing partner in the Prague (Czech Republic) and Kyiv (Ukraine) offices of Baker McKenzie, spending approximately eight years in each office location. He started his legal career in New York.


Omar Momany is a partner at Baker McKenzie’s Dubai office and head of the UAE Corporate/M&A practice, focusing on public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, joint ventures, commercial matters and corporate/ shareholder disputes in the UAE and throughout the region. Omar has over 17 years of experience in the Middle East and has acted for local and regional corporates and financial institutions, governments and regulatory bodies, multinationals, family businesses and royal houses. He is bilingual in Arabic and English.


Osama Audi leads Baker McKenzie’s Corporate practice group in the UAE. He focuses on M&A, private equity, venture capital and investment funds matters. Recognized for his commercial-oriented approach to transactions and his work ethic, he represents sovereign wealth funds, private equity and venture capital funds, public and private growth companies, family offices and multinationals. Osama is admitted to the New York Bar and has worked in New York, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Osama is ranked by Chambers Global 2023 as a leading individual for Corporate/M&A: Abu Dhabi based. In their 2018 through 2022 rankings, he was recognized by Legal500 as a "Next Generation" lawyer and is "Highly Regarded" by IFLR for his M&A, venture capital and private equity work. He is also recognized by Legal500 for his work in the oil & gas and real estate sectors and by IFLR for his work in the food & beverage sector. Chambers Global 2023 states that Osama is “incredibly approachable and provides timely, sensible advice" and “very capable”.

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