Important information to consider when sending parcels to the United Arab Emirates
As a middle-eastern hub, importation of goods to the United Arab Emirates is important, and whether you are sending a parcel to an expat, business or customer, people in the UAE will all expect a great delivery service. Though the country has previously lagged behind many of its neighbours, the United Arab Emirates has become a force to be reckoned with in the region. It wasn't until 1971 that the UAE broke away from Great Britain and gained independence, with seven independent nations combining under the rule of a group of emirs. The country has some of the most authoritarian rules in the region but paradoxically, the United Arab Emirates remains a largely free and open society. When looking at the country's demographics, however, the picture becomes clearer; with the population is mainly foreign workers or expatriates, with a significant British presence. Since the discovery of oil in the UAE in 1950, the petroleum industry has been the major hub of economic growth for the entire country. Abu Dhabi became the first region in the United Arab Emirates to export the liquid gold, moving the country from a dying agricultural economy to a booming industrial nation. Careful planning over the years has seen the oil business successfully joined with a conscious campaign to attract business, construction and tourism to the nation, creating a more stable and diversified economic base. Today, Dubai is considered to be a major destination for both business and pleasure. Most people who reside in the UAE, live in the city of Dubai, which is, by far, the most liberal area of the UAE. Shipments will still be subject to the government rules of importation. Dubai, however, does have many tax-free zones because of the large amount of foreign trade accomplished in the city, so it could pay to ship goods straight to this metropolitan hub. UAE’s eCommerce market is currently valued at 9.2 billion dirham ($2.5 billion USD), but is projected to grow to 36.7 billion dirham ($10 billion USD) by 2018, this slow growth is partially down to the vast and expansive shopping malls found in the UAE, however millions of parcels are still sent to not only Dubai but also Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.