December 19th, 2018
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We like to define Dubai as the country of the great opportunities, where it is really possible to do very, very well, but nothing is as easy as it seems and nothing can be underestimated. Although Dubai’s motto is “Welcome Tomorrow”, inside it live and live together, very different opposite worlds that try to find a social and institutional balance.
In order to achieve successfully the results estimated for oneself or the customer, it is very important to overcome the prejudices about the Islamic system, as well as the beliefs of “everything easy and now” arising from “dolus bonus?” of “people who say a lot of words” and promise miracles.

Here are a few easy and free Advice and Tips:

#1 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations differ for businesses from country to country. Before you embark on your relocation, you must seek expert advice on any regulations that might affect you. Corporate and local laws vary in different countries and failure to comply with such laws can result in serious fines or even prosecution. It is wise to research the rules and regulations before you move to your desired destination, as you may not be able to set up your company where you wish.

Tip: Look into this first, before you take any other steps, there may be restrictions that prevent your company from setting up or business. You can do all the research in the world (internet or) but nothing will give you a better understanding of the place, people and problems of a country than visiting the place in person and ask to a local advisor. This gives you a chance to chat with us. Gemana can be your locals and business experts to ensure you’re making the right decision

#2 Language Barrier

If you are relocating your business to a country with an alternative language as UAE you have to take in to consideration the impact the language barrier may have on the running of your day-to-day business. If you aren’t fluent in the language, or have to hire an interpreter, this could slow down the running of the business or lead to mistakes due to miscommunication. Productivity in staff can be seriously affected due to a language block.

Tip: Prior to relocating your business make sure you have a contact person who speaks English. Another element to consider is that Arabic is the official language (Article 7 Constitution UAE) and that for many government and corporate documents as well as between individuals (such as the rental agreement), the Arabic language is required. Take Arab lessons or hire an Arab employee; the locals will appreciate your effort, you’ll be able to understand better what’s going on with your business

#3 Culture, Religion and Shari’a Law

The language barrier is one hurdle, but culture is a whole new ball game and it takes time and understanding to grasp another country’s culture. What might seem like a completely natural behavior or way of doing business within your country, It could have a different effect in UAE. It would be wise to study your desired destinations culture before you set up camp. Be sure to source an expert, as getting this wrong could have dire consequences.

Tip: Article 7 of the Constitution (made permanent with the constitution of 1996) states that: “Islam is the official religion of the Federation and the Islamic Shari’a is the main source of its legislation. “Shari’a means “Way” or “path” and is the divine law of Islam.In a modern, highly globalized and internationalized system like the one of the UAE, live and reign important influences with legal value of religious principles, an element that is often is underestimated because distracted by the economic excitement.It would be wise to study your desired destination’s culture before you set up camp. Be sure to source an expert, as getting this wrong could have dire consequences.

#4 Cost Issues

Cost is a concern in any business decision, and a move can cure–or create–many cost issues. For starters, the cost and investments varies widely among Emirates, among City and among companies forms. Depending on circumstances, you may have other financial issues to consider. Large companies seeking large spaces, other seeking IT or fiber optic cabling, other needs access to the port area for cargo expedition.

Tip:Choosing the right location is always paramount. The correct identification of the place where install a commercial activity such as a production center can make the difference between success and failure of your business in the country like the UAE.

#5 Location Matters VISA and Labor Law

These are labor and work force issues, the desire to reach new markets, the need to upgrade facilities or equipment, the desire to lower costs or increase cash flow, and considerations about quality of life. For different businesses and at different times, certain concerns are more important than others. But just about all moves can be attributed to some combination of these issues.

Tip: Number of Visas depends upon the size of the office and the type of business. If you have a local company (LLC) registered in the UAE then you must first get work permits for your staff from the office of the Ministry of Labour. They have their own norms depending on the office size and business category. A office of of about 1000 sq.ft. engaged in Trading business can get up to 10-15 visas. Owners are always entitled to a visa. For the Free Zone companies the norms are well defined. If you have taken a standard package plus trade licence then you may get 1 or 2 or 4-5 visas based or in relation to the size of the office. The Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 (‘Labour Law’), which governs labor relations in the UAE, is loosely based on the International Labour Organisation model and applies to all Emirates (the law regulates most aspects of the relations between employer and employees, such as working hours, services, termination of work contract, health and medical benefits and repatriation).

#6 Marketing

Just because your marketing strategy is successful within your own country, this doesn’t necessarily mean it will do well in another country. International market research must be carried out within your planned destination to ensure you gain a solid knowledge of your target audience. You must consider slogans and their meanings, especially if translating in to another language, not everything has a literal translation and you wouldn’t want to do irreversible damage to your brand. Especially in Arabic, a logo can have different translation, and can be difficult trade mark registration.

Tip: Don’t try and do this alone. It may raise the initial set up costs when vacating, but it could save you millions in damages and humiliation. You don’t want to have to head back with your tail between your legs because you didn’t bother to translate your marketing message properly.

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