Business setup in a Dubai free zone

If you’ve spent any time at all researching how to get your business set up in Dubai, you’ll be familiar with the city’s many free zones. Understandably, they tend to catch the eye of foreign entrepreneurs looking to set up here. Why? Well a host of benefits including zero corporation and personal tax, 100% company ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, no currency restrictions, and 100% import and export tax exemption certainly add to the appeal. If stats like these are tempting you to take the plunge and launch your own company in the UAE, here is everything you need to know to get your business set up in a Dubai free zone.

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When is setting up a UAE mainland company the best option?

Have you considered UAE mainland company setup? It’s true that for foreign entrepreneurs setting up in the UAE, it is usually the country’s free zones that catch the eye. And when you look at the headline benefits, it’s not hard to see why they get the attention. However, free zones are not the only option. In fact, depending on the nature of the business you wish to set up, they may not even be the most suitable environment. If you wish to trade directly with the UAE marketplace or take on government contracts, then setting up a mainland company could make more business sense. In this article we look at exactly when setting up a UAE mainland company is the best option, and the advantages of doing so.

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Want to get paid? How to invoice correctly in the UAE

It goes without saying that invoicing has a hugely important role to play in the running of your business. Without timely invoices both sent and received, you could quickly see problems with your cash flow – the death knell of 82% of small businesses according to a recent survey. But despite its importance, it’s a fact that accurate, timely invoicing is still something that many startups (both old and new) struggle with, particularly here in the UAE. And questions about invoicing are some of the most common enquires to businesses formation specialists in the region. So why do entrepreneurs in the Emirates struggle to meet the mark when it comes to invoicing? And how can you invoice to make sure you get paid on time, every time?

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Making it as a woman entrepreneur – does gender play a role when running a business in the UAE?

Many believe incorrectly that starting a company as a female in Dubai is particularly difficult, that you will be at a disadvantage. In fact, quite the opposite is true. A quick scan of the Forbes 50 Most Promising UAE Startups reveals women leading some of the most prominent new businesses in the region. So let’s look at some facts, at the rise of the female entrepreneur in the UAE, and then examine the key steps you can take to get your UAE startup off the ground.

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Machiavellian principles and modern businesses: Top 10 lessons for entrepreneurial success

When you embark on your treacherous journey into the realms of entrepreneurism, there’s just one thing you know for sure; it won’t be easy. So how do you achieve success and build an empire that’s secure? You might want to look into using a somewhat Machiavellian system. Before you gasp with sheer horror, you should understand that the late political writer was not the moustache-twirling villain he’s portrayed to be. Instead, he was a visionary who set out the key principles for a stable government in his book, The Prince. On reading Machiavelli’s work, many have gleamed priceless knowledge, which they have then applied directly to their own endeavours. In this article, we look at Machiavelli’s top 10 lessons for entrepreneurial success.

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Behind the headlines – Dubai’s booming economy and what it means for your business

We’re used to hearing big, bold headlines about Dubai, whether it’s another record-breaking skyscraper, man-made islands, or drone taxis set to whisk people around the city. With the economy too, the headlines are often celebratory. If the stories sound like hype, that doesn’t mean they’re not true, but do they give the full picture and what are the implications for the entrepreneur? In this article we look at Dubai’s booming economy and what it means for your business.

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