Franchise opportunities in United Arab Emirates

Attractiveness of United Arab Emirates for the development of franchise business

United Arab Emirates is mostly urban; 78% out of 9.47 million people live in the cities. The most populated cities are Dubai (1,137,347), Abu Dhabi (603,492), Sharjah (543,733) and Al Ain (408,733).

The economy is very strong due to the rich natural resources such as petroleum and natural gas which are exported to many countries. UAE has one of the highest per capita GDP in the world and one of the biggest ($3,081.34) average monthly disposable salary.

Tourism also provides a substantial contribution to the economy. In 2016 UAE attracted 19,131,000 international tourists which brought $18.7 billion to GDP. Dubai is considered the most popular shopping destination in the world. Visitor exports provide approximately $29.9 billion annually.  

Franchise opportunities are facilitated by Free Trade Zones giving a possibility of 100% foreign ownership and absolutely no taxes. Overall franchise business earns $30 billion and is constantly extending.

American brands with a share of over 70% are highly dominant on the market. Other numerous representatives are from Japan, China, Germany, UK, and Italy. There is still a steady flow of requests from both franchisees and franchisors for new franchise brands.

Over 100 different types of franchises are operating in UAE; the most popular franchise sectors include: automotive, fast food, convenience stores, retail, fashion, dry cleaning, automotive, restaurant, mail and packing service.

Browse franchise List in United Arab Emirates

Indicators of Emirati Business Market

  • Capital: Abu Dhabi

  • Currency: UAE dirham

  • Education Index (2013): 0.673

  • Official languages: Arabic

  • Per capita GDP (PPP): $68,424

  • Quality-of-life index (0-10): 7.33

  • Population: 9.27 mln

  • Total GDP (PPP): $693.765 billion

  • Ease of Doing Business Ranking, Rank: 21

  • Gini: 36

  • Human Development Index (HDI): 0.840

Popular franchise directions in United Arab Emirates

List of franchises for sale in United Arab Emirates

Tapout Fitness franchise
Tapout Fitness - martial arts franchise Investment from $130,000
Southern Fried Chicken franchise
Southern Fried Chicken - restaurant franchise Investment from $322,850
RAMEN IROHA franchise
RAMEN IROHA - Ramen shop franchise Investment from $45,000
BNI franchise
BNI - Business Network International Franchise Investment from $65,000
Lakomka franchise
Lakomka - bakery chain franchise Investment from $52,000
9ROUND franchise
9ROUND - kickbox fitness centers franchise Investment from $
Nutty Scientists franchise
Nutty Scientists - spectacular interactive activities franchise Investment from $45,000
Jour franchise
Jour - healthy restaurant chain franchise Investment from $336,942
al Mamà Bistrot franchise
al Mamà Bistrot - restaurant franchise Investment from $135,000
Dietplus franchise
Dietplus - healthcare coaching franchise Investment from $56,000
Danube Home franchise
Danube Home - furniture & home accessory franchise Investment from $400,000
DetailCar franchise
DetailCar - waterless carwash franchise Investment from $9,960
KIO DA franchise
KIO DA - retail shops chain franchise Investment from $139,000
Funtopia franchise
Funtopia - family entertainment centers franchise Investment from $629,674
Los Pollos franchise
Los Pollos - chicken barbecue franchise Investment from $175,980
Didn't find
what
you want? Ask the expert