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During the course of May and June 2018, the UAE Federal Government announced a series of substantial changes to the UAE’s visa system, relaxing certain restrictions and making it easier for individuals and businesses to settle and operate in the country. With many of the reforms set to benefit entrepreneurs and the business community directly, we look at what some of the major policy changes might mean for the UAE’s economy when they take effect in Q4 2018.

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Does size really matter? The ups and downs of owning a microbusiness in the UAE

The dream of business growth is often seen as a desirable progression as part of an entrepreneur’s long-term business plan. But some business owners prefer to keep their business small because they see far greater benefits in running very small ventures. So, is there any good reason not to grow your business if you can acknowledge and mitigate the disadvantages of growth? Here we identify and discuss a few of the key points.

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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

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

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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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?

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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Dubai is boosting startups and SMEs – are you capitalising?

It’s good to know that the UAE government continues in its determined push to make it as easy as possible for entrepreneurs to start and grow an enterprise. Proof of this proactivity is in the avalanche of new initiatives aimed at cutting red tape and fostering growth. In fact, the city’s Department of Economic Development (DED) has gone into overdrive to help entrepreneurs start and grow their ventures. There’s a wealth of information out there, so to help out, I’ve pulled together the latest and most exciting entrepreneur-friendly initiatives from the Dubai DED, and summarised how they can help catalyse your business activities in the UAE.

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From Dubai to Cali: Startup tips that bring Silicon Valley to the Middle East

A growing number of entrepreneurs based in the Emirates are bridging the gap between the Middle East and California: in establishing and developing strong links with Silicon Valley to take their tech businesses to the next level. Here we look at how the UAE’s leading tech pioneers are making this leap, then examine the support available to entrepreneurs seeking to follow suit of those trailblazers who have put the UAE on the global tech map.

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