Confused about sponsoring your dependants? Here’s everything you need to know

Confused about sponsoring your dependants? Here’s everything you need to know

Residents of the UAE benefit from a high standard of living and quality of life, and, as an expatriate, the benefits of living in the UAE can extend to your family too. If you’re employed by a business in the UAE, your employer will most likely assist with the process of applying for visas for your dependants. If you are a business owner, however, then you need to make your own application to sponsor your dependants for their visas. But don’t worry, the process is incredibly straightforward – particularly when setting up in a free zone.

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Low-cost training for Dubai startups

Low-cost training for Dubai startups

Training staff is great for business. But what if you’re a cash-strapped startup? Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a highly-trained, highly motivated workforce without spending a fortune.

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5 benefits of setting up a branch office of your company in the UAE

5 benefits of setting up a branch office of your company in the UAE

The UAE’s authorities aim to make it as easy as possible for foreign companies to start a business in the country. This is the guiding idea behind the wide range of options available in the UAE’s free zones, offshore companies and mainland businesses. If you are interested in the UAE market but aren’t necessarily ready to take the plunge and launch a fully-fledged company there, opening a branch office might just be the way to go. There are several different branch office structures, but they all allow a foreign company to establish a presence in the UAE while retaining complete ownership of the business from abroad. This makes them an appealing option for companies that want to ‘test the waters’.

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How to set up a mobile app company in the UAE

How to set up a mobile app company in the UAE

Here in the UAE, the app market is even more inviting. Why? Because the Emirates boasts the highest rate of smartphone penetration anywhere in the world. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the country’s tech- and business-savvy population, some 82% of the nation’s estimated 9.5m residents owns a smartphone. The UAE also leads the way in app downloads in the MENA region with over 50% of smartphone users having downloaded more than five apps. The huge popularity of smartphones, and their accompanying apps, has not gone unnoticed in the region. August sees the arrival of the HostApp Summit in the UAE. The summit – the region’s largest mobile application exhibition and conference – will showcase the latest developments and opportunities in the world of mobile applications.

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What rules are in place for choosing your company name in the UAE?

Your company’s name is a powerful thing. By choosing a title which resonates with your customers, you develop a memorable brand, meaning people are more likely to choose your offering. However, as in most countries, the UAE does not allow you to name your company anything you want. While the restrictions are relatively relaxed and there’s a certain amount of common sense in what names you cannot choose, it’s sensible to get acquainted with the rules before you invest time and energy into naming your business. Here we outline all you need to know to get started.

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Franchising your brand: Should it be part of your long-term plan?

Franchising your brand: Should it be part of your long-term plan?

The benefits of choosing the franchise model as part of your long-term business plan can often be compelling. From raising capital without surrendering equity to supercharging your brand, it can give you the chance to grow your business quickly in the knowledge that your customers will receive reliably consistent levels of service and quality from your franchise outlets. Here we look at a few of the pros and cons of the franchising model to see whether it might be right for your business here in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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