MEED

MEED his the primary source of intelligence for all business sectors in the Middle East. Since its launch in 1957, MEED has been tackling news issues with ground-breaking exclusives that shape the Middle East. It is a subscription-based online business intelligence service and has a weekly magazine. It is based in Dubai and owned by Top Right Group of the UK.

It has several sister information services including:

MEED Projects This subscription-only service offers in-depth project tracking through its database (www.meedprojects.com) it monitors projects from inception and feasibility through to financial close, the awarding of engineering, procurement and construction contracts, and completion. Its data is used to track the market with the Gulf Projects Index, updated weekly.

MEED Events MEED’s portfolio of events has been developed over the past decade to covering of the region’s key business sectors. From large-scale summits and conferences to breakfast briefings and webinars, MEED’s events are well known for their high-level participation and senior speakers. Key events include the Arabian World Construction Summit, the Abu Dhabi Conference and the Arabian Hotels Investment Conference.

MEED Insight MEED Insight (www.meedinsight.com) is MEED’s premium research division. It brings together MEED’s data-rich archives and unique relationships with key business decision-makers across the region to produce authoritative reports. Recent publications include the Mena Projects Forecast & Review, GCC Power and Desalination Projects and GCC Oil and Gas Projects Market.

AMEinfo

AMEinfo.com is a news and information service dedicated to Middle East business. It keeps its 2.5 million readers, located in 150 countries, up to date with news and analysis of major developments in the regional economy.

SMEinfo

SMEinfo.me is an online resource offering information, mentoring, advice and support for small- and medium-sized enterprises operating in the UAE and beyond. It offers entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses access to mentor videos, a free zone comparison tool, forums, research, blogs, networking opportunities and more.

WAM

The state-run Emirates News Agency (www.wam.ae), or Wakalat Anbaa al-Emara (WAM), is a division of the Ministry of Information and Culture. Its team of 180 local staff and 22 international reporters provide daily updates on official events and developments both within the UAE and overseas. Established in November 1976, it is currently published in Arabic, English and French. WAM is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, but has offices in each emirate as well as international staff in cities including Cairo, Beirut, Jerusalem, Riyadh, Damascus, Sanaa and Tripoli. Other offices and reporters are located in London, Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Berlin, Moscow, Washington, New York, Tehran, Islamabad, New Delhi, Seoul, Tokyo and Canberra. In 2010, WAM released 38,210 stories.

UAE legal contacts

Al-Tamimi & Company

Tel: (+971) 4 364 1641

Allen & Overy

Tel: (+971) 2 418 0400

Ashurst

Tel: (+971) 2 406 7200

Clifford Chance

Tel: (+971) 4 362 0444

Clyde & Co

Tel: (+971) 2 644 6633

DLA Piper

Tel: (+971) 4 438 6100

Dewey & LeBoeuf

Tel: (+971) 2 414 6744

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tel: (+971) 2 6521 700

Gibson Dunn

Tel: (+971) 4 370 0311

Habib Al Mulla & Company

Tel: (+971) 4 423 0000

Hadef & Partners

Tel: (+971) 2 627 6622

Herbert Smith

Tel: (+971) 2 412 1700

Hogan Lovells

Tel: (+971) 2 403 9600

King & Spalding

Tel: (+971) 2 652 3400

Latham & Watkins

Tel: (+971) 2 495 1700

Linklaters

Tel: (+971) 4 369 5800

Norton Rose

Tel: (+971) 2 412 1300

Reed Smith

Tel: (+971) 2 622 2636

Shearman & Sterling 

Tel: (+971) 2 627 4477

Simmons & Simmons

Tel: (+971) 2 651 9200

SNR Denton

Tel: (+971) 2 626 6180

Trowers & Hamlins

Tel: (+971) 2 410 7600

Vinson & Elkins 

Tel: (+971) 2 412 0700

ALSO IN THE UAE

Source: The Legal 500 top firms on corporate and M&A law

Municipalities

Abu Dhabi

Department of Municipal Affairs

It oversees the three municipal departments of Abu Dhabi City, Al-Ain and the Western Region.

Municipality of Abu Dhabi City

Tel: (+971) 2 678 8888

Email: Via website

Al-Ain Municipality

Tel: (+971) 3 763 5111

Email: info@am.ae

Western Region Municipality

Tel: (+971) 2 898 8888

Email: info@wrm.abudhabi.ae

Dubai Municipality

Tel: (+971) 4 221 5555

Email: info@dm.gov.ae

Sharjah Municipality

Tel: (+971) 6 562 3333

Ras al-Khaimah Municipality

Tel: (+971) 7 233 2422

Email: rakmun@rakm.ae

Fujairah Municipality

Tel: (+971) 9 222 7000

Email: info@fujmun.gov.ae

Ajman Municipality and Planning Department

Tel: (+971) 6 742 2331

Email: info@am.gov.ae

Umm al-Quwain Municipality

Address: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid al-Moalla Road, Umm al-Quwain

Tel: (+971) 6 765 6145

UAE cabinet ministers

Prime Minister’s Office

Prime Minister: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

E-mail: info@primeminister.ae

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs/Ministry of State for Federal National Council Affairs: Mohammed Anwar Gargash

Minister of State for Financial Affairs: Obaid Humaid al-Tayer

Minister of State: Maitha Salem al-Shamsi

Minister of State: Reem Ibrahim al-Hashimi

Ministry of Defence

Defence Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

Tel: (+971) 4 353 2222

Ministry of Finance

Finance Minister: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum

Tel: Abu Dhabi (+971) 2 672 6000; Dubai (+971) 4 393 9000

Email: mofi@uae.gov.ae

Ministry of Interior

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed al-Nahyan

Tel: Abu Dhabi (+971) 2 441 4666; Dubai (+971) 4 398 0000

Email: moi@moi.gov.ae

Ministry of Economy

Economy Minister: Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri

Tel: (+971) 2 613 1111

Email: economy@emirates.net.ae

Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Affairs Minister: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan

Tel: (+971) 2 622 2221

Email: ihtimam@mopa.ae

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al-Nahyan

Tel: (+971) 2 695 1300

Email: mohe@uae.gov.ae

Ministry of Education

Education Minister: Humaid Mohammed Obaid al-Qattami

Tel: (+971) 2 408 9999

Email: ccc.moe@moe.gov.ae

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Minister: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan

Tel: Abu Dhabi (+971) 2 222 2000;  Dubai (+971) 4 404 0000; Sharjah (+971) 6 574 4499

Email: mofa@uae.gov.ae

Ministry of Foreign Trade

Foreign Trade Minister: Sheikha Lubna al-Qasimi

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6000

Email: info@moft.gov.ae

Ministry of Public Works

Public Works Minister: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak al-Nahyan

Tel: (+971) 4 261 0001

Email: mpwh@uae.gov.ae

Ministry of Justice

Justice Minister: Hadef bin Juaan al-Dhahiri

Tel: (+971) 2 692 1000

Ministry of Energy

Energy Minister: Mohammed bin Dhaen al-Hamili

Tel: (+971) 4 294 5555

Email: ews@moenr.gov.ae

Ministry of Labour

Labour Minister: Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash

Tel: (+971) 4 702 3333

Email: info@mol.gov.ae

UAE Cabinet Office (Ministry of Cabinet Affairs)

Cabinet Affairs Minister: Mohammed Abdullah al-Gargawi

Email: info@uaecabinet.ae

Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development

Culture, Youth and Community Development Minister: Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al-Owais

Tel: (+917) 2 446 6145

Email: info@mcycd.gov.ae

Ministry of Social Affairs

Minister of Social Affairs: Maryam al-Roumi

Tel: (+971) 4 263 7777

Email: minister@msa.gov.ae

Ministry of Health

Health Minister: Hanif Hassan Ali

Tel: (+971) 2 633 0000

Email: Via website

Ministry of Environment & Water

Environment & Water Minister: Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad

Tel: (+971) 2 444 4747

Email: info@moew.gov.ae

Additional Ministry of Foreign Trade Contacts

Minister’s Office

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6004

Email: ministerOffice@moft.gov.ae

Office of the Director-General

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6020

Email: dg.office@moft.gov.ae

Executive Director

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6085

Email: ali.hameli@moft.gov.ae

Executive Director

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6002

Email: juma.kait@moft.gov.ae

Department Of Trade Negotiations

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6044

Email: sultan.darwish@moft.gov.ae

Analysis and business information

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6076

Email: mutar.ahmed@moft.gov.ae

Trade Policies Department of Foreign Affairs

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6032

Email: mahmood.mahmood@moft.gov.ae

Information Technology Department

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6091

Email: ali.menhali@moft.gov.ae

Strategic Planning & Institutional Excellence

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6055

Email: kamal.yammahi@moft.gov.ae

International Organisations

Tel: (+971) 2 495 6076

Email: mutar.ahmed@moft.gov.ae

Banks in the UAE

Dubai Islamic Bank

Working hours: Sun-Thur 8am-4pm

Address: PO Box 1080

Near Clock Tower Roundabout, Port Saeed, Deira, Dubai

Tel: (+971) 4 295 300

Fax: (+971) 4 295 411

Website: www.dib.ae

Emirates NBD

Working hours: Sat-Thur 8am-2pm

Address: PO Box 777

Baniyas, near Al-Owais Tower, Deira, Dubai

Tel: (+971) 600 54 0000

Fax: (+971) 4 327 2996

Website: www.emiratesnbd.com

Mashreq Bank

Working hours: Sat-Thur 8am-4pm

Address: PO Box 1250

Near Al-Ghurair Centre, Deira, Dubai

Tel: (+971) 4 424 4444

Fax: (+971) 4 424 7106

Website: www.mashreqbank.com

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Working hours: Sat-Thur 8am-2pm

Address: PO Box 2668

Itihad Street, Deira, Dubai

Tel: (+971) 4 212 1000 or (+971) 4 211 2888

Fax: (+971) 4 212 1911

Website: www.cbd.ae

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Working hours: Sat-Thur 8am-7pm

Address: PO Box 939

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Building, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi

Tel: (+971) 2 696 2222

Fax: (+971) 2 610 9701

Website: www.adcb.com

National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Working hours: Sat-Thur 8am-3pm

Address: PO Box 2993

Intersection of Sheikh Khalifa Street and Baniyas Street, Abu Dhabi

Tel: (+971) 2 611 1111

Fax: (+971) 2 627 5738/9

Website: www.nbad.com

First Gulf Bank

Working hours: Sat-Wed 8am-1pm, Thur 8am-12pm

Address: PO Box 6316

Sheikh Zayed 1st Street, Khalibiya, Abu Dhabi

Tel: (+971) 600 525 500

Website: www.fgb.ae

Union National Bank

Working hours: Sat-Thur 8am-2pm

Address: PO Box 3865

UNB Building, Salam Street, Abu Dhabi

Tel: (+971) 2 674 1600 or (+971) 600 566 665

Fax: (+971) 2 678 6080

Website: www.unb.co.ae

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Working hours: Sun-Thur 7.30am-3.30pm

Address: PO Box 313

Bainoona Street, Al Bateen, near Al-Ghazali School, Abu Dhabi

Tel: (+971) 2 610 0600

Fax: (+971) 2 665 6028

Website: www.adib.ae