Certain key areas, also called Preferred Areas of Investment, have remained the focus for a greater number of private companies based in UAE and companies from there are coming forward to benefit from the liberal investment regime in Pakistan.
Leading UAE companies operating in Pakistan are: • Telecommunication: PTCL, Warid,
Wateen and Ufone. ( Abu Dhabi Group) Banking: Bank Al Falah, United Bank Limited under Abu Dhabi Group, Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates Global Islamic Bank. Real Estate: Emmar Properties Group, Al-Ghurair Giga and Al Habtour Trading Enterprises, Bahria Emirates and DAMAC. Al-Ghuran is another UAEbased real estate giant is planning to invest in construction and real estate business. Airlines: Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines and FlyDubai Insurance: Al Falah Insurance Company, Emirates Investments Group, which owns Emirates Global Islamic Bank have plans to invest in the Islamic insurance sector, namely Takaful Pakistan Limited and in the real estate project of Karachi Financial Towers. Oil and Gas: Pak-Arab Refinery Ltd. and Byco.