Middle East

Strategic Policy Priorities for New Special Economic Zone & City 

Date: Sept. – Nov. 2018
Client: Confidential
Location: Confidential
Role: Legal and Policy Advisors

Building a world class city calls for fresh thinking. A special economic zone or special-status city can bring just that by introducing new legal and administrative institutions that create vibrant, open communities that attract residents, businesses, and visitors from around the world. Bringing together diverse people fosters innovative ideas and creative thinking – great ingredients for unleashing dynamic and prosperous societies.

One forward-thinking corporate client looked to us to help develop just such a place – a new, multicultural city drawing people and investment from around the world. Leveraging our broad-ranging policy and special-economic-zone expertise, we analyzed the existing legal context and developed a prioritized set of new public policies for the city. We worked closely with our clients to provide in-depth recommendations about new business regulatory procedures, companies’ law, courts and dispute resolution, immigration and work visa requirements, Islamic law, urban planning, foreign investment, public-private partnerships, criminal law, contracts, and torts. We also advised on a range of potential fiscal and non-fiscal incentives. 

Creating the conditions that foster inclusive and prosperous urban centers is what Politas does best. We’re thrilled to help clients like these shape the future of governance.

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