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Dubai Family Businesses Ask for VAT Cut, Faster State Payments

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 5/12/2020 Zainab Fattah
a man that is standing in the snow: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MAY 05: A man wearing a mask and protective gloves is seen on May 05, 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 250,000 lives and infecting over 3.6 million people. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) © Photographer: Francois Nel/Getty Images Europe DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MAY 05: A man wearing a mask and protective gloves is seen on May 05, 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 250,000 lives and infecting over 3.6 million people. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

(Bloomberg) --

Family-owned businesses in Dubai have asked the government to adopt several measures to help companies struggling to weather the current crisis, including reducing value added tax and speeding up payments.

The meeting on April 21 between representatives of the companies and the emirate’s ruling family resulted in 14 recommendations summed up in a letter by the head of Dubai’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The letter, seen by Bloomberg, was confirmed by the chamber.

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Firms asked Dubai’s government to:

Reduce VAT to 2% from 5% or delay payments for 2020. Firms also asked that all VAT-related fines be forgiven to support liquidity.Grant state-subsidized loans to small and medium enterprises hit by the shutdown.Help subsidize some salaries of employees in companies hard-hit by the shutdown.State help to fund the repatriation of workers, who lost their jobs, with firms repaying the state in installments over 12-24 months.Cancel or reduce by 50% the cost of trade-license issuance or renewal in 2020.Cut customs duties and utility costs by 50% this year. a man that is standing in the snow: DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MAY 05: A man wearing a mask and protective gloves is seen on May 05, 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 250,000 lives and infecting over 3.6 million people. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) © Photographer: Francois Nel/Getty Images Europe DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MAY 05: A man wearing a mask and protective gloves is seen on May 05, 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 250,000 lives and infecting over 3.6 million people. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who is the chairman of Dubai’s Economic Development Committee, as well as the ruler’s son Sheikh Majid met with the group.

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