Category: Free Zones

Business Plan

How to write the perfect business plan for your UAE startup

A business plan helps you decide if your entrepreneurial idea has potential, helps you improve your business concept and is normally essential for accessing funding. And if you’re planning to start up a new business in Dubai or the UAE, having a business plan is more than just a ‘nice-to-have’. In certain scenarios, having a business plan is a requirement, without which you won’t be able to start your company at all. Here we look at how to write the perfect business plan for your UAE startup

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Big money: How to launch your UAE company targeting high net worth individuals

If your background is in industries that target high net worth individuals (HNWIs), the UAE presents a highly attractive destination for your services. Whether you provide financial management, luxury goods, healthcare or entertainment, the country’s fast-growing HNWI population means demand for your business is huge – and it’s only set to grow. Here we discuss why you should set up a company to target this sector in the UAE and how to go about it.

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How to choose the right business activity for your UAE company

When starting a new business, entrepreneurs are faced with a number of important decisions. One of the first that you’ll need to make when setting up in the UAE is choosing which business activity you are going to trade under. Essentially, this is a question of the industry you are going to trade in and the types of activities you wish to undertake. Your chosen activity will determine not only the type of business you are permitted to carry out but also, in some cases, the area in which you can set up. Here we look at everything you need to know to make this decision.

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Applying for a visa through Sharjah Media City Free Zone (Shams)

The UAE’s free zones are hugely popular with entrepreneurs from around the world. Offering a host of benefits such as 0% corporate and personal tax, 100% company ownership, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, no currency restrictions, and 100% import and export tax exemption, it’s not hard to see why. Each free zone also has its own unique set of business advantages that differentiate it from others in the region. Take Sharjah Media City Free Zone (Shams) for example. Here’s everything you need to know before you apply for a visa through Shams.

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A step-by-step guide to securing your UAE free zone visa

There are plenty of entries on the entrepreneur’s to-do list, particularly when establishing a company overseas. One of the most pressing is the matter of visas – not just for business owners but for their employees, family members and domestic staff. Fortunately, here in the UAE, applying for visas is simple – particularly when you set up in one of the nation’s free zones. Free zone authorities or a company formation specialist can work with you on every step of the process to ensure your application is completed correctly and to help you to avoid any unnecessary delays.

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What is a free zone and why should you consider one for your company setup?

The UAE has long been an attractive destination for entrepreneurs the world over. Offering low tax, a strategic location at the heart of the world’s largest and fastest emerging markets, and a government committed to nurturing and supporting business, it’s not hard to see why. While these may be the factors that get the headlines, there’s another major reason why so many flock to the UAE’s shores to do business – free zones. But what exactly is a free zone and why should you consider it for your company setup?

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7 steps to get National Media Council approval for your UAE publication

Whether you plan to launch a new magazine or introduce an existing publication from abroad, you cannot simply open an office and start printing your UAE publication. Would-be magazine publishers first need National Media Council (NMC) approval – this is the government body which regulates media in the UAE. The process of getting NMC approval may at first appear complex – but with an understanding of how the process works in place, your licence should be signed off quickly and you can get publishing in no time.

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Setting up a company branch office in the UAE – the how, the why and the what

There are many good reasons to think about establishing a company branch office in the UAE – from favourable tax treatment to gaining a foot in the door of a new market. In this article we look at the different types of branch office you can set up in the Emirates, and exactly what each is permitted to do.

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Look the other way: Is ignoring the competition really the key to success?

To ignore or not to ignore competitors. If that’s the question, what is the answer? In this article we look at both sides of the argument and understand where the entrepreneur should stand on what is both an important but often divisive issue. Is there a middle path through all this, and if so what does it look like in practical terms?

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How to set up a company in Sharjah Media City Free Zone (Shams)

Located in Sharjah, a cultural leader within the UAE, Shams prides itself on being a hub for the media, trading and creative industries – and offers a number of specialised business services and facilities to help its inhabitants grow both locally and internationally. Shams also boasts world-class facilities and a vibrant business community that’s hard to find anywhere else. If the UAE’s free zones have caught your eye but you’re still considering your options, below is everything you need to know to help you decide if Shams company setup is right for you.

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