HR consultant in Dubai

Human resources is one of the world’s leading professions. According to recent research, the market for human resource consulting services is worth around $31 billion, accounting for roughly 10% of the total global consulting market. In the UAE, business for HR consultants is booming. Thousands of HR professionals are now capitalising on the opportunities offered by Dubai’s diverse and fast-growing economy to build their own businesses.

To get up and running as an HR consultant in Dubai, you will need to obtain an HR consultancy licence. In this guide, we will explore the benefits, opportunities and costs of obtaining an HR consultancy licence. We will discuss the following areas:

Becoming an HR consultant in Dubai or the UAE – market opportunity

HR consulting services don’t just cover recruitment. In the UAE, HR consultancies encompass major disciplines including human capital management, learning and development, compensation and benefits, organisational change, traditional HR functions, analytics, and more. It is a diverse field and there are significant benefits for those who have the required qualifications, knowledge and experience in the UAE, including:

Increasing demand for human resources services in the UAE:

As the startup scene in Dubai accelerates, these new businesses are increasingly looking to outsource their HR operations. That’s a lot of business opportunity to tap into for industry experts just like you.

100% foreign ownership of your HR consultancy business:

If you set up in one of the UAE’s free zones, you can maximise your profits with 100% ownership of your business and 100% repatriation of profits earned and capital invested.

Business-friendly tax incentives:

While legislation is changing in 2023 for mainland businesses, HR consultants that set up in select free zones can still benefit from zero personal income and corporate tax.

High levels of digital connectivity:

Dubai is one of the most digitally-connected locations in the world. It also boasts first-rate digital infrastructure when it comes to the internet, telecommunications and IT.

Steps to obtaining an HR consultancy licence in the UAE

For those unfamiliar with UAE law, getting hold of an HR consultancy licence can be a daunting task. To help make it as straightforward as possible, we’ve broken the process down into three simple steps. There’s no need to go it alone, though: our market-leading experts have helped countless other HR consultants to obtain their licences in the past few years.

Step 1: Registering the company

As with any business, you’ll need to choose a name for your HR consultancy. To avoid any unnecessary holdups, make sure it adheres to the UAE’s naming conventions. This means that you must avoid choosing anything that might be considered blasphemous or offensive. You should also make sure that the business name hasn’t been registered elsewhere.

Then, you’ll need to choose your business activity from a list of over 1,500 options. Submit your initial approval form and, if everything goes to plan, you can receive your HR consultancy licence from SPC Free Zone in less than two hours.

Step 2: Applying for e-channel services

The next step requires you to sign up for e-channel services. While it might seem like a hassle at the time, this quick signup service speeds up the application process significantly. You will no longer need to fill out unwieldy documents since the portal eliminates all unnecessary paperwork. Once you’ve applied for the service, you can apply for an entry permit which is valid for up to 60 days.

Step 3: Activating your status change and registering for Emirates ID

Finally, you can activate your status change. You can do this in-country, or by exiting and re-entering the UAE, depending on your nationality. You will also need to apply for your Emirates ID card. This is a mandatory requirement for all expatriates living in the UAE. To qualify for the identity card, you will need to undergo a series of medical tests.

Cost of an HR consultancy licence in the UAE

The cost of obtaining an HR consultancy licence in the UAE varies depending on the free zone. SPC Free Zone offers some of the region’s most affordable business setup packages, with HR consultancy licences available from AED 5,750.

However, do keep in mind that there are other costs to consider when applying for your HR consultancy licence. For instance, will you need office space? If so, this will require an additional fee. You’ll also need to pay more for additional visa allowances, residence visas and your Emirates ID card. For an accurate and bespoke quote tailored to your specific business requirements, reach out to the SPC Free Zone team today.

How to market and grow your HR consultancy business

Like any business, growing an HR consultancy requires a carefully-considered marketing strategy. For most HR consultants, social media plays an important role in boosting business. Consider it a fool-proof tool to shout about your services. You can use LinkedIn, Twitter and even Instagram to connect with your target audience, educate them on your offering and keep reminding them of your business with relevant, timely updates.

You should also think carefully about content production. By producing high-quality articles and blogs regularly, you can boost your SEO ranking while cultivating a brand identity as a market expert.

Face-to-face networking is a must for any business. Home to a huge expatriate community and a well-connected ecosystem of entrepreneurs, Dubai is built for creating connections with potential leads and clients. There are also thousands of networking opportunities, trade shows and industry-specific events throughout the year which could provide a platform for promoting your business.

Why choose SPC Free Zone?

At SPC Free Zone, we offer fast and flexible business setup in the UAE. Our centrally located offices are situated right in the heart of Sharjah, with easy access to Dubai International Airport. Our offices offer immigration services on-site, which means that you can receive your HR consultancy licence in as little as two hours.

As well as quick business setup in the UAE, SPC Free Zone offers a whole host of benefits for entrepreneurs. You can choose from over 1,500 business activities, get up to 20 visas under one trade licence and enjoy competitive benefits such as 100% foreign ownership with zero paid-up capital. You’ll have the opportunity to expand your business with a dual-licence option that offers both mainland and free zone on the same licence too.

Are you ready to set up your HR consultancy in the UAE? Reach out to our friendly advisors who can help you navigate each step of the process as quickly and easily as possible.

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Issued by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security-ICP, your Emirates ID card is a national identity card. It is mandatory for UAE citizens and residents to hold a valid Emirates ID card, which means that expats will need to apply for and renew theirs regularly too. Without this card, you will not be able to access government services, pass through immigration eGates or travel within the GCC. You will also be subject to daily fines.

In this article, we will explore the process for Emirates ID renewal in 2022. We will cover the following topics:

Emirates ID renewal process – step by step

The route for renewing your Emirates ID is the same as the initial application process. While this is relatively straightforward, it’s worth getting in touch with a knowledgeable advisor, such as a member of our team at SPC Free Zone, to ensure you’ve jumped through the right hoops. We’ve broken down the process into three simple steps:

Step 1: Submit your application for renewal on the ICP website or through an accredited typing centre and pay the fee.

Step 2: Update your biometric details if requested by visiting one of ICP’s service centres and complete your residency procedures.

Step 3: Collect your Emirates ID replacement card. You can choose to either collect this from the post office or have it posted to your company address.

Emirates ID renewal requirements

In order to apply for your Emirates ID card, you will need to ensure that you supply the following documents:

You will also need to upload scans of both sides of your current ID card, passport, UAE visa and a passport photo taken in the past three months.

How to replace a lost, stolen or damaged Emirates ID

It is a legal requirement to have an Emirates ID card, so you must ensure that you alert the relevant authorities as soon as you notice it is missing or damaged.

First, you should report the incident to the nearest ICP Customer Happiness Centre to ensure the card is deactivated immediately. You should ask the centre for a copy of the lost ID or ID number confirmation in case you don’t have one. If you’ve damaged your old card, bring it along with you to show to the service centre.

At the ICP Customer Happiness Centre, you will need to present several documents:

If the person who has lost the ID card is under the age of 15 years, their legal guardian should provide an original birth certificate and passport photo.

Then, you should fill in the application form at ICA’s Customer Happiness Centre or via the UAE ICP app. This is available via both Apple and Google Play. Request your replacement and pay the fees. Lost or damaged ID replacement cards cost AED 300. You will also need to pay an additional fee, which depends on how you applied for the replacement. Currently, it costs an additional AED 70 to apply through an accredited typing centre and an additional AED 40 to apply using an eForm on the ICA website. These fees are the same for both UAE nationals and expat residents.

If you need to speed up the renewal of your Emirates ID card, there is also an option to pay an additional AED 150 for the Express Replacement Service, known as ‘Fawri’. However, this service is only available for UAE and GCC nationals residing in the UAE, or for expats who have lost or had their card stolen.

Once you have submitted your application, the ICP will send you a text message confirming the status of your replacement card and when it will be ready.

Emirates ID renewal for expats

Expats will need to ensure that they renew their card within 30 days of its expiry. Failure to do so will result in a daily fine. You may need to undergo medical tests to update your biometric details, and you will need to complete the steps outlined above.

You should also report any changes to the details listed on your card, such as your address, within one month from the date of change.

How long does an Emirates ID take to renew?

Generally speaking, it takes around 48 hours to process each application and 24 hours to process an express delivery application.

What is the cost of Emirates ID renewal?

For expats, an Emirates ID renewal costs AED 100 per year of validity. The number of years is capped at the remaining number of years on your visa. So, for example, if you have two years left on your visa, you will only be able to renew your current Emirates ID for two years.

How much is the Emirates ID renewal delay fine?

If you do not renew your card within 30 days of its expiry, you will be subjected to penalties. You will need to pay AED 20 per day, up to a maximum of AED 1,000. The ICP will usually send you a reminder when your Emirates ID requires renewal.

However, there are certain exemptions, such as if the individual is suffering from an infectious disease validated by a medical certificate or individuals aged over 70 years old who cannot visit the registration centres. For the full list of exemptions and further information, get in touch with a business advisor at SPC Free Zone, who will be happy to give clarity and extra peace of mind.

Why choose SPC Free Zone?

Conveniently located in the heart of Sharjah, SPC Free Zone offers fast and flexible business setup in the UAE. With immigration services on-site, you can receive your licence – including e-commerce licences UAE – in under two hours. Expand your business with a choice of over 1,500 activities and enjoy competitive incentives including up to 20 visas under one trade licence, 100% foreign ownership and zero paid-up capital. SPC Free Zone also offers a dual-licence option that includes both mainland and free zone on the same licence.

Ready to renew your Emirates ID? Get advice and speed up the process with help from our market-leading experts at SPC Free Zone.

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Boasting one of the world’s most diverse and fastest-growing economies, the UAE has been welcoming business and trade for hundreds of years. And today, with the rise of business-friendly incentives, government legislation and an easier business setup process than in most countries, the region is becoming a number one destination for entrepreneurs from across the globe on the hunt for the most lucrative opportunities.

But before you can legally open your business in the UAE, you need to ensure that you have the correct licence. In this article, we will focus on the commercial licence in the UAE, one of the most popular licences for expat business owners. We will cover the following topics:

What is a commercial licence in the UAE?

A commercial licence in the UAE allows entrepreneurs and businesses to engage in the trade, import and export of goods within and beyond the UAE. With this licence, businesses can legally trade in a wide range of commodities, except prohibited items such as tobacco, oil and goods that are not compliant with health and safety requirements.

This is the most popular and widely applied-for type of licence in the UAE, for good reason. There are a whole host of benefits to obtaining a commercial licence in the UAE, including:

One of the biggest advantages of establishing a trading business in the UAE is its unrivalled location, conveniently situated between Africa, Asia and Europe. As well as offering easy access to the sea, it’s home to one of the world’s largest and busiest airports.

With help from our knowledgeable business experts at SPC Free Zone, you can get your business up and running in the UAE in no time.

Entrepreneurs can choose to trade in up to ten unrelated commercial and trade activities under one licence.

Business owners can maximise profits with zero import duties and 100% repatriation of profits, as well as zero income tax.

Sharjah is highly connected and home to the only natural deep-water port in the region. The UAE has 12 commercial trading ports, and is also home to two of the world’s top 50 container ports, with over 61% of cargo destined for GCC arriving in the UAE’s seaports.

SPC Free Zone offers a choice of over 1,500 business activities.

Businesses with commercial licences are subjected to easier financial transactions, turnover, profit and losses reporting requirements than other UAE licences

In order to obtain a commercial licence, you will need to ensure that you have the correct documentation in order. For instance, your business must be registered with the Companies Registry to receive a licence. You will then need to provide a completed application form, owner (or owners’) passport copies and two passport-size colour photographs.

Commercial licence activities in the UAE

A commercial licence encompasses a wide range of trading activities approved by the Department of Economics (DED), including:

Within these categories, you might choose to trade, import and export in any number of goods, including aircraft and spare parts, plants, foodstuff supply, cleaning services, handbags, beauty, baby care products, and more. Generally speaking, businesses working in construction, real estate and retail will also need to obtain a commercial trade licence.

For more information about the wide-ranging activities covered by a commercial licence, reach out to SPC Free Zone. Our market-leading experts have helped hundreds of other entrepreneurs obtain their commercial licences, ensuring that they can operate and expand their businesses in the UAE legally and successfully.

Steps to getting a commercial licence in the UAE from SPC Free Zone

The steps to getting a commercial licence are fairly simple, though you’ll need to make sure you have all of your documents in order before you get going. There’s no need to undergo the whole process alone though. Our business advisors have helped hundreds of individuals to sail through the process of applying for a commercial licence in the UAE. To help give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve broken the process down into three straightforward steps:

Step 1: Register your company

First, you’ll need to choose your company name. Make sure it aligns with the UAE’s naming conventions and do not choose anything that might be considered blasphemous or offensive. Then, choose one or multiple business activities from a list of over 1,500 and submit your initial approval form. Providing you have submitted this correctly, you can get your commercial licence in as little as two hours in SPC Free Zone.

Step 2: Apply for e-channel services

To help speed up the application process, the UAE introduced a new e-channel service that eliminates all unnecessary paperwork. It’s easy to register for this service and once you have access you’ll be able to apply for your entry permit. This temporary visa is valid for up to 60 days.

Step 3: Status change and Emirates ID registration

Once you receive your entry permit, you can activate your status change. You can do this in-country, or by exiting and re-entering the UAE, depending on your nationality. It is also mandatory for expats residing in the UAE to have an Emirates ID card. To apply for this, you will need to undergo medical checks, submit your biometrics and apply online or at a typing centre.

Costs of a commercial licence in the UAE

The cost of a commercial licence in the UAE starts at AED 5,750 if you choose to set up in SPC Free Zone. However, you will need to take additional costs into account too. For entrepreneurs and businesses that require dedicated office space or warehouse facilities, you will need to pay additional fees. You will also need to factor in costs depending on your required visa quota, the number of business partners, the structure of your business, and other factors.

For a bespoke quote tailored to your specific business needs, get in touch with our friendly advisors at SPC Free Zone.

Why choose SPC Free Zone?

SPC Free Zone offsets quick, convenient and flexible business setup in the UAE. Boasting a central location in the heart of Sharjah with immigration services on-site, you can receive your commercial licence UAE in just two hours. What’s more, you can choose from over 1,500 business activities, get up to 20 visas under one trade licence and enjoy competitive benefits such as 100% foreign ownership with zero paid-up capital. You’ll have the opportunity to expand your business with a dual-licence option that offers both mainland and free zone on the same licence too.

Ready to grasp hold of the opportunities the UAE has to offer? Get in touch with SPC Free Zone to learn more about obtaining a commercial licence today.

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Qualified tax consultants, accountants and bookkeepers are in demand across the globe, but business is booming in Dubai and the UAE. In this article, we will explore how to start an accounting or tax consulting business in Dubai and the UAE. We will cover the following topics:

Tax and accounting business in Dubai and the UAE

In the past decade, as the startup scene in Dubai and the UAE has expanded exponentially, demand for qualified tax auditors, bookkeepers and accountants has rocketed. This demand shows no signs of slowing down either. With the government driving efforts to create an appealing business ecosystem for startups and SMEs, more and more businesses are looking to outsource their financial operations.

For almost all onshore registered companies in the UAE, an annual licence renewal requires a mandatory annual audit too. Businesses registered in free zones may not need to submit this document to local authorities to keep hold of their licence, but it is still a legal obligation to keep all financial records of the company, regardless of whether they need to submit the report.

Furthermore, many businesses will need to submit an audit or updated financial records for business matters, such as bank loans. That’s a lot of potential business and opportunity for local tax and accounting businesses.

There are other benefits to starting an accounting business in Dubai and the UAE too, such as:

The government is taking significant steps to diversify the economy, offering incentives to startup businesses, specialist talent and specific industries. Such businesses require financial support.  

The UAE recently announced the introduction of corporate tax in 2023 for mainland businesses. These firms will need to prepare their books to be compliant with the new laws and will be looking for accounting and tax consulting businesses to help them achieve this.

Around 80% of the UAE’s population are expats. Most of these business owners are unlikely to be familiar with local tax and financial customs, so will be looking for additional financial services support.

The UAE is one of the most digitally connected countries in the world, with first-rate services, facilities and infrastructure.

With help from SPC Free Zone’s bespoke company formation services, you can have your tax or accounting consultancy business up and running in no time. 

What do you need to set up an accounting or tax consultancy in Dubai or the UAE?

In order to open an accounting, tax or bookkeeping consultancy in the UAE, you will need to ensure that you have the correct professional licence. You will also need specific accreditation to work in the profession, though this may vary depending on the specifics of your work. For instance, you may need an accounting degree or special qualifications for more specific services, such as forensic accounting and SOX auditing. You will also need to be able to prove relevant financial or auditing experience, with the possibility of an inspection too.

Steps to getting an accounting licence in the UAE

Ready to set up your tax or accounting consultancy in the UAE but unsure where to start? The process is relatively straightforward, but you’ll need to ensure you’ve ticked all the boxes to get up and running. We’ve broken the process down into three simple steps:

Step 1: Submitting your application

To acquire a professional licence, you will need to submit an application. This document details your business activity (or activities), as well as your company name. Remember, the UAE has strict rules around business names. You should ensure that the name is not already registered and make sure you steer clear of any words that could be considered offensive or blasphemous. Providing there are no bumps along the way, you can receive your professional licence in as little as two hours with SPC Free Zone.

Step 2: Authorise access to e-channel services

In order to help speed up the business setup process, the UAE has introduced an e-channel service that eliminates any unnecessary paperwork. To benefit from this service, you will need to sign up for the portal. It will make it easier for you to obtain your entry permit too. This entry permit will allow you to stay in the region for up to 60 days.

Step 3: Activate your status change

When you have received your entry permit, you’ll be able to activate your change in status. To do this, you will either need to activate this in Dubai or elsewhere in the UAE, or exit and re-enter the appropriate emirate. SPC Free Zone can help advise on the best way to do this depending on your country of citizenship. The UAE requires all visitors to undergo a series of medical tests to enable them to acquire an Emirates ID. This ID card is essential since you will require one to open a bank account. Without it, you won’t get paid.

While the steps to getting an accountancy licence in the UAE may seem straightforward, they can be difficult to navigate for outsiders. Our friendly business advisors at SPC Free Zone can help you navigate each stage to make the process as pain-free and affordable as possible.

Cost of starting up an accountancy business in the UAE

The cost of a trade licence in the UAE starts at AED 5,750. However, the final cost will depend on a number of factors, such as the free zone in which you are applying for a licence, the number of licence activities, the number of shareholders, and other factors.

SPC Free Zone offers some of the most affordable business setup packages in the market but you should also keep in mind additional costs, such as e-channel registration, medical tests, and Emirates ID cards.

Get in touch with the SPC Free Zone team today for a free quote tailored to your specific requirements.

Why choose SPC Free Zone?

SPC Free Zone offers fast, flexible and affordable business setup in the UAE. Conveniently located right in the heart of Sharjah, just 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport, we offer onsite immigration services. That means that you can get your UAE professional licence issued in less than two hours.

Dedicated to helping you build and expand your business, SPC Free Zone offers up to 20 visas under one licence, a dual-licence option offering both mainland and free zone on the same licence and a choice of more than 1,500 business activities.

Add to this, zero paid-up share capital, 0% corporate and personal income tax and 100% foreign ownership, and it is little wonder why thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs have chosen to work with SPC Free Zone.

Ready to set up a successful accounting or tax consultancy business in Dubai and the UAE? Reach out to SPC Free Zone today for a helping hand.

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Home to one of the fastest-growing and most diverse economies in the world, the UAE has a long tradition of welcoming business and trade. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s ‘best places to do business’, it’s fast becoming a popular destination for forward-thinking entrepreneurs to set up new and exciting companies. Like most countries, it is a legal requirement for businesses to have a licence in the UAE. For most business owners, this will mean acquiring a trade licence, which defines specific areas of your business operations and can encompass a wide range of industries.

In this article, we will discuss UAE trade licences and explore the different types of trade licences, prices and procedures. We will cover the following topics:

Steps to get your UAE trade licence

If you’re ready to set up your business in the UAE but you’re concerned about how to go about it, we’ve broken the process down into three simple steps:

Step 1: Application submission

As part of the application process, you’ll need to choose your business activity or activities. This will enable the authorities to issue you with the correct type of trade licence. You’ll also need to choose your company name in accordance with the UAE’s strict naming conventions. Once your application is approved, you can receive your licence in as little as two hours, depending on the free zone.

Step 2: E-channel services authorisation

The UAE has introduced an a-channel survive to help speed up business set-up in the region. This portal eliminates unnecessary paperwork and makes it easier for you to obtain your entry permit. Once your entry permit has been issued, you can stay in the region for up to 60 days.

Step 3: Status change

Once you have your entry permit, you will need to activate your status change. Depending on your country of citizenship, you can either activate this in the country or by exiting and re-entering the emirates. Then you’ll need to undergo medical tests to acquire your Emirates ID. This card allows you to open bank accounts, rent properties and take out phone contracts.

Cost of a UAE trade licence

The cost of a trade licence in the UAE starts at AED 5,750. However, there are additional costs to consider too, such as multi-year licences, visa quotas and storage spaces. Prices vary depending on the type of business activity and trade licence you require, too. For example, if you require an industrial trade licence, you are required to pay for warehouse facilities or storage units.

Get in touch with the SPC Free Zone team today for a free quote tailored to your specific requirements. While applying for a trade licence is a relatively simple process, our market-leading team will be happy to work with you to make the process as fast and affordable as possible.

Types of trade licences in the UAE

In order to conduct business in the UAE, you need to ensure that you are applying for the correct trade licence. There are currently three common types of trade licences in the UAE: professional trade licences, commercial trade licences and industrial trade licences.

Also known as a general trading licence, the commercial trading licence is the most common type of trade licence in the UAE. It covers a wide range of businesses involved in commercial and trade activity in the UAE, including importing, exporting and commodities trading. With this licence, entrepreneurs can trade in any number of unrelated goods under one licence.

A professional licence is designed for skilled entrepreneurs who wish to practice a profession in a specific field of expertise. For instance, entrepreneurs who wish to work in industries such as consultancy, law, accounting, engineering or company formation will need to apply for this type of licence. This licence makes it possible for professionals to be totally transparent about specific services and industries.

Finally, an industrial licence is for entrepreneurs involved in the production and manufacturing of new products, such as food industries, textile manufacturing and equipment manufacturing. This type of visa requires businesses to operate from a physical office space or warehouse with the UAE free zone of their choice.

You will need to choose from more than 1,500 business activities in your licence application to acquire the correct licence. If you’re unsure about where to begin, you can reach out to our friendly advisors at SPC Free Zone who have helped other entrepreneurs navigate this process thousands of times before.

Why do business in the UAE?

For many aspiring entrepreneurs, doing business in the UAE is a no-brainer. As well as enjoying a strong banking system, first-rate transport and digital infrastructure, luxurious lifestyle and diverse economy, the UAE offers specific benefits to business owners, such as:

Setting up a company in the UAE is faster and simpler than most destinations across the globe.

The UAE enjoys a convenient location in the heart of the Middle East, with easy access to emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UAE is home to some of the world’s most prestigious higher education institutions, with a curriculum that incorporates entrepreneurship. It’s also one of the most ex-pat friendly destinations in the world.

Entrepreneurs based in the UAE and its free zones can maximise their profits with one of the world’s most competitive tax regimes, including zero income tax, zero corporate tax and 100% foreign ownership.

The UAE is heavily invested in startup businesses and is home to a huge network of business owners with whom budding entrepreneurs can connect and network.

The UAE government offers visa incentives for high-value talent, support schemes for startups and one of the fastest-growing economies in MENA.

Why choose SPC Free Zone?

SPC Free Zone is located in the heart of the UAE, just 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Our team offers fast and flexible business setup in the UAE, conveniently located in Sharjah. We also offer immigration services on-site, which means you can get your trade licence UAE issued in less than two hours.

At SPC Free Zone, you can also choose from more than 1,500 business activities, apply for 20 visas under one licence, and apply for a dual-licence option that offers both mainland and free zone on the same licence. What’s more, you can also benefit from zero paid-up share capital, 0% corporate and personal income tax and 100% foreign ownership. That means more profits for both your pocket and your business.

Interested in acquiring a trade licence and launching a lucrative business in the UAE? Get in touch with SPC Free Zone now.

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person looking for an online business idea in Dubai

As most of the world shifts online, the digital marketplace is becoming more lucrative than ever. Regardless of your niche, it’s possible to create an online business in almost any sector, from teaching to affiliate marketing. And, as one of the world’s most digitally connected countries, the UAE and Dubai have become popular destinations for aspiring online business entrepreneurs. In this article, we will discuss some of the most popular and lucrative online business ideas for Dubai and the UAE. We will cover the following topics:

Why start an online business in the UAE?

It’s no secret that online sales are soaring in the UAE. The e-commerce market is rocketing, the global workforce is moving to a more remote model and rapid technological advances have created a whole host of new employment opportunities. There are huge benefits to setting up an online business too, including:

Scalability

As customer demands fluctuate more rapidly than ever, scalability is becoming increasingly important. An online business allows you to expand your resources as you grow.

Flexibility

Setting up online means you can operate your business from anywhere – you don’t need to be in a fixed place to reap the rewards.  You can choose your own hours, clients and focus too.

Lower overheads and operating costs

Launching your business online removes expensive overheads and operating costs, such as warehouse, inventory, transportation and retail spaces.

Access to a global market

Depending on your field of work, your business can stay up and running 24/7 without geographical boundaries. That means that, in theory, you can even earn money while you sleep.

10 online business ideas to start in Dubai or the UAE

When it comes to starting your online business, there are virtually limitless avenues for you to explore. But, if you’re looking for inspiration, let’s dig into some of the most common and profitable online business ideas in Dubai and the UAE.

As well as providing a valuable creative outlet, blogging can mature into a full-time, well-paying business. Blogging has come a long way in the past couple of decades, and it’s now possible to monetise your blog through multiple income streams, such as affiliate marketing.

Settling for a standard 9–5 job is no longer the norm, and there’s now a huge demand for specialists who can help individuals create a more fulfilling career. New business owners are looking for guidance on how to grow their businesses, too. The UAE’s startup scene is ripe with opportunities for those with the right qualifications and experience in business coaching.

As more entrepreneurs look to set up their businesses, demand is growing for specialised services to help support business growth, such as HR, resourcing and project management. You can specialise in a wide variety of industries and set up your online consulting business with minimal capital too.

IT has always been a vital part of operations but, as technology advances, remote IT support is becoming even more popular with business owners. As companies increasingly look to outsource their businesses’ IT requirements, online IT tech support businesses are becoming more profitable and popular.

Life coaching is a rewarding and satisfying profession that can empower both you and your clients. It can help people make real changes in both their personal lives and their careers. Plus, you can specialise in interests that you are passionate about, such as relationships or nutrition.

With the rise of digital marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Shopify, it’s never been easier to set up an e-commerce shop. Unlike a bricks-and-mortar shop, you can benefit from easy access to a huge global market and online marketing tools to gain insights into your customers’ needs, all while reducing your overheads.

Subscription box services have exploded since COVID-19 and are projected to reach $473 billion by 2025. By offering a convenient, personalised and low-cost way to buy what they want, you can turn one-time buyers into repeat business. That means a more predictable revenue and guaranteed loyalty.

Are you bilingual or fluent in more than one language? You could be sitting on a valuable asset. There’s a huge market for translation services in the UAE, particularly in the medical, commercial, technical and legal fields.

If you have a good understanding of fast-paced working environments and exceptional organisational skills, you should consider offering your skills as a virtual assistant. There are now dozens of online platforms like TastVirtual and VaVaVirtual that make it easy for you to connect with local entrepreneurs looking to tidy up their busy lives and delegate tasks. 

As the world becomes increasingly connected online, businesses are seeing the benefits of a well-designed website. The market also rewards newcomers who can keep up with the times with the latest knowledge and experience.

Cost of starting an online business in Dubai or the UAE

The cost of starting an online business in Dubai or the UAE starts from AED 5,750. However, you will need to take into account additional costs too, such as additional visas, offices and warehouse spaces. For instance, at SPC Free Zone, you can start an online business for as little as AED 5,750 with coworking spaces and no visas. If you need to add visas or permanent office space, this price will rise.

For a free bespoke quote tailored to your individual business needs, get in touch with the team at SPC Free Zone.

Why choose SPC Free Zone?

Conveniently located in the heart of Sharjah, SPC Free Zone offers fast and flexible business setup in the UAE. You can receive your e-commerce licence UAE in just two hours and benefit from immigration services onsite, too. We offer a wide range of competitive packages with a choice of over 1500 business activities, up to 20 visas under one trade licence and a dual licence option that offers both mainland and free zone on the same licence. Entrepreneurs can also maximise their profits with 100% foreign ownership and zero-paid-up capital.

Ready to start your online business in the UAE? Get in touch with our friendly advisors for help with business setup in the UAE today.

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low cost business setup in the UAE

The UAE combines a well-developed and diversified economy with world-class infrastructure, excellent transport links and attractive tax incentives for aspiring entrepreneurs. While the region is home to some of the world’s biggest business success stories, SMEs are still seen as crucial for economic growth. To ensure that startups can thrive in this ecosystem, the UAE has focused efforts on enabling entrepreneurs to start and scale businesses affordably.

Free zones offer the easiest way to enjoy low-cost business setup in the UAE. Acquiring a low-cost free zone licence is simple, provided you work with specialists who understand the market, laws and compliance.

In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about low-cost business setup in the UAE. We will dive deeper into the advantages of keeping costs down at the outset and explore everything you need to know about the setup process. We will cover the following topics:

Low-cost business setup in the UAE

SPC Free Zone has a low-cost licence that will help you set up your business in the UAE. The cost of a licence from SPC Free Zone is AED 5750

When you choose to establish your business with SPC Free Zone, you can choose from a wide variety of cost-effective packages with multi-year licence options. You can also choose from more than 1,500 business activities and combine as many as five different activities under one licence.

As well as being affordable, the process is fast, too. It takes just two hours for a licence and six working days for a residence visa. Thanks to e-channel services, most of the process can be completed remotely too through state-of-the-art digital systems.

Steps to start a low-cost business in the UAE

Regardless of your budget, the process for starting a business in the UAE involves a series of simple steps:

Step 1: Outline your business activities

First, you’ll need to choose from 1,500-plus business activities and list these on your licence application. You’ll also need to name your business, avoiding any offensive or blasphemous language.

Step 2: Apply for your licence

Next, you’ll need to apply for your licence. SPC Free Zone’s business advisors can help you make sure your papers are in order. Once approved, you will receive your licence in just two hours.

Step 3: Visa approvals

Then you’ll need to apply for visas on behalf of you and your employees. To do this, you should apply for e-channel services to receive your entry permit, a temporary visa valid for 60 days.

Step 4: Status change

Once you have received your permit, the local authorities will activate your status change. This means that you can undergo your medical check and apply for your Emirates ID. It enables you to apply for things like a bank account, property rentals and mobile phone contracts.

Benefits of having a low-cost business licence in the UAE 

There are countless benefits to starting up a low-cost business in the UAE. These include:

By developing a lean cost structure from the outset, you can capitalise on wider margins. This means you can also offer a stronger value proposition to your clients by offering competitively priced products and services.

Good marketing enables you to keep your products and services at the front of your customers’ minds. Without it, you could have the most ground-breaking products but never reach your target audience. By saving on setup costs, you can divert your funds into a good marketing strategy.

It’s important to get the right people on board your business from the outset. By shaving off unnecessary upfront costs, you can ensure your business attracts the best talent from the get-go.

Entrepreneurs that make large initial investments are left with the heavy burden of high bills, staff, and other hidden costs. With a low-cost business, you have more flexibility and more cash flow for smoother operations.

How much does it cost to start a small business in the UAE?

The cost of starting a small business in the UAE is AED 5750.  However, there are additional costs to consider when starting a small business in the UAE.

To set up your business, you’ll need to make sure you have the right licence. SPC Free Zone offers four different licences: Commercial, General, Services and Trading. Prices differ depending on the type of business licence you require, as well as the type of business you will be conducting.

You’ll also need to take office and facility costs into consideration. For instance, will you be leveraging SPC Free Zone’s flexi-desk offering or will you need a permanent facility for your employees?

For an accurate and personalised quote tailored to your business requirements, get in touch with our friendly business advisors at SPC Free Zone.

What is the cheapest free zone in the UAE?

The cheapest free zone in the UAE is SPC Free Zone. Located in the Emirate of Sharjah, it offers hassle-free, multi-faceted setup for those looking to set up their dream business in the UAE.

While SPC Free Zone’s core licensing activities are Publishing and Printing, it issues licences for over 1,500 business activities, ranging from e-commerce and engineering to consultancy and construction.

As well as being cheap, SPC Free Zone offers a whole host of additional benefits for entrepreneurs. These include:

SPC Free Zone is just 15 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport

In-house immigration speeds up business setup significantly, with licences issued in less than two hours and visas issued in seven working days

State-of-the-art 24/7 coworking spaces, unfurnished and furnished office spaces, storage solutions, shell and core solutions, and meeting rooms, located close to the Carrefour Mall

A wide network of entrepreneurs and startups to tap into, with real opportunities to actively contribute to the growing UAE economy

Wide range of banking partners to choose from

Why work with SPC Free Zone?

Offering fast, convenient and affordable business setup in the UAE, SPC Free Zone is the perfect launchpad for entrepreneurs and startups looking to keep business setup costs low, without compromising. Entrepreneurs can easily register a company and begin business operations without delay, with licences issued in just two hours.

We offer over 1,500 business activities and multiple visas under one licence too. Our clients also enjoy competitive benefits such as 100% foreign ownership with zero paid-up capital and a dual-licence option that offers both mainland and free zone on the same licence.

There’s no need to do it alone either. Our business advisors are experts in the market and can help you navigate your business setup, every step of the way.

Ready to launch your business in the UAE? Get in touch with SPC Free Zone to find out how to do this as quickly and cheaply as possible.

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E-commerce is growing exponentially across the globe, including in the UAE. Compounded by the pandemic, which drove populations online and altered consumer behaviour forever, the e-commerce market in the UAE has never been stronger. According to the International Trade Administration, e-commerce sales in the UAE jumped by 53% in 2020. Almost 100% of the UAE population is now online too.

So, it’s little wonder that savvy business owners like you are looking to the UAE to open a thriving e-commerce business. But before you launch your e-commerce business, you’ll need to ensure you have the correct licence – an e-commerce licence, to be precise. This licence enables business owners to sell their own goods through their own websites or a portal such as Amazon.

In this article, we will explore the UAE’s e-commerce licence. We will take a deep dive into everything you need to know about the application process, including the costs and benefits. We will cover the following topics:

Advantages of starting an e-commerce business in the UAE

As one of the fastest-growing e-commerce markets in the Middle East and North Africa, it’s easy to see why so many entrepreneurs are choosing the UAE to establish their e-commerce business.

Firstly, while many countries impose restrictions on foreign businesses, the UAE offers a string of tax incentives and tax holidays that make opening a business in the region easier and more profitable, including:

The UAE also boasts an unrivalled location, conveniently situated between Africa, Asia and Europe. It’s a gateway to growth markets that can transcend geographical barriers, offering access to two-thirds of the population within an eight-hour flight.  Businesses have easy access to the sea, as well as one of the world’s largest airports – Dubai International Airport. According to the World Bank Logistics Performance, the UAE ranks as number one in the MENA index too. 

The region is widely regarded as one of the world’s largest destinations for infrastructure investments, too. This means that business owners can tap into a wealth of benefits, such as:

E-commerce business owners can also benefit from fast, easy and secure banking. The UAE’s banks have proven reliable during global crises and there’s a wide range of payment providers available for any size of business, such as Stripe, PayTabs and HyperPay.

E-commerce licence UAE cost

The cost of an e-commerce licence in the UAE starts at AED 5,750.

However, there are additional costs to take into account when applying for your e-commerce licence, such as resident visa eligibility, office spaces and facilities, and the registering authority.

Get in touch with our team at SPC Free Zone for an accurate and personalised quote tailored to your specific business requirements.

Steps to get an e-commerce licence in the UAE

The steps to getting an e-commerce licence in the UAE are straightforward, though you’ll need to jump through a few hoops along the way. There’s no need to do it alone though, as at SPC Free Zone our business advisors can help you navigate the entire process.

Step 1: Document submission

First, you’ll need to make sure your papers are in order and submit your documents to the authorities. Once approved, you will receive your e-commerce licence in under two hours.

Step 2: E-channel application

You’ll need to apply for e-channel applications to receive your entry permit, a temporary visa valid for 60 days.

Step 3: Status change

Once you’ve received your permit, the authorities will activate your status change.

Step 4: Emirates ID

You’ll need an Emirates ID to apply for things like a bank account, property rentals and mobile phone contracts. To acquire this, you will need to undergo a medical test.

Cheapest e-commerce licence in the UAE

SPC Free Zone offers one of the cheapest e-commerce licences in the UAE. Our business advisors offer benefits including:

Online e-commerce sites in the UAE

One of the easiest and most popular ways of building an e-commerce business in the UAE involves an online shopping site, where business owners can list and sell their products. The UAE boasts a range of user-friendly, advanced online platforms for sellers. Some of the best-known online e-commerce sites in the UAE include:

Do you need a licence for e-commerce in the UAE?

Yes, in order to open an e-commerce business in the UAE, you will need to obtain an e-commerce licence.

What licence do I need to sell online in the UAE?

If you’re looking to set up an online e-commerce business in the UAE, you will need to obtain an e-commerce licence. For more information, you can get in touch with the team at SPC Free Zone for the latest rules, regulations and a bespoke quote.

Why get an e-commerce licence from SPC?

Wondering where to find the best e-commerce licence in the UAE? SPC Free Zone offers a fast and flexible business setup in the UAE. Conveniently located in the heart of Sharjah, business owners and entrepreneurs can receive their e-commerce licence in less than two hours. Our business advisors are experts in the market and can help advise on the next steps for you and your business.

SPC Free Zone also offers 1,500 business activities and up to 20 visas under one consultancy trading licence, as well as competitive benefits such as 100% foreign ownership with zero paid-up capital and a dual-licence option that offers both mainland and free zone on the same licence.

Interested in starting and expanding your e-commerce business in the UAE? Get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable business advisors at SPC Free Zone to find out more.

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consultants in the UAE

As more entrepreneurs and companies look to the UAE to start and scale their businesses, they require specialized services to support development and growth. Demand for consultants is rocketing and the region is ripe with opportunities for a range of experts, from HR and resourcing consultancies to business strategy consultants.

Before you open a consultancy business in the UAE, you will need to ensure that you have the right license. While obtaining a consultancy license is a relatively straightforward process, you’ll need to jump through a few hoops first.

In this article, we will answer your most pressing questions, including ‘how do I open a consultancy company in the UAE’. We will explore everything you need to know, including the price, the benefits and the application process. We will cover the following topics:

Steps to obtain a UAE consultancy license

The steps to get a consultancy license in the UAE are:

Step 1: Submit your documents

If approved, you will receive your UAE consultancy license in under two hours.

Step 2: Apply for e-channel applications

Once registered, you can apply for your entry permit, which is valid for up to 60 days.

Step 3: Status change confirmation

After receiving your entry permit, you can activate your status change.

Step 4: Undergo your medical test and apply for Emirates ID

With your Emirates ID card, you can open a bank account, rent a property and take out contracts.

Step 5: Residence visa approved

SPC Free Zone’s business setup advisors will guide you through the process, every step of the way.

Consultancy licenses cost in the UAE

The cost of a consultancy license in the UAE is AED 6500. This includes both co-working spaces and the lease agreement.

However, there are additional costs to consider when applying for your UAE consultancy license too. For an accurate and personalized quote tailored to your business requirements, get in touch with our friendly business advisors at SPC Free Zone.

Types of consultancy licenses in the UAE

When it comes to applying for your consultancy license, you need to ensure you’re applying for the right one. There are many different types of consultancy licenses in the UAE and these depend on the nature of the business activity. There is a wide range of business activities to choose from including:

There are no specific qualifications required to apply for a consultancy license, though you will need to have experience and knowledge of the relevant industry. Some business activities may have specific requirements, such as an MBA, but this is only rarely required, depending on the type of consultancy you choose to build.

Advantages of starting a consultancy in the UAE

The UAE offers a wide range of benefits for consultancies, such as:

Fast business setup

You can obtain your consultancy licence UAE in less than two hours.

Investor benefits

The UAE offers a wide range of financial incentives, including 100% foreign ownership, 100% profit repatriation, rich networking opportunities and no share capital requirements.

Flexibility

Opening a consultancy in the UAE allows you to manage your own time and clients, with access to customers across the world.

Range of services

You can specialize in a wide variety of industries, from education and engineering to tourism and transportation.

Financial

You can set it up with minimal capital, without compromising on service

Growth

Businesses at the incubation stage are more likely to outsource their strategy and resource management needs – and as a locally-based consultant, you’ll be best placed to capture these opportunities. 

How to grow your consultancy business

Most companies rely on consultancies to help them solve issues as they expand, which means consultants are highly sought after. But as more consultants appear on the market, how do you stand out from the crowd and grow your business?

Reputation and relationships are key. Generating profit is important, but in the beginning, it’s essential to build up good client testimonials. Word of mouth is one of the most powerful ways to secure and maintain a client. To do this, you’ll need to be good at maintaining relationships with your clients. You should also have a good idea of what your competitors are doing and an excellent understanding of how to make your offer better. 

Benefits of being a consultant

Becoming a consultant can open up a whole host of opportunities. Some of these are well-documented, such as good pay and travel perks, but others are often overlooked.

For instance, as a consultant you’ll be able to tap into a larger pool of job opportunities. A cursory search on the internet will back this up – the current global estimated value of the industry now stands at around $250 billion. Networking is practically part of the job description, and you’ll get the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of contacts that may prove useful in the future too.

This style of working can be exciting also, as it offers greater diversity than most jobs. Being a consultant means taking on different projects that can broaden your expertise significantly. Every job looks different, which means even in speciality areas of focus you’re likely to engage with broader functions of the company, such as finance and human resources. It means you can rapidly try out new industries, areas and geographies to discover what you like best.

Working as a consultant can also help you refine your skills and learn new ones at the same time. As a consultant, training needs to happen at speed, so you’ll quickly become an expert. Projects tend to be fast paced and require more interaction with your teams. This inevitably means that you can learn faster, stay ahead of trends and will be able to capitalize on more growth opportunities. This can boost your CV, thus making you more employable too.

Why choose SPC Free Zone?

SPC Free Zone offers fast and flexible business setup in the UAE. Our expert advisors will guide you through each step of your consultancy license application to ensure that the process is as quick and seamless as possible. Conveniently located in the heart of Sharjah with immigration services onsite, you can receive your consultancy license in under two hours.

We offer over 1,500 business activities and up to 20 visas under one consultancy trading licence. Our clients also enjoy competitive benefits such as 100% foreign ownership with zero paid-up capital and a dual-licence option that offers both mainland and free zone on the same licence.

Ready to expand your business and start reaping the rewards the UAE offers? Get in touch with our advisors to find out more about how SPC Free Zone can help.

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UAE general trading license

Combining a high level of economic stability and security with easy access to markets in Africa, Asia and Europe, it’s little wonder why investors like you are choosing to start and scale their businesses in the UAE. But before you get going, you need to ensure that you have a valid general trading licence. This legal permit allows you to conduct specific business activities in the UAE and, without it, you could face heavy penalties. It also boosts credibility and raises awareness of your company in the market in which you are operating.

In this article, we will take a deep dive into the general trading licence to explore what it offers, the types of businesses it applies to and the application process.

We will cover the following topics:

What is a general trading licence in the UAE?

A general trading licence in the UAE is a licence that allows you to export, re-export, import and trade any number of unrelated goods under one licence. Unlike the specific licence category, it allows you to trade in a wide range of commodities, except those that are prohibited, such as oil, tobacco and goods that do not comply with health and safety standards.  So, in theory, you could trade in everything from furniture and food to electronics and pet supplies.

A general trading licence is one of the most sought-after licences in the UAE. It offers a number of benefits that enable investors to trade easily across local regions and internationally. These include:

Steps to getting a UAE general trading licence

The steps to getting a general trading licence in the UAE are:

While the process for applying for a general trading licence is relatively straightforward, you’ll need to be prepared with the right documents and information to jump through the right hoops. There’s no need to do it alone, though. SPC Free Zone’s business setup advisors will guide you through every step of the journey to ensure that you can acquire your general trading licence as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Cost of UAE general trading licence

The cost of a UAE general trading licence starts at AED 6,500. However, there are additional costs to consider. The total price of your general trading licence will vary depending on factors including:

Ready to find out how much your general trading licence will cost? Get in touch with our team at SPC Free Zone for an accurate quote tailored to your specific situation and requirements.

Why choose SPC Free Zone?

At SPC Free Zone, we can help you navigate every stage of your general trading licence application. Quick, convenient and flexible, you can get your licence issued in just two hours, thanks to our location in the heart of Sharjah with immigration services onsite.

You can choose from over 1,500 business activities, get up to 20 visas under one trade licence and enjoy competitive benefits such as 100% foreign ownership with zero paid-up capital.

We can also help you to expand your business with a dual-licence option that offers both mainland and free zone on the same licence.

Ready for fast and easy business setup in the UAE? Get in touch – we’re here to help.

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