Category: Free Zones

What is the E-Channel Immigration System and how will it affect your company?

The UAE has adjusted its immigration policies and procedures over the years to cope with this increase in demand for visas and to ensure a smooth application and issuing process. The latest changes – in the form of the E-Channel immigration system – look set to make the process even easier, cutting down admin time and paperwork for both businesses and individuals.

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Setting up a company in Abu Dhabi Global Market

Any entrepreneur launching a business in the UAE should at the very least think about one of the nation’s free zones. On top of many headline benefits, each free zone also offers its own plus points that differ from one to another. Take Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), for example. Set in the heart of Abu Dhabi, it is the ideal location for businesses in the financial sector – particularly private banking, wealth management and asset management. If this has caught your eye, there are a few things to understand before establishing your business in ADGM.

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What is Dubai Creative Clusters Authority – and how can you set up your company there?

The UAE’s free zones are popular with entrepreneurs from every corner of the world. A quick glance at the benefits on offer and it’s not hard to see why they grab the attention – zero corporation and personal tax, 100% company ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, no currency restrictions, and 100% import and export tax exemption. For businesses in the creative industries – those that use intellectual capital as their primary input –there are even more benefits on offer thanks to the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA).

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Setting up a company in twofour54 Free Zone

When we look at the many reasons why overseas entrepreneurs do business in the UAE, the nation’s free zones are often top of the list. Offering 0% corporate and personal tax, 100% company ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, no currency restrictions, plus 100% import and export tax exemption – little else compares in terms of business benefit anywhere in the world. Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 Free Zone, for example, serves up a range of benefits specifically to companies in the publishing, media and related industries such as animation, graphic design, music production, and talent management. If you’re in the fields of media and publishing and looking to make tracks in this part of the world, here’s everything you need to know about this fast-growing free zone.

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Pulling the strings? Why micromanaging is damaging your SME

It’s normal for entrepreneurs to be involved in every tiny aspect of an enterprise – founders are often solo players and are typically responsible for every decision in the early stages. But entrepreneurs who know how and when to adapt their style of leadership and management as their business evolves also tend to get the best results. In short, they see the innate perils of a continued hands-on approach that can easily morph into a damaging micromanagement style. So what is micromanagement, how do you recognise it, and what can you do about it before it’s too late? In this article we look at some problems – and some solutions.

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Designing the future: Setting up a company in Dubai Design District Free Zone

There are plenty of reasons why the UAE’s free zones might draw your attention. One in particular that continues to attract entrepreneurs around the world is Dubai Design District (d3). Located at the heart of the city, d3 is a hub for the creative industries – primarily those relating to design and fashion. The free zone’s world-class business facilities are home to companies large and small, from prestigious global fashion houses to local boutique design studios. If you’re looking to find a way into the UAE design and fashion industries, there are few better bases than Dubai Design District Free Zone. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.

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Fake it till you make it? Why this attitude may kill your business success

In recent years, the UAE has become known as a leading location for startups. One issue startups can come up against is their difficulty in gaining the same reputation and respect as a well-established business. So should you ‘fake it till you make it’? Should you attempt to make your business appear larger and more established than it actually is? It’s a precarious move that could jeopardise your company’s standing, damage relationships, and ruin your reputation. But there are benefits to it as well. With that in mind, let’s look at the upside – and the downside – of faking it until you make it.

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Setting up a company in Dubai Healthcare City Free Zone

One particular free zone that’s garnering plenty of attention right now is Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) – and it’s not hard to see why. Dubai’s healthcare sector is booming – expected to be worth an estimated USD 28bn (AED 103bn) by 2021, according to a recent report by MENA Research Partners. DHCC Free Zone itself is home to two hospitals, 90 outpatient medical centres and diagnostic labs, plus over 2,000 licensed medical professionals – so it’s the perfect home for entrepreneurs looking to make their mark and grab a slice of this fast-growing market. In this article we look at how to set up a company in DHCC.

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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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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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