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Starting a Business in Dubai as a Foreigner

Dubai is a business incubator and home to a vibrant, resilient, and growing cultural scene. No wonder it is one of the most popular places for UK entrepreneurs to start their businesses.

So if you’re thinking of setting up business in Dubai as a foreigner, read on.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF STARTING A BUSINESS IN DUBAI?

The UAE is one of the largest domestic markets and the third largest re-export market. Dubai can therefore provide the most productive market access for foreigner manufacturers and exporters.

The UAE government has recently established Fintech regulatory sandboxes and special technology sovereign wealth funds for foreign entrepreneurs.

Once you have all the documents you need, getting a visa in Dubai is easier. In addition, the new visa rules make it easier to adapt to a labor market dominated by foreign nationals.

Dubai’s modern infrastructure, huge public transport system, world-class telecommunications, and first-class internet services are attractive to many foreign businesses.

The UAE stands out globally for the entrepreneurial skills of its employees. In fact, its talent pool is highly competent in a variety of areas such as management, leadership, and operations.

Dubai is exempt from all taxes. These include income, business, and personal taxes. However, some companies may have to pay 5% VAT on certain business activities.

Unlike most countries, even if you start a business in Dubai as a foreigner, you may have 100% ownership of the company.

Dubai’s strategic location connects manufacturers, producers, and suppliers from all over the world. The ports serve excellent connectivity.

Companies in Dubai’s mainland and free zones do not necessarily have to return part of the capital invested and profits made to the UAE government as taxes.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO START A BUSINESS IN DUBAI AS A FOREIGNER?

If you are a foreigner setting up a business in Dubai, make sure you have all the necessary documents. This simplifies the process of setting up a company. Some of the documents you will need to submit are:

Copies of passports and visas.
Two passport-size photograph.
Entry visa and stamp sheets.

The type and number of documents depend on the type of business, the structure of the company and the location. Our experts can provide you with a comprehensive list of the documents required for your business.

HOW DO I START A BUSINESS IN DUBAI AS A FOREIGNER?

To start a business in Dubai as a foreigner, there are various steps you need to take. The following steps can help you understand this better:

  1. CHOOSE THE TYPE OF BUSINESS

As a foreigner, Dubai is uncharted waters for you. So familiarize yourself with the UAE culture and the local consumer. Then localize your business idea, vision and goals.

Also, research your competitors before entering a new market. A wide range of business activities is allowed in Dubai’s mainland and free zones. Choose your business type accordingly.

  1. DECIDE ON A BUSINESS NAME

Choosing the name of your business is an important decision. It is the first thing your potential customers will remember about your company. Therefore, your company name should be easily recognizable and memorable. In addition, a legally sound name will protect you from legal trouble. Choose a name accordingly and register it with the relevant authorities.

  1. CHOOSE A COMPANY STRUCTURE

Your company will run more efficiently if it has the right company structure. So choose a company structure that suits your company. The company structure can be a sole proprietorship, a limited liability company (LLC) or a branch.

  1. APPLY FOR A LICENCE

Your company needs a valid trade license in Dubai. If your company has a trade license, it is easier to register a company bank account. Submit the necessary documents and license money to apply for a business license.

Foreigners are allowed to obtain many types of business licenses in Dubai. In addition, you may need to apply for additional permits depending on your area of activity. BestaxCA can help you obtain the licenses and permits you need for your business.

  1. CHOOSE YOUR PLACE OF BUSINESS

Each location in Dubai has unique characteristics and offers significant advantages. With this in mind, choose your place of business in Dubai. You can choose from the mainland or one of Dubai’s free zones.

When deciding on a physical office, consider the size of your staff, the technology required and your budget. In addition, you will need to decide whether to rent or lease.

  1. OBTAIN A COMMERCIAL LICENSE

Once all the steps have been successfully completed, you can obtain a trading license.

A professional consultancy firm such as BestaxCAcan help you speed up the process of setting up your business. This may include name rules, visa eligibility rules, business licenses, bank accounts and fees.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF STARTING A BUSINESS IN DUBAI?

Different aspects of setting up a business in Dubai as a foreigner cost different amounts. For example, your business activities, type of license, advertising campaigns, additional approvals and others. This makes it difficult to calculate the exact costs of starting a business in Dubai. However, starting a business in Dubai as a foreigner can cost around AED 18 000.

The specific costs of your business can be determined with the help of BestaxCA experts. They will ensure that you do not overspend.

START A BUSINESS IN DUBAI WITH BESTAXCA

BestaxCA can provide all the necessary consultancy you need for a successful business start-up. If your business has specific requirements, we can assist you with the best possible solutions. All you need to do is contact us!

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