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General Definitions

(1) For the purposes of this Agreement, unless the context otherwise requires:

  • (a) the terms “a Contracting State” and “the other Contracting State” mean Republic of Moldova or United Arab Emirates, as the context requires;
  • (b) the term “United Arab Emirates” when used in a geographical sense, means the territory of the United Arab Emirates which is under its sovereignty as well as the area outside the territorial water, airspace and submarine areas over which the United Arab Emirates exercises, sovereign and jurisdictional rights in respect of any activity carried on in its water, seabed, subsoil, in connection with the exploration for or the exploitation of natural resources by virtue of its law and international law;
  • (c) the term “Republic of Moldova” means its territory within its borders, consisting of soil, subsoil, waters and aerial space above soil and waters, over which the Republic of Moldova exercises its absolute and exclusive sovereignty and jurisdiction, in accordance with its internal legislation and international law;
  • (d) the term “person” includes an individual, a company and any other body of persons;
  • (e) the term “national” in relation to a Contracting State means:
    • (i) any individual possessing the citizenship of that Contracting State;
    • (ii) any legal person or partnership deriving its status as such from the laws in force in that Contracting State
  • (f) the term “company” means anybody corporate or any fond or entity that is treated as a body corporate for tax purposes;
  • (g) the term “enterprise” applies to the carrying on of any business;
  • (h) the terms “enterprise of a Contracting State” and “enterprise of the other Contracting State” mean respectively an enterprise carried on by a resident of a Contracting State and an enterprise carried on by a resident of the other Contracting State;
  • (i) the term “international traffic” means any transport by a ship or aircraft operated by an enterprise that has its place of effective management in a Contracting State, except when the ship or aircraft is operated solely between places in the other Contracting State;
  • (j) the term “business” includes the performance of professional services and of other activities of an independent character.
  • (k) the term “tax” means UAE tax or Moldovan tax, as the context requires;
  • (l) the term “competent authority” means:
    • (1) in the case of the UAE: the Minister of Finance or an authorized representative of the Minister of Finance;
    • (2) in the case of case of the Republic of Moldova-Ministry of Finance, or its authorized representative;

(2) As regards the application of the Agreement at any time by a Contracting State, any term not defined therein shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meaning that it has at that time under the law of that Contracting State for the purposes of the taxes to which the Agreement applies, any meaning under the applicable tax laws of that State prevailing over a meaning given to the term under other laws of that State.