STARTING A BUSINESS IN UAE

What You Need To Know –

Business in UAE like in every other part of the world requires understanding of the terrain, the people, the laws of the land and much more. As a potential business owner, you need to know that one shoe does not fits all and as such familiarize yourself with what distinguish one business terrain from another.

Having said this, it’s important to take note of the following core points when deciding to startup those business idea in dubai.

What will be the activities of your business in UAE ?

The answer to this question shall determine the proper location for the company and whether the company requires approvals from the government authorities or not. In case there is any approval required, the time frame for establishing such a business increases to some extent.

Where are the majority of customers based?

The answer to this question helps in determining the suitable location as per the scope of work. If the majority of customers of a company are outside UAE, than, it is suitable to open a company in free zone, whereas, if the majority of customers of a company are inside Dubai, than it is suitable to open a company in Mainland.

Which area in UAE is most suitable for the business growth?

Although UAE is perceived to be small yet there are many areas to do certain businesses and grow without stress but again it depends on the activities the prospective business would be engaged in. Generally speaking, if the activities of the company shall be mostly done internationally, then it is advisable to go for free trade zone area, but if the activities are to be performed within the UAE territory and mainly in the Mainland area, then it is always advisable to go with establishing the business in the Mainland area.

Are you planning to conduct your business through partners, agents in the UAE or sell your product / services directly to local companies in the UAE?

The answer to this question helps in determining the suitable location as per the scope of work. If the plan is to conduct business in uae, i.e., sell products or services, through partners, agents in the UAE, then, it is suitable to open a company in free zone, whereas, if the plan is to conduct business in uae, i.e., sell products or services, directly to local companies in UAE, than it is suitable to open a company in Mainland.

Between Mainland Area or Free Zone Area, Which One Is Better?

The answer to this question depends on the available budget of the person concerned. Of course the free zones are cheaper than Mainland, involves 100% ownership and several other benefits, but there are some restrictions imposed on the free zones with regards to their activities, such as, a free zone company must appoint a local mainland authorized distributor to sell their products into mainland.

How many shareholders’ will be there?

The answer still reference the core of any business which is activities of the business in uae. If the activity of the company is commercial and not professional, than we suggest going for Limited liability license under which there can be minimum 2 and maximum 50 shareholders. If the activity of the business in uae falls under professional, there can be 1 shareholder.

How many staff can be employed in the first 12-24 months And What’s The Initial Number of Visa Available?

In UAE, the visa requirements is proportionate to the size of the office space.The number of staffs determines the office space the business in uae would require. The office space is allotted proportionally to the number of employees of the company. The important point here to be noted is that the companies in the free zones can have their office space within their free zone area only.

What kind of office space or warehouse will be sufficient for carrying on business?

This again depends upon the business activity and how many visa’s a company has to undertake. In UAE, the size of the office space goes proportional with the visa requirements. For ex: where a business in uae is having flexi desk office with 2 visa’s and is looking to have more visa’s, then in such case its office space shall be increased. Generally speaking of offices in Dubai, for 50 sq.ft. of area, a person is authorized to take 1 visa.

How to open a bank account?

After the trade license is issued, next step is to open a bank account for the usiness in UAE. Along with incorporating company in UAE, we provide our assistance in opening bank accounts in a swift manner through our good associations with the bank authorities.

What are the rules governing companies in Dubai and procedures of hiring employees and their termination?

Before coming into UAE, one must be aware about the hiring – termination trend, regulations to be followed as per the UAE Labour Law and Commercial Companies Law. Our Attorney’s provide accurate legal consultation in regards to prevailing rules for business in UAE.

What is the cost involved in setting up a company?

The answer to this question depends upon the answers of all the above points. Generally, company incorporation cost revolves around 3 factors: license fee, additional approval fee, visa fee and office rent.

And in conclusion..

Obviously, having your business setup in UAE requires so much than the few keypoints listed above but we hope the above list set a good stage for other resources that you may need when deciding on setting up your business in dubai.

Therefore, our handful advice to all the entrepreneurs shall be to contact an experienced professional for this purpose. Our team of Lawyers can assist you in providing a tailor made solution after carefully reviewing all your needs. For more information, or, in order to take our assistance in company formation, you can contact us at info@awsuwaidi-advocates.com or you can call us at +971-55-9230221.

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