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Here’s what happened when two people, from different countries, with very different skillsets, followed a dream to start a business in Dubai.

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General trading license in Dubai and the UAE

Exploring the various license options can be daunting for first-time entrepreneurs in the UAE. The answer to the question, ‘Which license?’ depends almost entirely on the nature of your business activities. Companies wishing to import, trade and export goods and products such as food, furniture, electronics or clothes must apply for a general trading license. This allows businesses to trade not only locally within the UAE but also with markets around the world. What’s more, a general trading license enables companies to trade in mixed goods. In practical terms, that means a business could import, export and trade any number of products – such as cosmetics, building materials and toys – all under the same license. And the best part is, applying for a general trading license in Dubai and the UAE is extremely straightforward. In this article we look at how to go about it.

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The business lessons hidden behind internet headlines

The internet is a very big place. Full of information, opportunities and… statistics. The problem is that these stats are not always relevant – and they’re not always true. Still, statistics can be thought-provoking. In this article we have drawn up a list of our favourite statistics and look at the actual lessons they can teach us – whether they raise a smile, an eyebrow or even a business case.

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How to become a personal trainer in Dubai

Health and fitness is big business around the world. In fact, there are few industries that have seen a boom quite like it in recent years. According to the latest estimates, the global fitness equipment market alone is predicted to be worth a staggering USD 12.5bn by 2021. Along with the rise of equipment, apps and wearable technologies, another sector of the fitness industry that has grown significantly is that of the personal trainer. If you are passionate about fitness and are ready to grab your slice of the Emirates’ ever-growing PT pie, here’s your guide on how to become a personal trainer in the UAE.

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Dubai Internet City (DIC) company setup

If you’re thinking of setting up a business in the UAE, you’re likely to be familiar with the country’s many free zones. They catch the eye of entrepreneurs from all corners of the world as they offer a number of extremely attractive benefits – starting with 0% corporate and personal tax, 100% company ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, and 100% import and export tax exemption. And that’s just to name a few. So, if you’re interested in setting up in a UAE free zone and are considering your options, here is everything you need to know to decide whether Dubai Internet City is right for you. 

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Small businesses in Dubai: why Dubai’s booming global economy is a hotbed of opportunity

The Financial Times describes entrepreneurs as individuals who are ‘drawn to opportunities, innovation and new value creation’. All over the world, entrepreneurs are the people behind the businesses that become market leaders. The entrepreneurial mindset sees opportunities where others see competition or even saturation. But starting a business is hard work. An environment that’s geared towards making your idea a success will be a huge help, and Dubai and the UAE fit the bill. So let’s explore how you can get the best from starting up your business in the region.

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