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ICAEW (members)

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. A professional membership organization supporting 125,000+ chartered accountants around the world by providing insight and leadership to the global accountancy and finance profession.

Link: http://www.icaew.com (updated: Feb. 2011)



ACCA (trainers)

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants is the global body for professional accountants. It aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

Link: http://www.accaglobal.com (updated: Feb. 2011)



ISO 9001 (certified)

International Organization for Standardization is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards.

ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 160 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.

Link: http://www.iso.org (updated: Feb. 2011).



DIFC (auditors & liquidators)

Dubai International Financial Centre is strategically located between the east and west, which provides a secure and efficient platform for business and financial institutions to reach into and out of the emerging markets of the region.

The quality and range of DIFC’s independent regulation, common law framework, supportive infrastructure and its tax-friendly regime make it the perfect base to take advantage of the region’s rapidly growing demand for financial and business services. DIFC fills the time-zone gap for a global financial centre between the leading financial centres of London and New York in the west and Hong Kong and Tokyo in the east. Guided by its core values of integrity, transparency and efficiency, DIFC is playing a pivotal role in meeting the growing financial needs of the region.

Link: http://www.difc.ae (updated: Feb. 2011)



JAFZA (auditors & agents)

Jebel Ali Free Zone is one of the world’s largest and the fastest growing free zones.

Established in 1985, JAFZA today is spread over an area of 48 sq. kms and is home to over 6400 companies, including over 120 of the Fortune Global 500 enterprises, from across the world. It is a leading driver of the burgeoning UAE economy. With its impeccable record of accomplishment, JAFZA stands for innovation, customer centricity, transparent operations and entrepreneurial dynamism.

Link: http://www.jafza.ae (updated: Feb. 2011).



RAKFTzone (auditors & agents)

Ras-Al-Khaimah Free Trade Zone is one of the largest registered agents for incorporating offshore & onshore companies regulated under Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, based in Ras Al Khaimah with its representation in Switzerland.

Link: http://www.rakftzone.com (updated: Feb. 2011).



GCCCAC (arbitrators)

Gulf Cooperation Council Commercial Arbitration Centre. The most important duty of the centre is to fill the vacuum resulting from the lack of a regional specialized mechanism capable of providing speedy and effective means of dispute resolution in the GCC.

It also organizes, on a regular basis, regional seminars and workshops on international trade practices and dispute resolution.

Link: http://www.gcac.biz/new/index.php



DIAC (arbitrators)

The Dubai International Arbitration Centre offers a high caliber of arbitration services and facilities on an international scale.

First created in 1994 as the "Centre for Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration", the current DIAC is an autonomous, permanent, non-profit institution. Located on the 14th floor of the magnificent glass quarters of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), the centre provides the regional and international business communities with an exclusive service at affordable rates.

Link: http://www.diac.ae (updated: Feb. 2011).



ADCCAC (arbitrators)

Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre. administrates dispute settlement through conciliation and arbitration.

It also does expert document consulting (expert perusal) and translation. In detail, its services are: * Settlement of local and international trade disputes via commercial conciliation and arbitration. * Provide legal consultation on commercial conciliation and arbitration. * Organize conferences and workshops. * Provide lists of arbitrators, conciliators, experts and certified translators. * Appoint eligible arbitrators to look into a case upon demand of the parties involved. * Nominate experts specialized in technical, commercial and industrial aspects upon demand by the litigants or as requested by official bodies in the UAE (Courts of Law). * Develop an Information & Legislations Unit to focus on commercial conciliation and arbitration. Conduct studies, researches and write articles on conciliation and arbitration as well as all amicable means to resolve trade disputes. The Centre was established in 1993 by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Link: http://www.abudhabichamber.ae




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DED - Dubai (members)

Department of Economic Development - Dubai organizes, regulates, and boosts trade and industry within the Emirate of Dubai.

It also plans and regulates the overall economic performance of Dubai, supervises its functions and supports the economic development to ensure the objectives of the Dubai strategic plan are achieved. DED is still responsible for its traditional activities of business registration, licensing and commercial protection in Dubai, but with four new agencies under its umbrella, it also includes export development (Dubai Export Development Corporation), retail development (Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for Young Business Leaders), entrepreneurship development (Dubai Shopping Festival Office) and foreign investment (Foreign Investment Office).

Link: http://www.dubaided.gov.ae/english/pages/default.aspx (updated: Feb. 2011)



DED - AbuDhabi (members)

Department of Economic Development - Abu Dhabi is responsible for proposing the economic and commercial policy of Abu Dhabi and preparing the plans and programs required for implementing this policy.

The department provides commercial licensing and trade name registration and conducts the necessary studies to encourage and promote the private sector. It also participates in economic and trading seminars and conferences locally and internationally. Vision A stakeholder centric entity recognized for its contribution to enable sustainable economic development in Abu Dhabi. Mission To lead Abu Dhabi's economic agenda towards a balanced, diversified and sustainable knowledge-based economy that enhances the competitiveness of Abu Dhabi in the global economy and ensures the prosperity for its people.

Link: http://ded.abudhabi.ae/english/pages/home.aspx



(updated: Feb. 2011)



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