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Finance Ministry Israel Katz
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Ahmed Al Mansuri, founder of Crossroads of Civilization private museum, passes by a painting presenting UAE and Israel friendship at an exhibition commemorating the Jewish Holocaust in Dubai

Israel, UAE sign tax treaty to boost economic cooperation

Finance Ministry Israel Katz confirms the move that, once ratified by ministers, will prevent double taxation, while tax deductions, dividends and royalties will be capped

Reuters |
Published: 05.31.21 , 15:25
Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a tax treaty on Monday, Finance Ministry Israel Katz said, describing the move as a spur to business development between the countries after they normalized relations last year.
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  • The UAE finance ministry said in October that it had reached a preliminary agreement with Israel on avoiding double taxation. The tax convention, once ratified by ministers and parliament this year, will be Israel's 59th and go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
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    Ahmed Al Mansuri, founder of Crossroads of Civilization private museum, passes by a painting presenting UAE and Israel friendship at an exhibition commemorating the Jewish Holocaust in Dubai
    Ahmed Al Mansuri, founder of Crossroads of Civilization private museum, passes by a painting presenting UAE and Israel friendship at an exhibition commemorating the Jewish Holocaust in Dubai
    Ahmed Al Mansuri, founder of Crossroads of Civilization private museum, passes by a painting presenting UAE and Israel friendship at an exhibition commemorating the Jewish Holocaust in Dubai
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    It is the first tax treaty reached in the wake of Israel's normalizing relations with the UAE and Bahrain last year. In parallel, Israel has moved to improve ties with Morocco and Sudan.
    The treaty is based primarily on the OECD model, Katz said in a statement, adding that it "provides certainty and favourable conditions for business activity and will strengthen economic ties" with the UAE.
    Under the agreement, tax deductions, dividends and royalties are capped.
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    Finance Ministry Israel Katz
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    Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said the treaty will enable significant promotion of investment and trade that will help both countries' economies.
    Since a normalization deal was signed last September, Israeli and Emirati banks and other companies have signed cooperation deals, while also establishing direct flights.
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