UAE Federal Cabinet approves Positive List of activities eligible for up to 100% foreign ownership.

By Christopher Lester and Connie Leung

WAM, the Emirates News Agency, reported on 2 July 2019 (the WAM Report) that the UAE Federal Cabinet has approved 122 economic activities across 13 sectors that will be eligible for up to 100% foreign investment (the July 2019 Cabinet Decision). This approval is the latest development in the UAE’s move towards encouraging foreign direct investment in priority sectors in the country, within the framework of the Federal Law No. 19 of 2018 Concerning Foreign Direct Investment (the FDI Law). The full list of economic activities and sectors (the Positive List) will be confirmed when the July 2019 Cabinet Decision is published in the Official Gazette — expected around 30 July 2019.

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