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Nadia Rinawi graduated in international business management (with focus on the MENA region) and has been working with RAK Free Trade Zone Authority for over 5 years. In 2008 she opened RAK FTZs first office in Europe. Since then Nadia has gained extensive knowledge and experience in advising foreign companies about market entry strategies in the UAE as well as company set-ups.

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  1. HI NADIA We are in process of starting manufacturing unit of Mayonnaise and related food products in free zone, please suggest on what all points we should take care before starting and is there any options of bank funding for new units ? Question from Harsh Anand on 14/09/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    Please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com so we can discuss details of your projects.
    Best regards,

    Nadia

  2. Dear Nadia , I am planning to start up rent car business Co. in Dubai, would you please give your advice for this business situation and legislation , and in case we register in the free zone is it required local partner and can we do business in Dubai while our registration in Free zone? Thanks for your kind replay regards khaled / Jordan Question from khaled al asi on 31/08/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Khaled,
    If you would like to open a company that rents cars in Dubai, you will need a local license (incl. local partner) from the Dubai Economic Department as such an activity can not be licensed in any of the free zones.

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  3. Dear Nadia, Me and my colleague are thinking to start our own company in UAE, it will be a recruiting company based in RAK FTZ (we contacted RAK FTZ earlier), but we have a concern regarding the NOC from our current company, they might get suspicious that maybe we will quit or anything like this, so what is the best workaround to do this, or is it a must that any company in UAE should support its employees and give them the freedom to start their own small business? Thanks, Question from Tareq Samara on 26/08/2014

    Nadia says:

    It is true that anbody who is on a UAE employment visa and wants to set up his own company needs a NOC from his sponsor. There is no way around it, unless maybe a friend or family member sets up the company instead of you.

  4. I am planning to open a branch of our digital production company in Dubai, employing one person only. I do not think we need to trade with the UAE area, so believe that a serviced office in the Media Free Zone would suit our needs. What is the best way to go about registering a branch of our company, getting residency, a bank account, office space, UAE-accredited accountant, etc? If we did want to do business with UAE area however, I believe we would have to have a UAE 51% shareholder. How would we go about that and still retain control of operating the company? Question from RICHARD VALE on 19/08/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Please excuse my late answer (due to malfunction of this website). If you decided to set-up your business in Dubai Media City they will be able to help you with all your questions. If you are looking for a more cost-effective alternative, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com and I will give you some options about setting up in RAK FTZ. In case you decide to go ahead with a local set-up with a local shareholder you should ask a lawyer to advise and guide you through the contracts. Best regards, Nadia

  5. HI madam . i want to establish a company in RAK , i m working on two projects first is Broiler poultry farming for meat production , and second installed a mineral plant bottling plant . both projects are different , i chose one that is easier and better in UAE. advice me which type of documents and license required for these business. Regards Question from awais sharif on 17/08/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Please excuse my late reply (due to malfunction of this site). In case you are still interested in information, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  6. Dear Sir, We are Fine Jewelry manufacturers and wholesalers based in Mumbai,India. We are interested in expanding our business and venturing into the UAE market. We want to create Dubai as our base. We have already done 3 pilot exhibitions in Dubai and Sharjha. We are confident of our product and prices. We have received good response in the shows. I would like to seek your help and guidance here, as to how do we venture into this market. What are the channels which are apt for us, how can we have control over the business based in Mumbai, India, and other all concerns which are present during such a decision like legal formation, taxes, terms and conditions etc etc. I would eagerly await your response. Also our Director will be in UAE in this month , he can also meet you there if you are available. Thanks and Regards, Question from Yusuf Motiwala on 13/08/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Please excuse my late reply (due to malfunction of this site). In case you are still interested in information about a company set-up, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  7. I am a uk citizen who wants to start up a gym and spa centre in UAE, Dubai within the next year. Hopefully I would like to see it expand. My main aim is to increase fitness participation levels there . How would I go about doing this e.g funding and what are the procedures to set it up. Benita Question from benita omotoyo on 07/08/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Please excuse my late reply (due to malfunction of this site). In case you are still interested in information about a company set-up, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  8. I am planning to start an Accountancy Practice firm in UAE. I have an accountancy practice in Ireland and I would like to know more about starting a Professional Accountancy Practice in UAE. I read that, for a professional firm, the ownership will be with us and not with the local agent but that I will need a local agent to handle licenses etc? What are the rights of the local agent and who is the actual owner of a professional firm? Can a non qualified person become a partner of the professional firm? What will be initial cost of starting a professional firm? .ie cost of licenses, cost of rent in a free zone (small office with 300 square foot for starters) Can I hire employees and what is the going rate of pay to employ trainees? Is there any minimum capital requirement for such firms? Is there any funding available for start ups? What Licenses do I have to purchase and institutions do I have to register with? Any advice will be much appreciated. Thanking you in advance. Declan. Do I need a fixed accommodation address or will a business address do? Further to this can I operate the practice from Ireland commuting back and forth? Question from Declan Monaghan on 04/08/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Under RAK Free Trade Zone we can offer the activity auditing of accounts and you can be the sole owner without having a local partner. In order to provide you more details regarding the packages please send us your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and we will be contacting you.

    on behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  9. Hi, Nadi I want to open a money exchange in Dubai Deira Murshid Bazar Area. I want to know more about procedures to open a money exchange. Thanks. Question from ABDUR RAHMAN on 01/08/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Establishing a money exchange company requests you to contact the Dubai economic department for information and regulation checking.

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  10. Hi. We are a pharmaceuticals firm based in India & we want to set up an entity in RAK FTZ. When we enqire then we cmae to knew that we want MOH pre approval for setting the entity. Can you please let me know how much time is required for getting MOH approval? And how to approach them? Question from Damandeep Singh on 12/07/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Please email us to europe@rakftz.com or contact the business development person handling your case.

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  11. Hi Nadia, We are interested in running some internet based services from freezone such as job advert site, and used car selling site. The model of the business is service based and allows the buyers and sellers to come together with us charging a service fee to the sellers for them using our site to post their car/job details. Is this type of activity allowed from RAK? Many thanks Question from Wayne Godden on 15/06/2014

    Nadia says:

    Hello,

    Unfortunately this is not allowed in the free zone.

    Best regards,
    On behalf of Nadia
    Joyce

  12. Hello Nadia I am planning on starting up a Free Zone company which involves importing food products from Brazil via sea transport. In your opinion, which are the most adequate Free Zone areas for my venture. Also i plan on selling at wholesale price. I want to sell outside the free zone but within the UAE, but am aware that this is not possible without an Agent or Distributor that has a DED license. How can i get contacts for distributors or agents within the UAE? Kind regards Jose Question from Josh Roquette on 18/04/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Jose,

    We will be happy to support you in getting a trading license in food stuff in RAK Free Trade Zone. However for getting contacts for distributors it would be best to contact the DED or chamber of commerce.
    if you decide to start with the free zone company simply email us to europe@rakftz.com

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  13. Hi Nadia, If I need to open a laptop repair shop in RAK FTZ,what are the requirements,how do i get trade license,what is the start-up cost please?.....Regards Question from Daniel Ekiyor on 11/04/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    if you need to open a shop in the local market then you require a local partner who will have 51% of the shares.
    If you want to open it inside the free zone please send us an email to europe@rakftz.com telling us what is the space required.

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  14. Hello Nadia, I am an Indian national and currently based in Mumbai. I am interested in starting a day care center and nursery (pre-primary school) in Dubai. I needed to check if it is mandatory to have a local UAE national as a partner? Also what are the licenses required? What are the fees? Thanks Alizeh Question from Alizeh Hussain on 10/04/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    This depends on the regulations of the location you will be establishing in, in Dubai.

    If a free zone approves your project then you will not need a local partner, however if the daycare is in the local market of course a shareholder holding 51% of the shares is required.
    Prices differ from one location to another and from legal form to another.

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  15. hi nadia . this is vipul from india, i start to business in uae in construction division like indstrial.residantional & athor division to supply skilled & unskilled man power , like carpentar.mesan.fitter.forman.supervisior. & athor catagery, how is done . my mobile no is +919925999955, emil id-laths9999@gmail.com Question from vipul lathiya on 08/04/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Vipul,

    Unfortunately this type of activity is not allowed under a free zone.
    A construction company requires a local partner who will own 51% of the shares.
    In case you decide to take an HR consultancy under the free zone then please write us to europe@rakftz.com and we will guide you. However you are not allowed to recruit all of those employees under the HR consultancy, note that the construction company will have to recruit them after you find them the employees.

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  16. Hi Nadia,I want to start a phone and laptop repair shop in any part of Dubai,preferably Deira....please I need to know what more about startup costs and trade license costs and other necessary documentations information..hope to hear from you as soon as possible.Regards Question from Daniel Ekiyor on 07/04/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Daniel,

    opening a shop in Dubai in the local market requires having a local partner who will own 51% of the shares.
    Probably Dubai Economic Department is the right place to be guides in this concern.

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  17. Hello I would like to ask about one think. for the last few month I have been working with one guy from Egypt. I would like to move him to UAE cos would be better for my company to find more customers. Can he as a foreign register himself in UAE as a self-employed and works there for me? Or I should open a branch in UAE and employ him can I do it? What is better and of course cheaper. Question from Andrzej Skulimowski on 01/04/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    the only way to recruit people in the UAE is to establish your own company whether Branch or a newly established one and then recruit an employee or assign him as a manager.
    Please emails us to Europe@rakftz.com and we can send you an offer for a small start-up.

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  18. Hi Nadia, I started my leather business last year by way of participating in europien consumer fairs mainly in Germany and Italy. but unfortunatly could not get any order. Recently we have tied up with one of INDIA's top hosiery Brand which deals in infant, kids, teen clothing and tharmal wear. this brand is already registered in UAE Please suggest how to take it forward. Regards, Manmohan Question from Manmohan Goel on 14/03/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Manmohan,

    I can gladly help you to get a trading license in RAK FTZ and support you in selling this brand internationally or locally through agents.

    Please email us to Europe@rakftz.com

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  19. Dear Nadia, I am planning on setting up a business which sells trendy art prints, mostly targeted at the UAE national and expat female population. They are supposed to be fun and quirky art prints that you would want in your home or office. As a start-up I was not planning on doing anything too big, and selling mainly through retail stores, as well as through an e-commerce site, with the intention of bringing out new art prints quarterly. I found out about the Intelaq licence which allows UAE Dubai nationals to set up a business from home. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be anything similar for expats. I'm not very business savvy and I don't want to set up a trade licence, as I don't think I will be able to cover the costs. Is it possible for me to sell through a Dubai based local retail store, and/or also through an e-commerce site such as Shopify, without the need for a licence? What are my options and are there any others? Kind regards, Nabeela Question from Nabeela Ismail on 13/03/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Nabeela,

    To trade in the UAE you will have to have a license unfortunately. You can take a trading license from RAK FTZ which is very cost effective and deal with local distributors through it. You can email us to Europe@rakftz.com to support you.

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  20. Dear Nadia I'm planning to start e-school based in Dubai where students can be educated online; kindly advise -Possibility of registring in a free zone within UAE (can e.school be established in a fee zone) -What are the major document required for registration -What is registration cost -Any other feed back you would advie through your experience in this area Many thanks Question from amr Tawfik on 07/03/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Tawfik,

    we will be glad to offer you this service through our Academic Zone in Ras Al Khaimah UAE. Please send us your full details to europe@rakftz.com and we will guide you through the process.

    On behalf of Nadia,
    Joyce

  21. Dear Nadia, Currently iam running an online store of islamic clothing from INDIA, catering mostly to buyers from USA and Europe.All the products are sourced from INDIA. We wish to expand and add more product range to our store.For which we need to import from south east asia and UAE.Being in India,i have to pay huge import duties and shipping it out is very expensive here. Hence,we are thinking about operating from DUBAI free zone.Where we will be importing from different countries,including UAE and exporting them to retail customers in USA and Europe. what is your suggestion?which free zone is suitable for my business? Question from Deepak devanga on 25/02/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Deepak,

    On Behalf of Nadia, I would be glad to guide you on opening in RAK Free Trade Zone and getting a commercial license in trading in garments. Please write us to europe@rakftz.com who will be the owners of the company (how many people, what is the legal form) and what facility you prefer to rent (office or warehouse) and we will come back to you quickly with an offer and details how to import and export from the UAE worldwide.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

  22. Nadia, We are a US based Architectural Firm. WE are trying to set up a branch to do business in Dubai. What is our best avenue? Joint Venture? or Professional Firm ? Question from Mark Vaghei on 25/02/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    On behalf of Nadia i kindly ask you to send us your details to the email europe@rakftz.com to send you details regarding your establishment. It is possible within the free zone to establish an architectural consultancy and work in the UAE and internationally.

    Awaiting your feedback,
    Joyce

  23. Dear Nadia I have a company registered in Rak but most of my business is in Saudi, Africa, China, India and the Middle East. Here is my company web site for more information - http://www.albaos.com/ My situation now is I require Company insurance as I have been invited to go on an "approved vendors" list for two major oil companies. One of the requirements is to have company insurance, but I'm not sure which type of insurance is suitable for my company. Will it be liability or some other form? I have men working for me at present in Saudi and in South Africa. Also if you can recommend some business insurance companies for the likes of my company I would greatly appreciate it Best Regards Mr. James Sharkey Question from JAMES SHARKEY on 24/01/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear James,

    Kindly email us to europe@rakftz.com to send you a list of insurance companies in the UAE. Is your company an onshore or offshore? Where is it established in RAK specifically?

    Best regards,
    Joyce on behalf of Nadia

  24. Hi Nadia We are a canadian technolgy company and would like to patent our product in UAE. Please let me know how we can be in touch i.e. phone or email. Best Regards Question from Laiq Siddiqui on 23/01/2014

    Nadia says:

    Kindly email us to europe@rakftz.com and we will be in contact with you.

    Best regards,
    Joyce on behalf of Nadia

  25. Hi Nadia, Happy New Year!! This is Shuja Ahmed from Pakistan. I am fresh fruit & vegetables exporter. I want to setup a business in UAE. Please let me know initially how much I need to invest there & what’s the procedure. And also I want to know can I employee my manpower from Pakistan. Do I need to contact to any agent or do it myself? Can you please advise me? Thanks Question from Shuja Ahmed on 23/01/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Ahmed,

    surely you can establish a trading company in the UAE (RAK FTZ) and the minimum capital would be 100 000 AED. Yes you can also hire employees under your company since we do provide you with residential visas. Please email us to europe@rakftz.com and we will get back to you with details.

    Best regards,
    Joyce on behalf of Nadia

  26. Hi Nadia, We are design consultants for mechanical and electrical services in buildings of all types. We wish to open a branch office in Qatar or within a free zone in the UAE. If we operate in a free zone can we become involved with projects inside the UAE and what sort of start-up costs would be involved? Graham Powell Question from Graham Powell on 22/01/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Powell,

    I can surely guide you on behalf of Nadia is you email us to europe@rakftz.com. Your type of establishment is possible however we just need few more details from you to provide you with the start up price. It can be 3000 Euro plus.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

  27. please how easy is it to get license to export crude oil and petrochemicals from UAE?this is the business line i am interested in.what form of business registration (llc or free zone) will i need in the UAE?in which of the emirates can i locate my proposed business? Question from bekky bethel on 13/01/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    yes you can trade in crude oil, and petrochemicals have some restrictions. You can email us your details to europe@rakftz.com and we will guide you through the steps of establishment soon.

  28. Hi Nadia, Happy New Year. Pls can you help. My husband will be moving to Dubai as an employee of a company and myself and daughter will be following him a few months later. When we arrive, I would like to start up my business that I have in the UK which is childrens parties/workshops and would really appreciate your advise on how I need to start the process before we arrive in Dubai. As we will be working with children and food (confectionery and chocolate which I will source in the UAE) I am unsure of what licences I need, in the UK it is straight forward, and I will be working from home to produce food items which will be used in the parties/workshops. My intention is to sell this service and items b to b and also to consumer directly. Would really appreciate your input and pointing me in the right direction. Appreciate your time on this matter, with kind regards. Question from SHARON PARK on 13/01/2014

    Nadia says:

    Thank you for your email.

    Please email us to europe@rakftz.com and we will guide you how you can trade in chocolates. But please note that trading directly to consumers or end users is forbidden under a free zone license. Awaiting your details.

  29. Hello Ms. Rinawi. I would like to know the process for setting up a freight forwarding business in Dubai. I am a US citizen and currently own a branch in the USA. I am aware of the 100% ownership vs 51% UAE share holder. I am interested in the 100% ownership and would like to start on a small budget in mind. Please provide your insight. Question from Yasmeen Kh on 09/01/2014

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Kindly email us to europe@rakftz.com and we will provide you details of a shipping license in the UAE under a free zone where you will be the sole owner.

    Best regards,
    Joyce on behalf of Nadia

  30. Hi Nadia, I am an IT consultant using my own limited company in UK. I am interested in moving to UAE and setup IT business (IT services). I did some research and aware of the two options I have to setup up the business i.e. either in free zones or using a local national. Can you be able to provide with any sources to help me setting up and kickstarting the business (not just registration) and also UAE nationals (silent partner at a cost) who wish to involve in business partnership? Thanks & Regards Shriniy Question from Shrinivas Yerramshetty on 30/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    If you would like to open a company in a free zone (without a local partner) you can contact Joyce Choukri from RAK FTZ (j.choukri@rakftz.com). If you would like to open a local company (with a local partner) you can ask the Dubai Economic Department for all the regulations and the set-up process. The British Business Group or UKTI in Dubai might be able to help you with finding a local partner. Best regards, Nadia

  31. Hello Nadia Good Morning. I and my wife are Candian living in Ontario. My wife wants to open a Small Pre Nursery Day care kind of School in Sharjah. We would like to know that as an overseas entrepreneur are we entitle to open such business. Suneel Question from Suneel Bakshi on 29/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Suneel, You would need a local partner (UAE National) for that. You can obtain more information about the specific regulations in Sharjah from the Sharjah Economic Department and the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce.

  32. Dear Nadia WE are logs importer and saw millers in gandhidham Kandla port India we would like to expand our bisness in uae say dubao and kuwait we would like to opern our marketing branch in RAK we would like to get order from dubai trader wholeseller for timber sizes sawn timber and plywood which we would like to export from india to dubai please guide me properly if required I may visit RAK for further discussions Question from jayraj gajra on 19/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    RAK Free Trade Zone would be a good option for your plans. Please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com with your contact details and I will send you the initial information and then we can arrange for a meeting.

  33. Dear Nadia WE are logs importer and saw millers in gandhidham Kandla port India we would like to expand our bisness in uae say dubao and kuwait we would like to opern our marketing branch in RAK we would like to get order from dubai trader wholeseller for timber sizes sawn timber and plywood which we would like to export from india to dubai please guide me properly if required I may visit RAK for further discussions Question from jayraj gajra on 19/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    RAK Free Trade Zone would be a good option for your plans. Please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com with your contact details and I will send you the initial information and then we can arrange for a meeting.

  34. Hi Mrs Nadia. My question is in relation with my partner, Jacquie's question (Question from jacqui McCumiskey on 11/12/2013). As well explained by Jacquie we are representing a French cosmetic company. We want to introduce the company’s whole products (certified CE) to UAE as exclusive distributors. We made some research about the best way to make this introduction as easy/efficient as possible but not all comments were the same. The confusion is I believe in making distinction between the product registration, the brand name registration and the exclusive distributor license registration. The question is: Can these steps be done distinctly? I mean, can we make the product registration and brand name registration done before license registration? It is legitimate for us to know if the product is accepted in UAE before getting involved in establishment there. I assume we can do no business without the product. I would like you Mrs Nadia to give me some of your time to vanish this confusion in my mind and mainly to help us find the right persons in UAE (lawyer, PRO, independent…) to explain to us the whole process, price it and most important to give us rational deadlines to accomplish it. Regards Question from elfadel adil on 17/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    I am not an expert in brand registration. The details to get approval for the products to be allowed to be imported to the UAE can be checked with the Dubai Municipality and/or the MInistry of Health. Please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com with your contact details, then I can send you a list with some lawyers and consultants.

  35. Dear Nadia, I am the Global Trade Compliance Manager at my company. We are registered to import into the Jebel Ali Free Zone and thus far have imported into the Free Zone with a Dubai Logistics provider who is also our broker. We have completed one import into mainland Dubai. We now have some larger shipments to import into mainland Dubai and some of the items may require review or testing by various Dubai Municipalities/agencies. Our broker has not been able to provide much information on what is required to complete this process aside from we may need product certificates and test results but have not provided examples. Can you advise on the process and documentation required for importing items into mainland Dubai that require Municipality testing? The product my company is importing is retail store supplies (shopping bags, pens, register tape etc., all not for resale) Thank you Regards Zoe Question from Zoe Darnick on 12/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    Please check directly with the municipality if the items that you are planning to import require a municipality approval or not. Mainly foodstuff, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics require approvals from the municipality and/or the ministry of health. You can check on the website of Dubai Municipality, it is very informative and also has their contact details for further questions.

  36. Hi Nadia, I am wishing to start a business here in Dubai initially distributing B to B spa / beauty products to spa's and salons products from France. I have been advised that if we operate out of a freezone the products do not have to be registered with municipality, however our clients will be outside the freezone. can you clarify if this is correct as was under the impression all products require registration. 1, to allow them out of customs and 2, to be able to distribute them within the uae? if you can let me know the process and correct information it would be greatly appreciated. also can you recommend any good PRO companies that can assist with the registration process. thank you kindly jacqui Jacquimccum@hotmail.com Question from jacqui McCumiskey on 11/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    Companies that are registered in one of the UAE free zones have the advantage that they can be 100% owned by foreign entities or investors. Outside of the free zones a local partner (UAE national or company) holding 51% of the company is required. But companies that are registered in a free zone are not allowed to sell their products directly to consumers in the local UAE market, which means they can sell their products only to companies that have a relevant import license (e.g. wholesalers, distributers, shops). There are certain products that also need an approval from the municipality or ministry of health (foodstuff, certain cosmetics etc.). These approvals could be taken by the local distributer/wholesaler/shop. For information on this subject it would be better to contact the municipality directly. If you decide to set-up a company in a free zone it is usually a simple process. If you send me an email with your contact details I can send you a sample offer and information on the registration process from RAK Free Trade Zone. I can also send you some contacts of consultants and lawyers who do help with company set-ups in the UAE (in and outside the free zones).

  37. Dear Nadia I would like to ask you about the setup Pharmacy in UAE, I am a Pharmacist working in KSA would like to start a pharmacy, guide me the requirements thanks and best regards Faheem Question from FAHEEM KHAN PATHAN on 09/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Faheem,
    If you would like to open a pharmacy you have to get a license from one of the economic departments (depending in which Emirate you want to open the pharmacy) as well as approvals from the ministry of health. Best regards, Nadia

  38. Hi Nadia I have started a company in he RAK FREEZONE and I want to import some products from the UK which I then want to send out to other Gulf countries If there is a distributor or these products in the UAE would I still be able to import as I'm not selling in the UAE Ive read some things about customs online but the whole process seems very complicated, do I need to do it through an agent? Can you advise please Thanks Question from Rabia Patel on 08/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    It depends on what products you are sending / selling to whom. If you already have a company with RAK Free Trade Zone you can contact the Client Relations Department and they can either help you or give you a contact person at the customs.

  39. Hi Nadia, I would like to set up company in UAE which provide maintenance service{electrician/plumer/ac technician/painter/masonery work/scafollding /unskilled labour]to residential apartments/offices and third parties on short term contract. I am not sure whether you can classify this service under the name of recruitment agency. I don't have problem to open this company as LLC or in free zone. I have been told that you can only run this business through HR Consultancy either in LLC or in free zone .I need to employ my manpower from overseas for this purpose. I would appreciate your advice as I am getting mix messages from everywhere. Thanks Question from Abid Dorez on 08/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    A company that is registered in one of the UAE free zones is not allowed to employ people and let them work outside of the free zone (e.g. at residences or offices outside of the free zone). Companies who want to offer such services or companies that want to lease staff to other companies need to have a local license from one of the economic departments.

  40. Hi Nadia, we are manufacturers of artificial jewellery products in India. I have some questions on setting up a FZE at RAK freezone: 1) If. I set up an establishment in RAK free zone will I be legally authorised to import my products from India and supply to retails shop owners in UAE (with a valid commercial license from the economic department of the respective emirate?) as these are not the end users? 2) Will my import from India to my RAK FZE cost me 5% import duty? 3) If the supply to local UAE market retailers from my RAK FZE is legal, technically will there be a further export (of the imported products) from Free zone to the UAE local market retailer costing him 5% duty or would the retailer benefit from my FZE exemption of import duties? Regards, Naresh Question from Naresh Sagar on 04/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Naresh, If you set up a company in RAK Free Trade Zone (or any other UAE free zone) you are allowed to sell your products into the UAE to any company or shop that has an import license for those goods. If you want to sell to a shop that does not have an import license, you could sell it to them through a wholesaler/distributer. There is an import duty of 5% for almost all goods that enter the local UAE market. Whether the products enter the UAE from India or from a free zone does not make a difference. Please email me to europe@rakftz.com to clarify any further questions you might have. Best regards, Nadia

  41. Nadia i am currently exploring the idea of establishing a recruitment company in UAE to be based in Dubai. Can you advise which freezones would be suitable for the company establishment and are there any organisations in UAE you can recommend who support SME's especially in their establishment/start-up phase? Thanks Jane Question from jane harvey on 02/12/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Nadia, Usually free zones in the UAE issue only HR Consultacy Licenses and only the economic departments issue Recruitment Licenses (usually you need a local partner). You can check with Dubai Economic Department for advise. Should you be interested in a HR Consultancy License I can send you an details about RAK FTZ's offer. For that please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. If you are from the UK you could also contact the UKTI team in Dubai for support or the British Business Group. Best regards, Nadia

  42. Hi Nadia, I am a civil engineer from Mumbai, India. I have worked for couple of major corporate in India with work profile in to sales and marketing/ Business development. Now I am planning to start a trading business in market places of India and UAE. I want to do simple trade, for eg I will buy various Indian products( which are of great demand in UAE) from Indian markets and sell them in UAE market and vice versa. Is this kind of business possible without obtaining import export licence? I have a friend working in fujairah, UAE who can help me in this kind of trading. So please guide me how to initiate, and also if you can give some idea of high demanding products. Also guide about any other way to start such kind of business setup. Question from SHAILESH GADA on 27/11/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Shailesh, This depens what kind of products you will be selling and to whom you will be selling them. Please send me more details to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards,

    Nadia

  43. Hello Nadia. My name is Aya, Im make-up artist. I need your advice regarding set-up a company in RAK Free Zone. I would like to start a small business to provide beauty home-service. What kind of license do I need for this business. And how much will it cost. Thanks Question from Aya Zhunushova on 24/11/2013

    Nadia says:

    Pls. refer to the email I sent you.

  44. Hi Nadia, I live and work in the UAE. A company I know well in the UK has asked me to represent them out here and have asked me to slowly start discussing the idea of selling their products with retailers in Dubai/UAE. I showed the product to one retailer and they are keen to buy from us already - this happened much quicker than I thought so I'm a little unprepared (completely unprepared!!) If they wanted to place an order could the UK company send them the goods and they then pay a UK invoice - OR - do i need to set up a mainland UAE company for them with a local partner and then all invoices have to go through that company etc? In other words do they have to have a UAE mainland company to import and sell to dubai retailers? Question from Ben Bloomfield on 06/11/2013

    Nadia says:

    Foreign companies can sell goods to the UAE on a one-time basis. Given that the products are coming from abroad and the invoice is of course also issued abroad and will be paid there. As soon as a company start importing regularly it needs either a distributer or a business license (by setting up a company). Please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com in case you would like to get more information in setting-up a company.

  45. hi, I am from Pakistan and would like to start a fresh IT consultancy/training company in UAE mainland. I am interested to hire the services of an expert in this regard to assist me and do all the company setup tasks etc. Before proceeding further would u please let me know what precisely should I expect in terms of the total cost of setting up a professional IT consultancy/training firm in mainland UAE with two partners and no employees in the start? secondly once company is in place for how many years our visa would remain valid for UAE?? Best regards sheeraz Question from sheeraz mughal on 31/10/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sheeraz, I cannot give you details on cost and procedures for a company set-up in the local UAE market. The cost vary depending on the which city/emirate you choose to set up your business, your agreement with your local partner and your rental fees. I recommend you to contact one of the many legal consultants in the UAE to help you with your research. In case you are interested in a free zone set-up, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com and I will provide you with the exact cost and procedure. Best regards, Nadia

  46. Nadia, We are a UK based executive recruitment company. We are close to placing a candidate in a permanent role with a UAE based company. The UAE company has asked for a 'Trade License'? What is this? I am an Accountant and represent a number of recruitment agencies who have made several placements in the UK and I have never been asked for this before? Is there some confusion with the licence required in the UK to export 'goods' rather than services? Thank you, Ian Question from IAN ROBINSON on 31/10/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ian, I guess they mean your UK company registration (just to ensure / have a proof that your company really exists). Best regards, Nadia

  47. Hi Nadia! My name is Azizakhan. I`d like to have some information on how to enter RAK FTZ as a computer chip manufacturer company. Could please, tell me what documents do I need, what are the offers presented by Free Trade Zone to my company, etc? Also, just for information I want to export (initially, using the market entry mode) computer chips and then, in 1-2 years, change the entry mode to JV (joint venture) with other PC chip manufacturer. Thanks, Azizakhan. P.S. My contact details: azizakhan.safieva@gmail.com Question from Azizakhan Safieva on 29/10/2013

    Nadia says:

    Sorry, I was away for some time, but I believe my colleague Joyce answered you already. Best regards, Nadia

  48. Dear Sir, My name is Sherif From Egypt, along with a group of entrepreneurs, we are looking to set up an assembly plant for home appliances in the UAE, but we have some questions regarding the type company that we should setup, either a UAE Free Trade Zone (FTZs) , or a Special Zones area, or a Limited Liability Company (LLC). The reason we are still not set on the type is that we will need to Export to other countries after assembling the products in the UAE the export to Egypt and other Arab countries, is the PAFTA agreement is what we are looking into for free trade between the Arab countries? Is there a requirement for the percentage of local content to be made locally, I would like to know more about this area. We would appreciate it if you would guide us in the proper direction. Sherif Question from Sherif Mokhtar on 22/10/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sherif,

    Please send us your contact details to Europe@rakftz.com and we will be explaining to you the possibilities of establishment.

    Best regards.

  49. Hi Nadia my name is Tariq running a company based in United States. I want to start up subsidiary company in Saudi Arabia. We sell high-line cars in us market. I want to export cars in Saudia Arabia. Need some advice my email address is azeemt@gmail.com ......thanks Question from tariq azeem on 27/09/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Tariq,

    The answer is emailed to you.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

  50. Dear Nadia, We are based out of India. We would like to set up an ecom venture in UAE. Although we would be selling our product in UAE, the entire operation would be based here in India and we would not be physically present in UAE. I would like to know how to go about it and will I be allowed to open a merchant account in UAE in that case. Do i need a license in UAE ? Do I have to register a company there ? Question from Shrikant Mudliar on 10/09/2013

    Nadia says:

    Please send me your email address to europe@rakftz.com and I will make sure that one of my colleagues from RAK FTZ India Office contacts you and explains the subject to you in detail. Best regards, Nadia

  51. Hi Nadia. I would like to get some information about RAK Free zone. I got to know about RAK FREE ZONE through my friend. The information i need is that if i open an import and export company there and import good from india to RAK FZ and sell it to the wholesaler in UAE who has the import licence do I or the person who purchase from me have to pay the import duty on the goods. Regards Tanweer Ahmed Question from Tanweer Ahmed on 09/09/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Ahmed, If you register a company in RAK Free Trad Zone you can do so in combination with a Commercial License with the activity of Trading in certain goods (im- and exporting). But if you sell goods inside of the local UAE market your customer also has to have an import license. Please send me your contact details and any more questions you might have to europe@rakftz.com and my colleague or I will then get back to you.

  52. Hello Nadia! My name is Gonzalo from Chile, and Im planning to move to UAE and start my own HR Consultancy business focused in Leadership Coaching and Organizational Development. What do I have to do? This is the first step I am giving: asking you. So I would like to know if It is better to find an investor or local partner or I can start by myself. Do I have to buy any license? Is there any financial support from the goverment to the expats enterpreuners? I know are a lot of questions, but I will really appreciate your help. Thanks in advance, Gonzalo Silva Organizational Psychologist. Question from Gonzalo Silva on 09/09/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Gonzalo, First of all ou need to decide whether you set up your company / business in one of the UAE free zones or in the local UAE market. As a foreigner you can own 100% of your company in the free zones, but in that case you can provide your consultancy services in the local UAE market only to companies with a relevant import license. If you set up a company in the local UAE market (outside of the free zones) you will need a local partner, but you can provide your consultancy services also to individuals. If you would like to receive more information regarding a company set-up in a free zone, please email me to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards,

    Nadia

  53. Hi Nadia madam ,im ranjith from india ,i would like to establish business in uae , my business tshirt printing,watch,mobile and laptop sales and service in one shop,how can i establish shop in freezone,how to import goods, Question from Ranjith Kumar on 07/09/2013

    Nadia says:

    Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and let me know if you would like to open a shop or a company for im- and exporting?

  54. Dear Nadia we are planning to startup a businees in RAK Free Trade Zone please guide what documentations and legal procedures are involved in it Regards Aenna Question from aenna adnan on 05/09/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Aenna, In order to give you detailed information, i need to know what kind of company you would like to set-up. What facility do you need etc. Please send me the info to europe@rakftz.com. Then I will send you all requested information. Best regards,

    Nadia

  55. Hello Nadia My husband is going to start a busienss related to mobiles in UAE please sugesst which area is suitable for starting up mobile shoe room ( not being in mall) and what legal requirements(documentaions ) he needs to be followed waiting for your prompt response Thanks Question from aenna adnan on 05/09/2013

    Nadia says:

    If you would like to open a shop in the UAE, you need a license from the Economic Department of the emirate in which you would ike to open the shop (e.g. RAK Economic Department or Dubai Economic Department). The economic departments will provide you with information regarding the cost and procedure.

  56. Hello , I would like to set up a company in Dubai Free zone, ( any cost saving free zone) My base company activity will be : TV Channel Broadcasting We will be hiring an Abu Dhabi broadcast Management Firm to play-out & operate the Satelite up-link. 1. In need to set up my company in an U.A.E Free Zone. 2. I am looking for a virtual office/ e-office 3. I want to set up without - no paid up capital 4 Where can I obtain a TV Channel Broadcasting License? 5. what are the requirements stipulated by law for company set up & e-office 6. What are the total fees for incorporating a company , including visa. Thank you, Regards, Question from Anthony Salmon on 26/08/2013

    Nadia says:

    The majority of the free zones in the UAE do not issue licenses for Broadcasting. You could try with Dubai Media City or RAK Media City.

  57. Dear Nadia, Kindly advice me on my new business import & export in gulf country like kuwait . What are the requirements i must satisfied an i must have ? Regards Rupesh Question from RUPESH PATIL on 25/08/2013

    Nadia says:

    Sorry, but I do not know much about setting up a company in Kuwait. Should you be interested in setting up a company in a UAE free zone, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.

  58. Good day, I have a FZE at Rak and I have 3 questions which I hope you can help me in I have registered my company at Dubai Customs and now I have import code and I also registered my company at Dubai municipality because I am planning to import foods and beverages stuff So the question is can I do the distribution by myself under my company name after I release cargo from port?? Or should I appoint an against for that?? Also can I rent a warehouse and office outside free zone area?? The last question is what is the yearly renewal fees for my commercial license? Thanks in advance Question from Malaz Sukkar on 24/08/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,
    Companies registered in one of the free zones in the UAE are only allowed to sell their products into the local UAE market if their customer has a relevant import license. If your customer does not have a relevant import license you have to sell the goods through a distributer/agent who has a relevant import license.
    Companies registered in one of the free zones in the UAE are not allowed to rent facilities (e.g. warehouse) outside of the free zone in which they are registered.
    I cannot answer you regarding the cost of the renewal as this depends of the type of company and facility that your company has. Please contact RAK FTZ's client relations department for that: cs@rakftz.com.
    Best regards,

    Nadia

  59. Hi Nadia, We want to open a Foreign company in Dubai and we are looking for a work Permit for 120 employees in Dubai Freezone? Can you please advise? Kind regards, Jigs Question from Jigyasa Bajaj on 14/08/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Jigs,
    The number of employment visa a company can apply for is determined by the type and size of the companies facility as well as the business activity. What type of comapny would you like to set-up in the UAE? Please send me details to europe@rakftz.com.
    Best regards,

    Nadia

  60. Dear Nadia, Kindly advice me on exporting used cars from Dubai to Angola / Luanda. What are the requirements i must satisfied an i must have ? Regards Deepak Question from Dubai Used Crs on 23/07/2013

    Nadia says:

    I advise you to contact the UAE customs for the relevent infomation: www.customs.ae

  61. Hello, We are engaging in a project where we want to offer 3PL and stevedore and related terminal services to a client in Al Maktoum International Airport and in the ports of Furairah, Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi. I need to know what registrations I have to make in order to be allowed to engage in this business. Also, since we are a Kuwaiti firm, are there any benefits/exceptions/anything else that applies to companies originating from Kuwait? Regards, Arkan Maleci Business Development Manager Question from Arkan Maleci on 07/07/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Maleci, As far as I understand from your description you require a local UAE license for your business plans. You can contact Dubai Economic Department for the relevant information. Best regards, Nadia

  62. Hi Nadia, I am living in Kuwait.We have Recruitment Business in Kuwait since long time.I want to open office in UAE related to Recruitment Consultancy.Please tell me can I take license on my Brother name, who have British Nationality. I listen from some one.In UAE no need any Kafeel and UAE Government is issuing license on that person name.Please give me information is it true.If it is true then to whom I have contact in UAE,.I mean which ministry,I have to contact in UAE. Second I am coming Dubai in few days so I need all information.I hope you will reply me in details. Thanks Zafar Qureshi.Business Development Manager.Kuwait. Cell-00965-99835472 Question from Zafar Qureshi on 02/07/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Zafar, If you would like to set-up a company with the activity RECRUITMENT you require a local license (with a local partner) from one of the UAE Economic Depatments (e.g. Dubai Economic Department). In the free zones you can own your business 100% and do not need a local partner. But in the free zones you can only get a license for HR Consultancy (not recruitment). If you are interested in the cost of a HR Consultancy License in RAK Free Trade Zone, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Please mention in the email whether you need any office space or any UAE Residence Visa. Best regards, Nadia

  63. We have a small skin care company in USA and would need some help as to how to find wholesalers in UAE to introduce and sell our highly effective skin whitening products to. Thank you. Question from Dee Carter on 29/06/2013

    Nadia says:

    I would recommend you to visit the Beauty World Middle East Exhibition that takes place once a year in Dubai. Alternatively you may approach any consulting firm in the UAE and ask them to help you to find a distributer. Best regards, Nadia

  64. Dear Nadia, we are the diesel generator manufacturer in China, and we are planning to set up a office in Sharjah airport free zone, but we will still our Chinese company name, we won't register a new name in UAE, we just set up an office there. so could you please advise the procedure of setting up the office in Sharjah airport free zone ? Best regards., Chris Question from chris xin on 28/06/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Chris, Usually you can set-up a company in the UAE using the same company name as in your home country. I do not have any details on the set-up procedure in Sharjah Airport Free Zone. Please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com in case you would like to get information on the cost and set-up procedure for RAK Free Trade Zone. Best regrads, Nadia

  65. Hi Nadia, I want to confirm what the procedure is with regards to registration when exporting Skincare products and Beauty Equipment to UAE from UK. We manufacture both and need to know if we were to appoint more than one distributor to cover the UAE, would the products need to be registered by us or the distributor. If it is the distributor that needs to register then does that mean they are the only people allowed to import the products? We may have a situation where we have appointed a distributor to deal with skincare products in the retail sector (eg; Dept stores) and another for the professional sector (eg; salons and clinics). In other words are the people who register the products the only ones allowed to import?? Many thanks Cerys Question from cerys millington on 24/06/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Cerys, I strongly recommend you to contact a lawyer or at least the UKTI team in Dubai in order to get advise on your situation. You can of course appoint several distributers, but you should definately have the contracts checked by somebody who is a legal expert in regards to the UAE. Once a product or brand gets registered by a local distributer in the UAE it is very very difficult to cancel this agreement. So please get advise from a lawyer and/or the UKTI team in Dubai. Best regards, Nadia

  66. Hi Nadia Currently i am working with aJebel Ali Free Zone Co . & I am a bangladeshi national.I want to start a Grocery shop in fuj\ Ajman\shj. So my question could i start a business? How much investment is requeired for this kind of business? Shall i have to obtain an NOC from my Co. Or I have to cancel my visa? my son is on my visa if start a business could i apply for his visa ? could i take someone as a partner for such business? Thanks Elius khan Question from Elius Khan on 20/06/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Elius Khan, You need to contact the economic departments of Fujairah, Ajman and Sharjah in order to get to know the cost and the requirements for a Grocery Shop License. In case that you will be owner/partner of the Grocery Shop License you will need a NOC from your current visa sponsor. Best regards and good luck, Nadia

  67. Hi Nadin, I want to sell my range of food and Drink products to the wholesale and retail food market in the UAE and the surrounding Gulf State; I am wondering what's the best way to get in contact with potential customers within this sector. Any help will be appreciated. My products are manufacture and sold in the UK Market and Paris. Look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards Question from Kim Kent Augustin on 11/06/2013

    Nadia says:

    I would recommend you to visit the GULF FOOD exhibition that takes place every year in Dubai. This event will give you a great opportunity to meet potential customers. You should keep in mind the cultural differences, too. In the GCC people generally like to meet face-to-face rather then communicating via email. So entering the market either needs a number of visits or at least a small presence in the the UAE or another GCC country. In case you are from the UK, the UKTI Team in Dubai would also be a great contact as they are specialized to help UK companies with the market entry in the region. Should you ever consider setting-up a small presence in the UAE, please let me know (under europe@rakftz.com) and I will send you some related information.

  68. Hi Nadia i would like to import EVA sandals from in to UAE and hand over to my buyer please can you tell me is it possible to do that at a very less cost and what licence would i require. Question from Hitesh . on 03/06/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Hitesh, You could set-up a company in the UAE with Commercial License with the activity TRADING WITH SHOES. But please keep in mind that inside the UAE you are only allowed to sell the sandals to companies and shops with a relevant import license and not directly to end-users/consumers. In RAK Free Trade Zone such a company set-up costs starts from AED 15000. If you would like to receive details on such a package, please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  69. Hi Nadia, I would like to know if its possible to setup an Interior Design service with license from your freezone. Clients would mainly be from outside UAE, with perhaps some clients within UAE. For clients within UAE, would I need to get a local agent? How would this work? Thank you. Question from Sonia Parmer on 26/05/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sonia,
    Companies that are registered in a UAE Free Zone ar not alowed to conduct business in the local UAE market. Which means that they cannot sell their products directly to end-users/consumers, but only to companies with an import license (e.g. wholsesaler, distribution agent etc.). If you send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com, we can discuss your specific case in more detail. Best regards, Nadia

  70. we are a small group of companies. We work in technial construction, with special concrete, special bricsk and other products. In this moment we have companies in spain, bulgaria and turkey. We will start to buy some prodcuts to a compnay in oman, we want to know if we ca have a trading company in emirates, this company will buy the bricks in oman and sell in bulgaria, turkey or spain to our companies or others. we dont need local employer, only with a vitual office we can make all htese gestions, and also we want to know whats happen with the profit, we cna get a good profit with thisproduct, how much is the tax thta we have to pay?, wich its the cost to open and have this company working each year?, can we move the money from this comppany to outside? is it better open a company lice a filial of one of our companies or like new company?' thanks in advance for all the detaiils mr gala Question from Manuel Gala on 20/05/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Gala, You could set-up a company with a commercial (trading) licence in RAK FTZ and a Flexi Desk for AED 15000 or 18000 (annual fee). There are no income or corporate taxes in the UAE and no restrictions regarding capital repatriation. Please send me an email with your contact details to europe@rakftz.com, then I will send you the details. Best regards, Nadia

  71. Hi Nadia, We are into CATTLE FEED INDUSTRIES AND OUR PRODUCTS ARE WHEAT, WHEAT BRAN , MAIZE , MAIZE GRIT , BARLEY, MILLET , CATTLE FEED etc.We wish to explore Dubai Market for cattle feed. We are baroda-gujarat based company in India and have our own State of art manufacturing food for cattle . We are already catering to very large part of market in India and other overseas countries .We are looking for tie ups for distribution of cattle feed in Dubai.bharatcattlefeed@yahoo in is the email add and cont no: 091-9428588888 of our company for your kind reference. Please advise on the same.Thanks Question from sunil gigal on 16/05/2013

    Nadia says:

    I do not know a lot about that specific sector. I will check with my colleague and ask him to contact you directly.

  72. Hi, Im looking to set up a business that imports and distibutes construction products across the GCC region. If I establish a warehouse in RAK freezone, and use a local UAE courier/distribution network is this a legal route? Obviously every time I distribute goods from the free zone is it a difficult and time consuming process to clear and pay the required duties, my concern is that each consignment is going to end up costing too much due to the administration fees, is there a simple way to deal with this at the RAK free zones? Question from Stephen Channer on 05/05/2013

    Nadia says:

    If you inport goods to the GCC you will have to pay the import duty only once. Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com so we can discuss your case in detail.

  73. Dear Nadia, I would like to import to the UAE ( based in Abu Dhabi) the Master franchise of a café which sells traditional cakes from an european country, cooked in place. Can I set a company in the Abu- Dhabi free zone to import the Master Franchise and then open cafés in the malls? I heard that some time a local sponsor( agent) get problems with one of the business he is sponsoring and the business need to be closed. Authomatically all the business he sponsors will be affected and closed. As a Master Franchise, I don't want to take any risk of having the business affected by other business which could not be controlled. I heard that on the free zone, a foreigner can set a company without a local agent or partner. Is it possible for that business? If so, which are the steps and how much will cost? Best Regards, Maria Question from Maria Lozano on 02/05/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Maria, I do not know a lot about the franchise business and therefore how the legal relation is between a master franchise and the single franchise cafe's. It is true that you can open a company in any of the UAE free zones and own it 100%. If you would like to open a cafe in the local market (outside of the free zones e.g. in a mall) you need a local license from one of the economic departments and for that you need a local partner. So your free zone company could be owning the cafe together with a local partner. If you like you could send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and I can send you some more information about the options for a free zone company. Best regards, Nadia

  74. Hi Nadia, We are into Mineral Water and Juices business(Fruit Juice Based beverages) like Nimbu pani, Mango, Litchi etc.We wish to explore Dubai Market for Juices. We are Delhi based company in India and have our own State of art manufacturing units. We are already catering to very large part of market in India.We are looking for tie ups for distribution of our juices in Dubai.Below is the website of our company for your kind reference. Please advise on the same.Thanks Question from piyush sachdeva on 27/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    I would advise you to visit the Gulf Food Exhibition in Dubai. You will find very good contacts in the food and beverage industry there. Additionally you should think about opening a small sales and marketing office in the UAE in order to work closer with distribution partners in the gulf region. I will ask my colleague in India to give you some information.

  75. Hi Nadia, I am the C.E.O of ZEXUS AIR -INDIA whoich is a new airline and we intend opening a office in the UAE, could you guide us on proceedures we would have to adhere to . Much appreciated Many Thanks Winnie Kurup Zexus Air -India +8826559953 Question from winnie kurup on 27/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    I will ask my collegue in India to contact you.

  76. Dear Nadia, I am planning to start-up a company in UK providing digital services to users. This digital service can be defined as a digital "discount card membership", where user can see location, information and promotion of different outlets (restaurants, clubs, beauty salons) on their mobile devices and via internet. If I wish to expand this service to UAE residents, do I have to register a company in the UAE? The operations would include communication to outlets in UAE (offering those to be exposed on our mobile application and website for free). The access to the service by the user (residents of UAE) would be possible through a registration on the website and online payment (credit card / debit card). As aforementioned, please advise whether my company needs to register a trade license in UAE. If so, please advise under which industry category (commercial trade, service, ...). Thank you in advance. Kind regards Sagina Abdullaeva Question from Sagina Abdullaeva on 26/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    There are many legal points to be considered for such a roject in the UAE. You could contact the UK Trade & Invest team in Dubai for advise.

  77. Hi Nadia Many thanks for the reply - please send me some information on freezone option. There are so many in Dubai and I am getting conflicting reports on the best one to use and that I cannot actually trade in Dubai if i am in a freezone (we want to set up training and consultancy company. thanks David Question from David Kelly on 26/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear David, Please let me know whether you are thinking of a consultancy license (e.g. management consultancy) or a training / academic license (if yes, what kind of courses and degrees do you want to offer). Also let me know if and what kind of office space or classrooms you would need. You can send me the information to europe@rakftz.com and I will get back to you with details a company set-up in RAK Free Trade Zone. Best regards, Nadia

  78. Dear Mme Rinawi I am looking for establishing a supermaket ,or departmental store medium level, not small but not very very large. i would like to have it independent with out any local share holder, is it possible in UAE , and what can you help me, what it will cost etc, could you please send me please all the details about it and also about visa,s and etc, we are two partner one is swiss national and one is pakistani national kind regards Rana Question from Ali Zulfiqar on 25/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Rana, For such a project you will need a local license from one of the Economic Departments (for which you will need a local sponsor). You can contact RAK or Dubai Economic Department for details. Best regards, Nadia

  79. We have a GCC partner in Bahrain and want to use him to set up a company in Dubai, preferably outside freezone as we are getting some bad impressions - is this possible or do we still need a UAE National. Question from David Kelly on 25/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    Please see the following article regarding this subject: http://gulfnews.com/business/general/gcc-nationals-and-foreigners-can-form-partnerships-without-emirati-sponsorship-1.1138433 I would recommend to double check the information with one of the Economic Departments (e.g. Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi). In case you would like to look into a free zone option, let me know and I send you some information.

  80. Hi Nadia I am trying to set up a nursery in Ras Al Khaimah. I can find the nursery license fees online but do i need a business license before i can get a nursery license. I would appreciate any information you can give me with regard to the licensing of a new nursery. Thanks a mill Question from Gemma Mullins on 24/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mill, Please check with RAK Econimic Department: www.ded.rak.ae They will be able to help you. Best regards, Nadia

  81. hello Ms. Nadia, we produce pvc faced mdf panel, profile, kitchentops,formwork panel and wall panel. I want to increase our export but do not know anything about UAE market. Is it proper for me, can I sell my goods. can you help me about that, please. I am writing from Turkey. Huseyin Question from Huseyin Yasin KIYAK on 20/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    Please contact my colleague Ms. Gulay Avci for advise:

    Gulay AVCI | Head of Turkey Liaison Office | Marketing and Business Investment Department
    Tel.: +90-216-6884875 | Mobile: +90-554-3432242 | Fax: +90-216-6882284
    Email: g.avci@rakftz.com | Website: http://www.rakftz.com

  82. Dear Mrs.Nadia Rinawi Our company has headquarters in Cyprus.Our main business is mechanical service for the companies in oil /gas industry.The company main income comes from countries such as Kazakhstan,Iraq and Middle East.As you probably aware due to a bank system crisis in Cyprus we are unable to make transfers to pay for different materials to our overseas supplyers and international workers salaries .With regards to this matter we would like to set up a limited company or preferably a branch office with a separate bank account in UAE.My questions are: what would be best option for us from taxation point of view in this situation(limited company or branch office )?Also is there any possibility for you and your company to help us with this matter?No one of our permanent employees are UAE resident. Thank you very much for your time Look forward to your reply(by email) Best regards, Alexei Vodopianov AVV Energy LTD Question from Alexei Vodopianov on 20/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Vodopianov, Please note that I cannot give you any advise on tax related issued. In the UAE you will not have to pay any taxes - whether you set up a branch or a new company. Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and I will send you information for a company set-up package with a trading license (starting from AED 15000). Best regards, Nadia

  83. Hi Nadia, I am looking forward to starting up a small food business/restuarant preferably in the emirate of Dubai, My prime concern is that with RAK free trade zone license is it permissible to run a restuarant in Dubai or any other emirates? Secondly can we operate more than 1 line of business from a single license. Thanks and look forward to your help Question from Hamza Khan on 13/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    You cannot open a restaurant in Dubai with a license from RAK Free Trade Zone. For that you require a local license from the Dubai Economic Department.

  84. Hello Nadia, I would like to set up a company in Dubai Free zone, ( any cost saving free zone) My base company activity will be : Marketing, Distribution Center, Business Consultation( in here you need to let me know how to go about the license), as I am not aware and I need clear understanding ! The company business core activity ,will be based on health foods & health products.( e.g. coffee, tea, skin care, personal care, household product) health products based on herbal & (Halal) importing from Malaysia. 1. In need to set up my company in Free Zone. 2. I am looking for a virtual office/ e-office ( economical as much as possible) 3. I want to set up without - no paid up capital 4. Ajman it’s the only one free zone where no charges apply for company formation, or there are other free zones? 5. what are the requirements stipulated by law for company set up & e-office 6. What are the total fees for incorporating a company , including visa.( 1 visa require & then spouse sponsoring) ( is any package available) I would really appreciate if you kindly do let me know at your earliest possible. Thank you, Regards, UU Question from uuncknown uuncknown on 12/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    Do you want to sell the products directly to consumers in the UAE? Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com in order to discuss details.

  85. Nadia, I am planning to set up business in Dubai under a Professional Firm Licence (100% foreign ownership) for event management (conferences, seminars, business forums). My target market is mainland UAE businesses. It would initially be a one man operation (for the first three months), expanding thereafter to three employees. Please advise how can I practice the business in mainland UAE if I can get a Free Zone Licence and what would be the best arrangement for it. An early response shall be greatly appreciated. Thanks and regards, Saeed Question from Saeed Akhtar on 02/04/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Saeed,

    If you want to do business inside the local UAE market, you will need a local UAE license (from one of the economic departments). If you would like to discuss your case in detail, please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com Best regards, Nadia

  86. does this mean that an e-commerce(selling shoes) enterprise can set up in a free zone with an agent? Question from Joyce Franks on 27/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    Yes. Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com. Then I will send you options and cost etc.

  87. Dear Nadia, thankyou for taking the time to reply, please could you tell me how to go about getting a sponser partner in Dubai and whether they are entiled to shares in a company. thankyou Question from Joyce Franks on 26/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    It depends on the type of license and business activity whether you need an emirati national or an emirati company as a 51% partner/shareholder in your company or if you just need a local sponsor (an emirati national or an emirati company). You should carefully think about whom you will choose a a partner or sponsor as it is generally not easy to cancel such contracts and agreements. You can meet potential local partners by attending exhibitions and networking events in the UAE or you can ask a business council or a private business consultant for support in finding one.

  88. Dear nada, we want to set up an e-commerce business in Dubai .It is an online shoe business ,an extension of a business already operating in the uk. Can you advise on costs of set up please. We already have the website UAE domains name and supply. Thankyou Question from Joyce Franks on 25/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    If you will sell shoes through a website directly to consumers in the UAE, you require a local license from one of the economic departments (depending on the emirate where you want to base your business). For that you will also require a local partner / sponsor (Emirati National or Company that will be 51% partner in your business). The cost for the company set-up include (license fee, registration fee, fees for legal documents and the rent for an office space or warehouse).

  89. HI NADIA,I AM LOCATED IN CANADA WE ARE AFOOD DISTRIBUTORS I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE FOLLOWING WHAT ARE THE REQIREMENT TO OPEN AN OFFICE WITH A WAREHOUSE WE ARE DISTRUBITOR OF HIGH END SPRING WATER AND A HEALTY COCONUT DRINK,WHATIS THE MARKET POTENTIONAL. WE ARE THE REPRESENTATIVE OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST FRENCH FRIES COMPANY IN CANADA. AS YOU SAID RAK IS THE CHEAPEST FREE ZONE WHAT WILL BE THE RENT. WHAT IS THE HOUSES RENT. WHAT ARE THE CAPITAL REQUIREMENT. WHAT SORT OF MARKETING COMPANY CAN HELP US TO ESTABLISH CONNECTION AND ORDER,HOW CAN I PARTNER WITH A LOCAL Question from MOUSSA MOHAIDLY on 15/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    The cost for a company set-up and rent for an office or warehouse depends of course on the type of company and facility. A company set-up and registration with a 205sqm warehouse and a commercial license in RAK FTZ costs AED 52,850 per year. In order to evaluate your market potential in the UAE and the surrounding countries I advice you to visit the Gulf Food Exhibition in Dubai or to contact the Canadian Business Council in the UAE. For more information, please contact me on europe@rakftz.com

  90. Hi Nadia, Im a former professional squash player. I was asked to come and give squash lessons in Dubai and set up a squash program. But need to do it on my own visa. Is there a visa for sport coaches? I am also a DJ and audio engineer working in events and sport events. I would like to combine all of this. I already work as a freelancer in Amsterdam. Question from Annelize Naude on 11/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    You can only get an employment (or investor) visa in the UAE if you are employed by a company or if you set-up your own company. I recommend you to check with Dubai Economic Department if they have business licences for sport coaches. I have not come accross any yet (only licenses to operate a gym or sports club etc.). I can try to find out more about this. So if you like, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.

  91. Salaams, Please can you help me with my idea to open up a retail furniture store in the UAE. I have an existing and established store in my country, South Africa, I also have experience in this type of business but zero experience of the UAE market . My target market price range will be USD 50 to USD 2000. You can visit my webpage for an idea of the type of products and the business at www.nuvoitalia.com. Do you think the business will work? If your answer is yes, which areas would you recommend to be suitable? Question from Muhammad Kolia on 11/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    I am not an expert in the furniture industry. From my personal experience I can tell you that there are already a lot of furniture shops in the UAE. But the market is growing (due to population growth) so there is of course opportunity. I guess like everywhere in the world it depends on what you have to offer, location and price. If you would like to get an overview about the market I recommend you the INDEX exhibition in Dubai as well as a trip to the UAE where you can have a look at the existing shops and companies.

  92. Hi Nadia, I am a resident of UAE working with a bank. Can I set up a fz co. to import goods from abroad and sell it thru e-commerce, ie.sell to retail consumers online.. And can I do that without having an onshore license. Secondly, what is the cost of setting up a small fz start-up with about 5 visas. Regards, Question from Zuber Kazi on 10/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    If you want to sell goods to consumers (people without and import license) within the UAE market, you require a local license from one of the economic departments. The number of visa always depends on the type and size of facility (e.g. office space) that the company is taking. This applies for companies within the free zones as well as for companies in the local market. The cost for the licenses and facilities vary from free zone to free zone. If you are interested in a detailed offer from RAk Free Trade Zone, please send an email to europe@rakftz.com.

  93. Hi Nadia. I am a Chartered Accountant By profession from India. I have my own Coaching class in Mumbai, India. I would like to start one in Dubai as well. Can you guide me through. Thank you. Question from Chantelle Pereira on 04/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    Would you like to do management consultancy or set-up an institute with business / accountancy classes? Please send your answer to europe@rakftz.com

  94. Hi Nadia. I am a Chartered Accountant By profession from India. I have my own Coaching class in Mumbai, India. I would like to start one in Dubai as well. Can you guide me through. Thank you. Question from Chantelle Pereira on 04/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    Would you like to do management consultancy or set-up an institute with business / accountancy classes? Please send your answer to europe@rakftz.com

  95. Hi Nadia. I am a Chartered Accountant By profession from India. I have my own Coaching class in Mumbai, India. I would like to start one in Dubai as well. Can you guide me through. Thank you. Question from Chantelle Pereira on 04/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    Would you like to do management consultancy or set-up an institute with business / accountancy classes? Please send your answer to europe@rakftz.com

  96. Hi Nadia. I am a Chartered Accountant By profession from Indai. I have my own Coaching class in Mumbai, India. I would like to start on in Dubai as well. Can you guide me through. Thank you. Question from Chantelle Pereira on 04/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    Would you like to do management consultancy or set-up an institute with business / accountancy classes? Please send your answer to europe@rakftz.com

  97. Hi Nadia. I am a Chartered Accountant By profession from Indai. I have my own Coaching class in Mumbai, India. I would like to start on in Dubai as well. Can you guide me through. Thank you. Question from Chantelle Pereira on 04/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    Would you like to do management consultancy or set-up an institute with business / accountancy classes? Please send your answer to europe@rakftz.com

  98. Hi Nadia, I want to setup a mobile accessories store in city of Dubai / Sharjah. My Questions are 1. Which kind of license I need? 2. Can I do this in freezone / offshore? 3. What will it cost on licensing? Thx, regards ALI Haider Question from ali haider on 01/03/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ali Haider, The free zones have very limited availability/spaces for such shops. You have to check with them one by one if one can make you an offer. So probably you will have only the option to open the shop outside of the free zones. In this case you will need a local license from the Economic department in Dubai or Sharjah. The cost of licenses and registration fees differ from emirate to emirate so you will need to check with both departments for the fees and of course you have to budget for the shop rent, administrational fees, visa cost, etc. Best regards, Nadia

  99. Hi Nadia, I am in financial services in Australia and would like to operate at a retail level currency conversion to private clients. What are the regulatory requirements i need to satisfy and can you help in setting up this structure. thanks Sasha Question from sasha ned on 19/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sasha, If you would like to open a currency exchange business that people in the UAE can use, you need to contact one of the Economic Departments (e.g. Dubai Economic Department). Best regards, Nadia

  100. Hi Nadia I would like to start a Ladies tailoring and design business. At the moment I am in the very early stages. I first need to trademark the name and idea for my line. How do I do this? Also is there a free zone that will give entrepreneurs in fashion field a license? What is the cost? Can I run this business from home? thank you ayesha Question from Ayesha Siddequa on 19/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ayesha, Please send me our contact details to europe@rakftz.com and we can discuss details. Best regards, Nadia

  101. Hi I am a British national currently working in abudhabi as a teacher on a two year contract. I am interested in opening a nursery and would like to know the costs involved,does the government in uae provide financial aid for such a business? My husband is on my visa but would he be allowed to open the nursery under his name as my contract does not allow me to have any other jobs. Please also confirm if an emirati partner would be needed. I have a location in mind that I think is a free zone( reem island). Thanks! Question from Asma Ahmed on 10/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    To open a nursery requires approvals from the municipality as well as from the concerned ministry. The best thing would be to contact the Abu Dhabi Economic Department and ask them for guidance - through all the regulations. Good Luck (as we need more nurseries in the UAE).

  102. Hi Nadia, I want to legalize my sister's and her 5 year old kid's stay in UAE for a year. I thought applying for RAK FTZ licence would be a good option. My sister is separated from her husband but not legally divorced. The goal is just to legalize her and her kid's stay in UAE. I have the following questions:- 1. What in you opinion is the best option? From what I've read Flexi Desk/Office seems like a good option. 2. I am not clear about the visa procedures here. The website says that with Flexi Desk and Flexi Office get 1 and 2 Residence visas in the package respectively. Are these Employment visas? 3. If my sister is the investor, does her visa also count in this quota of 1/2 Residence visas? 4. How can she sponsor her kid's visa? Can her son have a visa from the 1/2 residence visa quota? Or would her son have to be sponsored under the family category? 5. What are the other legal formalities if she needs to sponsor her child? e.g. father's NOC, any capital investment? 6. What would be the least expenditure to legalize their stay? Please include all the costs including visa costs. Question from Adeel Malik on 07/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    With the RAK FTZ Flexi-Desk Package the owner/investor or this company or the person appointed as General manager of the company can apply for a UAE Residence Visa. This person can then apply for family visa. If you sister already has a UAE Residence Visa she will need NOC from her visa sponsor (e.g. her husband). As a woman it is very difficult to apply for family visa (sponsor a child). Also she will have to proof that she has full custody of the child (attestes documents). Even if she has full custody and provides all the paperwork the chances for a woman of getting a visa for her child are 50/50. There are only a few professions were woman can apply for family visa without problems (e.g. teachers).

  103. Hi, I am an exporter from India and wants to start up an import business in UAE, beside other formalities how much minimum capital is required to float a import company in UAE. Please guide accordingly. Regards, Zeeshan Question from Mohammed Zeeshan on 07/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    The cost for setting up a company in the UAE depend mainly on the location that you chose. The cost vary in each emirate and in each free zone. RAK Free Trade Zone is one of the most cost effective free zones. If you would like to know more about their packages, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.

  104. Hi Nadia Rinawi. My prenam is Pascal, i write to yo of FRANCE. i'll want open a limeted compagny 'import-export at DUBAI. Services or products ? i think services compagny is ok for start ! my project is créate a compagny with local people for all service at the French or Europes small entreprises to sales our product to Emirats Arabes Unis and by return sale Emirates products to Europe.For the capital share in $ 10.000 for start. If i can create this, I am shareholder of DFM dubai and I have account share at ABU DHABI. Question , please , what do you think of this project ? thank you for your answer. Best regards. PASCAL . (sorry for my bad english) Question from PASCAL MOREAU on 06/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Pascal, Please excuse my late answer. As I am currently out of the office (on a business trip), please send an email to my colleague Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com (she is also French speaking). Please let her know that you contacte me on startupoverseas.com.

  105. Good morning Nadia Rinawi. My prenam is Pascal, i write to yo of FRANCE. i'll want open a limeted compagny 'import-export at DUBAI. Services or products ? i think services compagny is ok for start ! my project is créate a compagny with local people for all service at the French or Europes small entreprises to sales our product to Emirats Arabes Unis and by return sale Emirates products to Europe.For the capital share in $ 10.000 for start. If i can create this, I am shareholder of DFM dubai and I have account share at ABU DHABI. Question , please , what do you think of this project ? thank you for your answer. Best regards. PASCAL . (sorry for my bad english) Question from PASCAL MOREAU on 06/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Pascal, Please excuse my late answer. As I am currently out of the office (on a business trip), please send an email to my colleague Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com (she is also French speaking). Please let her know that you contacte me on startupoverseas.com.

  106. Good morning Nadia Rinawi. My prenam is Pascal, i write to yo of FRANCE. i'll want open a limeted compagny 'import-export at DUBAI. Services or products ? i think services compagny is ok for start ! my project is créate a compagny with local people for all service at the French or Europes small entreprises to sales our product to Emirats Arabes Unis and by return sale Emirates products to Europe.For the capital share in $ 10.000 for start. If i can create this, I am shareholder of DFM dubai and I have account share at ABU DHABI. Question , please , what do you think of this project ? thank you for your answer. Best regards. PASCAL . (sorry for my bad english) Question from PASCAL MOREAU on 06/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Pascal, Please excuse my late answer. As I am currently out of the office (on a business trip), please send an email to my colleague Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com (she is also French speaking). Please let her know that you contacte me on startupoverseas.com.

  107. Good morning Nadia Rinawi. My prenam is Pascal, i write to yo of FRANCE. i'll want open a limeted compagny 'import-export at DUBAI. Services or products ? i think services compagny is ok for start ! my project is créate a compagny with local people for all service at the French or Europes small entreprises to sales our product to Emirats Arabes Unis and by return sale Emirates products to Europe.For the capital share in $ 10.000 for start. If i can create this, I am shareholder of DFM dubai and I have account share at ABU DHABI. Question , please , what do you think of this project ? thank you for your answer. Best Regards. PASCAL . (sorry for my bad english) Question from PASCAL MOREAU on 06/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Pascal, Please excuse my late answer. As I am currently out of the office (on a business trip), please send an email to my colleague Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com (she is also French speaking). Please let her know that you contacte me on startupoverseas.com.

  108. Good morning Nadia Rinawi. My prenam is Pascal, i write to yo of FRANCE. i'll want open a limeted compagny 'import-export at DUBAI. Services or products ? i think services compagny is ok for start ! my project is créate a compagny with local people for all service at the French or Europes small entreprises to sales our product to Emirats Arabes Unis and by return sale Emirates products to Europe.For the capital share in $ 10.000 for start. If i can create this, I am shareholder of DFM dubai and I have account share at ABU DHABI. Question , please , what do you think of this project ? thank you for your answer. Best Regards. PASCAL . (sorry for my bad english) Question from PASCAL MOREAU on 06/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Pascal, Please excuse my late answer. As I am currently out of the office (on a business trip), please send an email to my colleague Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com (she is also French speaking). Please let her know that you contacte me on startupoverseas.com.

  109. Good morning Nadia Rinawi. My prenam is Pascal, i write to yo of FRANCE. i'll want open a limeted compagny 'import-export at DUBAI. Services or products ? i think services compagny is ok for start ! my project is créate a compagny with local people for all service at the French or Europes small entreprises to sales our product to Emirats Arabes Unis and by return sale Emirates products to Europe.For the capital share in $ 10.000 for start. If i can create this, I am shareholder of DFM dubai and I have account share at ABU DHABI. Question , please , what do you think of this project ? thank you for your answer. Best Regards. PASCAL . (sorry for my bad english) Question from PASCAL MOREAU on 06/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Pascal, Please excuse my late answer. As I am currently out of the office (on a business trip), please send an email to my colleague Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com (she is also French speaking). Please let her know that you contacte me on startupoverseas.com.

  110. Good morning Nadia Rinawi. My prenam is Pascal, i write to yo of FRANCE. i'll want open a limeted compagny 'import-export at DUBAI. Services or products ? i think services compagny is ok for start ! my project is créate a compagny with local people for all service at the French or Europes small entreprises to sales our product to Emirats Arabes Unis and by return sale Emirates products to Europe.For the capital share in $ 10.000 for start. If i can create this, I am shareholder of DFM dubai and I have account share at ABU DHABI. Question , please , what do you think of this project ? thank you for your answer. Best Regards. PASCAL . (sorry for my bad english) Question from PASCAL MOREAU on 06/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Pascal, Please excuse my late answer. As I am currently out of the office (on a business trip), please send an email to my colleague Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com (she is also French speaking). Please let her know that you contacte me on startupoverseas.com.

  111. Good morning Nadia Rinawi. My prenam is Pascal, i write to yo of FRANCE. i'll want open a limeted compagny 'import-export at DUBAI. Services or products ? i think services compagny is ok for start ! my project is créate a compagny with local people for all service at the French or Europes small entreprises to sales our product to Emirats Arabes Unis and by return sale Emirates products to Europe.For the capital share in $ 10.000 for start. If i can create this, I am shareholder of DFM dubai and I have account share at ABU DHABI. Question , please , what do you think of this project ? thank you for your answer. Best Regards. PASCAL . (sorry for my bad english) Question from PASCAL MOREAU on 06/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Pascal, Please excuse my late answer. As I am currently out of the office (on a business trip), please send an email to my colleague Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com (she is also French speaking). Please let her know that you contacte me on startupoverseas.com.

  112. Hello Nadia, Can you plz provide information regarding fees for license and a office space for 1-5 employees .The type of business is a resource consultancy or a recruitment consultancy. Awaiting a positive and quick reply. Question from lmj lmj on 05/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    At RAK FTZ you could for exmaple take a 27sqm executive with a consultancy license for AED 49010 (incl. all cost for one year). But there are also more cost-effective options e.g. the Flexi Desk or the standard office. If you would like to receive details, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.

  113. hi Nadia, I am looking to purchase a running supermarket/mini mart in dubai, what would be the process , where do I start, Where do I find selling agents who advertise these sort of businesses.thanks for you help Question from shaz khan on 02/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    Check with Dubai Chamber of Commerce. They might be able to help you.

  114. Dear Nadia , I want to start a business in education and beauty saloon and i am seeking investor .I am presently having a LLC company of 4 year old which is not running successfully ,so want to convert or start of new Question from Rovan Pinto on 02/02/2013

    Nadia says:

    I cannot help with finding an investor for you. If you need information on how to set-up a business in the UAE or if you would like to receive a company set-up package from RAK Free Trade Zone, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com

  115. DEAR NADIA AM PLANING TO SET UP A FOREX TRADING OFFICE IN UAE (DUBAI OR AJMAN) CAN LEAD ME HOW TO START AND WHICH LICENSE I WANT TO TAKE AM A IB FOR ALPARI UK WHAT WILL BE THE EXPENSES FOR OPENING A LICENSE IN BOTH REGION Question from SUNIL ANTONY THACHOTH on 31/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    If you would like to open a shop / office for currency exchange you will need to get a local UAE licnese (e.g. from the economic department in Dubai or Ajman). You will also need a local sponsor (UAE national beeing a partner in your company) for that. For details about the cost and procedure, please contact the economic department: www.dubaided.gov.ae or http://www.ajmanded.ae

  116. Hi, I am Manufacturer and Exporter of High Fashion Ladies garments from India. I am intrested in setting up a manufacturing unit in UAE free Zone for manufactring and exporting it to USA and selling in Gulf market. Can you please guide me with the procedures and estimated cost for setting up such unit. Also which type of company formation will best suit us.We require visa for atleast 20 Labours and a minimal factory space of 3000 SQft..... Question from faiza talat on 29/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Faiza, Can you please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com? Then I will send you details and options for your project. Best regards, Nadia

  117. Hi Nadia. We are two entrepreneurs from Paris who want to launch a startup in Dubai. To do this, we do not have deep pockets but I saw on a site that dubai development and investment authority provided aid for such projects. How does this work on? Knowing that we are still to formalize the study of market ... Regards, Halim Question from BENSAID Halim on 21/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Halim, What kind of startup / business are you planning? Please contact me on europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  118. Dear Nadia, I am planning to setup a new website that would offer deals to people in the UAE in exchange for money. Does it have to be registered like an ordinary company or are their any special provisions for an online setup. If registration is necessary, kindly let me know the cheapest way to start the business. Also, is it possible to register the company abroad and still operate in the UAE? Question from vaibhav arora on 21/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    To me it sounds as you will require a local UAE license in the UAE. But I would need to know more about the project (what do you mean with DEALS?) to give you a more detailed answer. Please contact me on europe@rakftz.com.

  119. Dear Nadia, I am looking for some advice about a potential business idea that would suit the UAE in particular. I own the domain name, www.BespokeCar.com The UAE is the world's number one consumer of luxury, bespoke cars and this domain is the perfect brand to launch such a business. The domain name and brand brings with it an authority and an online trust that will immediately lead to inquiries and sales. People already search for the keywords 'bespoke car' every month. They just need somewhere to go. Who would you trust with your new bespoke and luxury vehicle? Alsluxuryautoparts.net or bespokecar.com. I believe my name commands an authority from which to launch an amazing business but based in the country with an appetite for this kind of luxury product. I am based in the UK from which I run another business. I am looking to find a partner already based in the UAE. Is there a best way to approach this business idea? Somewhere to approach people with a joint venture. Perhaps an existing company who want to dominate the online space via lead generation? Where could I meet like minded people, people who share my vision? I hope you can help with my questions. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards John Question from John Harrison on 20/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear John, I recommend you to visit the Automechanica Exhibition in Dubai or the Abu Dhabi International Motor Show. Best regards, Nadia

  120. Hi Nadina i`m running a small business in Egypt for distributing cosmetics over there and i have alot of expert dealing in this field over 12 years now and i would l like to find an entrepreneur partner in UAE to make new company over there as i have shorter in cash dealing with that market ..thank you Question from Ahmed Issa on 19/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Maybe you can find a partner by visiting the Beuty World Exhibition in Dubai.

  121. Hi Nadia Can you advice me on the following. I assume that all free zones in Dubai and Abu Dhabi offer tax freedon for 15 years and 100% foreign ownership of company but please confirm that the assumption is correct. Furthermore, can you list the free zones where it is possible to run the business from a private residence. The bsuiness is in consultancy in the medical device area and education/research. Which zone will you recomment. Thank you. Hans Question from Hans Gregersen on 19/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    In all free zones in the UAE you do not have to pay any corporate or income taxes as well as foreigner can have a 100% ownership. In the UAE companies are not allowed to operate from private residences / residencial buildings. All companies (in- and outside the free zones)are required to rent or buy a business facility (e.g. an office or a warehouse). In order to minimize cost for new companies, some free zones (like RAK FTZ) offer very small facilities like a Flexi Desk. Companies who offer services in the medical and / or educational field have to fulfill extra requirements and need additional approvals from the concerned ministries. Therefore I need to know exactly what kind of activity / consultancy you would like to offer (e.g. Who would be your clients? Would you teach in a classroom? etc.) in order to give you feedback on this. If you like please write me to europe@rakftz.com.

  122. Hello Nadia I have a running company in Pakistan and now I am planning to open its branch office in Dubai,Can you advise me the procedure and requirements for registering a branch office in Dubai Question from Atif Hassan on 15/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Yes. Please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Let me know what business activity you are planning to do and whether you need an office or a warehouse and how many visa (for emloyees) you need.

  123. Salaam I AM SYED FROM INDIA.. I WOULD LIKE TO START UP MY BUSINESS IN UAE, I WANT TO EXPORT SOME PRODUCTS LIKE MEAT ,RICE . AND ALSO SUPPLIER OF SURGECIAL PRODUCTS. CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST ME TO FIND BUYERS IN UAE. Question from rishad syed ahmad on 15/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    I would recommend you to visit the Gulf Food Exhibition in Dubai. In case you would like advise on how to set-up a company for low cost, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.

  124. Hi Nadia, I own a retail/trading business here in California,USA. Mainly high end purses, brand such as Michael Kors,coach,Gucci. Accessories for iphones,ipads and MacPros for such brands. My question is of two folds: 1-I am planning on starting to ship containers to UAE, either AbuDhabi or RAK ports. How would i sell the container to prospective retailers as wholesale, if i dont have a business there? 2-Do i need to open an office for that case, again am only looking to sell wholesales at the RAK free Trade zone in that case? Thanks and Remain diya Question from diya Azzam on 13/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Diya, First you have to check whether you are allowed to see these brands in the UAE. The majority of manufacturers has exclusive agents in the UAE which means that only those appointed agents (companies) are allowed to import and sell the goods in the UAE. For a more detailed discussion, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.

  125. Hi, Nadia, I hope you will be fine. I want to start new business or buy a old small restaurant or net cafe in Ajman.Please let me know what suitable a new or buy a old business. I have a small investment. please email me soon Thanks Question from Salman Haider on 09/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Sorry, I do not know about any shop or business that is currently on sale in Ajman.

  126. Hi Nadia, I have a medicinesl wholesale firm in india .i wanted to export my medicines to dubai directly to importers who take commision .Since i dont have any customers in dubai so i want that type of importer who takes medicines from me and supply to whoever so required in UAE and i will pay commision to him.Any suggestion???? Question from ramesh ambani on 05/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Maybe you will find some contacts at the Arab health Exhibition in Dubai www.arabhealthonline.com

  127. Hi, have not had any reply from the email address you provided so thought I would try here again. Hi Nidia, Thanks for your reply, copied at the bottom of this email. I would like to sell directly to the end customers and hoped it could be done of a simpler basis. How would I organise a local partner? Is there a way companies do this? I could look at distribution but that would add costs and make it less personalised as this is a very limited marker. Would appreciate any more general information. Thanks, Paul ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello Nadia, I restore classic jukeboxes and want to start importing them into Dubai. I have the contacts to advertise and find the ex-pat market I'm looking for but need advice on importing and selling. Is there high import duties and do I need to register to sell high value items? Thanks, Paul Question from Paul Belcher on 24/10/2012 Nadia says: Dear Paul, The import duty in the UAE is 5% and some products are excluded from the import duty. You can find more details under www.uaecustoms.ae. If you plan to sell directly to consumers you will need a local license from the Dubai Economic Department. For that you will need a local partner (UAE national holding 51% of the company). Alternatively you could set up a company in a free zone, but with a free zone license you are only allowed to sell to distributers / wholesalers in the UAE. For more information, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia Question from Paul Belcher on 04/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Paul, I am sorry, but I did not receive your email. I will send you an email from my personal account right now. Best regards,

    Nadia

  128. Hello Nadia, I own and operate a Soup Chain in India. We have 8 outlets in two cities. I am wanting to explore UAE as a market for my outlets by way of Franchising. Can you suggest some good Franchise agencies. Is there any other way of connecting with HNI UAE nationals who would be keen to venture into F&B. I look forward to your revert. Thank you Kinzal Question from Kinzal Vadera on 03/01/2013

    Nadia says:

    Dear Kinzal,

    You will find information on www.franchiseuae.com. Also you could check with the UAE Commercial Office in India (Embassy of the United Arab Emirates; 12, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri,New Delhi - 110021; 0091-11-24107682; newdelhi@moft.gov.ae). Best regards, Nadia

  129. I AM FROM INDIA.. I WOULD LIKE TO START UP RETAIL OUTLET IN DUBAI OR ANY WHERE IN UAE... SO CAN U SUGGEST ME THE POSSIBILTY OR PROCEDURE TO START UP THE BUSINESS... Question from MOHAMED IRFAN on 19/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    You need to find a local partner who will support you in opening a shop as opening a local shop requires a local license. Dubai economic department can support you in that.

    Best regards.

  130. Hi nadia my question is how much will it cost me to be legalized and be able to buy a running business in dubai sharjah which will be retail shop of some sort,send me some info. Many thanks Question from syed raza on 19/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    We cannot support you in prices as it depends on your type of business. For establishing a local retail business a local license is required. Dubai economic department can support you in that.

    Best regards.

  131. Hello Nadia I have tried to post a couple of times, but i cant see my post coming up on the site, so i try again. First of all, its great to see, people like you, help other people with advice and informations. I live in Denmark and want to start a Webbased business, targeting UAE people. I have some ideas/project i am working on. Project 1) A Web based site, where you target UAE people, where we deliver a web service, where users can contact users, and for that we take a fee. ( no physicallyitem ) Project 2) A Web based site, like a Webshop ( physically item ), where people can order something, and then we deliver it either from denmark or UAE, via transport firm. Questions : A) Do we need a license ? B) If i have a firm registered and operate from denmark, and targeting UAE people, is that possible ? C) Is it possible to operate from denmark, but have a firm registered in UAE /Dubai and targeting UAE people, and do i own 100 of the firm and is there any Tax we have to pay there, if so how much ? D) A partner in UAE, what is the criteria of a Partner. Do he/she have to be Born UAE citizen or can it be anyone who lives in UAE/Dubai ? A partner in UAE, which own´s 51 % and my self 49 %, what garanti is that the person dont overtake hole business ? E) As a starter, its always good not to have much expenses, so just want to hear whats best in my case, and if you could to tell whats and where freezone is. Look forward to hear from you and thanx in advance. Question from Kashif Sethi on 17/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Did you receive my answer? If not please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  132. assalamalaikum Nadia,i am indian based interior designer and i want to expand my business in uae.please can just me what is key thing to expand business in uae.please let me know.i am waiting for your gesture reply. Question from umar shaikh on 12/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    You can establish a design consultancy in a free zone and own it 100%. If you require us to contact you please send us your details to europe@rakftz.com to understand more your exact requirements.

    Best regards.

  133. Hi Nadia ' i am a British national and i want to start and setup a retail business in city of ALAIN in UAE .For that I have one question that do i need a Emirati national as a partner or i can get a licence on my own behalf .Would be great if you able to answer this question .thanx . Question from asad aziz on 12/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    You can get your own license with 100 % ownership if you establish in a free zone in the UAE. We can provide you with details of company establishment if you send us your contact details to europe@rakftz.com

    Best regards.

  134. Hi Nadia, I just wanna start an IT business in Kuwait, I need more information about that, I don't know about initial investment and all, please let me know useful information for my query Question from ASHRAF JH on 09/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    We can provide you with information regarding the UAE. If this interests you kindly send us an email to europe@rakftz.com

  135. Hello Nadia, We are an established consulting house of Pakistan and have recently ventured out to Saudi Arabia. We plan to open a UAE coordination office with 3 to 4 resident visas preferably in RAKIA. How soon can we get enlisted and get our operations started and at what budget bracket as opening a business house in KSA seems to take a very long time and we need some quick solution to have a GCC coordination office. Question from Mohsin Iqbal on 06/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Kindly send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and i will contact you the soonest.

  136. ya nadia i want to start company MLM and want a license also do business in uae and all over the world in uae my main office this business is run to uae Question from mahmood noorani on 06/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Kindly send us your contact details and detailed requirements to europe@rakftz.com and we will come back to you the soonest.

  137. hi nadia i want to start bus in uae for MLM multi level marketing (direct sale) what about the law of this type of bus in uae Question from mahmood noorani on 05/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    I am not sure what you mean. Do you want to offer marketing services or are you planning to sell products in the UAE? Please contact me on europe@rakftz.com in order to clarify.

  138. ello, I want to start a small high-end evening wear boutique in dubai. I am not sure if i wanted it in a mall or not yet. Would you be able to provide me with information about the needed procedure to start a store like that? In terms of legal paperwork and range of set up costs if possible. Keeping in mind that i will neither be importing nor exporting, everything will be made in the UAE. Thank you! Question from Mahi tawfik on 04/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    The Dubai Economic Department www.dubaided.gov.ae will be able to provide you with all information (required documents, cost etc.). They are very helpful and can explain every step to you. Good Luck wth your business! If you need more advise on your plans (decision making) you can also contact the Dubai Chamber of Commerce for help.

  139. Haloo Nadia, I am Yassir Kori, a United States Citizen, and I read a lot of response that you answer to people with same like my interest. I am interested to import gold from Sudan to UAE. Also I am interested to setup my own company that I can own it 100%. Can you advice where I can start and how I can do this? I understand that I have to register a company as free trade zone, but I want to know how to start the process. You can email me at: visioninbusiness2013@gmail.com Thanks Yassir Question from Yassir Kori on 04/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Yassir, As per our telephone conversation and my email I recommend you to set-up a company in RAK FTZ with the Flexi-Desk-BC Package. This is a very cost-effective way to start your business in the UAE. Best regards,

    Nadia

  140. Hello, I am a Emirati who is looking to invest in a business, I've been living in brazil for some time, and I go back and forth to the UAE, I found a cosmetic store/clinic here in brazil that do franchising to its store, and I wanted to franchise their store in the UAE the owner of the store in Brazil, offered to be his partner in UAE since he cant do it without a local partner Can you please tell me how to start this, this is my first time doing a business and I want to do the right thing please, let me know what are the procedures and what can I offer him to make him want to do this business with me, since the law states that the local partner get 51% , how an I persuade him to do this business with me Here are some of his questions, please tell me how can I answer them · What would I need to start a business there being a foreigner? · What is the regulation and what kind of claims you can have if you cause lesions on the skin of customers? · Is there any kind of regulation to take the money back to my country if we have success? Here in Brasil this matter is a nightmare! · How much money you think we will need yo open the first store Z (not taking into account fees and royalties) · In Spain, 80% of the business comes from the hair removal treatments and in Brasil, the 70%….You told me there is a lot of competition there in this area. How are the prices? Can we compete? · What kind of support you can give me there? (creating the company, dealing with constructors, finding the team to work, prices, etc I hope you can answer this as soon as possible, and thank you for your time looking forward to hearing from you Question from Amal Saeed on 04/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    I advice you to get a market study from a business consultant in Dubai as you it needs a lot of detailed research to get the information that you need for your business plan. Alternatively you could also ask APEX BRAZIL in Dubai for help: BSC Dubai
    Contact: Sidney Alves Costa
    E-mail: cn.dubai@apexbrasil.com.br
    Phone Number: +971 4 885-5404
    Fax: +971 4 885-5405

  141. Haloo Nadia, I am Yassir Kori, a United States Citizen, and I read a lot of response that you answer to people with same like my interest. I am interested to import gold from Sudan to UAE. Also I am interested to setup my own company that I can own it 100%. Can you advice where I can start and how I can do this? Thanks Yassir Question from Yassir Kori on 02/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Yassir, As per our conversation over the phone and the follow up email I sent you, the Flexi-Desk package of RAK FTZ would be the best option for you to start your business in the UAE for minimal cost. Best regards, Nadia

  142. hello i am doiing an onlinestore selling gadgets within the UAE should i get any license or it is ok to sell online if the server and everything is in the US the only thing that i get the products from a local market in the UAE and send them to customers who will buy those products online and is there any shiping company who can take the product that i have sold online and send them to the customer without requesting a trade license? Question from david smith on 01/12/2012

    Nadia says:

    Unfortunately I do not know a lot about Brazil. The 51/49% rule is there and this is the only option for a foreign company to open shops in the UAE and to benefit from this growing retail market. You can both meet with a lawyer who is specialized on company set-up's in the UAE and he can advise you on how you can create the contract between the two parties. He will be able to find solutions that will convince the Brazilian company. Also you could talk to Dubai Chamber of Commerce and ask them for information and support. Good Luck and best regards, Nadia

  143. Dear Nadia, Im a local citizen from UAE, I go back and forth to brazil, I've seen a beauty company here in brazil that is franchised in 5 different countries, I liked their idea and services , I wanted to franchise their company in UAE, when I emailed them, the owner of the branch in Brazil emailed me back and said that he want to be a partner with me in opening this store there, since he can't do it without a local partner, but he does not know about the procedure there. So he was asking me, and I've read that the law states 51% for the local partner and 49% goes for the foreign partner. I don’t think he will be interested in doing this business with this deal? What will be his benefits in opening this store there? How do I persuade him in a good way that the benefits will meet both our interests? Are there any more other appealing privileges to convince him to be a partner with me, like for example in regards the taxes and so on? Also I would like to know what else do I need to know to make this business happen, if he agreed to be partners in this together and open this store (we would like to open more than one store, maybe in malls and so on), thank you, looking forward to hearing from you Question from Amal Saeed on 30/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Unfortunately I do not know a lot about Brazil. The 51/49% rule is there and this is the only option for a foreign company to open shops in the UAE and to benefit from this growing retail market. You can both meet with a lawyer who is specialized on company set-up's in the UAE and he can advise you on how you can create the contract between the tow parties. He will be able to find solutions that will convince the Brazilian company. Also you could talk to Dubai Chamber of Commerce and ask them for information and support. Good Luck and best regards, Nadia

  144. hi, Nadia. I'm going to establish company in RAKIA Free Zone. I needn't now any license for it, couse the company intented to export motor oils to the East European ountries. could I registered automobile (local, for company's emploees and visitors needs) to the company? the same qu-n, but if I buy license for company? tnx You in advance Yury Phircau Question from yury phircau on 29/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Yury, I am sorry, but I do not understand your question. Would you like to know if you can set-up a local license for automobile trading? Please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com so we can discuss your question. Best regards, Nadia

  145. Good afternon,Madame, I would like to export sicilian wine an olive oil extra virgin form Sicily and I need a business partner who are intrested to the kind of products a will export will you please give me the information necessary for starting up? Question from VINCENZO RUFFINO on 29/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    I would recommend you to visit the gulf food exhibition (www.gulfood.com) in Dubai in order to find companies that would be interested in your products.

  146. Hi Nadia, I'm an arab foreigner residing outside of UAE but i have visited UAE on numerous occasions. My wife and i are thinking of starting a small management consulting business (1-5 employees) within UAE. What is the most cost effective option to start this business within RAK free zone? what are the requirements? how long would it take? Best Regards, Amr Question from amr abdalla on 28/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Amr, I would recommend you to start with the Standard Office package of RAK FTZ. This includes a Consulting License and a 9sqm office space. With that package you can apply for 2 UAE Residence Visa (the two people taking the visa can then also apply for family visa). Once you need to employ more employees you can upgrade your facility in order to do so. The total package cost (incl. license fee, registration, office rent) is AED 27890. Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and will send you the details as well as alternative packages (in case you would like a smaller or larger set-up). Best regards, Nadia

  147. Hi Nadia, We want to export all types of fresh vegetables to UAE from INDIA (CHENNAI).what is the procedure to setup a store or distribution.what is the process of registration. Question from Bhanu Prakash on 28/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    If you would like to open a shop and sell your products directly to end users (consumers) you need a local license (from one of the economic departments). For that you will need to have a local partner (UAE national). You can check for the requirements and cost in Dubai at www.dubaided.gov.ae. Alterntively you can open a company in one of the free zones (e.g. RAK FTZ). There you can own the company 100% (no local partner required), but you are only allowed to sell your products to shops and companies with an import license and not directly to the consumers. In case you would like information on a free zone company, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  148. hi nadia this is nasir with u, this will be very brief, I am a tissue paper mfgr in Mumbai , India and i am keen to try my luck in UAE thru rak. free zone . my product includes face tissues toilet paper rolls, foil papers,food and beverage packing products . Do i need some sort of health certificate from the ministry for my products ? Question from NASIR RADHANPURWALA on 27/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    As far as I know these products do not require a health certificate. Only the facial tissues might require a special approval. You can check with the ministry http://www.moh.gov.ae. Would you like to get some information about opening a company in the UAE? If yes, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  149. hello nadia, I am a exporter from India of agriculture products like spices, grains etc. i want to sell these products in the wholesale market of dubai. so can ypu please sujjest me how can i open and which kind of company can be opened in dubai for the same kind of operations. i will need a shop and visas for operating in dubai. as we are exporting to dubai companies who sell these products in dubai market, now we want to sell ourself in dubai market. please sujjest. Regards Harsh Agrawal surbhifoods@yahoo.in skype - surbhifoods Question from harsh agrawal on 27/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    If you would like to open a shop in the UAE and sell your products directly to end users (consumers) you need a local license (from one of the economic departments). For that you will need to have a local partner (UAE national). You can check for the requirements and cost in Dubai at www.dubaided.gov.ae. Alterntively you can open a company in one of the free zones (e.g. RAK FTZ). There you can own the company 100% (no local partner required), but you are only allowed to sell your products to shops and companies with an import license and not directly to the consumers. In case you would like information on a free zone company, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  150. Hello Nadia, I am about to start a venture based out of India. It will be a paid web-based business service ( The service will also be delivered online). So, I would ideally not require any set up in UAE for it. However, I would like to promote my business in UAE and get clients as well. Thus, my question is, in order to promote (advertising) my business in UAE and eventually service my clients there, would I need to register/set-up a company in UAE ? In case I need to, what will be the most ideal set up option ? Thanks Harsh Question from Harsh Bhatia on 20/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Your questions involve many aspects of business in the UAE. I recommend you to contact RAK FTZ's India Office and ask them for advice (even if you do not plan to set up a company immediately).
    +91 22 22042223; india@rakftz.com

  151. Hi Nadia, I want to Register a Forex trading company, with licence in UAE Free Zone. Can you please guide me which free zone is good and why? Secondly, i will get the clients payment into my bank account. is there any problem to get payments into bank account. can we easily open bank account. thirdly, if i will take your services, what will be your charges. please send me your packages of services. Question from faheem akhtar on 17/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Free Zones in the UAE do not allow the activity of investment or stock brokerage. They only allow investment consultancy. Brokerage companies can be registered in Dubai (DIFC) only. If you like you can send me your details to europe@rakftz.com and then we can discuss your requirements in more detail.

  152. Hi Nadia I am part of a partnership, based and operating in London, UK and registered in Cyprus, offering bespoke and made to measure high-end tailoring and personal styling; our products are made in Naples, Italy. We wish to open a branch and begin operation in Dubai and are unsure of the best business set-up options Originally we wanted to open a freezone company based in DIFC (due to 100% ownership and no import duty etc) but this seems not possible as B2C direct selling of products is not allowed for freezone companies. - it is possible to open a branch office for a partnership? - branch offices are only allowed to import goods of a "highly technical nature", would bespoke suits count or would we have to import our products through an import/export company? - one of our partners owns an apparel business in the UK but it is not currently trading, would it be possible instead to open a branch of this company in the UAE (as an alternative to opening a branch of our partnership, as we are not sure this is possible) - as an alternative, is it possible to open a freezone company or obtain a freelance license for a freezone (e.g. Fujairah creative freezone) for personal styling/tailoring services and route all sales through our website/UK office (initially we will only have one staff member in the UAE), so that technically customers are buying online? - it is better just to go straight to opening a regular Dubai LLC? Many thanks for your assistance, Isobel Question from Isobel Jones on 12/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Isobel, You are right about the restriction of free zone companies. They are not allowed to sell their products to end-users in the local UAE market, but only to companies that have a relevant trade license. Also a branch of a foreign company is generally only allowed to do marketing and business development. So you are left with the following options: 1) Set up a LLC with a local partner (UAE national or company). 2) Set up a free zone company and sell your products into the local UAE market through an agent (wholesaler / company with a relevant import license). If you send me your email address and telephone number to europe@rakftz.com, I will ask my colleague Joyce from RAK Free Trade Zone to contact you. She might find another solution for your business requirements. Best regards, Nadia

  153. Hi Nadia I was wondering what are the regulations with setting up a small business from your home. I have a garage i would like to convert and give art classes etc Thanks Question from Gemma Mullins on 10/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    It is not allowed to open a office or your own business in your home (in a residencial builsing). When setting up a company in the UAE it is always required to rent or buy a business facility (office, warehouse or land for industrial use). In some cases the economic departments give special approvals to open a business in a residential area. for this you should contact the economic department of the emirate where you want to open your business. Should you be interested to offer those classes in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.

  154. Hi Nadia, I live and work in Dubai, my wife is working as HR consultant through internet “as a private business” she is not working through company or organization, her visa I is sponsored by me, however, I may leave Dubai going to KSA soon she will remain here keep doing here business, I would like to know what is the best and cheapest way where she can obtain like a freelancer visa ???, some people advised me to establish company in RAK freezone, where you can rent a desk per annum, but I am not sure if this is true or not, as well as I don’t know what would be the requirement to proceed with such thing?? Appreciate your feedback Hani Question from Hani Attia on 08/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Hani, Yea, your wife could set-up a company with a flexi-desk in RAK Free Trade Zone. As a company owner she could then apply for a UAE residence visa. Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and I will then send you the details. Best regards, Nadia

  155. Hi Nadia, I am interested in opening up a Restaurant in Dubai Region, Kindly advice total expenses involved as a setup costs and also operating costs. Your answer will be highly appreciated. Thanks Balu Question from Balu Kr on 07/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Balu, You can check the cost for the license with Dubai Economic Department (www.dubaided.gov.ae). You will need a local partner (UAE National or UAE company). The cost for the facility, labor, equipment etc. depend of course on the type of restaurant that you are planning to open. Good Luck with your business plans. Nadia

  156. Hi Nadia, I need to know what kind of license I will need to setup a company that can organizes their own networking business events in the emirates and invites oversees companies to participate in business networking events that will be held in hotels Best regards Question from Hassan hassan on 07/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    It depends on the type and size of events. But generally you would need a local license (from one of the Economic Departments) with a local partner. You could check with the Dubai Economic Department for the requirements.

  157. Dear Nadia I am a small business entity with limited capital. I want to capitalize on it for expansion and enhancement. I have been to UAE for number of times and could make my mind to export cement from Pakistan and be the importer at UAE myself. How to help these mechanics? If i would need a local partner, how to arrange for that? Regards Ijaz Question from Ijaz Ahmed on 06/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ijaz, You have to options of selling cement to companies in the UAE. Either you sell the cement directly to companies that have a relevant import license or you sell the cement through a wholesaler/agent into the UAE. If you would like to import the products to the UAE yourself, you would need a local license with a local partner (UAE national holding 51% of the company).

  158. Dear Nadia, could you please tell me what are the minimum capital requirement to set up a international trading company in the Rak free zone with a general trading license. In Jafza for example, I believe it is in excess of USD 130,000. Question from Jack Porter on 05/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Jack. The min. capital of a General Trading Company in RAK Free Trade Zone is AED 150 000 or AED 200 000 (depending on the number of shareholders. I will ask my colleague Joyce to send you the details by email. Best regards, Nadia

  159. Dear Nadia, I am an Olive oil producer from greece making high end olive oil and olive products. I have recently taken part in the international fine foods festival and had very positive feed back. I currently work in the UAE with a second job and have a residency visa. I live in Tecom and have heard that TECOM is a free zone. I have had interest from people to deliver my products to them at home as we do not yet have a UAE distributor. If I were to set up a home delivery company to sell my oils what license would I need? If i need to set up a company it would have to be completely owned by me, does that mean I need a freezone company? As I live in a freezone can I use my home address as company address? What are the costs likely to be to do this? And how would I go about it? Thanks Kostas Question from Kostas Stavrianakis on 03/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Kostas, If you sell and deliver products directly to consumer (end users / private households) in the UAE you will need a local license. As you are living and planning your business in Dubai, you can get all the information at the Dubai Economic Deparment. You will need for sure a local partner for such a business / license. You could set-up a company in a free zone without a local partner, but free zone companies are not allowed to sell their products directly to consumer (end users / private households) in the UAE, but only to companies and shops that have a relevant import license (e.g. wholesalers/agents). Whether you set up a company in the local market (Dubai Economic Department) or in a free zone, it is always required that you rent a facility for your business as it is not allowed to work from home. This facility could either be a shop or an office or a minimum facility like a Flexi Desk that we offer in RAK Free Trade Zone. Should you be interested in a company set-up in RAK Free Trade Zone, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  160. Hello Nadia, we are looking to open a very specialist flooring company in the UAE however I am worried that as soon as the idea is public, many others will copy us. Is here anyway the protect the idea? Lee Question from Lee Barry on 02/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Lee, I am not an expert in Interlectual Property rights in the UAE. You could check with Dubai Chamber of Commerce or with your counries embassy in the UAE. Please find beow the contact details of a lawyer that I know in this field:
    Tayler Wessing /
    Dr Michael Krämer /
    Email: m.kraemer@taylorwessing.com
    Tel.: +971 (0)4 309 1000


    Best regards,

    Nadia

  161. Dear Nadia, I hope all is well. I am the CEO of IM HOLDING. I would like to open an office in KSA and UAE. The operation will remain in cairo but sales will be in KSA and UAE. What is the best simplest startup ? Question from Muhammad Sameh on 01/11/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, I do not know a lot about KSA, but the simplest way to start selling your products in the GCC is a company set up in a free zone in the UAE. You could for example set-up a trading company in RAK Free Trade Zone with a Flexi Desk (virtual facility) for AED 18 000. You will be able to grow your business step by step with this small set-up. I will ask my colleague to send you the details by email. Best regards, Nadia

  162. Hi Dear Nadia. My name is Zhanna. Me and my boy-friend, we are italians and we would like to move in Dubai for starting a new business in the sector of the healthcare. We want to bring an Italian brand for the teeth healthcare in UAE and sell it directly in our future store and also to the SPAs and beauty salons. Can you please write me what kind of company we have to build in Dubai and if we need to get the license from the ministry of health for our product and how ling does it take to get it... Thank you Zhanna Question from Zhanna Gagarina on 29/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Zhanna, I do not know if such products need to be approved by the Ministry of Health. I recommend you to check directly with the ministry (www.moh.gov.ae) or with the Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. When setting up a company in the UAE you have two options. You could set up a local company with a local partner (license from economic department) or a free zone company that you can own 100%. But keep in mind that free zone companies can only sell their goods in the UAE to companies or shops that have an import license and not directly to end users (provate consumers). If you are interested to know the cost and details for setting up a free zone company, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  163. Hi Nadia, I would like to set up a grocery shop from scratch. How to go about it. Question from Vaishaly Pattani on 29/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    First you need to decide in which of the seven emirates of the UAE you would like to open the shop. Then you need to contact the economic department of that emirate (e.g. Dubai or Ras Al Khaimah) for the requirements and procedures to open the shop.

  164. Hi nadia, i am a non wowen product manufacturer in india and i would like to sell my products in dubai salons, i also have a export licens but would like to know what are the terms and documents needed to do marketing by myself there Question from rohan thakker on 27/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    I would recommend you to set up a small company in the UAE and employ one marketing staff in the UAE. This person can then do the marketing for you in the UAE as well as in the neighbouring countries. This will for sure increase your sales in the region. I will ask my colleague from the RAK FTZ office in India to send you some information.

  165. Nadia, Hi We are contemplating starting in a Business which would be Web Based. It would be services based and therefore, there would be no goods actually moved in or out of the GCC. However, we are wondering whether it would be more effecient to operate the Business out of the UK but trade into Dubai or whether it would be easier just to set up an LLC in Dubai (with a Partner obviously). When it comes to Web (only) based Businesses what is the easiest and most cost efficient way to trade? Question from Stewart Murray on 25/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, This really depends on the type of services that you are offering. Will you sell products online or will you be selling services and if yes what kind of services? If your are selling directly to end users (consumers) you should have a local company in the UAE or alternatively work with an agent (wholesaler) in the UAE. If you like you can send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and we can schedule a telephone call to discuss your situation. Best regards, Nadia

  166. Dear Nadia, We are a contracting company already incorporated in Qatar ( LLC company), are we allowed to take up projects in UAE using our Qatar trade liscence and Qatar CR, or should we establish another comapny in UAE? Thanking you in anticipation Amir Question from Amir Magdy on 25/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Amir, The assignment of project is depend on the terms, condition, rules, requirements, regulations of the authority or company who assign the projects. They defer from authority to authority. You will have to check with the relevant authority who is giving the projects whether they will accept Qatar based company or not. Best regards, Nadia

  167. Hello Nadia, I restore classic jukeboxes and want to start importing them into Dubai. I have the contacts to advertise and find the ex-pat market I'm looking for but need advice on importing and selling. Is there high import duties and do I need to register to sell high value items? Thanks, Paul Question from Paul Belcher on 24/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Paul, The import duty in the UAE is 5% and some products are excluded from the import duty. You can find more details under www.uaecustoms.ae. If you plan to sell directly to consumers you will need a local license from the Dubai Economic Department. For that you will need a local partner (UAE national holding 51% of the company). Alternatively you could set up a company in a free zone, but with a free zone license you are only allowed to sell to distributers / wholesalers in the UAE. For more information, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  168. hi nadia,i want to distribute a cosmetic brand in dubai my target are the resort spa,hotel spa ,spa ,what kind of licence do i need please answer me Question from derbel jihen on 23/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    In this case a commercial license would be the best option. As it is a B2B and not B2C business a company set-up in a free zone is probably possible (detailed evaluation is necessary). I will send you more information by email.

  169. Hi, We are an renewable energy company and are hoping to go out to Dubai to work on a potential project. What documentation or regulations do we need in order to go over there? Thanks, Roo Question from Roo Garton-Lewis on 17/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Roo, This is a very general question. A company set-up in the UAE is always a combination of License (Commercial License; General Trading License; Consulting License; Industrial License), Legal Entity (Free Zone Establishment with one owner/shareholder; Free Zone Company with 2 to 5 shareholders; Foreign Branch) and Facility (Business Center Facility; Flexi Desk; Flexi Office; Standard Office; Executive Office; Shell & Core Office Space; Warehouse or Land for industrial use). If you would just like to distribute your products a commercial license would be the best option for you. Best regards, Nadia

  170. Hi Nadia, myself and my partner are planning to start our company in the UAE, at present I am researching all possible routes ie. Offshore, Freezone etc. But I need some advice, we are based in Europe and have been operating for over 15 years. Specialising in Marble & Natural Stone we import from Europe / Egypt as per clients project and install the stone whether it will be used for internal use, external or on occasions on Super Yachts. In the UAE we will act on behalf of our clients importing a specific order and using contract companies to do the installation. My question what type of Free Zone Licence should we apply for, we will only be consultants and will not hold stock etc. Can there be two Directors of the company ? Thank you. Michelle Question from Michelle Nolan on 12/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Michelle, Please excuse my late answer (I have been on a business trip). With the short description of your plans I would assume that a Commercial License would be the best solution for you. A company that is for example registered in RAK FTZ can have 2-5 shareholders and directors, but only one General Manager). If you send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com I can give you a call and we can discuss your questions in detail. Best regards, Nadia

  171. We are interested to expand our business to Dubai, currently we sell Leather Goods in Indian Local Market, we want to export the same to Dubai, can you please answer the below queries:- 1. Can we once visit on tourist Visa, with 50-60 products, sell them to check if it has market in UAE. 2. If we set office in free trade zone, can we import freely and then sell in it's local market. 3. How can we find Importers of Dubai, whom we can trust and export goods. Question from Nilesh Jalan on 12/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    It is not allowed to do business in the UAE without a valid trade license. Free Zone Companies are not allowed to sell their goods directlu to consumers in the local UAE market, but only to wholsesalers/distributers/agents. In order to find a good local distributer I advise you to attend exhibitions and networking events in the UAE or to participate in a business delegation. I will ask my colleagues from our India office to contact you to discuss more details.

  172. hi nadia i want to find out the ways and means of establishing a business branch in dubai. my wnt to know the general factors of before establishing a branch in dubai and please explain the specific procedure to be adopted to establish the branch in dubai. my company is medium scale finance company. Question from sandun gunawardena on 11/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    The procedure and requirements for establishing a branch in Dubai depend on your activity. If it is just consulting one of the free zones (also RAK Free Trade Zone) might be a good option for you. The advantage there is that they act as a one-stop-shop. But if the nature of your activity is more service or brokerage then Dubai Financial City (DIFC) will probably be the best option for you. Alternatively you could contact the Dubai Economic department regarding requirements of a branch office in the local market (Dubai outside a free zone).

  173. Hi Nadia , This is Samir Palkar , owner of Indian Commercial Corporation into Dehydrated Vegetables in Powder & Flakes form , Raw Vegetables etc. Can we request you to suggest import commision agent in UAE ,and Gulf area on mutual benefits. Thanks & Regards for Indian Commercial Corporation India Samir Palkar impexvision@hotmail.com +0091 098606 76076 Question from Samir Palkar on 10/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Samir, If you are looking for a distributer / agent in the UAE I advise you to visit an exhibition like Gulf Food in Dubai or to contact the chambers of commerce - as they organise many networking events where you can meet potential business partners. Alternatively you could open a company in RAK Free Trade Zone and employ one sales and marketing person in the UAE who will then market your products in the GCC. Best regards, Nadia

  174. Hi Nadia, Myself and my partner have an idea for the health and wellbeing sector as well as the IT and Renewable technology area. However we would like some guidance into how we can successfully export and sell within the UAE? Question from lola lawal on 09/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    First you need to decide what business activity you want to pursue. To whom do you want to sell your products? Companies? Wholesalers? End-users (consumers)? Only then you can find out what type of license you need and whether you can setup a company in a free zone or if you require local license and in the case of health related activities if additional approvals from the ministry of health are required. If you would like to get more informatio, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.

  175. Hi Nadia, I don't see my question on your page. Can you please sent me a copy. Johnson. Question from johnson samuel on 08/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    I guess it only shows after i answered it.

  176. Hi, I have a very successful Clearance & Freight Forwarding business in Pakistan (Karachi & Lahore) and i am looking into venturing into Dubai as well. In this regard i want to visit Dubai to do a survey on how to go about the entire process. I need some professional assistance in this regard. And i have some queries: * what is the license cost for starting a logistics business? * will the government help me in seeking potential clients? * what are the requirements of setting up a business in Dubai (local sponsorships, visa regulations, finances etc.) Would appreciate if someone could assist me. Thanking you in anticipation. BR Shehryar Baig Question from Shehryar Baig on 08/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com so we can discuss the matter in detail.

  177. Hi Nadia, Our company specialise in information and security products for use in public spaces. Some of our key installations include Airports, Railway Stations, Town Centres, Shopping Malls, Theatres, Hospitals and Highways. Another area we are focusing on is the application of cloud based technology to secure data storage. We are currently looking for global expansion and the first two countries We are looking at are Índia and Dubai and in particular the freezone area. Before we make any decision, we would like to ask for your professional opinion on the do's and dont's along with help on local policy regarding foreign company operations. I hope you are able to help and look forward to hearing from you soon. Johnson Samuel. Question from johnson samuel on 07/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Johnson, There are a few specific legal conditions when setting up a business in the United Arab Emirates. There is a big difference between setting up a company in the local market or in a free zone. I will send you more details in an email. Best regards, Nadia

  178. Dear Nadia Rinawi, My name is Muhammad Fahad.I am running a pharmaceutical distribution setup in Pakistan.Now i want to open a pharmacy/retailer shop in Dubai.kindly guide me all the process of getting license and legalities.I am interested to start my setup in free zone area also tell me about the expenses which i have to pay.I am very thankful to you. Regards, Muhammad Fahad Question from MUHAMMAD FAHAD on 07/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    You will need some special approvals and meet certain regulations in order to open a pharmacy in the UAE. The Ministry of Health as well as the Economic Department will be able to guide you. The free zone shave only very limited ptions to license companies from the pharmaceutical sector. If you ike I can check more details for you. For that please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com.

  179. HELLO MAM, I PRAKASH PATEL FROM INDIA. I JUST START UP MY OWEN BUSINESS OF SUPPLY OF FLYASH TO COMPANY. I WANT TO NEED SOME HELP FROM YOUR END THAT HOW CAN I SEARCH SOME COSTUMES IN USE OR OTHER COUNTRY,WHO ARE BUY MY PRODUCT OR WHO ARE IMPORT MY PRODUCT FROM INDIA TO THEM COUNTRY. PLEASE MAM HELP ME ABOUT IT.I WAS TRYING TO SEARCH A COUSTOMER OR COMPANY BUT I CAN'T DO THIS. Question from PRAKASH PATEL on 02/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Usually exhibitions are always a good starting point to market your product in a new market. Especially in the MENA Region and therefore the UAE personal contact is the key to a fruitful business relatioship. So I would recommend you to travel and attend events that are related to your sector.

  180. Many thanks Nadia for your answer. I found today one such company who offers courses, for the benefit of audience, here is the link. http://www.iicbtdubai.com/iicbt.trainingcourses.html You have a good day . Question from Shahid Muhammad on 02/10/2012

    Nadia says:

    Great

  181. Hello Ms Rinawi I currently run a restaurant in the UK. I would like to start one in Dubai to cater to Expats and Local people. Can you advise if this is possible and what sort of expenses will be incurred for licensing. Can restaurants be opened in free zones, no doubt workers need to eat. Regards M A Kazim Question from Mohammed Kazim on 30/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Kazim, Yes it is possible to open a restaurant in a free zone, but of course the spaces are limitd. I will check if we still have options available in RAK Free Trade Zone and get back to you. Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and I will get back to you by Thursday. Best regards, Nadia

  182. Are there any courses in Dubai for "starting a coffee shop business". I found these in UK but not in dubai. http://www.londonschoolofcoffee.com/how-to-start-a-coffee-shop.php Cheers oraclefusions@gmail.com Question from Shahid Muhammad on 29/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    I did not come accross one yet.

  183. hii nadia......i am from india and i belong to a poor family...and i have studied till 10th only...i want to start a bussiness in uae with minimum investment so whst kind of business should i start,in what field and how much investment would be required?plzz reply Question from ankit prashar on 29/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    I can only give you advise on how to open a company in the UAE once you know the field of business that you would like to go into.

  184. dear nadi, i m shehrbano from PAKISTAN i have boutique business here and i wanna expand it in UAE please tell me the procedure.thankyou Question from shehr bano on 27/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Shehrbano, If you would like to open a shop in the UAE it is best to contact the economic department of the city/emirate where you want to open the shop. If you are planning to do wholesale the free zones might be a good option for you. In this case I can provide you with more information. Best regards, Nadia

  185. dear nadi, i m shehrbano from PAKISTAN i have boutique business here and i wanna expand it in UAE please tell me the procedure.thankyou Question from shehr bano on 27/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Shehr, The procedure depends on the type of business activity and the location in the UAE. Would you like to open a shop? In this case you would need a local license from one of the economic departmenst (e.g. Dubai). Best regards, Nadia

  186. Hi Ms.Rinawi, I am CEO of snovabits group and would like to start a company in Dubai and like to send my employees there in Dubai. What kind of process and procedure do I neeed? I hope you can help me to set-up my company there. Regards Siva Question from Sivakumar Kuppusamy on 23/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Siva, This depends on your business activity. What are your employees supposed to do in Dubai? Once you know what kind of license you need and what kind of legal entity you want to set up you also need to decide whether you would like to open a company in a free zone or in the local market. The process for setting up a company are different for each case. If you like you can send me more details to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  187. hi nadia, i m from india want to start company in free trade zone to import medical equipment and machinery from china and again want to sell in uae and india , can i do it ? pl give me reply which licences and formalities i have to do for that gajendra Question from gajendra chaudhary on 23/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Gajendra, With a free zone company you are only allowed to sell products into the local UAE market when your client has an import license. Otherwise you have to appoint a local agent / wholesaler. Also we need to check whether an approval from the ministry of health would be required for your specific products, Other than that the process is quite simple. I will ask my colleague to send you an email with some documents attached. Best regards, Nadia

  188. Hello Nadia, I am from Bangladesh, i am young guy i just make a company thats energy sector already i got spain and italy worls calss manufacuter company agentship. also preparing more company like tecnology||real estate and a actractive sector thats rice Brain Oil mills, But i have no money i have Business policy and good communication here . Right now i am looking Business Investor from Dubai.Please help me about this purpose. Question from Mehedi Hasan on 21/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    I am sorry, but I cannot help with finding investors in the UAE. Maybe attending one of the many exhibitions in the UAE could help you. Good luck with your business ventures!

  189. Dear Nadia, We would like start new business in RAK ( once I have been to RAK in April 2011) or any where in UAE, can you suggest any manufacturing business? What about hardware manufacturing unit? Please let us know at the earliest. Thanks. With best regards. Javia Rajni Question from Rajnikant Javia on 21/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Javia, There are many opportunities for manufacturing businesses in the UAE. But I cannot recommend you a certain type of manufacturing. If you are an expert in a certain field (e.g. hardware manufacturing) you need to do some market research for your specific products. Best regards, Nadia

  190. I also want yo to tell me as to what type of visa i should be having? Can I go on visit and apply for the licence? Question from Moaeen Ahmad on 20/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    The cost for a UAE Residence Visa vary regrading the type (Investor or Employment) and the place of application (Dubai, Abu Dhabi or one of the northern emirates).

  191. Dear Nadia, I've been searching for many days a person who could guide me and give me the information required for the work I wish to start in the UAE. I want to go over there and start work as a construction contractor. Will you please let me know about the general maintenance and the makawlat licenses? I would like you to let me know about the procedure for getting the license and as to how much will it cost me. thank you Question from Moaeen Ahmad on 20/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Moaeen, There are a lot of rules and regulations for construction companies (especially in regards to labor law for employees) in the UAE. Construction and maintanance licenses are not given by free zones, as they work in the local market. The best place of information for you would be the Dubai Economic Department. Best regards, Nadia

  192. Hi Nadia, I read your expert advise for the people, I am working in a Company and earning a very good amount, but i want to start business which is to export few items like Silk from UAE to Paksitan? Can i do it without opening a company ? can i do it on my Company employment Visa? What kind of Trading License require to do a small business. Lets say i ahve 50,000 AED to start . Please Advise ? Question from Umer Masood Alvi on 19/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Umer, In order to be allowed to be commercially active in the UAE you need to open a company and get a business license. If you are currently employed you need a No-Objection-Letter from your employer (sponsor of your visa). If you have a local partner you might be able to get a license from Dubai Economic Department for less than AED 50 000 as in some cases they do not require a minimum capital. Best regards, Nadia

  193. Dear nadia,I want to start a business building material and sanitary business in ras al khaima or other side of UAE.So at least how much capital should i take to start with and where should i establish this kind of business in uae? Question from mirza md zadid on 18/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam, First of all you have to decide whether you want to set-up your business in a free zone or in the local UAE market. The advantage of a free zone set-up is that you can own the company 100%. In the local market you need a local partner (UAE National). But as a free zone company you have the restriction that you can sell your products only to companies in the UAE that have an import licence. The cost vary from emirate to emirate and from free zone to free zone. You should keep in mind that you always have to pay the yearly license fee as well as the rent for a facility (office, warehouse of land) for one year in advance. Also some licensing authorities require the companies to have a min. capital. So in order to find out about the cost of your business plan you will need to know: Where? What license (e.g. commercial or general trading), what facility? What legal entity? Best regards, Nadia

  194. Hi Nadia! You are really doing a great job by offering informations to the people who want to start up or expand their business to UAE. I am into garments manufacturing based in Mumbai. What we currently do is, we take the contract of making different garments like ladies tops, T-shirts, Leggies etc from the Exporters in Mumbai. After we make those dresses ordered by the exporter, they send those to the companies abroad like Dubai, Thailand, USA etc. We are being provided with materials. We just make it as per the design provided by exporter. What I am looking for is instead of making those garments for the exporter in India, we want to make it for those companies in UAE directly. This would increase our profits as the exporter who give us the contract keep a big margin for themselves. Can you help us in the following- 1. We want to open up an office in Free Trade Zone in UAE. Will you be able to help us in forming a company over there, finding a budget office and approximate expenses like rents, deposits, interiors expenses etc. 2. Our office in UAE will be the contact point for the companies in UAE that would give us the contract of making their dresses and later after making it, we'll send the same to them in UAE from India. Clothes may be provided by them. Will you be able to help us finding those companies who give contract of such manufacturing of garments in India? 3. Do we need to obtain Import / Export Licence for such business in India or UAE or at the both place? If we get a separate company formed and based in UAE that will take the orders and pass on the same to our factory registered in India to manufacture, what would be the type of documentation and licences? Please answer my queries at the earliest possible. I am aware that you have a representative in India. You can provide him with my mobile no, so that I can meet him to discuss in detail. Thanks and regards, Question from Md Shahil Shaikh on 17/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Shahil, I did not understand if you just want to have an office for distributing your products in the UAE or a warehouse to store your goods. In any case I will ask my collegue from our Mumbai office to contact you and discuss details. Best regards, Nadia

  195. Pleas I want help for starting business in sagia business zone in saudi,dmama send detail legal document & other detail Question from Bharat Aher on 17/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam, I am not an expert on Saudi Arabia. I recommend you to contact SAGIA directly. Best regards, Nadia

  196. Dear Nadia, I am looking to set up an online dating / friend //companion site based in UAE but for worldwide coverage. Is this allowed and please advise best procedure and place to register (not Dubai due to the expense) Ajman ? RAK ?? freezones . This would be 100% IT web based business with some accounting element to it as required . Many Thanks Question from Sona Jogia on 14/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sona, I am not sure if such a business could be approved in a free zone. I will check and get back to you. Best regards, Nadia

  197. Hi Nadia, I am currently living and working in India and am researching the possibility of starting an Marketing Promotion business. in the UAE, I would not hold any stock whatsoever and would be interested only in identifying markets to import goods from overseas. I would simply want to match manufacturers abroad with buyers in the UAE and charge comission for my services. Can you tell me the main areas of concern with this type of business here. I and my French Partner would like to set up a Free Zone company. We would be Participating in Exhibitions in Dubai and The UAE (like the WTC Dubai Exhibitions). What is the requirements for setting up a company and also the expenses involved and the Visas that would be available. How would your company be helpful in this? Regards Vik Question from vik singh on 13/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Vik, My colleague will contact you and discuss details with you. Best regards, Nadia

  198. Dear nadia i want to import a health support items from India to supply pharmacies uae's. for this purpose which licence i need to take... my question is if i take general trading licence can i do this delivery to pharmacies or i want to take medical equipment or drug store license... please replay fast Question from ASHKAR ALI on 13/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ashkar, First of all you need to check if your products need to be approved by the ministry of health or not. Second, it would probably be cheaper to get a commercial license (specifically for the products that you will be trading with) as this is cheaper than getting a general trading license. With a free zone company (that you can own a 100%) you can only sell it to pharmacies who have an import license. Otherwise you should use a distributer/agent with a relevant trading license (who will then sell the products to the pharmacies). If you want to sell the products directly to pharmacies that do not have an import license you will need a local license from the Dubai Economic Department (with a 51% local shareholder. Best regards, Nadia

  199. Hi Nadia, I have a few questions: 1- If I have a free zone company (FZC) can i also open a local company (LLC) anywhere within UAE with a local emirati partner (@51/49%) at the same time ? If Yes then If my free zone company is General Trading Company (import, export , trading (Commercial) liscence)) then can I use my local (LLC) company to act as distributor/agent for my free zone company? 2- If I use a local agent to sell products from my FZCO into the retail/end users into the local market does this means that this agent becomes a SOLE AGENT? Meaning can I use multiple agents within the same area or do i need to use ONE AGENT? are there any applicable laws restricting me to do that? 3- If at some stage I want to stop using a distributor/agent how easy it is to do that? does it depends on the contract documentation or agreement that I have with the agent or there are applicable regulatory laws governing use of agencies? Many Thanks Regards Zeeshan Question from Zeeshan Ahmed on 12/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Zeeshan, If you are the owner of a company in a UAE Free Zone you can in addition be shareholder in a local company. In some cases also your free zone company could be the shareholder of a local company. Your local company can be the distributer/agent for your free zone company (if it has the respective trade license). For some areas agency contracts can only be registered in the registry when the local company is 100% owned by a UAE national. Although many agents are asking or even insisting to be a sole agent for your products you do not have to agree to that. You can have several agent (e.g. one for Dubai, one for Abu Dhabi etc.). Legally there is a difference between registered agent contract and agent contracts that are not registered with the Commercial Agency Registry maintained at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce. Once a contract is entered in the Commercial Agency Registry it is extremely difficult to cancel this contract. Therefore I strongly advise you not to sign any agency or distribution agreement without consulting a lawyer first. Best regards,
    Nadia

  200. We are company that distributes product for domestic (UAE) and Export; presently we work with a 3PL in FTZ in Dubai but we are struggling to maintain or grow our domestic business within Dubai due to the paperwork/customs clearance in FTZ. It has been suggested to move our business "onshore" but we have no legal entity in Dubai and use sponsorship with FTZ. What would I need to do to set up "onshore"? Do I have to obtain a trading licence if I use a 3PL? Question from Sharon Davies on 12/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    To set-up a company in the local UAE market (outside of the free zones) you need to contact the Dubai Economic Department. They will give you all the information (requirements, procedure, cost) to set-up your company. But you will need to have a local partner. So maybe you keep your free zone company in order to hold your main assets and maybe your visa with your free zone company.

  201. Dear Nadia, My husband is having a general trading company in Dubai(not free zone). We import kids products from China and I want to know we can import the character products to UAE. For example how we can import and sell party supplies of characters like Spongebob, Mickey, Minnie,... to the retail shops and wholselers in Dubai. I see so many products from China in the stores today that aparently they are not having licence from the company that owns the character like Dianey, Marvel....Your advise is highley appreciated, Question from sanam bpzprgi on 11/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    I am sorry I do not know much about this subject. You should contact a lawyer who is specialized in interlectual property rights and who can advise you how to produce and sell these products legally (with paying loyalty fees to the companies who own the righs for these characters).

  202. Dear Nadia, I want to open a company in any of UAE free zones for trading of Iron Scrap and Finished Products. I want to know which free zone is best for this business and what type of company should I open. I do not want to invest much initially. Also I have heard that opening a company is tedious job and involves lot of paperwork and you are made to run around a lot. Also people say that even though free zones assures that company can be set up in a week but it actually takes more than a month for it to be functional. Pls. advice. Thanks. Question from Varun Dewan on 08/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Varun, As far as I am aware it is not allowed to im- and export any kind of scrap material in the UAE. You would have to double-check with the UAE Customs Authority. Setting-up a company in a free zone is usually much easier than in the local UAE market (with one of the economic departments), but the process depends on the legal entity that is beeing set-up. There are for example more documents requird in case of a branch or a subsidiary than if an individual is setting up a new company. Another cause of delay is opening a company bank account. This is were many investors get delayed, because they do not provide the right documents to the bank or they argue with the bank over fees and services etc. If an individual sets up a company in a free zone (without any partners) a company can easily be set-up (and activated) in one week time. Let me know (under europe@rakftz.com) if you are interested in an offer for a company set up in RAK FTZ. Best regards, Nadia

  203. Hi Nadia, I am currently living and working in Dubai and am researching the possibility of starting an import / export business. I would not hold any stock whatsoever and would be interested only in identifying markets to import goods from overseas. I would simply want to match manufacturers abroad with buyers in the UAE and charge comission for my services. Can you tell me the main areas of concern with this type of business here. Would I have to seek out the services of a local business sponsor as I take it I would need to have a licence to trade etc. Question from Don MacLean on 08/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, If you are not selling any goods or services directly to people in the UAE (individuals or companies without a relevant license) you will not need a local UAE license with a UAE national as a shareholder. A free zone company could support your business activities. Now the question which category you business activity could match (e.g. Marketing Consultany or Management Consultancy). If you ike you could send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and I could send you some detailed information how to set-up a company in RAK Free Trade Zone (sample package incl. cost and process). Best regards, Nadia

  204. Dear Nadia, To start with appreciate great job that you are doing by providing so much info about business start up in UAE. I along with my friend would like to start an Internet based business where we will get licenced from one Canadian Comoany which brings the franchisers with the prospective franchisees. We will operate the Licenced business of matching the prospective candidates with franchises. Once this matching is done then Franchisor will take over. The company providing licence has list of clients and we will do following 1. Refer the candidates located anywhere in the world to the clients of the company. 2. Refer existing local or potential franchisers to the parent company to add to their list of clients. 3. Refer the local available candidates to the clients of parent company. For this we will be using parent company's computer system and Marks. In return we will get a referred fee from parent company for every successful candidate. The contract will clearly state that there is no fiduciary relationship between parent company and our company. We are independent contractor and NOT an agent, legal representative, subsidiary, joint venturer, partner, employee or servant. In short we will be independent contractor operating this licenced web based business pursuant to a licence from parent company and as an authorized user of System and Marks, which are owned by parent company. We would like to form a FREE ZONE COMPANY in RAK with virtual office to start with and later hire one office in DUBAI. Pls advise on the issue and person to contact in UAE to take it further as this is already in advanced stage of formation. JAYA Question from Jaya Saxena on 05/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Jaya, I am not sure if I fully understood your business concept. If I understand correctly you will not be buying or selling any goods. So maybe your activity could be regarded as consultancy? As you will be advising people to work together? Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com - so we can discuss in detail. Best regards, Nadia

  205. hi Nadia, my name is Adeyemi, i want to set up a business here in Dubai, i have a capital of 50, 000 DHS. and i want to enter into Cleaning and Maintenance Company. what type of License you think is sweetable for me, and is it possible for to start up with that small capital. please help me. am really sick and tire of working for some one who doesn't Appreciate your effort. Question from ADEYEMI LUQMAN RAJI on 04/09/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Adeyemi, You require a license from the Dubai Economic Department for such a business. I advise you to meet them and get all the information about the requirements and cost. I guess if you want to employ people AED 50 000 is not enough as the visa cost and deposits for employees are quite high. Good Luck with your business! Nadia

  206. Dear Nadia, I would like to sell my products directly to the cement plants and the power plnats so can you help with that Question from Amit Walia on 29/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    My colleague Ankit from our India Office will contact you to discuss details.

  207. Looking for Local partner in UAE to address MNEA region through our services (Marketing, Recruitment, Market Research & Advertisement). It would be more of Consulting/Training basis. I am not looking for free zone due to high investment, but would like to know if you can put me on to know sources who are interested invest and support in the above mentioned service region. kindly reach me on Mobile # +91 - 9741020403 or Email: murali@sprabhams.com Question from MURALI KRISHNA on 27/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Murali, I am not sure if I understand what contacts you are looking for? Are you offering Marketing and Training Services or are you looking for somebody who can do Marketing for you in the UAE? Please answer to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  208. Dear Nadia, hope you are well. We have an online shopping site selling a variety of consumer goods (books, electronics, etc.) and our company is registered abroad (not in the UAE). We would like UAE consumers to be able to buy goods from our site and have the goods delivered to their doorstep. Since we aggregate our orders and deliver several of them in one shipment, they need to be de-aggregated in the UAE and couriered to the end customers (UAE based customers). What sort of local partnership(s) would we need? The goods are coming from the US and the customers would be UAE residents. Thanks! Question from Faisal Kheiri on 26/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Faisal, Usually companies who sell their products to end-users/consumers in the UAE should have a local license (from one of the economic departments). Also direct sales from companies outside the UAE are sometimes allowed. In these cases the products are distributed and delivered by courier/logistic companies that are registered in the UAE. To be on the safe side you should either set-up a company in the UAE or work together with a wholesaler/agent who will sell the products on your behalf in the UAE (and has the relevant license for that). Best regards, Nadia

  209. Dear Nadia I want to start a business whereby I import dore gold to a UAE free zone to sell the gold to a gold refinery in a freezone. Does this activity attract customs duty if the refinery ends up being in a different free zone to the one I am incorporated in ? Question from Steven Valtas on 26/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Satlav, Generally you should only pay temporary import duty while the goods are inside the UAE (e.g. on their way from a port to a free zone or from one free zone to another). After the goods have left the local market again (reached a free zone or the UAE) you should get the temporary import duty back. But some companies had problems in the past to get their temporary import duty refunded. Therefore you should check your specific case (Where will be the point of entry into the UAE? In which Free Zone will your company be located? In which free zone will your client the gold refinery be located?) Best regards, Nadia

  210. Hey Nadia i am a metal product manufacturer i manufacture products to cement plants,power plants machinery manufacturers and steel plants i would like to start exporting my products to various companies in dubai could you please help me on this regads amit walia Question from Amit Walia on 26/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Amit Walia, Would you like to sell your products to wholesalers or directly to the cement plants etc.? Best regards, Nadia

  211. HI Nadia just come across this forum and seems like your helping quite a few people thats wonderfull maybe i can get some advice from you. Im based in the UK our main business is wholesale food and drink to the indepandant retailers in UK. We are looking to expand which means export as we have realised alot of UK brands are doing very well in UAE despite that i have acquired a agency of a energy drink and would like advice based on how things are done in UAE who are the best people to approach as i dont know ow the local supply chain works in dubai etc and how would you suggest going about me launching the product in UAE? Your advice will be highly appreciated. Question from Faisal haji on 22/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Faisal,
    You are right. UK brands do very well in the UAE.There are for example a number of UK supermarkets and department stores. I would recommend you to contact the UKTI team in Dubai as well as maybe the british business groups in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and get their feedback on your market potential in the UAE and GCC region. If you get assured that your impression is right and that you have a good market potential for your business concept you should be thinking of setting-up a company in the UAE. A local presence will gain you trust in the local market as well as an employee (even if it is only one in the beginning) could do business development, marketing and sales in the UAE and work with diffrent distributers and retailers. In the beginning a small free zone set-up (starting from AED 18 000) could be enough. But keep in mind that free zone companies are only allowed to sell their goods to companies / retailers / wholesalers with an import license - not to end users/consumers. Once your business grows you could think about a local company (with a local partner) or maybe a warehouse etc. If you are interested to see cost and details about a small free zone company, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  212. Hello Nadia, Thanks for answer to my question regarding an import & export business i just want to start a company selling scooters on line just for export only i do not require warehouse facility just a small office as my business will be through the internet i also require 100% ownership and if i am able to set up a business in a free trade zone would it be possible for me and my family to live in Dubai at International city and obtain residency visas if i purchased an apartment can you please let me know your comments on the above thanks regards. Question from manish solanki on 20/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    This activity might be posible. If you set-up a company in a free zone you can for sure own it a 100% and you will be able to apply for a residence visa for yourself, wife and children. You can then live anywhere in the UAE. My collague will send you more details. Best regards, Nadia

  213. Hello Nadia, I would like to start an import/Export business in Dubai dealing in scooters I want to keep my expenses very low and I shall be selling my products through the internet overseas, can you please advise me on the most economical way to set up a import/export business in Dubai, and what the advantages are of setting up a business in Dubai, i would like to have 100% ownership of my business and be able to live and operate my business in Dubai can you please let me know how this can be achieved thanks regards. Question from manish solanki on 19/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Manish, In order to answer your question correctly I would need to know whether you want to sell the scooters within the UAE and also if you will sell them to directly to consumers or to wholesalers. Do you need a warehouse to store the scooters? You can own a company 100% in the UAE only in one of the free zones. But a free zone company is not allowed to do business in the local UAE market - which means that it is only allowed to sell its products to wholesalers in the UAE. I will ask one of my colleagues to contact you in order to discuss details. Best regards, Nadia

  214. Hi nadia, well and wish you the same. I am planning to open a pharmaceutical marketing company in UAE. I am getting pharma medicines and some surgical items from various European contract manufacturers. I want to market those products in UAE (mainly to pharmacies and hospitals). you please give me some information about, 1. how to get licence and licencing procedures? 2. how long will it take and cost for getting licence? please give me your advice and information. Thank you! ASH. Question from ashok sri on 16/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ashok, Would you only like to do marketing for the products or are you planning to sell them in the UAE. This will make a difference as it could either be a marketing consultancy or a commercial license (trading with pharmaceuticals). Setting up the company does usually not take a lot of time in case you decide to set-up your company in a free zone. But when it comes to trading with pharmaceuticals you will need an approval from the Ministry of Health which could take some time. I will ask one of my colleagues to contact you in order to discuss details of your case. Best regards, Nadia

  215. Hi Nadia, My name is Shailesh from India. By qualification I am civil engineer. Currently I am providing consultancy for green practices in construction and interior designing of homes and offices. My main aim is to sustain our environment by following green practices in any activity. Now I wish to start a trading business in dubai such that it doesnt require any kind of license etc. I just want to know from you that whether it is possible to earn a decent profit by buying some products from indian market and selling in dubai market and vice versa. Here i would like to clarify that initialy I would like to personaly fly from India to dubai and ,as per the baggage allowed I will carry certain high demand indian products to sell in dubai( may be to retailers or malls or to agents)..similalry I will purchase certain products from dubai which are high in demand in indian market where i can sell it. By doing this I will have to manage to make a decent profit excluding my air tickets, visa, and my stay in dubai. I understand that few indians are doing such kind of trades without getting any license etc. Please guide me regarding this. I would be very much thankful to you. Thanks and Regards, Shailesh Question from SHAILESH GADA on 16/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Shailesh, It is not allowed to sell and/or import any items in the UAE without having a valid trade license. If people are doing this, it is for sure not legal. Let me know in case you are interested to set-up a company in the UAE and I will ask one of my colleagues to give you more details. Best regards, Nadia

  216. Hi nadia, I would like to expand my communication bussiness to saudi arabia so pls help me with providing more information about this. my mob no. 971 55 4542021. Thanks, Kanu Question from kanu lal on 15/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Kanu, I cannot give you any advise about Saudi Arabia, only UAE. Best regards, Nadia

  217. hi miss nadia, I haven't received any contact yet from your colleague, I need the info ASAP, thanks Question from hala zaiter on 13/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Hala, I am sorry to hear that. I just called my colleague and unfortunately she did not get my previous email. She will contact you today. Best regards, Nadia

  218. Dear Nadia, At the outset I would like to appreciate you for your noble efforts in promoting business and commerce in UAE through your organisation. I am happy to introduce myself as Srijith Sridharan, based at Cochin, Kerala, India. I would like to get certain clarifications on the following : 1). I plan to set up a very small start-up Consultancy aimed at supporting Business Houses and Corporate Organisations in their a). General management, b). HR Training & Appraisal c). Advertising & Promotions d). Marketing & Branding etc alongwith other various domains related to business management. I would like to know 1). If I opt for a very basic package to start-up my projects, with Flexi Facilities, with Consultancy Services what could be the basic Registration expenses in an approximate? 2). In your earlier responses to various queries here, I understand that an organisation in FTZ should not sell in local UAE Market but could service Companies & Wholesalers ? As a Consultancy do you think I can service big Retail SuperMarket Chains, Corporate Institutions etc in their business needs and could bill them directly through the business establishment I propose or Is it needed for me to have a Commercial License for the same. 3). is there any restriction for establishing Business Association with any Trading Organisation in UAE to conduct business making them my organisations local sales/support provider? 4). With a Registration with RAK FTZ am I entitled to work all over the GCC or does the FTZ registration has some strings attached to it? 5). What better do you suggest me keeping my needs in consideration. Thanking you once again for your time and hope my questions will help many other entrepreneurs here in startupoverseas. Regards, Srijith Sridharan Question from Srijith Sridharan on 10/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Srijith, You can set-up a small company with a consltancy license from AED 21850 in RAK Free Trade Zone. Depending on the legal entity that you decide to set up there might be a requirement for a minimum capital of AED 100 000 for the company. Free Zone companies are not allowed to sell their goods to end-users / consumers in the local UAE market, but only to companies that have an import license. I will ask my colleague from our office in Mumbai to contact you to discuss your specific case and requirements. Best regards, Nadia

  219. Hi, I want to distribute the imported products in the Dubai and Sharjah based retail stores. If I get a General Trading License in RAK Free Zone then how can I do this - given the fact that it is not allowed to sell products directly in rest of the UAE market from Free Trade Zones. Thanks Question from Umer Khan on 10/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    As a free zone company in the UAE (no matter which free zone or in which emirate) you are allowed to sell your products to any company in the UAE that has a relevant import license. Assuming that 99% of wholesalers have an import license you could go ahead with setting-up a free zone company with a general trading license. If you would like to see a package (with cost and set-up procedure) from RAK Free Trade Zone, please send me an email with your contact details to europe@rakftz.com.

  220. Dear Nadia We have a well established fast food Lebanese franchise restaurant (FALAFEL ARAX) . So far we have sold our franchise in Jordan ,Sultanate of Oman and in Lebanon we have 7 Branch's (the first one was established at 1949). We have also sister company in Canada and USA. Now we are ready to expend in Lebanon for single units franchise and master franchise to MENA. However we would like to introduce the possibilities of starting with you a good business relation Your feed back and reply are highly appreciated Best regards Raffi Heybelian CEO..ARAX restaurants international Mobile. 009613251840 Office..009614713020 International..00962795662255 raffiarax@gmail.com franchise@araxrestaurants.com www.araxrestaurants.com Question from Raffi Heybelian on 09/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Raffi, I had a look at your website and I have to say that it is really impressive how you are growing your business. There is no specific Franchise Law in the UAE, but of course the concept is well known there. My colleague Joyce Choukri will contact you on Monday or Tuesday in order to discuss your questions regarding the UAE in detail. Best regards,
    Nadia

  221. hi nadia, you are doing a fabulous job by answering a lot questions. i want your help in getting some information. i have a low investment like AED 40000. i want to open a grocery store in RAK. I need to know will it be possible? and what is the procedure and documents required for it. I am in Dubai at this time and have an employment visa with me. pls guide me. thanks Question from ahmar nisar on 08/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, Thank you for your kind words. In order to open a grocery store in RAK you will need a license from the economic department (www.ded.rak.ae). I am not sure if you will be able to do that for AED 40000 as you will have to pay the license fees as well as usually the rent for one year in advances. But I advice you to contact the economic department and check directly with them. Best regards, Nadia

  222. Hi nadia,I am running a fashion studio in Delhi India and into female suits ,sarees and dresses.i would like to open my studio in Dubai.can u please guide the rules and the way to work it out.thanks,ritu Question from Ritu Varma on 06/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ritu, If you would like to open your own shop/studio in Dubai you will need a local license from the Dubai Economic Department. In order to get a license you will need to have a facility (shop/studio) as well as a local partner. Maybe the Dubai Chamber of Commerce or the Dubai Business Women Council (www.dbwc.ae) can also be helpful with some valid information. Good Luck and best regards, Nadia

  223. Hi This is a continuation of previos question.kindly advice me for our proposed nature of business what kind of licence or company should we set up and how ur company can support us for setting up.the business. With regards, Abdul hakkim Question from abdul hakkim on 06/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Abdul, My colleague in Dubai will contact you and try to give you information on this business plan. Best regards,

    Nadia

  224. Dear nadia, I am indian already in dubai since ten days to set up a business here.our proposed business plan is that,our sales executives will take orders for garments directly from the end customer by meeting them according to their appointment.once they become aconsumer we will get a reference from them and our executives will meet those referred prospects and if they buy products from us ,we pay commission to the referred person.(shortly ,a direct selling business.but unlike other companies the customer need not go and sell the products,instead our executives will meet the prospects.the consumer job is buy a product,refer and fix an appointment with his friends) Question from abdul hakkim on 06/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Abdul, I am not sure if such a business concept is legal in the UAE. I advise you to discuss this matter with a lawyer who is an expert on company law in the UAE. Also I will ask my colleague in Dubai (he is also from India) to contact you and provide you with more information. Best regards, Nadia

  225. Dear Nadia, i want to start my own IT firm (with the minimum expense) which will provide security systems, security cameras, different types of computer networking, computer maintenance. And i want to do the trading of IT items (computer, laptop, security cameras, their accessories) as well. kindly suggest me the procedure how i can start it. Regards Muhammad Umer Question from Muhammad Umer on 05/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Umer, If you will not sell the products to end-users (consumers) in the ocal UAE market, but only to wholesalers or companies with an import license and to clients outside of the UAE, it will be the easiest and lowest-cost solution to set-up a company in a free trade zone. In RAK Free Trade Zone you could set-up a trading company (commercial license) for AED 15000 or AED 18000. If you send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com I will send you the information about requirements and registration procedure for such a company. Best regards, Nadia

  226. Dear Ms.Nadia, I am a palestinian pharmacist living in Syria, I have been working since 1996 with multinational pharmaceutical companies in managerial postitions such as project manager, business development, marketing..... I was considering the possibility of establishing my own company in UAE for business consultancy directed to pharma and medical companies in MENA. What are the requirments and what do you advice, Could you please contact through my private e-MAIL BEST REGARDS! Question from hala zaiter on 04/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ms. Hala, I will ask my colleague to send you the information directly to your email address. Best regards, Nadia

  227. Hello Nadia Iam a doctor working in UK. I would like to start a medical educational course in Dubai - lectures and teaching about passing membership exams ( MRCP ) conducted by UK royal college of physicians. Do i need permission to teach the candidates in Dubai. Your response and help will be very much appreciated. Best regards Venu Question from reddy venu on 04/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Venu,
    If you will be teaching people in the UAE (and taking fees for that) you will either have to set-up a company or do it through an existing company in the UAE. One of the first questions would be if your activity is a training course or if it could also be considered as a consultancy. As opening a business with a consultancy license is a lot easier. As it seems that you will be offering full training courses you have the option of either setting-up your training institute in the local market in Dubai or in one of the free zones. In the local market you will need a local partner (UAE National) as well as you will need approval from different authorities such as the Ministry of Education. I believe that the UK Trade & Invest Team at the British Embassy in Dubai can support you with information on that process. A set-up in a free zone is usually easier and simpler. You could look at Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai Healthcare City or the Academy Zone of RAK Free Trade Zone. As all companies in the UAE you will have to decide what kind of legal entity you set-up and what kind of facilities (it is required by law to have a company facility) you need. Then the different free zones can give you information on cost and procedure for setting-up your business. Best regards, Nadia

  228. Dear Nadia, good afternoon and i hope you are well, Nadia i am already here in Dubai and wish to start a company selling clothing garments from a web site to the public, can i do this from a Freezone, if so please can you recommend the best way forward. Kindest Regards Question from tony hinder on 04/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Tony, A free zone company is not allowed to sell procucts to ed users in the local UAE market. It is only allowed to sell to companies (e.g. wholesalers) who have an Import License. For running such an online business you need a license from the Dubai Economic Department (with a local partner). You will find information about that on their website. Best regards, Nadia

  229. Dear Nadia, My husband is an Engineer working in GCC countries for the past 15 years.We are indians and we (My Husband and Myself are the Directors)are running a small technical services business in India.We are doing the jobs in Middle east also.Now, we want to open a new office in UAE to process all our international Jobs from there.Please, Give me the details to start the business. Is there any option for virtual office? What are the activities allowed to do for a virtual company? If i hold a office space what are the other conditions? What is the minimum no of employee? Question from SenthilRani Dharmaraj on 03/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Any company in the UAE needs to have a facility. The min. facility e.g. in RAK Free Trade Zone would be a Flexi-Desk, which is very similar to a virtual facility. It is a shared workstation that you can use 5 hours per week. And of course it includes a company address, telephone number etc. There is no number of minum emplyees in the UAE. When setting up a company in the UAE, you have to decide for a combination of Legal Entity, License and Facility, In RAK Free Trade Zone you would have the following options: License (Commercial License, General Trading License, Consulting License, Industrial License) / Legal Entity (Free Zone Establishment (FZE) with one owner/shareholder; Free Zone Company (FZC) with 2 to 5 shareholders; Foreign or Local Branch) / Facility (Business Center Facility, Flexi Desk, Flexi Office, Standard Office (9 sqm), Small size executive office (13 to 15 sqm), Executive Office (from 18sqm), Shell & Core Office Space (from 124sqm), Warehouse (205 sqm and 416 sqm) or Land for industrial use). If you let me know what combination you are interested in, I will send you a sample package including cost and set-up procedure. For that please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  230. I am an Indian citizen. We want to set up a parent company anywhere in the middle east. The company will be providing affiliate marketing based services (Technology) to countries like USA, UK, Europe, Australia with backend support provided entirely from india. We will receive commissions as middlemen for helping companies abroad sell online. We want to own 100% of the company. The UAE company will just be a holding company. What are the procedures, time involved and cost to do such a set up? Also what taxes do company pay in ftz? Question from mark lee on 01/08/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, In a UAE Free Zone a foreigner or foreign company can own his new company 100%. Also there are no corporate or income taxes and also no VAT in the UAE. You could set up a company with a Management or Marketig Consutancy License in one of the free zones in the UAE (e.g. RAK Free Trade Zone). The cost depends on the facility that you will choose and the procedure depends on the legal entity that you are planning to register (new company, onr or more shareholders, branch, subsidiary). I will ask my colleague from RAK FTZ Mumbai office to contact you in order to discuss options. Best regards, Nadia

  231. Dear Nadia, I am a registered Egyptian doctor . I want to open an aesthetic centre in Dubai that provides skin treatments. I am a resident of Dubai right now. I do not have a licence to practice yet, and I am thinking of managing the centre for a start. Please advice. Thanks Neveen Question from Neveen Refaat on 28/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Neveen, I do not know a lot about about the requirements for getting approvals and licenses in the medical field. Naturally this is a very regulated sector. I believe that the Ministry of Healt (/www.moh.gov.ae) or the Dubai Health Authority (www.dha.gov.ae) or the Dubai Health Care City could give you the requested information. Should you consider to open the centre in Ras Al Khaimah, please let me know and I will try to get some contacts for you. Best regards, Nadia

  232. Dear Nadia, I am an Indian Citizen currently residing in Botswana for last 10 years.I would like to open a new business in UAE. What is the procedure & how soon i get my papers done ? also, what are the chances of opening a Mineral water Bottling plant in RAK FTZ ? Thanks & Best Regards, my email is zameer_bw@hotmail.com Question from Zameer H Pathan on 28/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Zameer, If you set-up a simple trading company (commercial license) and you will be the only owner of the company (not several owners or a branch or subsidiary) the procedure is very simple. You just have to fill the application form and submit a passport copy and a bank statement and the case is ususally approved within 1-3 days. Then you have to pay the company set-up fees. Once you have done this you will receive the Certificate of Formation and you will have to open a company bank account in the UAE. Once you have done that you will receive the license. I will send you the detailed procedure by email. Of course it would be possible to open a bottling plant. But for such an industrial case you would of course have to submitdetailed information so the authority can decdide on the approval of the project. Best regards, Nadia

  233. hi nadia: iam happy to found a site like this after searchinf for long time. iam moving in dubai and trying to open a bussiness in UAE on very low investment. any kind of bussiness that will be better then doing a job in duabi. what are requirements and possibilities iam hoping to find a right direction through and will be very thanx ful to you. please advice me thanx once again Question from ghulam hassnain on 26/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam, In order to give you information on the requirements, cost and location for starting a business in the UAE I need to know what kind of business you would like to set-up (trading, consultancy or manufacturing?)? Best regards, Nadia

  234. Dear Nadia,Please let me know mobile phone statistics as I would like to come up with a brand for mobile phone with economical price, advice me the trend/future for mobile phones in UAE along with related info/ prerequisites to start up the company at RAKFT. Question from ravi b on 21/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam, I do not have access to any statistics of the mobile phone market in the UAE. You would have to contact a research company for that. Please keep in mind that there are only two telecomminication providers in the UAE, namely Etisalat and DU. If you would like to set-up a company in RAK FTZ with the activity "Mobile Phone Trading" you can do that from AED 18000. If you send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com I can send you the documents that you would need as well as the registration procedure. But please keep in mind that a free zone company is not allowed to sell its products tp end-users in the local UAE market. You could sell the products only to shops who will then sell them to the end users. Best regards, Nadia

  235. Hi, i want to open a departmental store in uae.can i n get a franchise of almadina super store or some other known departmental store.what n kind of help u can offer me. Question from sajjad qadir on 16/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sajjad, First of all you would need to set-up a local company with a local parter. I do not have any information about which department stores are looking to open franchise stores in the UAE. Maybe you can find some relevant information on the following website: www.franchiseuae.com . Best regards, Nadia

  236. Dear Nadia we are Qatar based trading and contracting company. Most of the fit-out and finishing contracting materials and accessories we import from Dubai and we would like to have branch office in UAE ( with out spending much ). one of our director will stay in Dubai to have easy access to market and export it to Qatar. could you please suggest a cost effective way to set up a base in uae through which we can export and have residence visa for one person. would FZE be a good option for us.?? Question from Mithash Muhammed on 15/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, If you can limit the goods that you will be trading with to 7 similar or 2 different product groups you could set-up a company with a commercial license for AED 18000 in RAK FTZ. Other than that you would need a general trading license (with higher fees). Please send me an email with your contact details to europe@rakftz.com than we can discuss if you would need a commercial or a general trading license and if a free zone company would be an option for you. Best regards, Nadia

  237. Dear Nadia, I want to start an import export business in rakia UAE and will appreciate any advice.this is my first time in this type of business. Thank you Question from Fatima maude Musa on 13/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, What kind of information do you require? Legal? Cost? Please send me an email with detailed questions to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  238. Hello Ms Rinwai, I would like to know Is there any Subsidies offered to those who install or Set up Manufacturing Facilities which Export Oriented in Nature. We are into Water Soluble Fertilizers and We Would like to know , what kind Assistance we get from local government & also the Financial Assistance we can garner, Is there any Subsidies which will be offered while setting up plant. Please also give your Opinion on the Issue & whether One should Venture the aforesaid market or not. Thanking you in Anticipation. Regards, Prayank Raj Sinh Question from Prayank Raj Sinh Bais on 12/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Sinh, One of the main advantages of setting-up a company in the UAE is that there are no taxes (no corporate tax, no income tax, no VAT). On the other hand the government is not giving any monetary subsidies to private sector companies. If you send me your requirements to europe@rakftz.com I could send you a calculation of the cost of setting-up such company in RAK FTZ. Best regards, Nadia

  239. Dear Nadia We are currently residing in Dubai, I work as a freelancer in the tourism industry on my husbands sponsorship. I would like to get a freelance visa for myself, as he is based out of UAE mainly. What would be the best option, would I be able to sponsor our daughter Appreciate any advice Question from Shehnaaz Adam on 07/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Shehnaaz, There are no free-lance visa in the UAE. You can apply for a UAE residence visa either when you are employed by a company (through your company/sponsor) or if you own a company by yourself (investor visa). In RAK Free Trade Zone you can set-up a company from AED 18000. After that you as a company owner can apply for a UAE Residence Visa (Investor), Please note that as a women you can only sponsor children in very exeptional cases. Usually children are sponsored by their father. Once he has a UAE Residence Visa he can apply for family visa for his wife and children. In addition your planned business activity is not clear. What exactly are you doing? This is important as not all business activities can be licensed in a free zone. You can contact me under europe@rakftz.com to dicuss your case in detail. Best regards, Nadia

  240. I would like to open our Middle East seles department in UAE. I will be MD in the company. Our production facilities in Germany . Can you offer me a form of the company model where we dont't need to give 50% of the share to a local investor? Thank you, Idan Rasmussen Question from idan. Rasmussen on 07/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Rasmussen, The main advantage of a company set-up in one of the UAE free zones is that a foreigner or foreign company can own 100% of the company. What kind of products will you be selling? You can contact me in our European Office in Germany (Tel.: +49 (0)221 55405 110; europe@rakftz.com) in order to discuss details of your case. Best regards,

    Nadia Rinawi

  241. I would like to open our Middle East seles department in UAE. I will be MD in the company. Our production facilities in Germany . Can you offer me a form of the company model where we dont't need to give 50% of the share to a local investor? Thank you, Idan Rasmussen Question from idan. Rasmussen on 07/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Rasmussen, The main advantage of a company set-up in a UAE free zone is that a foreigner or a foreign company can hold 100% of the company. What kind of products will you be selling? You can contact me in our European Office in Germany (Tel.: +49 (0)221 55405 110: europe@rakftz.com) and we can discuss details. Best regards, Nadia Rinawi

  242. Dear Nadia, We are manufacturer of Pet Bottles for Pharma, Edible oils, Mineral Water and distilleries with an automatic machine with a production capacity of approx 8 Lacs bottles. We would like to export the Pet Bottles to cater the needs of UAE Pet Bottles requirements. Please allow us to serve the different manufacturers, food grade quality Pet Bottles. In this case how to proceed or whom to contact can you suggest? Thanking you Regards, Samarendra Borar +919831139539 Question from Samarendra Borar on 04/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Samarendra, A first step into the finding contacts in the UAE is to visit one of the exhibitions in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. And of course you (a sales staff) have to be in the UAE regularly or even better permanently to visit and meet potential clients. Also the different Business Groups and Business Councils (there are sector specific ones as well as nationality specific ones) offer a good opportunity for networking and to meet potential business partners. Best regards,

    Nadia

  243. I would like to start a company with limited liability to carry International Long distance wholesale voice business . In this model we collect voice minutes from licensed operators and hand over to some other operator using VoIP technology. Can we start this business in one of free trade zones of UAE? It is trading and the voice calls may not touch at all UAE territory. Do we need to take any license from Telecom authority of UAE? If can carry such business with out any requirement of license in UAE, can we get company secretary service. Initially it is not huge volume business and we expect the same to grow. Is it required to come and register and have a local director? Question from Ali man on 03/07/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, Generally VoIP is extremely restricted in the UAE. In case you are not offering any VoIP services in the UAE there might be a possibility to register a compay (e.g. General Trading). Once I get your contact details (to europe@rakftz.com) I will ask one of my collegaues to contact you and advise you in detail. Best regards,

    Nadia

  244. Hi....I am an educationist with 24 years of experience in Gulf Bombay and Bangalore I want to start preschool and coaching centre in UAE Please help me with all details soon Thank you Question from rasha shetty on 29/06/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Rasha, I do not know a lot about the education sector of the UAE. I know that there is a number of regulations on a federal as well as on an emirate level. The Ministry of Education www.moe.gov.ae should be able to help you with detailed information. Best regards and good luck with your project!

  245. Hi Nadia, I am considering buying an existing business in the UAE, specifically in RAK. I understand it may be necessary to have a local person as a business partner. Can you tell me what regulations are in place for foreign nationals? Question from Angela Whitaker on 25/06/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam, Most business set-ups / companies in the UAE (local business licenses) require a 51% local (UAE National) shareholder. That means you cannot buy a local UAE company 100% as a foreign national. Only free zone companies in the UAE can be fully owned (and therefore bought) by foreign nationals. Best regards, Nadia

  246. Hi Nadia, My wife is seeking a job in the UAE as a teacher of English. Before she applies for a position and we move to Dubai, for example, I need to have a few questions answered. I am about to sign a contract that entails translation of online press reports on economic issues in Turkey for a US agency. Under the contract, the money will be paid into my bank account on a monthly basis. Can I conduct this activity in the UAE? Based on your answers to some other questions, I suspect I might not be able to work from home in the UAE. However, my employer and consumers of my online translations will be from a third country and all I technically need to get this job going is a laptop and a bank account in the UAE. Do I still need to establish a company, find a local partner, etc in the UAE simply to be able to get paid for translating a few pages every day ? If I am required by law to start a company, do you suggest that I do it in the free trade zone? Looking forward to your replies, Best, Hakan Yildiz Question from hakan yildiz on 24/06/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Hakan,
    It is correct that working from home is not allowed in the UAE. There are no official permits to be self-employed/freelancer. I will aks my colleague Gulay from our office in Istanbul to contact you to discuss details about your situation and possible solutions. Best regards, Nadia

  247. Dear Nadia, we are Malaysian Base Company Deals in Tour Packages and Air Tickets.I want start business as Tour Package Suppliar in Free Zone.For now i just want to deal with Entire travel agent in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.Pls Advice with total investment and procedure. waiting for your reply. Reg. Question from Hameed Sarvar on 21/06/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Hameed, In case you want to deal only with travel agents and not with travellers directly a free zone company set-up might be a good solution for you. In RAK Free Trade Zone you could register a company with a tourism consultancy license from AED 36850 (incl. registration, license, facility for one year). The required documents and registration procedure depend on the type of legal entity you are planning to set-up (branch, subsidiary, new company...). I will ask one of my colleagues to send you more details. Best regards, Nadia

  248. Dear Nadia, We are a listed company in Singapore and we would like to form a Joint venture company in Saudi Arabia, the business is doing vessel chartering. May i know for Joint Venture company, can we have 2 classes of shares (i.e. ordinary shares and special shares with voting right but without dividend right). If 1 class of the shares only enjoy the dividend rights, is there any issue? Question from Mabel Lim on 15/06/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam, I am sorry, but I am not an expert on company set-up's in Saudi Arabia. Maybe SAGIA can help you. Best regards, Nadia

  249. Hello Nadia, Good Day, We are a relocation & shipping company located in Jordan, we would like to open a branch in UAE, we want to know about market and is ther any chance to be in market , what is the situation in UAE in general ? and also what we have to do to open there? Thank you in advance Question from Mohannad Al Refai on 14/06/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, Because of the many expatriates that are living in the UAE the relocation business in the UAE is a good market. But as far as I know there is already a number of companies offering that such services. You can check in on www.hawkpages.com for companies in the UAE offering relocation services. I advise you to visit the UAE first and speak some people there. You could also ask a consulting company to do a market study for you or to arrange some business meetings for you - so you can better evaluate the market opportunities for your services. You would ultimately need a local license from one of the economic departments in the UAE. Best regards, Nadia

  250. Dear Nadia, thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions. I intend to set up a small business in RAKFTZ, please advise if residence visa is usually granted for the shareholder? Also is there a package whereby I do not need to pay the paid up capital (not offshore)? I need the residence visa to allow me to enter and conduct business in Qatar under their business visa. Question from Charles Couteau on 13/06/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Charles, A shareholder of a RAK FTZ company can apply for a UAE Residence Visa. But if a company can apply for residence visa (whether for a shareholder or for emploees) depends on the facility that has been taken. A RAK FTZ company with a Flexi-Desk facility can apply for max. 1 UAE Residence Visa (e.g. for the shareholder). But in this case the company has to deposit the minimum capital of AED 100000 to its own UAE company bank account. A RAK FTZ company with a Business Center Facility does not have to deposit the minmum capital, but in this case the company cannot apply for any UAE Residence Visa. But in case you deposit the capital to your own company bank account in the UAE you can then work with this money. It does not have to stay on the account. Best regards, Nadia

  251. WE ARE MANUFACTURERS OF EXPANDED METAL MESH AND LOCATED IN INDIA,MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA. EXPANDED METAL MESH HAS VAST USES BUT MAJOR USES ARE IN CONSTRUCTION IN BUILDINGS, DAM, TUNNEL, BRIDGES ETC. WE WISH TO EXPORT OUR MATERIAL IN UAE. HOW TO PROCEED? WHILE TALKING TO SOME COMPANY IN UAE, THEY ARE ASKING ABOUT OUR AGENT IN UAE. PL GUIDE US. Question from N B SINGH on 10/06/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam, You can directly export your goods to companies in the UAE that have an import license for the respective goods. The majority of companies that does not have a presence in the UAE work export their goods to the UAE through registered Agents (wholesalers/distributers). When considering siging an agreement with an agent in the UAE (so he will distribute your products in the UAE) you should for sure seek legal advice. Once such an agent agreement is signed it is not easy to get out of it (in case anything goes wrong). You should also considering setting up your own small distribution company in the UAE. This will give you a lot of credibility among current and prospective clients. Best regards, Nadia

  252. Hi Nadia, I am from India, One of my uncle have Rubber Solution Manufacturing Unit in India, when i went for vocation he said that he is willing to start the same manufacturing unit in UAE. At present raw materials are in demand & he could not survive. Please advice what type of License to be registered or how to start Manufacturing unit in UAE. Final product will be temporary adhesive (not permanent adhesive). Question from Azeez ur Rahman on 29/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, First you need to decide wether you want to set-up your manufacturing unit in the UAE in a free zone or in the local market and then you can compare the diiferent locations (regulations, facilities, costs) within the UAE. A free zone set-up has of course many advantages - especially the 100% ownership. Usually there are no standard packages for industrial / manufacturing licenses. I will ask one of my colleagues to contact you to discuss options of setting-up your company in Ras Al Khaimah. Best regrads, Nadia

  253. Hi Nadia, we are planning to setup a online fashion website, where people can buy things.It is just a website with a few items. Now my question is do i need any kind of license for this .And if so what can be the charges for setting up online. I do not need a shop or store physically as my stuff wont be much ..only small accessories etc. What are the other things important for starting an online store. Thanks in advance. Question from Mehetab Mehetab on 29/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, This depends on the where you want to sell your products to. In case you want to sell your products to end-users/consumers in the UAE you require either a loacl license (from one of the economic departments) or a agent who disctrubutes the products on your behalf. Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com. I will then contact you to discuss further details over the phone. Best regards, Nadia

  254. hi nadia, i am impressed by the knowledg you are imparting and dedicatedly answering all the flooded questions.. what it takes to open up a small shop in any free zone? i intend to open up a grocery store in any free zone in uae, where i wont need a local sponsor. what docs are needed. i am already in Dubai with residence and work permit. pls advise. thanks Question from muhammad imran on 25/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Muhammad, Thank you for your kind message. Free Zones have only very limited space / options for shops and stores. Usually no standrad offer applies, but you can discuss options, costs and possible locations with the free zone directly. In RAK Free Trade Zone we might have an option to open a grocery shop in one of our service blocks in the parks. I will ask one of my colleagus to send you the relevant information.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  255. Hi Nadia I have a offshore company's branch in Sharjah Airport Free Zone. manufacturing Laboratory furniture. As per my licence we manufacture and trade. We import some ready furniture from Europe and far East to sell as a part of our turnkey project . I am having problem with the customs as per them to sell those items we should have commercial licence too. and to have commercial licence at the same place I should pay licence fee + 40% extra rent of the existing place.I have a place of 10000 sq.ft. and would like to add on two more licence ( with different activities) operating from the same place. Please let me know how At this stage when one company is already working , I can make changes without spending so much. Question from Sapna Mehta on 24/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam, I do not know the fees ad detailed regulations for license activities in Sharjah (also it makes a difference if you are registered in one of the Free Zones in Sharjah or in the ocal market). In general it is true that you need to have a commercial or general trading license as well as a chamber of commerce membership in order to be allowed to import goods into the UAE. As you mentioned there are special regulations for Offshore companies as this a a very special legal entity. Whereever you are registered now (Sharjah Economic Department or one of the Sharjah Free Zones) you do not have an alternative to their rules, regulations and cost/fees. Your onl option would be to look at other emirates and see if you can set-up a new company there for less cost. For example in RAK Free Trade Zone you could set-up a new company with a Commercial License and a Flexi-Desk Facility for AEF 18000 or a company with a Commercial License and a 205sqm warehouse for AED 52850 (cost for oe complete year incl. registration and license fee). In case you would get more details on these options, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  256. Hello Nadia. I am currently based in the UK and am interested in starting an engineering and construction recruitment business in one of Dubai free trade zones. I only want to specialize in recruiting talented British nationals that want to relocate and start a career in UAE. Are there any sort of restrictions to this type of business? What is the best way to find potential clients with job vacancy's. Thank you. Question from Imran Jelani on 11/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, Recruitment Licenses are ususlly not issued by free zones, but only from the economic departments (with a requirement of a local parter). In RAK Free Trade Zone you can apply for a HR Consultancy License. There are a number of recruitment companies in the UAE and I believe you will need to be present in the UAE and attend function, conduct marketing and a lot of B2B meetings to find clients that are looking for recruitment services. If you like to get more details on the HR Consultancy License, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  257. Hi Nadia; I work for a reputable Immigration Lawyer in Toronto, Canada. The owner want to expand his business to UAE to serve the region. please, best advise how can we setup a satellite office in Dubai and how much it gonna cost us. Can we hire employees in the office and the procedure to get the Visa for the office employee. Your answer would be greatly appreciated. ian raza Question from ian raza on 10/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ian, I will send you an email with more details. Best regards, Nadia

  258. Hi there; Kindly provide us with general information regarding the process and cost to open a satellite office for our Canada based immigration lawyer office. Regards ian raza Question from ian raza on 10/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ian, You could set-up a consultancy company in RAK Free Trade Zone from AED 21850 per year (including registration, company address etc.). But we need to discuss if your planned business activity can be licensed. Also you need to decide wether you would like to open a branch or subsidiary of your existing company or if you would like to set-up a new company. Best regards, Nadia

  259. Hello Ms. Nadia I have sent you an email with regards to some questions and guidance for a factory setup in RAK. I have sent it to europe@rakftz.com so just wanted to check if this is correct or should we need to send it to another address . Regards Ali Question from Ali Ajabshah on 09/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Ali, I received the email and will get back to you shortly. Best regards, Nadia

  260. Dear Nadia - we want to start a web based business in the UAE selling physical products. We do not need a shop, and will not be holding much stock, so even storage facilities are not required. Our customers will be UAE onshore customers. Questions 1) can we operate from a free zone, 2) if not, I guess we'll need to get a license and local partner, what license category would an online business fall under in Dubai, 3) if the business is registered in Dubai, can it operate in any Emirate, 4) would an online business selling goods be allowed to operate from an office, or would a warehouse or shop be required? Many thanks in advance for your expertise. Question from Zunaid Patel on 09/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, If you plan to sell your prducts to end-users (consumers) in the UAE you will need to set-up a local company e.g. with Dubai Economic Department as free zone companies are allowed to sell their goods only to companies with an import license. Depending on the goods that you will be selling you would need a Commercial or a General Trading License. Also you will need a local partner. You will find more information under www.dubaided.gov.ae. You could also sell your producs to other emirates, but you could not rent a shop or office in another emirate. Best regards, Nadia

  261. I am looking to get payroll tax information as well as required employee benefit information for Kuwait. We are a US based construction company but have a partnership (local business) located in Kuwait, where employees would be hired from. We are trying to figure out what sort of costs we will incur for hiring local employees. Could you point me in the right direction? Thank you! Question from Holly Bowers on 03/05/2012

    Nadia says:

    I am sorry, but I do not know details about taxes in Kuwait.

  262. Dear Nadia,I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh and wanna to open a warehouse cum showroom for garments in Sharjah. How can I open it and what about cost involve Question from Mahbubul Hassan on 30/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, Are you planning to sell the garments to end-users or to wholesales and shops. In case that you are planning to sell to wholesalers you could open your company in one of the free zones in the UAE where you have 100% ownership of your company. In case you want to open a shop ad sell to end-users in the local market you will have to set up a local company together with a local partner who will hold 51% in the company. You can get information about a local company set-up at the Economic Department of each emirate. In case you decide to open your company in a free zone, RAK Free Trade Zone is a good option. The complete company registration (incl. license etc.) together with a 205sqm warehouse costs AED 52850 for one complete year. In case you are interetsed in more information, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com Best regards, Nadia

  263. Dear Nadia I have some Construction machinery business parnership in pakistan and are planning to explore/expand to UAE/SAUDIA .Also am intrested in starting up an engineering services company in Abudhabi.Please advise and inform.I am based in uk but frequntly travelling out.Am UK national i am surprised your system has my e mail though this is my first mail to you.PLZ do advise me on aamjad90009@yahoo.com......................regards Question from AMJAD KHN on 27/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, For selling construction machinery in the GCC region a company set-up in the UAE is usually the best option. If you would like to offer engineering services in Abu Dhabi you will need to set-up a local company with a local partner or service agent. The Abu Dhabi Economic Department provides information about that. I will ask my colleague to send you information about a company set-up in RAK Free Trade Zone next week. In case you would like to get information that is relevant to your specific case we can discuss details over the phone. for that please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  264. Hi Miss Nadia, We are Rubber Solution Adhesives manufacturing company based in India and the base material required for manufacturing Adhesives are Petrol & its by-products. Since petroleum is very cheap as compared to India, please advise if we can set up a unit (100% ownership) in Trade Free Zone, manufacture adhesives in UAE and import it to India to sell it here. Please advise the procedure. Question from Mohammed Kashif on 25/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, Please excuse my late reply (due to a business trip). Yes you can set-up a company in a UAE free zone and own it 100%, manufacture there and export it to the UAE. Please send me your contact details and I will ask my colleagues in India to contact you in order to discuss details and possible company set-up options with you. Best regards, Nadia

  265. Dear Nadia, I am Pakistan based and working on some business prospects in Sharjah. I deal in imported vehicle tyres and related products. Most of business is with end customers and retails as well. My questions is whether I can establish a business in Sharjah (company or platform) with 100% ownership. I generally learnt that there is a requirement of 51% local partner, but is there any exception to this rule?. Further, if I can establish a company with 100% ownership in Sharjah's free zones, can I trade with customers outside free zone and what are Customs or other taxes on this. Many Thanks & regards Rasheed. Question from Rasheed Chaudhry on 25/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Rasheed, Companies that are registered in one of the UAE free zoes are not allowed to do business in the local market. This means that they are not allowed to sell their products to end-users (consumers), but only to companies that have an mport license. In a free zone you can own your company 100%. I will ask my colleague to send you some information about a free zone company registration. In case you want to sell your products directly to end-users (consumers) in the UAE you need to set-up a local company with a 51% local partner at one of the economic departments in the emirates (e.g. Sharjah Economic Department).Generally the import duty in the UAE is 5%. So when you import goods from the free zone into the UAE you will have to pay 5% import duty. Best regards, Nadia

  266. Dear Nadia, we are thinking of setting up a car hire business in Dubai. We were considering the idea of obtaining an office address in one of the free zones possibly Jebel Ali or Airport free zone, although we would need to have a counter or shop frontage in a tourist location. I assume it is not necessary to have a local partner if we are in the free zone. Is that correct? Also what would be the costs involved in the setup for free zone. What licences do we need for this type of business and where would we get them? Are there any laws or restrictions on the age of the cars for hire? Do they have to be brand new? The cars we are considering maybe about 5years old, but in excellent sound condition. Also would like some info about insurance in case of theft of the vehicles? Can you advise which type of company would be best. We are not planning on moving to the UAE yet so will need to employ staff to manage the business on a day to day. Where would we find the employees and what do we need to provide them? Any detailed information you could provide would be most helpful. Awaiting your kind reply. Question from Sara Osman on 18/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    As Ms. Rinawi is on leave please email us to europe@rakftz.com to answer your question.

  267. Hello Nadia,I'm from Italy and I'd like to open a kiosk mall for soft drinks in the area of Dubai Marina.I'd like to ask you the costs of the license and the time needed to get it.Thanks a lot. Question from Cesare Sacchetti on 15/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    This requires a local license which we cannot provide you details on. Please contact the economic department of Dubai to get additional information.

    Best regards.

  268. Dear Nadia, I am Indian National & working in GCC Countries since 2006. I am instreted to sep up a small venture in RAK for Inport Export & Consultancy for IT & Telecom. 1) I would like to know what is the difference between RAK FZE & FTZ? 2) With this set up, can I provided our Consultancy Service with in UAE towards Telecommunication Companies like DU, Etisalat, NSN, Huawei, ZTE, ALU, Ericsson etc...Telecom Companies. 3) Do I have to take 2 License for Consultancy & Import-Export? 4) Can provide our Service (Import Export + IT-Telecom Consultancy) toward outside of UAE? With this payment will come to our UAE-RAK Bank Accout. I have to fullfill any criteria to withdrawal Money online from my Bank online without in UAE? 4) I dont want to keep any Employee as of now to see the Progress. In this case, how RAK Free Zone support to clear goods from Customs & make delivery to UAE Clients. I am sure some Companies can do but what will be the Documentation require.. 5) Cost to set up Company & requirements. 6) I am living in Bahrain. do i have to come to UAE to Open company or it can be done via Online. 7) As per I know around AED 1,00,000 need to deposite as Fund. This 8) With in how many Days, I can get Approval. 9) If everything goes well than I prefer to hire 2 to 3 Emmployees & Provide Residency. In this case, can they work in UAE (Out of Free Zone for Consultancy)? Or Out of UAE like in Bahrain, Saudi for TEMP and come back to UAE? 10) What is the possibility to get more Employees? Please need your support. BR Joni R. 00973 36042755 (Bahrain) +966 551742405 (KSA) Question from Joni Naik on 14/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Please email us to Europe@rakftz.com to send you a detailed answer.

    Best regards.

  269. Nadia, My firm would like to expand into UAE, we wet sell shaving and grooming items mostly online but retail too. I don't want to give 51 per cent of the business to a UAE national, is there a way around this ruling? Where would your advise we set up? We need high footfall so maybe a mall? Any contacts you can pass to me? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you! Question from Brian Mulreany on 13/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    You can establish a company in the free zone of RAK (RAK FTZ) and own it 100 %. In case you are selling to the local market then you need to pass by a reseller or distributor. In case you want to open a shop in a mall then this only can be done by having a local license with a partner who holds 51% of your company. In case you have further questions please email us to europe@rakftz.com

  270. Hi Nadia, I have just sent a reply to your email address - europe@rakftz.com Thanks Question from R Prathab S on 02/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    ok thank you

  271. Dear Nadia, We are in business in pakistan since past many generations.Now,due to extreme energy crisis and very poor law and order situation,we are looking for a second home where we can live and do business.We do not want to move from pakistan immidiately but in a phased manner.We have indicated UAE as it is nearest to pakistan but can consider any other destination if it is easier to get immigration/permanent residency for myself,my wife,my son,his wife and four children.Kindly advise us what business to setup with good returns and where?Kindly give it a deep and professional thought and response. yours sincerely, Ghulam Yazdani P.S.:My son and I are highly educated and widely travelled. Question from Ghulam Yazdani on 02/04/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Ms. Nadia is on leave kindly send an email to europe@rakftz.com to receive an answer.

  272. Hi Nadia, I'm from the UK & am planning to start an import/export businees, I would like to start over in Dubai but I'm not sure what type of license I would need to go for. Could you guide me through, what would be the best way to go about it and what the total cost involved would be? I would also like to know what the best way is to start of In Dubai? I look forward to hearing from you see. I may have sent an emai similar to this one, as I was not sure if my message had been sent off. Question from R Prathab S on 30/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, In order to advise you on the best set up I would need to know what kind of products you are planning to trade with and if you are planning to sell the products to end users (consumers) in the UAE. Please send me an email with your contact details and maybe more details to europe@rakftz.com Best Regards, Nadia

  273. Dear Nadia, I am currently in the UK & am looking to start a Import/Export business but not sure what type of license I would need to go for. So can you guide me through what license I would need and the total cost involved? I would also like to know how do I start my business in the UAE? Any info would be much appreciated, Thanks Question from R Prathab S on 29/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, A company set-up in the UAE is always a combination of License, Legal Entity and Facility. I need to know more details about your business plans in order to advise you on company set-up options in the UAE. What products will you trade with? What kind of facility you need? Will you employ people in the UAE and if yes how many residence visa do you need for them? Will you trade B2B or B2C? Please send more details or your contact details to europe@rakftz.com so we can discuss details. Best regards, Nadia

  274. Hey there Nadia, My questions are focused on the Foreign Exchange Market in the U.A.E. specifically Dubai. I was wondering where can people do foriegn exchange over here? The majority of its market and where can i find brokers? Thanks Question from AliReza Shojaei on 28/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, Unfortunately I do not know much about the Foreign Exchange Market in the UAE. I know there is a number of companies in that field with branches in the shopping malls and at the airports, but I do not know details about this sector. Best regards, Nadia

  275. Dear Nadia We are planning to start import , export and distribution company for pharmaceutical products like finish products as well raw material for pharmaceutical company. Kindly advice how to get licesne and procedure. We can start at dubai or any free zone. Please advice. Regards Dr. Vinay Deshmukh Question from Vinay Deshmukh on 25/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Dr. Desmukh, Most likely you will need a local UAE company (non-free zone) in order to be able to distrubute pharmaceutical products in the UAE. It will for sure ned an approval from the ministry of health. My colleague Ms. Choukri had a similar case a few months ago. She was able to provide the concerned company with some useful information on how to set-up a company in a free zone. You can contact her under europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  276. Hi Nadia, I have a couple of questions about business start up in Dubai and the nature of the business i would like to start so i would be v grateful for any info.. 1) I would like to start a yacht services business and operate in all the marinas in dubai. What sort of licence would i require and am i able to operate in marinas, on clients' yachts like you can in the UK? 2) I will be working in Dubai full time for the first year of starting my business, so can i run this from home or do i need to join the maritime free zone for business registration? 3) I will be the only owner (from the UK) is this ok? 4) As the business progresses, i will need to employ staff. Is this a complicated and pricey process? Lastely, if all is positive- where do i start? Thank you for your time, regards MS Question from stephen miller on 09/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Stephen, I do not not know any details about this field of business in the UAE. I assume that you would need a local license from the Dubai Economic Department or at least a local service agent. In The UAE you always need a business facility as it is not allowed to run a business from a residential unit (your own house or apartment). Hiring staff is a reatively easy process. I would advise you to contact the Dubai Economic Department or the UK Trade & Invest Team at the British Embassy in Dubai for more information. Good Luck and best regards, Nadia

  277. Hi Nadia, This is Fazal from Qatar. Want to start my own business in FZCO bcoz of 4 shareholders including me in one of 3 Free Zones (SAIF, HAMRIYAH or Dubai Silicon Oasis). I am still discussing the matter for setting it up as we all will be new to UAE and its rules & regulation. I would like to ask you that what is exactly the meaning of like free zone company couldn't deal directly with local market. If we have a product distribution then how to distribute it in local market? Please give me your detailed answer. Second, Please let me know which Free Zone that I mentioned above in brackets is good enough to do the business bcoz I am not in a favour of doing business with local partner/sponsor. Whats your rating about the above three (3) FZones. Please let me know PROS & CONS. For your further information, my activity in FZCO will be trading and contracting in A/C, Mechanical, Electrical & Building Materials. Regards, Fazal ahmed Question from Fazal Ahmed on 09/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Fazal, A free zone company can sell its goods to any company/retailer in the local UAE that has an import license (for the relevant product groups). A free zone company is not allowed to sell to end-users in the local market that do not have an import license. Also there are some expetions for selling directly to companies in the local market. In case you are planning to do contracating in the UAE you will need a local license from one of the economic departmets. I will ask one of my colleagues to contact you directly to discuss details. All free zones in the UAE have more or less the same legal framework and rules and regulations. So you should base you decision on available facilities and the quality of service. I do not know the services and facilities those three free zones offer in detail. Have you considered RAK Free Trade Zone. The advantages would be a variety of available facilities, good service as well as Business and Promotion Centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Best regards, Nadia

  278. Hi Nadia I'm from the Uk and am looking to start a small wholesale business in the saif or ras al kheima freezone's, but I'm stumbling on some probs as there are restrictions are quit negative towards foreign investors despite there marketing strategies. 1. Firstly I've learnt that in fact I will not be able to sell any goods direct to the retailer and need an agent , cause only Uae national can be an agent.. well there's 2 prob with that a). paying 10% com to an agent will eat up already small profit margins in a super competitive industry, b.) do'n't really know anyone down there well enough and there doesn't seem to be any businesses dedicated to providing agents to foreign nationals wishing to set up there... maybe there is a better solution but I cant seem to find one ... so please help :) Question from AYUB OSMAN on 08/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ayub, A free zone company can sell its goods to any company/retailer in the local UAE that has an import license (for the relevant product groups). A free zone company is not allowed to sell to end-users in the local market that do not have an import license. Also there are some expetions for selling directly to companies in the local market. If you send your contact details to europe@rakftz.com my colleague Joyce will contact you and discuss your spcific case. Also she might be able to advise you where to find local distributers/agents. Best regards, Nadia

  279. Hi Nadia, I would like to start a baby sitter business in dubai, kindly assist me what is the procesure to start. Thank you Deepa Question from Deepa Raj on 08/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Deepa,

    For such a business activity you will need to apply for a license with the Dubai Economic Department (www.dubaided.gov.ae). They will know all about the procedure and specific regulations about that business. Good Luck! Nadia

  280. Hi Nadia I am in Dubai to set up my trading Company n related Residency visa etc. i spoke to your office this morning n shared all my details the lady asked for n she assured me that someone will revert in the next 30 minutes or so. Its been over three hours n i have'nt heard from your office. I intend to take action right away as i am short on time here. Pl. arrange to provide the required solution asap - today itself please. Cheers Rakesh Suneja Director Salsan Steel +971 5515500581 Question from rakesh suneja on 04/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Rakesh, I believe my collegue contacted you later that day, correct. They told me that this day has been very busy with new enquiries - pls excuse the delay. Best regards, Nadia

  281. Greetings. i intent to start a manpower supply business in Dabui, supplying staff in 1) dishwashing/ cleaning, 2) security personnel 3) construction workers. Do you see such needs in Dubai? I intent to recruit staffs from Bangladesh. will there be any restrictions to that nationality? Tks Question from ben lum puay yuen on 02/03/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, This requires a license from the Dubai Economic Department and there are a number of rules and regulations when it comes to professional manpower supply. I advise you to contact the Dubai Economic Department as well as the Ministry of Labour to discuss details. Best regards, Nadia

  282. Well Nadia we want to sell the equipmet and provide the services in this regards we assemble loclly the plants supply Question from Touseef Ahmed on 29/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    I forwarded my collegue your contact details and he will contact you to discuss possibel solutions for you.

  283. Hi, I want to establish my branch in UAE we are dealing in water desalination business for last 10 years in pakistan and here we represent Sevrenternservices in this feild ,our main focus or product are 1.RO Plant (Industrial Water Management) 2.Water purification system 3.Whoel House Filtration System 4.Water Filters 5.Water lab Instruments so please advise me on : 1.How much Investement I needed 2.What actuall documentation required 3.How long will it take Regards Rana Touseef Question from Touseef Ahmed on 28/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Touseef,
    Should the branch in the UAE sell the quipment or are you planning to set up a plant? Best regards,Nadia

  284. hi nadia.i like to open a shop that sells garments (clothes) to end-customers. rakfz or rakia what charge of license fees.plz send me both detail Question from aamir memon on 27/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Aamir, A shop that sells to end-customers in a free zone needs special approvals and special rules and regulations apply. I cannot give you a standard offer for this. Therefore please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and we will contact you to discuss details. Best regards, Nadia

  285. hi nadia. i am from pakistan. i want to start new business (garment shop) in ras al khaimah .I've very low investment like 40000 to 50000 dihram .what license procedure. local sponsor mast be importent yes ya no. plz tell me . rak investment authority issue 100% licence without local sponsor? complete detail send me licenc with local sponsor fees detail licence without local sponsor fees detail.... aamir.memon@hotmail.com Question from aamir memon on 26/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, Would you like to open a shop that sells garments (clothes) directly to end-customers or would you like to open a company that sells garments to other companies and shops in the UAE? What kind or garments are you planning to trade with? RAK Free Trade Zone and RAKIA Free Zone both offer free zone licenses without a local partner, but with a free zone license you are not allowed to sell to operate a shop that sells to end-customers. Depending on your products and your target group, RAK Free Trade Zone might have an opportunity for you to open a shop inside of the free zone. Please send more details to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  286. Hi Nadia Iam a housewife staying in Dubai and i would like to set up a retail textile business in Dubai along with my colleague .We will be importing textiles from India and will conduct weekend exhibitions in different hotels across Emirates. Request your advise on 1. Can we conduct exhibition business through RAK Freezone licence or TL from Dubai (do we need local partner) 2. Do we need to take permission from municipality/economic dept of respective emirates before conducting 2 day weekend exhibitions? 3.Is it mandatory to have a registered shop to do this business? regards Sindu Question from Sindu Nair on 24/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sindu, If you like to sell the textiles to end users in the local market in Dubai you require a license from Dubai Economic Department (with a local partner). I do not know if extra permissions from the municipality are required for stands (to sell) in hotels. Best regards, Nadia

  287. dear nadia dear nadia thank you very much for your answer. could you please let me know what is free trade zone. do i need any minimum capital require to obtain a business visa. thnaks. kinds regards Question from abdul chowdhury on 24/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Abdul, A free trade zone is one or more purpose-built areas in a country where certain normal trade barriers such as tariffs and quotas are eliminated and bureaucratic requirements are lowered to attract new business and foreign investment. In the UAE Free Trade Zones companies do not have to pay any taxes or custom duties as well as it is not required to have a local partner as a shareholder in the company. The minimum capital varies in every free zone. In RAK Free Trade Zone the minimum capital is AED 100000, but we also have a package where the transfer of the capital is not required. For more details, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  288. i am a British citizen. i want to open a restaurant in UAE. What is the procedures for a forein nationals to start up a business in UAE. thanks. Question from abdul chowdhury on 23/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    To open a restaurant you will need to get a business license from the economic department of the city or emirate where the restaurant will be located as well as permissions from the municipality. Also you will to have a local partner. Alternatively you could check with any of the free zones in the UAE (such as RAK FTZ) if they have space for a restaurant within their premises - in this case you do not need a local partner.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  289. Hello Ms Nadia We want to start a business in UAE freezone related to recycle of any waste and create raw material exportable for other industries. Can we have subsidies/ financial aid from UAE government for cleaning environment? Where RAKFTZ stands among other FTZs in UAE? How economical it is from every aspect of business? Thanx Question from Shailesh Rao on 22/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Shailesh, Recycling is a restricted activity in the UAE. The government does not encourage companies to import or export any waste materials. If you have a good solution (environmentally friendly) for an existing waste problem you might get support from the local authorities (generally no financial support). You would have to contact the respective economic departments and municipalities of the city/emirate that you are targeting. If you send me more details to europe@rakftz.com I can check for you if RAK Free Trade Zone itself would be interested in such a project. Best regards,

    Nadia

  290. Dear Nadia, hope all is well. We operate an oversea online store (incorporated in BVI) and would like to enable users/end customers in the UAE to order our products (interior items) directly to their doorstep (using a logistic service provider). Like most of the other big international online stores we will not have a dedicated UAE onshore trade license but we assume as long as we ship directly from a FZ warehouse of our logistical partner to end customers there is no legal issue. Can you confirm this? Is there anything else that need to get considered within that context? Thank you very much for your feedback, Harry Question from Harry Hirsch on 21/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Harry,

    If the goods are moved from the RAK warehouse to the customers locally, its considered as a local trade. In this case a local trade license would be required. I will discuss with my collegues if we can provide you with a set-up that enables you to pursue your business idea in the UAE. Best regards, Nadia

  291. Hi Nadia; I'm currently in the UK and I would like to take over my family business thus I need an advice. The problem with my company is it's a whole sale/retail stationary office supply, well the real problem seems to be is that, the companies that we supply goods doesn't pay back the money at the end of 30-3 months payback period and thus we are falling apart, I fear. Most of those bad debts were written off, so here the question rise is there anyway or any insurance that can save our company from loss and need more advice on how to sustain in the business? Question from Sajith Raj on 19/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,
    I do not know if there is any kind of insurance about this. Maybe the UKTI Team in the UAE would know about this. If you would open a company in the UAE (e.g. in a free zone) and would sell the products from this UAE company to companies in the UAE you will have better chances of filing cases against the companies who are not paying the bills. You could for example take post dated cheque before or at delivery. Ifyou then cash in the cheque and the amount is not covered you can report the company to the police immediatly - as this is a serious offence in the UAE. In RAK Free Trade Zone you can set-up a small company for this purpose from as little as AED 15 000 per year. In case you are interested in more information on this, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  292. Hi Nadia, I am a student in Ireland researching UAE as an export destination for Pharmaceutical products. Can you please tell me what are the normal credit terms expected by companies in the UAE. Thank you Rgds Joe Question from joe mulcahy on 19/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Joe, Unfortunately I do not know about the credit terms. I guess you have to seach for some pharmaceutical companies here in the UAE and ask them. Or maybe one of the trade experts / commercial staff at the Irish or British Embassy here in the UAE can hel you with that. Good Luck and best regards, Nadia

  293. Hi Nadia, I'm planning on selling cosmetics/toiletries online here in UAE, so my question is whether I need any kind of licence to do this and whether I also need a sponsor. Since I will be importing products from various countries into Dubai and then ship them to different locations, I don't really need a physical location unless this is a requirement here. Will I need to pay any kind of tax etc? Thanks Noor Question from noor pasha on 17/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Noor, I would say that in this case a free zone company set-up would be the best solution for you. If you do not need a physical facility you can set-up a company with a commercial/trading license for AED 15000 per year. There are no taxes in the UAE. In case you will import the goods to the local UAE (nd not re-export) market (within regulations) an import duty of 5% has to be paid. I will ask my colleague to send you more details after I received your contact details. Best regards, Nadia

  294. I want to start a new business here in Sharjah. Guide me for this I've very low investment like 45000 Aed to 50000 Aed. Can I start any new business having this low investment. regards Question from Muhammad Yasar on 14/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,
    The cost for opening a business in the UAE depends largely on the business activity that you are planning. If you send me more details to europe@rakftz.com I might be able to give you more details on whom to contact and on the cost. Best regards, Nadia

  295. Nadia G, I M from india though Its Agriculture country I want to open a buz of export import of agri product in UAE so I want to know wchich will b the best place to run buz n what r the formalities I hv to fulfill to open the buzness thanx n regards. Question from P Dubey on 13/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, What kind of products are you planning to sell? If you want to sell products to other companies and supermarkets and not to end users you could set up a free zone company with a commercial license. RAK Free Trade Zone offers a variety of facilities such as Flexi-Desk, Offices and Warhouses that can be taken together with commercial license. I will ask my colleagues from our Mumbai office to give you more details. Best regards,
    Nadia

  296. Good day nadia,How r u?I am living in dubai .I and my friend are planning to start a boutique in dubai.In advance we have an idea of doing exhibition for the same.so for the exhibition we need any trade licence or any thing related to it.I am waiting for your reply. Question from lunia sajith on 13/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    If you would like to participate in any of the Dubai Exhibitions (e.g. beautyworld middle east) you do not need a UAE License. To open a boutique shop in Dubai you will need a local Dubai License from Dubai Economic Department (incl. a local partner). In case you would like to sell your products to companies / existing shops and boutiques in the UAE and the region you can register a company in a free zone (without a local partner and easy registration procedures). If you would like more information on a free zone company set up, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  297. Hi Nadia, I am interested in starting a manufacturing company in free zone for Pipe manufacturing. Main market would be middleast and may be East Africa in the future. I would appreciate if you could answer my following few questions - 1- Would I be allowed to sell products to the end users (Projects)? if Not then would I have to sell it to distributors and Souq? 2- Under what condition would I be allowed to open a factory outlet if I would like to have one? 3-Would Exporting out of UAE incur any duties? 4- Would Import solely for the use of business incurs duty? for example raw material? machinery? vehicles etc 5- Do I have to have certain percentage of emiraties in my work force? 6- Do I have a choice where to recruit from or are there set of rules governing selection of manpower from specific countries? 7- Can I own a house on my name whilst operating the company in FTZ? Many thanks Question from Zeeshan Ahmed on 12/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    Please find my answers to your questions below:
    1) As a free zone company you are allowed to sell your products to companies in the UAE that have an import license. If one of your client does not have an import license you can use a wholesaler/distributer to finalize the deal. Outside of the UAE the regulations of the concerned country apply.
    2) If you would like to open a factory outlet in a free zone you will have to get special approval from the concerned free zone authority. Outside of the free zones (UAE main market) you need a local partner and a license from the respective economic department.
    3) There are no export duties in the UAE.
    4) Raw materials and machinery used for industrial production and manufacturing can be exempted from the import duty.
    5) No, in manufacturung there is no specific percentage of Emiratis that you need to employ.
    6) You can hire employees from everywhere in the world. For very few nationalities there might be a difficulty to apply for employment visa - this has to be checked case by case.
    7) Yes, as a foreigner you have the opportunity to buy freehold property in the UAE (in assigned projects).
    In case you have any more questions, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  298. Good day mam ! Well i live and work here in dubai.. i am very near to start my own business that of A4 size computer paper... Well i want to ask one simple question that i am being offered by every second international supplier "Double A" brand paper at good costs.... i am bit confused as to whether i can import "Double A" brand computer paper here in dubai??? Could you spare me some time and advise me as to whether anyone is eligible to import "Double A" brand paper in dubai??? your answer will be highly appreciated.... Question from mubashir Ahmed on 12/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    I am sorry, but I do not know anything about the paper market in the UAE. I would advise you to contact UAE or Dubai Customs to get a correct answer to your question. Best regards, Nadia

  299. I am currently in India & am planning to move to Dubai on PR. I want to start Import/Export business. I would like to go for general trading license, So can you guide me with the total cost involved. I would also like to know how do I start my business. Question from rajendara kumar dhar on 07/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Kumar, In RAK FTZ you can set up a company with a General Trading License from AED 44 000 Alternatively you can start with a Commercial License from AED 18 000 and upgrade the license at a later stage. I will ask one of my colleagues from our office in Mumbai to send you detailed information. Best regards, Nadia

  300. Hai Madam, Now am working in Sultanate of Oman as a Sales Executive. I have a plan to start my own business. What am thinking I like to work as a Local agent of some of the principle conpanies. Kindly advise what the necesay requirement and what is the formalities? Question from PRAVEEN PRABHAKARAN on 06/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, I am not sure if I understood your question correctly. Would you like to open a distribution/wholesale company? Best regards, Nadia

  301. Hi Nadia, I seem to have a dilemma. I have found one single item that I really believe in and would like to distribute here in UAE but I'm not sure what's required to act as a distributor in terms of licenses etc and how much money is involved. I'm just afraid that the cost of all licenses and procedures would make the whole thing not profitable. My aim is to hopefully be able to sell to the retail outlets and hence I believe setting up a business is necessary?! Could you pls give me a hint of how much capital I would need or is there any other more economical way to proceed (the product is kids hygiene product). Many thanks, Nazli Question from Nazli Mottalebi on 05/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Nazli, In case that you would like to sell your product to shops/companies and not to end users you can consider opening a company with a commercial license in a free trade zone. In RAK FTZ the most cost-effective package to open a comapny with a commercial license costs AED 15 000. If you are interested in this solution, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com and my colleague will send you the details on this start-up option. Best regards, Nadia

  302. Hi my name is Asef i m doing biz in Pakistan from last 10 years of boutique only females dresses, now i want to extend it overseas specially in Dubai i visited there twice, we r manufacturing formal semi formal party wear and wedding female dresses plz guide me how can i start biz there in Dubai and what type of immigration rules are there thank u. Asef Nadiem C.E.O Question from asef nadiem on 04/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Asef, In case you would like to open a clothes shop in Dubai you will have to apply for a license with Dubai Economic Department (www.dubaided.gov.ae). In case you would like to open a company with the activity textile trading and sell the clothes/dresses to existing shops in Dubai and the UAE you can consider to open a free zone company. In this case, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com and one of my coleagues can send you detailed information. Once you opened your company you will be able to apply for a UAE Residency Visa. Best regards,

    Nadia

  303. Hi, we are a software development company, our vertical driver is software's in the healthcare segment, other offerings include the educational, payroll, attendance and time management software's, we do have our presence in the KSA and now we intend to move to the UAE. Can you please suggest how to go about for alliances or tie ups or any business partners willing to extend a hand and take things forward in mutual interest of both parties. Appreciate your response to the same. Question from mohammed sabhi on 01/02/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mohammed, I am sorry, but I am not sure what you are asking for. Are you looking for a distribution partner (Agent) in the UAE or would you like to open your own office/company in the UAE or are you looking for an investor? If you like, please send me details to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  304. Dear Nadia, Hope you are doing well. My husband an Irani national is looking at starting his own maintenance company in UAE, however he is apprehensive because of his nationality. He is currently on Ajman visa under a local sponsor and is looking to have his own trade license and employees of atleast 2. Kindly suggest how can he go about it. Appreciate your support. Question from Saima Rizvi on 31/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Saima, Recently there are some restrictions regarding Iranian nationals when it comes to visa regulations. This has to be checked directly with the Immigration Department of the Emirate where you intend to open a business. In case of a maintanance company a local license with a UAE national as a local partner is required. As details differ from Emirate to Emirate you should contact the Economic Department of the Emirate where your husband intends to open his business (e.g. Ajman) regarding cost, required documents etc. Best regards, Nadia

  305. Dear Nadia, Thank you for your answeres to the questions... they are a great source of info. Please could you get someone at your organisation to contact regarding start-up and operating fince (Seed capital). Best regards. Quintin Question from Quintin Scholtz on 30/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Quintin, My colleague Joyce Choukri will contact you to answer your questions. In case you did not hear from her within the next 48 hours - please contact me again. Best regards, Nadia

  306. Dear Madam, Good Evening, I am working in a security company for last 5 years .But I want to start my own business .i don’t have a lot of money to invest can invest only around AED50000.Please advise is there possibility to that I can run any kind of business in this amount or not. It doesn’t matter any kind of field but that give me regular some reward. So I can live happily. Please if possible then reply in omarabbbasi@yahoo.com or 0553709345. Thanks a lot in advance. Regards Omar Abbasi Question from omar abbasi on 23/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Abbasi, What kind of business are you planning to run? Trading? If yes, with what kind of products? Most economic departments and free zone sin the UAE require a minimum capital of AED 100,000 to set-up a company. But there ight be exceptions for certain cases. Best regards, Nadia

  307. Ms. Rinawi, I have a small software company in Northern, Virginia, USA. I want to expand to the UAE preferably Dubai. We specialized in (D)ata (R)eporting, (E)xtraction, (T)ransformation and (L)oading across various database server platforms. The reason why I want to move to UAE is because I came across a possible deal with the UAE Government the last time I was vacationing there in 2011. It required us to build reporting dashboards off a SQL Server platform. We lost the bid because we were not positioned to demonstrate our capabilities in a short time span. I do not want that to happen again. How do it move my business to Dubai? Question from Abdul Hafiz on 21/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Abdul, First we need to evaluate if your business activity can be approved and licensed in a Free Zone or if it would e required for you to set up a company in the local market. My colleague Ms. Khadija who is heading our US Office in Washington DC will get back to you regarding this and the options you have. Best regards, Nadia

  308. Hey Nadia, Thanks for your quick responce to my query. I am not sure you can open an education intitute in a freezone? can you? If thats the case then i guess i am all ready for it but please can you ask one of your team member to contact us to clarify this? My email address is ucomms@yahoo.com and my mobile number is 0044 7788 868787 its a UK number. Once again, thanks you verymuch for your kind help. KK Question from K Kapasi on 18/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear KK, My collegaue Joyce Choukri will call you. Best regards, Nadia

  309. Greetings from Rainy Manchester, Hello there, First of all, you have a Fantastic website, its very informative. My wife and i are planning to relocate to UAE, intending to open couple of childrens day care centres either in Dubai, Sharjah, RAK or Ajman. Can you please advise us as to what licence we need to apply to do business, i.e: L L C, or can we operate this business from FREEZONE ? What sort of cost are we looking at, from start to finnish including the innitial investment, which is to my knowledge is around 150,000 aed. Can you recommend any company who would like to take our case? Any advise you give will be greatly apreciated. Regards. K.K Question from K Kapasi on 17/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear K.K., Unless the daycare center is located and run in a Free Zone you would need a local license from the economic department of the emirate where you choose to open the center / nursery. The best thing would be to check with the respective Economic Department for the requirements to get a license. It might be that an additional approval from the ministry of education is required, but I am not sure of that. Maybe the UK Trade & Invest team in the UK Embassy in Dubai could also give you some advise. Best regards, Nadia

  310. Good Day! Ms Nadia, We have new project in dubai but we dont have office yet. currently we are operating in Abu dhabi. My question is, It is possible not to establish new office in dubai and we will use only our office in abu dhabi? And if it is required to create a new office in dubai when can we start.. before the project start or even the project is on-going that the time we can have an office (how many months it allowed by dubai municipality).. THANKS Question from Alberto Royo on 17/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, Every company who is renting an office in Dubai needs to have a Dubai License. As I do not know your field of business it is difficult to understand the details of your enquiry. I would advise you to check either with the Dubai Economic Department (www.dubaided.gov.ae) or with the Dubai Chamber (www.dubaichamber.com) for information on the latest regulations and requirements. Best regards, Nadia

  311. Hi Nadiya, I am residing in Dubai since last 4 years. I am Electronics engineer but currently not working. I am on Husbond's visa. I would like to start business in microelectronics/ chip design. I would like to know is it feasible here in Dubai where microelectronics/ chipdesign market is not so developed. Thanks. Question from Ashwini Upadhye on 15/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Madam, Unfortunately I do not know a lot about this sector / type of business. Maybe you can get some information on the local business portals such as Zawya or AME INFO. Also you could approach the commercial section of your countries embassy or one of the local business groups at one of the Chamber of Commerce`s. In case you decide to go ahead setting-up your own business I can provide you with information how to set-up your own company at RAK Free Trade Zone (e.g. with a engineering consultancy license - total package from AED 19 000). Best regards, Nadia

  312. Hello Nadia. I am a solar pv and renewable systems manager for a company in the uk. We are considering the opportunities of expanding our services to the UAE. Could you advise me where i should start. I would need information on trading abroad, business registering/accreditiations/insurances etc. I look forward to your reply. Many Thanks. Question from Alex Lyons on 14/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Alex,
    The first decision you have to make is wether to set-up a company in one of the UAE Free Zones or in the local market. This decision should mainly be based on who your potential customers are. If you set up in one of the Free Zones you will be able to hold 100% of the shares of the company, but you are not allowed to sell your products to end users (people without an import license) within the local UAE market. In case your target group are companies and also companies within the region it would make sense to set up a Free Zone company. The next step would be to evaluate wether you need a trading, a consulting or an industrial license - depending on what business activity you are planning. If you just want to distribute your products a Commercial License would be the right choice. Also you will need to decide what kind of facilty you need and if you will hire any employees for whom you need to apply for UAE Residence Visa. If you send me more details about your planned activities (to europe@rakftz.com) I can get back to you with more information. Best regards, Nadia

  313. Hey Nadia, I'm doing the SME market development in Turkey on behalf of my company. I would like to know if I wanted to start an SME business in Turkey, normally how much capital do I need to have? Please advice. Thank you! Question from Mac Jong on 12/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    Unfortunately I do not have any information on starting up a business in Turley. If consider the United Arab Emirates as a location for your business, I will be able to provide you with infomation.

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  314. Nadia, My wife and I would like to set-up a business - a franchise of an overseas company. It will initiall involve one store, then possibly two or more. Is it correct that I need to find a local sponsor for a 'Master Franchise agreement' with this sponsor would own the Master Franchise 100%? If correct, what protection would I get if I set-up a store without the Master franchise? As I don't know any locals, what is the best way of finding someone who I could do business with easily? What protection would the franchise owner (me) have if the local wanted to take the franchise away from me, but the owner of the franchise (overseas) wanted to keep me? This appears to be a minefield - what do I need to know? Question from Andy Barker on 10/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,
    It is correct that if you would like to open any kind of shop (retail / selling to consumers) you require a UAE National to hold 51% of the shares of the company that you set-up to run this shop.
    In order to find a good partner you could approach the commercial section of your embassy to ask them for advise or ask one of the many business consultants. Another way would be to get involved with local chambers of commerce, business groups or business councils in order to meet potential partner. In any case I strongly advise you not to sign any agreement without consulting a lawyer who knows about legal regulations in the UAE.
    If you are interested to open the shop in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaima, I could ask my colleagues if they would know anybody interested in the project. In this case, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  315. Dear Nadia, At the moment I'm going trought the process of considering registration of my startup. We are technology company offering services related to HR(with a help of quite innovative software). This is an early stage since we didn't go trough first stage of funding, however the outlook is very positive. Q: Is there any zone in either Dubai or Abudhabi where such company could be registered without need of local investors participating with over 50% in equity? If so, then what is approx cost of registration of such project (including legal support)? Question from Lukasz Muzyka on 10/01/2012

    Nadia says:

    Dear Lukasz,
    You could set up a your company in one of the UAE Free Zones and own it 100%. But I would need to know more about the business activity in order to let you know if it could be approved for a free zone company or not. Would it be Software Trading or HR Consultancy? The cost for setting up a business will depend on the space / facility you require as well as of course the location and type of license. In RAK Free Trade Zone you start up a company for as little as AED 18 000 (commercial license with Flexi-Desk facility). If you send me more details to europe@rakftz.com I can let you know if your planned business could be set-up in a free zone. If yes, I can also send you the exact cost for setting it up in RAK Free Trade Zone.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  316. hey nadia, i am a startup agent in the import export business in India and i want to know the country's requirements in import export and also want to know which is the best and the highly paid contract that i can try my hands on in this business. Question from sameera amreen on 29/12/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am not sure if I understood your question correctly. Would you like to know import and export regulations for the UAE or India? For the UAE you can check on www.customs.ae.
    What contract do you mean?
    Best regrads,
    Nadia

  317. Dear Madam, I want to take a loan and start a small retail shop in dubai.Please help me out were can I get a loan/what are procedures? Can a employee in uae can start a business.were is the best place to sart a shop with perfumes, electronics, garments etc. Thanks, Laveena Question from LAVEENA LOBO on 24/12/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Laveena, I do not know which banks in the UAE give loans to small business start ups and under which conditions. I would advice you to contact some of the banks directly. If you are currently an employee in the UAE (on an employment visa) you will need a NOC (No-Objection-Letter) from your sponsor/employee to start your own business. The location of the shop depends on your target group. You should think about what nationalities and income groups you want to target - then you can decide on the location (where do those people typically shop in Dubai). Good Luck and best regards, Nadia

  318. hey nadia i wanna know the proper channel to start up an import export business without investment as an agent. and if u know any apt website where all the information regarding the complete process is given without paying any extra money do let me know. and which country needs what n supplies what in surplus? n which country should i start with as a beginner? Question from sameera amreen on 24/12/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, I am not sure if I understand your question. Are you interested to set up a company (im- and export) in the UAE? In this case I can provide you with some information. Best regards, Nadia

  319. Hello Nadia. I thought i had set up a company in jan 2010 in RAK. It was a consultant type licence. I paid a company called Charterhouse Lombard 70000 aed for this. The bank was never capitilised as I had to return home due to the death of my father.That is the last I heard from these people as I had to remain at home. i am told now the company is gone and so is the money . I have asked for a breakdown of the monies paid and all documentation in relation to the set up of this company todate they keep saying 30000 approx was paid to RAK and 40000 Professional fees. Do I have any comeback on this . I would realy appeciate your advice. I was ask did I reqiure a visa which I also paid for but never heard anything about this either. Question from Bryan Geaney on 20/12/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, I am really sorry to hear about your story. May God bless the soul of your father. Do you know the exact company name or license number of the company that was set-up on your behalf in RAK FTZ? Please email me details to europe@rakftz.com then I will check the files and try to help you. Best regards, Nadia

  320. Dear Ms. Rinawi I hope you are very well. Could you guide me how can I reach the contact details of British companies which are interested to expand their business into UAE? Thank you. M. Esfahanian Question from Mohammad Esfahanian on 19/12/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr- Esfahanian, Most of our clients (companies registered in RAK Free Trade Zone) are listed on www.raktrade.com. In general British companies who are interested in the UAE attend one of the many exhibitions in the UAE or they contact UKTI or their Embassy in the UAE. Also the Middle East Association and the British Arab Chamber of Commerce are points of contacts.
    Best regards, Nadia Rinawi

  321. h3y em new i want to start business Question from Shan Sahi on 18/12/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    What kind of business would you like to start in the UAE? Trading, Consultancy, Manufacturing? Do you need an office or a warehouse space? Do yu want to set-up a new company or a subsidiary or branch?
    Best regards,
    Nadia Rinawi

  322. Good Morning from Dubai... :) Dear Nadia I would like to know to open a branch office of a Dubai base company (100% Emeriti Owner Mr. Mohammed Eid Mohammed Al Mansoori) what are the requirements to establish. as well does he need a local partner in K.S.A and mandatory to recruit a Saudi local though the office needed only 4 staff? Awaiting your prompt response. Best Regards - Mohammad Question from MOHAMMAD SIDDIQUI on 12/12/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mohammad, I am sorry, but I cannot answer your question as I am not an expert on KSA. Best regards, Nadia

  323. Dear Nadia I am a Canadian Citizen looking to start a business in the UAE. The type of the business is to sell Pre-paid international calling cards. I just want to know the requirements that are needed to establish such a business in the UAE if possible? Question from Moath Aljawawdeh on 07/12/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, Are you planning to sell the cards in the UAE or outside the UAE. The UAE telecommunication sector has special regulations. I will ask my colleague if there are any specific requirements in regards to setting up a company with that business activity. Please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com with your contact details so I can get back to you with the required information. Best regards, Nadia

  324. Hi Nadia, I would like some information about running an online business from home in Abu Dhabi. Are companies allowed to operate from home? If so, would we need to find a UAE partner to do this? If this is the case we would prefer to operate from a small free zone office in AD. What are the approximate rental rates in free zones? And is annual payment required for commercial property rents in free zones or are there other payment options? We plan on setting up a website to sell items to the public and private organisations. Thanks. Question from Meena Gutzmore on 01/12/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, In the UAE it is not allowed to run a business from home. In order to be eligable for a license you need to have a facility (office, warehouse, land) for your company. If you want to rent an office space in Abu Dhabi you will need a license from the Abu Dhabi Commercial Department which requires a local partner. If you register your business with RAK Free Trade Zone (without a local partner) you can use a flexi-desk in our Abu Dhabi office. Please send me an email with your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and my colleague will provide you with the details. Best regards, Nadia

  325. Hi I have been assigned a task by an international service company to do an analysis on where they should locate their office in the middle east. This company mainly provides business solutions and consultations to telecommunication and media businesses across the globe. I have Turkey, Qatar, and UAE and also the free economic zones of Iran in mind. I need to know what makes the UAE special and suited, especially compared to these other choices, and how the government can help new businesses. The company is in major rush for the answer, therefore your prompt response would be appreciated. Ahmad R. Mazaheri +989124356893 Question from Ahmad Mazaheri on 05/11/2011

    Nadia says:

    Daer Mr. Mazaheri, The advantage of the UAE is the geographic location and the excellent logistics (e.g. flight connections). It is the ideal place to cater the whole GCC and broader MENA region. I will ask one of my colleagues to contact you in order to discuss your requirements.
    Best regards,

    Nadia Rinawi

  326. Dear Nadia I am trying to start a limited liability company in a UAE free zone. It will be 1 - 2 person company offering software development services to UAE and European clients. How much investment capital is required? What are the restrictions? May also need visas for shareholders. How much does a flexi desk office cost? thanks Question from MOHAMMED KHAN on 31/10/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,

    Ms. Rinawi is on leave. Kindly email Ms. Joyce Choukri j.choukri@rakftz.com to support you in all details.

    Best regards.

  327. Dear Nadia, I am planning to start a general trading business in hospitality goods in Dubai. Is it possible to register my company in RAK FTZ and operate it from Dubai? When I look in the member directory of RAK FTZ, I have seen so many companies registered in RAK FTZ is operating from Dubai and other Emirates. Also please tell me, what will be the expense to register a company in RAK FTZ? Please give me proper guidance. Thank you. Nithin Thaha. Question from Nithin Thaha Muhamed on 29/10/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Nithin,
    If you register a company in RAK FTZ your business facility (flexi-desk, office, warehouse etc.) has to be in Ras Al Khaimah. Some of our clients choose to book additional business center services in Dubai (e.g. address and telephone number or meeting rooms). You can set-up a company with a commercial license from AED 15 000. Once I receive your contact details my colleague will send you all required information. Best regards, Nadia

  328. Hello Nadia, I am starting up a for-profit social enterprise that will be solely online. What are the possibilities for a non-emirati to startup an online venture in the UAE which will fund projects in the Arab world through online payments? Question from Mai Noman on 28/10/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    Could you please send me more information about your planned business model to europe@rakftz.com. Then I will ask my colleagues if such an activity can be licensed in the UAE or not.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  329. Hi Nadia, Could you please tell me what percentage of employees in a Saudi company need to be Saudi nationals. I'm looking to start a crewing company, as i have in the Dubai (www.gulfcrewing.com), suppling production and site crew to the events and entertainment industry, also support personnel to event supply companies. Thanks Nigel Question from Nigel beaton on 23/10/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Nigel, I do not know a lot about the Saudi labor market. I am sure you can get the required information form SAGIA: www.sagia.gov.sa Best regards, Nadia

  330. Hi Nadia, I am registered in RAK free zone, as Diana Trading FZE, and I am facing some problems with RAK, and I need your experience to guide me what to do, and who to contact. I am Egyptian, and they can not get me the visa these days due to security reasons, I do not know why, but that is the case, and I want to stop the registration with them, but they are asking for a lot of silly things, which I can not have time to do it, like send them some papers stamped from the UAE embassy in Egypt, while I am not resident in Egypt, they asked to pay more fees, while I paid a lot to start and due to their failure I can not start, and a lot more. so, can you please guide me who to contact to explain my case maybe they can help? appreciate your help and support, thanks, Ahmed Question from Ahmed Khalil on 18/10/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ahmed, Unfortunately we, as RAK FTZ, have no influence on the federal immigration policy of the UAE. But of course we are supporting our clients in the best way we can in order to help them out and to support them during the process. Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and I will do my best to help you with your case. Best regards, Nadia

  331. Dear Nadia, I am trying to find information on starting a business in Dubai and have been in touch with the Chamber of Commerce, but they have not been able to answer my questions - apparently I cannot ask detailed questions without paying a fee and setting up a meeting with a business specialist, which I am not yet ready to do. I'm wondering what the laws are for foreigners to start an import/export company in Dubai. I understand that if one doesn't set this up in a free trade zone, one must find a local sponsor/business partner. How does one go about finding a sponsor? And what kind of paperwork is required? I'm also interested in the possibility building a small factory for the manufacture of products for sale at local businesses/stores in Dubai. What kind of paperwork is necessary for a foreign investor to start the factory, import machinery and hire local personnel? The factory already exists outside of the UAE, so perhaps this would be regarded as opening a branch? I would greatly appreciate any information you may be able to give me. Thanks so much! Anna Question from Anna B on 17/10/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Anna, which Chamber of Commerce did you contact? Usually the Dubai Chamber of Commerce has all information about the requirements and paperwork on their website. Another good source of information is the book "Setting Up in Dubai: A Comprehensive Handbook on the Legal Aspects of Establishing a Business in Dubai" by Essam Al Tamimi. You are right, in case you want to set up a company outside of the Free Zones you have to have a local partner (UAE National holding 51% of your company). It requires some research and time to fina a good local partner. You can use the help of consultants or of your own countries representation on the UAE (Embassy, Business Council). In case you consider setting up a company in a Free Zone, please send me an email to europe@rakftz.com and I will send you all the required information. If you already have a company outside of the UAE you could either set up a new company or a subsidiary or branch of the existing company. That is up to you. Best regards, Nadia

  332. Dear Ms Rinawi, I am struggling in preparing a research paper on poultry industry in the GCC countries and I found a lot of problems in gathering the information I need. I was just hoping I may have some help from you. In fact I am looking for info on: 1-what is the contribution of poultry industry in agriculture? 2-what is the contribution poultry industry in export ? 3- what is the share of poultry industry in the total import? I don't want to abuse of your time and I would very much appreciate if you could guide me to where I can get these information as I couldn't get any thing significant from the the internet. Kindest regards Hamid Question from Hamid Abbas on 10/10/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Hamid, The UAE Customs Authority (www.customs.ae) is publishing the import/export/re-export data on a regular basis as well as Dubai Customs (www.dxbcustoms.gov.ae) is doing so. I would advise you to contact them and ask for the data you are looking for. In addition the UAR Ministry (www.moft.gov.ae) might also be able to give you some information. The Dubai Chamber of Commerce also has business groups that might be of help: http://www.dubaichamber.com/services/external-relations Best regards, Nadia

  333. Salaam I would like to start up a business in the UAE but I am not aware of the ecomony thus I do not know what type of business I want to start. Could you please inform me what types of businesses are successful and in what areas (ie education, health etc etc) many thanks Daniel Question from Amar Ahmed on 28/09/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Daniel, The UAE have a booming economy and there are business opportunities in almost all sectors - though it is a very competitive market. You can find more information on the following websites: www.economy.gov.ae ; www.ameinfo.com ; www.moft.gov.ae Best regards, Nadia

  334. AoA Ms. Rinawi We were thinking of starting a Rent a Car business in Dubai. What would be the pre requistes to start such a business? Thank you & regards Awan Question from Malik Awan on 12/09/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Awan,
    You would need a business license from Dubai Economic Department (www.dubaided.gov.ae) and maybe additional an approval from the RTA (www.rta.ae). You will find the required information and contact details on their wbsites.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  335. Hi Mam, I am planing to start garment business in the UAE. We will import the material from India and do the stitching here. I would like to know the following. If I start a freezone company, what are the restrictions in retail selling to buyers in UAE who are outside free zone? Thanks Question from GIRISH girishraj@naffco.ae on 11/09/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    Free Zone Companies are not allowed to sell their goods to end users in the local UAE market - meaning they are only allowed to sell to wholesalers or companies that have an import license for the respective goods.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  336. Respected Nadia, This is Azmat Rehman and am writing to you on the behalf of Concord Management Consultancy. With reference to my question on 05/09/2011, i would like to visit the head office of STARTUP Overseas at Ras ul Khaima FTZ. I need your kind assistance that who will be the key contact person , whom i should meet at HQ regarding offering business setup services outside free zone areas. I will be waiting for your kind reply. Regards and Thanks Concord Team Question from azmat rehman on 06/09/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Rehman, You can contact my colleagues from the Marketing and Business Generation Department in RAK:
    RAK Free Trade Zone Authority
    PO Box 10055, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
    Toll Free (UAE): 800 7111
    Tel: +971 7 2041111
    Fax: + 971 7 2077120
    Email: inquiry@rakftz.com
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  337. Dear Nadia; Its me Azmat Rehman. I am writing to you on behalf of Concord Management Consultancy, which is based in Sharjah. At Concord , we are offering a-z business setup and consultancy services for Sharjah, Dubai, Ajman, Ras ul Khaima and Fujairah ( not for free zone companies ). My question to you is that, is there any legal way, so that our firm could come in a contract with your organization , so that You being a responsible member of Start Up Overseas can refer those individuals or companies to our firm, who strictly insist on starting business outside free zone areas. I will be looking forward for a positive response. Question from azmat rehman on 05/09/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Azmat, Thank you for your email and the information. I will keep you in mind in case anybody is asking for a local set up in Sharjah. For a closer cooperation with RAK FTZ, please contact my colleagues in the HQ in RAK. Best regards, Nadia

  338. Thanks Nadia, really appreciate your quick response. I will be waiting for your email containing the set up procedure and costs associated. Thanks and Regards, Mo Q. Question from MO Que on 01/09/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mo Q., Could you please send me your email address to europe@rakftz.com? Then I will send you all details. Thanks and best regards, Nadia

  339. Hello Nadia, I have read in your posts regarding the set up cost of AED18000. Does that includes everything? Do I also have to show a min capital and or deposit in my bank account in UAE? I am intending to set up a FTZ. Regards, Mo. Question from MO Que on 31/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mo, The AED 18000 package includes the registration fee, a commercial license, service fee and the rental amount for a Flexi-Desk (one year). The package will enable the owner or the general manager of the company to apply for a UAE Residence Visa (cost are not included). The minimum capital of a RAK Free Trade Zone Company (FZE or FZC) is AED 100 000. This amount has to be deposited in the your company bank accout of the company in the UAE. It can be used by the company. I will send your more detailed information on all cost and the set-up procedure by email. Best regards, Nadia

  340. Respected Nadia Rinawi We like to start supply of mineral ore and dry fruit from Pakistan to UAE. We have best quality of mineral ore in our mine and also at our warehouse Karachi. Details as mentioned below. PYRITE ORE TALC (SOAP STONE) SULPHUR ORE MICA BARITE GYPSUM SILICA QUARTZ in both Shape (Lumps & Powder) We also able to supply dry fruit especially (Wallnuts & Pinenuts) We need your professional services in future. Thanking you Yours Sincerely CEO, MM SADIQ Khurmain Enterprises khurmain2011@hotmail.com Question from MM SADIQ SADIQ on 21/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Sadiq, Are you initially looking for potential business partners and customers or are you planning to set up a company in the UAE straight away?
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  341. dear nadia, i want to open a general store of daily use goods, in dubai or sharja, like soaps,shampos,ciggrates,prpaid phone cardes,candies,any pack food goods etc. kindly give complete details.what kind of licence i need and what kind of facilites i can avail from banks and local government.weather i will need a local partner.if yes than how iwill arrange a partner for me.how much money wil be needed for this project.how i wiil get a shop or space for my shop. regards irfan Question from irfan noorani on 19/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Irfan, In this case you should contact Sharjah Chamber of Commerce (www.sharjah.gov.ae) and/or the Sharjah Economic Department (www.sedd.ae). If you would like to open the shop in Dubai the Dubai Economic Department (www.dubaided.gov.ae) will be able to help you. They will be able to provide you with the necessary information. Good luck with your projects and best regards, Nadia

  342. Dear Nadia, I do really appreciate your prompt follow up on my inquiry. I have got an email from your colleagues and I will be in touch with them for further information! Best regards, Zaher Question from Zaher Gharibi on 17/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    You are welcome.

  343. Dear Nadia, My name is Zaher and I am a Syrian citizen. I am very interested to start up a trading company for Electronic Components, engineering services, and Consumer Electronics in the UAE. I am really confused and don't know which is better for me, FTZ or partnering with a UAE national. I guess partnering with a UAE national is more advantageous for someone like me with a limited budget in order for me to expand the business and move on to bigger projects, like starting my own manufacturing facility for very special and unique electronics. Do you think I can start with a trading company and later if I was successful to get financial assistance, I can move on to a bigger business? How to start and get the resident visa for me, my wife, and two dependents? I would like to hear from you very soon! Thanks, Zaher Question from Zaher Gharibi on 16/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Zaher, Of course it can be very helpful to start a company in partnership with a UAE National. In case you do not know somebody yet, I would advise you to start your own business in the free zone (e.g. with RAK FTZ most cost effective package of AED 18 000 total cost for one year) and then once you know the market better and once you meet a local partner that you trust, start a new business with him in the local market (outside of the free zone) - either additional or replacing your free zone set-up. The free zone is very flexible and you can always adjust your company to your current situation or cancel it easily in case you prefer to continue with a local partner. If you set up a company in a free zone you can apply for a UAE residence visa for yourself and your family. Lately there have been some new temporary new regulations regarding some Arab Nationalities. I will ask my colleague to contact you in order to discuss your specific case. Best regards, Nadia

  344. Dear Nadia, Thanks alot for your to my Question from IMRAN SHAHID on 13/08/2011. With reference to your Ras Al Khaimah, it would me of great help to me if you can guide me starting up the business at RAK. Regards Imran Shahid Question from IMRAN SHAHID on 15/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Shahid,
    A company set-up in the UAE is always a combination of License, Legal Entity and Facility. In RAK Free Trade Zone we offer you the following options:
    •License: Commercial License, General Trading License, Consulting License, Industrial License

    •Legal Entity:Free Zone Establishment (one owner/shareholder), Free Zone Company (2 to 5 shareholders), Foreign Branch, Local Branch

    •Facility: Business Center Facility, Flexi Desk, Flexi Office, Standard Office (9 sqm),
    Executive Office (12sqm), Shell & Core Office Space (from 124sqm), Warehouse (205 sqm and 416 sqm) or Land for industrial use

    Depending on the combination/package that you choose for your new company the total registration time will take between 1 and 3 weeks. My colleague will contact you shortly in order to send you more detailed information.

    Best regards,
    Nadia

  345. I want to setup a Food processing industry near Dubai. I would like to have information of possible financial assistance that can be provided, i.e. for financing of plant and machinery and working capital. Question from Vaibhav Vij on 14/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    All the major banks in the UAE are financing projects – L/C for the purchase of machineries ,,working capital…..( HSBC /CBD /…all banks eased the loan now …..corporate loan as well as Retail loan as per the new direction of Central bank )). Then you need to decide wether you would like to set up your busienss in a free zone or with a UAE national as a partner in the local market - as the cost and procedure differ. Best regards, Nadia

  346. Dear Nadia It is to state that I had some proposals for Implementation of Solar Energy at Micro Level by Installation of Solar Generators, Solar Airconditioner, Solar Referigerators, Solar Tube Wells etc at User Level. And I want to start at UAE Secondly, I am in a process of inventing a fuel less Self Generation Power System, but need fund for getting my work done completely. Please advise on both Your cooperation in this regards is highly appreciated. Regards Imran Shahid Pakistan. Question from IMRAN SHAHID on 13/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Shahid, Do you intend to sell/distribute the equipment in the UAE or do you also want to install them? If you are just selling equipment you can do so by setting up a free zone company with a commercial license. If you intend to install the products you will need a local license from one of the Economic Departments as well as a UAE National as a partner (holding 51% of the company). If you are interested to set up your business in Ras Al Khaimah my colleagues and I can support you with your business set-up. I will try to get some informatuon on how you get meet potential investors. Best regards, Nadia

  347. Hi Nadia I am Waqar Ahmed from Pakistan and doing business in the field of medical equipment and now we are planing to establish a trading company in UAE. We wish to market our different Principals products in UAE. Which kind company registration we need and how much expense will be in starting to form a such company. Waqar Ahmed Question from Waqar Ahmed on 12/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Waqar, If you just need a business license for trading with medical equipment you can set-up a company from as little as AED 15000. RAK Free Trade Zone Authority offers a variety of company set-up solutions from business center facilities to offices and warehouses. I will ask one of my colleagues to send you a few options. Best regards, Nadia

  348. hello, miss nadia, i want open a shop. regards irfan noorani Question from irfan noorani on 12/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Irfan, What kind of shop would you like to open (what items will you sell)? Are you looking for any particular city within the United Arab Emirates? Best regards,

    Nadia

  349. DEAR MADAM, I AM A RESEARCHER IN ETHIOPIA. I WANT TO OPEN A MONEY TRANSFER COMPANY IN DUBAI FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO BUSINESS HERE IN THE FUTURE AND OTHERS WHO WANT TO SAVE MONEY FOR OLD AGE. WOULD YOU PLEASE ASSIST ME INFORMATION REGARDING FINANCIAL REGULATIONS OF THIS COUNTRY AND REQUIREMENTS TO OPEN SUCH BUSINESSES IN DUBAI. PLEASE CONTACT ME THROUGH MY E MAIL ADDRESSES seifesha@gmail.com THANK YOU SO MUCH Question from SEIFU YERDAW on 11/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    I will send you an email shrtly.

  350. i want to open a general store in uae and want to know procedure. 1.how much money is needed 2.how i will get visa etc Question from irfan noorani on 09/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir/Madam, Are you intending to open a shop or trading company? Best regards, Nadia

  351. hi nadia,thanks for responding , i understand we need to take permission from ministry of health, and thanks for sending the link as well, but do you know if there are any agents who can help regarding getting the permission from MOH,from the website how do i get in touch with the relevent person or department, regards manas Question from manas rastogi on 08/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Manas, I do not have a personal contact there, but I will try to find out and get back to you. Best regards, Nadia

  352. hi nadia, I want to start export of medicines to dubai , we are manufacturer of pharmaceutical products in india , and i want to establish my products in dubai, i have heard that first we need to get our brands registered in dubai, i dont really know whats the procedure and how do we go for it ? please help Question from manas rastogi on 07/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, In order to import and distribute pharmaceuticals in Dubai and the UAE you will have to get permission from the Ministry of Health: http://www.moh.gov.ae/en/About/Pages/default.aspx Best regards, Nadia

  353. Dear Ms. Rinawi, I am interested in setting up a business consultancy business in the UAE through the RAK free trade zone. Currently, I live in the U.S. and husband will be working as a temporary consultant in the UAE. I would like to open the business as a woman, obtain residency, and sponsor my son so he can go to school while we live there. Is that possible? my thanks in advance. D. Question from D Kopp on 01/08/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Ms. D., Setting up a company with a consultancy license in the UAE as a women and applying for a residence visa is no problem at all and my colleagues and I will be happy to assist you in case you decide to set up the company in RAK Free Trade Zone. Applying for a residence visa for your child (sponsor zour son) is not easy as a women. It depends on the circumstances of the specific case. In some cases this is possible but requires some extra paperwork. If you would like me to check for your specific case, please send me your telephone number on europe@rakftz.com so we can discuss your options. Best regards, Nadia

  354. Dear Nadia, i want to start a business were i can import automative goods. will this auto business work?is it good to start it in rak free zone? Question from Fejina Abdul Azeez on 25/07/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, Are you thinking of spare parts and other components or of complete cars? Will your customers be shops and companies or end-users (car-drivers)? If you would like to import used cars you should check for the import regulations on www.uaecustoms.com. Just let me know a few more details either here or on europe@rakftz.com. Then I can evaluate if a Free Zone Company would be suitable for your plans or if you would need a local license.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  355. hello Mrs Rinawi, I would like to know a few details about starting an oil business on a small scale out there in UAE.Could you please give me some information about the current situations and the start up scenarios?? Question from Jinadev.G.K G K on 02/07/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,What kind of oil business are you thinking of? Trading? Consulting? Machinery & Spare Parts? If you like, please send me details to europe@rakftz.com. Best regards, Nadia

  356. I have a patent application that, within months, will be in "pending"status. I have manufacturing, worldwide distribution, advertising and distribution in place. I have been through a few US funding situations and want help in finding an investor and establishing an outlet in the middle east because my product is for liquid chemical tanks, transports, rail tanks and liquid sea going shipping containers. I want to know how to find and meet investors in UAE , particularly Dubai. I have a unique innovation and believe the earning capability of this tool will be very appealing to investors in this region. Lafayette Mitchell Top Quality Enterprise, LLC 337 316 1957 Question from Lafayette Mitchell on 20/06/2011

    Nadia says:

    Ms. Rinawi is on leave in case of urgent questions please email Ms. Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com

  357. Dear Nadia, Thanks,We want used tyre out of UAE for importing to India in large quantity Regards, Shah Neel Question from Shah Neel on 18/06/2011

    Nadia says:

    Ms. Rinawi is on leave in case of urgent questions please email Ms. Joyce Choukri at j.choukri@rakftz.com

  358. Dear Nadia, We want to Import regularly used tyers or tyre scrap from UAE, can you suggest some companies for the same. Regards, Shah Neel Question from Shah Neel on 17/06/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Shah,

    Do you want to bring the used tyres out of the UAE or do you want to bring them into the UAE?

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  359. Dear Nadia, My mother wishes to come here and set up an accessories shop importing from other countries and local made items that will also include some tailoring. I believe this would be a general trading license (I'm not sure). She will come on a visit visa but assoon as the business is set up, is she allowed to get a residence visa? and if yes, can she sponsor my little sister? Another question about the business, I'm not sure how much capital (money)do I need to start such business. The license costs around 14,000 if general trading and the rental about 70k a year for a small shop. Do you know how much local sponsors normally take? Are there any other hidden fees? I was told by DED that they do not require a capital for such license. Thank you very much, I look forward to meet with you for helping us start this business. Do you normally charge a fixed fee for your service or does it depend on the capital? Question from Mariam Maher on 26/05/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mariam, Where in the UAE would your mother like to open her shop? In Dubai? The Dubai Economic Department has an online tool to search for the correct license activiy: http://www.dubaided.gov.ae/eServices/Pages/Anon/ActvSrch.aspx##TOP A shop like the one you desribed would probably fall under a professional license. In that case cse you might not need a local partner / sponsor, but a local service agent. The fees for local partners/sponsors/agents differ a lot due to the nature of the project and of course the involvement of the local partner. I do not know so much about the cost and fees for local licenses in Dubai, but if you send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com I will ask my colleague in Dubai to give you some advise. We are employees of RAK Free Trade Zone Authority (government entity) and not consultants. Therefore we do not charge any fees for answering your questions or giving you some advise. Best regards, Nadia

  360. Dear Nadia, I am in an Idea of Opening and Foreign Exchange in UAE. I Do Want to know about the Procedures and Laws / Investment Requirement about this in UAE. Regards Madasamy Jayaraman +971501598334 Dubai , UAE Question from Madasamy Jayaraman on 23/05/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir, I advise you to contact one of the Economic Departments in the UAE in order to information on this matter. I assume that this activity would require an approval from the Ministry of Finance, too. But I am not an expert when it comes to this activity. Best regards, Nadia

  361. Dear Nadia, Thanks for your answers.I would appreciate if you can forward me the contact details for your associate in abu dhabi as i am always travelling abroad i am mostly out of reach.If i have the contact details then i can contact him directly when i am in uae.Thanks and best regards. Question from pankaj bivalkar on 13/05/2011

    Nadia says:

    Abu Dhabi Mall - RAK FTZ Promotion Center
    West Tower (Floor 1), Abu Dhabi Mall
    PO Box 27471, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971 2 6994888 +971 2 6994888
    Fax: +971 2 6994848

  362. Dear Nadia, I am planning to open up a small business in uae in which i would like to import hotel supplies from asian countries and provide them to local hotels in uae.which license i need to apply for?opening up the business in free zone or in non free zone area which is more beneficial?I am currently employed with other firm in abu dhabi.can i still go ahead and start up my own business simultenously?what will be the approx.charges and fees to set up everything?I know these are lots of questions but would really appreciate if you can answer them.Thanks and best regards. Question from pankaj bivalkar on 11/05/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir / Madam, In this case you would require a Commercial License. The advantage of a free zone company is that you can own the company 100% whereas outside of the free zone you will require a local partner (UAE National holding 51% of the company). The disadvantage of a free zone license is that you are only allowed to sell your products to companies or hotels that hold an Import License for such goods. You can set-up your own company while working for another company, but you will need a NOC (no-objection-letter) from your visa sponsor. I will ask my colleague in Abu Dhabi to contact you in order to discuss your specific case. Best regards, Nadia

  363. Hi, I am engineer, Cameroonian and I came in Dubai witch 60 days visa to start in computer business, but it was to much expensive in Dubai free zone and I got the information that it is possible to setup business in RAK free zone witch AED 18000, please I want to have more information in that case and specially how long does the procedure take. If my visa expired before the procedure ended, how I am going to do in that case, should I going to exited and come back after one month in my country or there are another solution in that case? Please I am waiting your answer as soon as possible. Samuel, Best regards. E-mail: alkamnza@yahoo.com Question from Nzale Samuel on 08/05/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Samuel,
    Depending on your business activity and if you have all required documents available you can set up your company for AED 18 000 with RAK Free Trade Zone within a weeks time. You do not necessarily have to exit the country in order to get a residence visa. But this depends on your specific case. I am sure my colleagues can also advise you on your visa situation and find a suitable solution for you. I will ask them to contact you shortly. Best regards, Nadia

  364. Hi Nadia, I am in the business of software development and interested in opening an office in an tax-free country (possibly RAK and the UAE). Since I am a one man operation I am looking for the most economical option to start-up. I can also look into the option of having a virtual office. I have gone through various websites but there seems to be costs spread out and no one is giving me a "it will cost you approx $x to start everything up". Can you help? Regards, Moiz Question from Moiz Sherwani on 04/05/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Moiz, RAK Free Trade Zone is offering one of the most cost-effective company set-up options in the UAE. You can start your business for just AED 18 000 - That package includes all registration fees, the license fee (e.g. for Software Trading) and provides you with Flexi-Desk (shared desk incl. company address and telephone number). The advantage is that you can always upgrade your facility to a permanent office once your business starts growing. And of course there are no taxes as in the whole of the UAE. I will ask one of my colleagues to send you the details. Best regards,
    Nadia

  365. We are Rubber Reclaim Manufacturers based at Hyderabad, India with the production capacity of 18 MTons/Day or about 500 MTons/Month.We require a) Used Rubber Radial Tyres with atleast one cut in bead wire, of size 900 - 20 and above of Truck/Bus/Heavy Commercial Vehicles only b) Shredded Tyres sourced from of Truck/Bus/Heavy Commercial Vehicles only. Hence i want to establish a warehouse to collect the used rubber scrap tyres and export to India. Can you help me in leasing out a warehousein Trade free zone near to the Port.The warehouse must have power connection of about 250 HP to run the machinery and requires about 3 labourers. What is the investment required? what is the minimum space i should lease/rent? what is the rent for leasing out the minimum space? what is the duration of the lease? what is the procedure to obtain the lease? -- Regards, J V Reddy M/s Kohinoor Rubbers email:kohinoorrubbers@gmail.com Question from satish reddy on 23/04/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Reddy,
    In the UAE warehouses are ususally rented out on a yearly basis. In order to be able to lease a warhouse facility you will have to set-up a company in the respective free zone first. The smallest available warehouses in RAK Free Trade Zone have a size of 205sqm. I will ask one of my colleagues to check if your proposed activitycould be conducted in our warehouse facilities. He will get back to you shortly. Alternatively you could check with JAFZA which is located directly at Jebel Ali Port.
    Best regards,
    Nadia Rinawi

  366. Dear Mam, I need your kind assistance.my nationality is indian. i want to start a export company in sharjah.The nature of business is trading + export, local procurement of goods from sharjah and export. please advice what registrations are required for starting such company.Our company size is small having minimum investments.Please advice in details. Question from Rahul R. on 19/04/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir,
    What kind of products are you planning to export? Are you looking to set up a local company (with a 51% local partner) or would you prefer a Free Zone set-up where you can own the company 100%?
    Best regards,
    Nadia Rinawi

  367. I wish to set up an import export company in Bahrain and i have understood the local partner issue and office space. My customers are mainly is Africa with very little business in UAE initially. Are they any minimum capital requirements for this business??. How can i benefit from local financial institutions to fund my buzz?? Question from Tichaona Maviyo on 12/04/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,I assume that you intend to open a company in the UAE and not Bahrain? If you do not intent to sell your products to end users / customers in the local market in the UAE a company in one of the UAE Free Zones would be the perfect solution for you as you do not require a local partner for your business as you do if you set up your company outside of the Free Zones in the UAE local market. In RAK Free Trade Zone we can offer you our Flexi-Desk Package with a Commercial License from just AED 18 000 (including all registration fees). In case you want to sell your products to end users / customers in the local market in the UAE you can do that via a local agent (wholesaler). Please send me your contact details to europe@rakftz.com and I will send you details about the company set up procedures in RAK Free Trade Zone. In case you intend to set up a business in Bahrain I advise you to contact the Business Development at Bahrain Economic Development Board (www.bahrainedb.com). Best regards, Nadia

  368. Dear Nadia. I am the midst of starting up my own business, but need some guidance about the technicalities regarding the law out here. I am an electrical engineer and my services are in fierce demand. Am am currently having to turn down contracts as I'm not registered. I am in much need of advice about the correct procedures to follow. I have the financial capital to start forthwith, and the staff from the UK to move out here in an instant, all I need is some guidance on how to set up and register. Many thanks, Lee. Question from Lee Griffin on 01/04/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Lee,
    As your planned business activity will include services in the local market (non free zone) you will have to register your company with the Department of Economy of the Emirate that you are heading for. Should you be planning to open your business in Dubai you can find more information on the set-up requirements and procedure on www.dubaided.gov.ae. Respectivly the Departments of Economy of the other Emirates have similar websites that provide a lot of information on business set-up`s. The main topic that you will have to look at is finding a local partner (UAE National or UAE Company) who will join you. If I understand your plans correctly you will be required to have a local partner to hold 51% of your company.
    I would advise you to approach the UK Trade & Invest Team in Dubai or Abu Dhabi for detailed advice on your plans.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  369. Hello, My self Rahul Kumar from India CEO of Honest Health and Research Pvt Ltd soon we are expanding our business in health care specialized in Occupational health Environmental Health ,travel medicine and sports medicine. we are starting our business from Dubai & Abu Dhabi i wanna know that how government promoting Occupational Health Business in entire UAE ? And why UAE bank stop financing Project in all sector.? what is the future of healthcare in RAK? waiting for your valuable words regards Question from RAHUL KUMAR on 01/04/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Kumar,
    Unfortunately I do not have any special knowledge about the UAE healthcare sector and the federal government projects in thís regard. The UAE will undertake enourmous investments in this field in the coming years, but I am not aware of any details of those plans.

    In case you are interested in any contacts in the UAE you might contact our office in Mumbai who will for sure try to assist you.

    Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority, Govt of Ras Al Khaimah
    India Liaison Office : No.82, 8th Floor ,ATLANTA,209, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400021. India
    Tel.: +91-22-2204 2223 +91-22-2204 2223
    Mobile: +91-900 475 2345 +91-900 475 2345
    Fax: +91-22-2204 2221
    Email: india@rakftz.com

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  370. Dear Ms. Nadia This is again Venkat with you. Can I have your E-Mail ID so that I can ask my Director to Directly Contact you. And also your Contact Number so that I will ask my Director to contact you Directly. My Director's Name is Mr.Dilip.S.Mehta (+919841699996),if possible pls try to contact him. Pls Let me know what will be the Benefits if we start our Business in RAK Free Zone and Dubai Free Zone. Question from Dilip Mehta on 26/03/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Venkat,
    My colleague Ms. Choukri will contact Mr. Metha shortly.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  371. Ms. Nadia.. This is Dilip.S.Mehta's personal Secretary with you. My Name is Venkatraman and I am currently in Abu Dhabi. My Boss wants to start business of Import and Export of Chemicals like Soda Ash, Caustic Soda, Sodium Bicarbonate etc. at Dubai Free Zone. Can you just Help me what will be process to start business in Dubai? I need to forward him the details soon. Please help me in this regard. Question from Dilip Mehta on 23/03/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Dilip,
    I will have to check if there are any restriction or special requirements for trading with these chemicals. I will get back to your shortly (send you an email directly to your account).
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  372. Thank you very much dear Nadia i appreaciate your answer darling i want you ask you one more question and i am sorry to bother you if the VAT introduction will happen may be, in UAE, do you think the country will be less attractive than how it is now and what will be the different impact do you think now as an expert thank you very much Question from Fatouma Mahad on 16/03/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Fatouma,
    The UAE and the GCC are growing markets with enourmous business potentials. I strongly believe that the introduction of a VAT or around 4% in the GCC will not change anything in this regard as the growth potentials are enourmous and there are no alternative countries with no VAT and such growth rates.
    Best regards,
    Nadia

  373. Hi Nadia Thanks for your reply I will be in Dubai from the 13th to 24th April, can i schedule a meet with one of your colleagues? I have a detailed business plan. Sorry if i repeated my question, dont think my first question was sent. Kind regards, Razwan Question from Razwan Sarwar on 16/03/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Razwan,

    My colleague Ms. Choukri will contact you shortly in order to schedule a meeting for you.

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  374. Hi Nadia Thanks for your reply, i will be in Dubai from the 13th to 24th April, will it be possible to schedule a meet with one of your colleagues to discuss further? I have a business plan all written out, and very keen to start. Thanks Razwan Question from Razwan Sarwar on 16/03/2011

    Nadia says:

    Sure. my colleague will coordinate the visit with you.

  375. Hi Nadia I would like to start up an IT consultancy business in the UAE, will it be possible to get financing? I have good products in mind but need the capitol to get trade licence and rental premises, can you help, i am already in talks with an outsourcing company to develop my products, i wish to trade in various sectors. Thank you i look forward to your reply. My contact email is razwansarwar@yahoo.com or alternatively my mobile number is +447702480916 Look forward to your reply. Question from Razwan Sarwar on 07/03/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Razwan,

    One of my colleagues will contact you shortly in order to try to help you to start your business in the UAE.

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  376. hi, I would like to set up a LLC with general trading license, together with a local UAE lady as the company's sponsor. However, I do not wish to lease an office space, which I understand is the pre-requisite for the LLC form of setup. Understanding too that a residential address could be used, if that is allowed, is there a minimum office space/area as part of LLC form of business requirement? Also the intended business would be distributing agent for a few products, thus ware-housing storage, customs clearing, delivery to end-customers services would be required, is there a logistic service company that will cater to small startup business?. Would appreciate your advice and recommendations to ease startup doubts! regards. J. Lau Question from joyce lau-aryanpad on 06/03/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Mr. Lau,

    In the UAE it is mandatory to rent, buy or own a business facility (office space, warehouse, land for industrial use). It is not allowed to conduct your business from your private house/home.

    I am not aware of a minimum office space that is required to be entitled to open a LLC, but I recommend to double check with the Economic Department of the Emirate in which you plan to start your business. Also you should keep in mind that the size of the office space or warehouse will determine the number of UAE Employment Visa that your future company can apply for.

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  377. I did ask Nadia question for 2 times but not answer yet Question from Fatouma Mahad on 24/02/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Fatouma,

    I am sorry for the delay. I was unable to log into my account for a while.

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  378. I think you are the only person who can answer my question, i need to set up a business in UAE I hasnt decided yet the country but before that i need to collecte some information from the experts in tax i heard that UAE will adopt the VAT system in the next 2 years, in this case i woud like to know this will effect the foregners investors, i heard that they are unhappy about the tax introduction, are they still continuing to invest. and the country will still be investors attracted Question from Fatouma Mahad on 21/02/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Fatouma,

    Please see also my previous answer to your the first question you posted. Please note that in case the VAT will be introduced it will be around 4% which is an extremely low rate compared to other countries. Also the GCC countries are aiming to introduce a VAT at the same time in all countries of the Union. But as I mentioned before - nothing has been decided yet.

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  379. I heard that the UAE countries will introduce tax in next 2 years, i know now Dubai is a tax free country so how this introduction will affect the foregner investors like me. And how the present investors who have been attracted by the country tax system will react after the introduction of taxes Question from Fatouma Mahad on 17/02/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Fatouma,

    There have been discussions about introducing VAT to the UAE, but no decisions have been made yet. So far I do not see any income or corporate tax coming soon.

    The best solution for protecting your business from any taxes that might be introduced in the future is to locate your business in one of the free zones - such as RAK Free Trade Zone.

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  380. Dear Nadia What is the advantage of setting up a company (branch or subsidiary) in the UAE over just exporting my goods to the region? thanks Question from clare breakwaith on 08/02/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Clare,

    A business set-up in the UAE / RAK will enable you to explore market opportunities, be closer to your clients and agents and organize distribution more efficiently.

    A cost-efferctive Flexi-Desk Set-Up in RAK Free Trade Zone will enable you to employ one person in the UAE who could be responsible for business development and who could recruit different agents for the different regions and work closely with them. It will also give you more credibility among business partners and clients as well as enable you to invoice from your UAE entity and operate your own company bank account in the UAE. And this without a local partner (as required outside of the free zones).

    At a later stage you can always up-grade your facility to a permanent office space (executive office) or a warehouse in order to improve your logistics.

    Best regards,

    Nadia

  381. Hi Nadia What will be the advantage to our business of setting up in a Free Trade Zone? Thanks Kevin Question from Kevin Long on 08/02/2011

    Nadia says:

    Dear Kevin,

    A company set-up in one of the UAE Free Zones will enable you to own 100% of your company. Outside of the free zones you need a local partner (UAE national) who has to hold 51% of your company.

    In addition the free zones offer a lot of services and are more or less a one-stop-shop for all your business needs. If you set up your business in RAK Free Trade Zone we will take care of all your business requirements (license, facility, company registrations, visa, telecommunications...).

    Best regards,

    Nadia

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