Companies that offer clean, cutting-edge technology and advanced solutions that help reduce negative impacts on the environment have a great opportunity in the United Arab Emirates. In Abu Dhabi, the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) grants permits to carry out projects based on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). Meanwhile, the Planning and Environmental Studies Section (EPSS) of the Dubai Department of the Environment issues permits and can impose a fine of between 1000 and 1 million AED if an EIA is not complied with. The Environmental Planning and Studies section of the Department of Environment of the Municipality of Dubai also regulates and evaluates contaminated land.
Parties that violate any air pollution-related provision of the Environmental Act are subject to civil action and are responsible for all costs associated with any harm caused to the environment by their actions. As an expert in environmental regulations, I understand that companies in the United Arab Emirates must be aware of their responsibilities when it comes to protecting the environment. It is essential for all businesses to review their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and reporting procedures, as this will apply to new business configurations in Dubai and throughout the Emirates. The United Arab Emirates and the local governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi have launched several platforms to involve companies in the exchange of knowledge and best practices.
Companies established in any emirate must obtain the necessary environmental permits from the respective authorities that regulate ecological concerns in that emirate. These regulations are applicable to both existing companies operating in the United Arab Emirates as well as those setting up a company in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, companies will be governed by laws related to their specific business activity, in terms of practice, respect for property rights, compliance with Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) standards, as well as those of the respective free zone authorities.