Is receiving too many emails sucking the life out of your working day?

Email has revolutionised business communication in the last 20 years. Its speed, efficiency and relatively low cost has seen usage balloon, with the estimated daily volume of emails in 2017 coming in at around 270 billion, up from 182 billion in 2013. Yet, we’re increasingly relying on email for things it was never designed to do. The inbox has become our task manager, to-do list, de facto project management tool and, for many of us, our essential data archive. Your inbox shouldn’t be a place to store emails: you wouldn’t store regular mail on your doormat… Yet that’s how we treat email. In this article we look at some of the ways emails are affecting our working lives and what we can do to reduce their impact.

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Dubai Studio City – a great location for media and production companies

Aimed at businesses in the broadcasting, film production, TV, music, and entertainment sectors, Dubai Studio City boasts a host of cutting-edge broadcast and production facilities including backlots, sets, water tanks, production suites, recording studios and offices. As studio facilities go, DSC is unrivalled in the region. So, if your business could benefit from working in such an environment, here’s everything you need to know about setting up in Dubai Studio City.

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Value added tax in the UAE – It’s time to act

With Value Added Tax fast approaching, businesses cannot afford to delay the process of becoming VAT compliant much longer.

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How much influence does my local sponsor really have over my UAE business?

What’s the best thing about owning your own business? For many, being your own boss is the thing that really matters. According to one recent survey, that’s the main motivation for around two-thirds of people who start a business. But if that’s true, what happens when you come up against the local sponsorship rules that apply when you’re starting a business in the UAE? With a few exceptions, all businesses starting in the Emirates must be at least 51% owned by UAE nationals. If you’re from outside the country, before you get going you’ll need a local sponsor, who’ll effectively own at least half of your company. But if that doesn’t sound much like being your own boss, don’t panic. Let’s take a look at the influence that local sponsors really have, and what you can do if you’re still not comfortable.

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7 big reasons LLC company formation is the best onshore option in the UAE mainland

Launching new businesses is a popular activity here in the UAE. In Dubai alone, the Department of Economic Development (DED) issued a staggering 21,146 new business licences in 2016. Among these new businesses – and the 125,000+ licence renewals issued every year – the most popular company type is the tried and trusted Limited Liability Company, or LLC. So, if you’re looking to get started and still considering different ways you might set up your new business, here are seven reasons why LLC company formation is the best onshore option in the UAE mainland.

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Dubai International Financial Centre – set up in the UAE’s premier financial free zone

Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) is located in the heart of central Dubai, making it the ideal hub for businesses wishing to tap into the fast-emerging financial markets of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The free zone’s internationally recognised and independent regulation, and enabling environment make it one of the least complex pathways into the heavily regulated financial industries. So, if you’re looking to make an impact in the money markets of the UAE, there are few better places to call home. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the key benefits on offer when setting up a company in DIFC.

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