How can I go self employed in Dubai?

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Dubai has very dynamic economies in the world. It has become a top choice among travelers and ex-pats as it combines the features of a modern, almost futuristic, city with an exotic ambiance of desert and sun, surf, and beaches. With its rapidly growing and modernizing economy, Dubai is in demand of skilled workers who are able to work at a moment’s notice. While some only stay awhile for a vacation before they start business in Dubai, some look for opportunities to be self-employed for the duration of their stay.

Whether you’re doing freelance work, working as a contractor, or running your own business, there are plenty of opportunities you may look into to be self-employed in the UAE. While opportunities are quite abundant, there are legal requirements you need to comply with before being legally self-employed or setting up a business in Dubai.

Know you options

As mentioned above there are several employment options you can explore in Dubai depending on the skills you possess. If you’re looking for opportunities that will allow you to extend your stay in Dubai, here are some of the options you can look into:

  • Freelancing
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Civil Company
  • Establishing a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Working for a foreign Company Branch
  • Working at a Free Zone Company

Get the appropriate license

When establishing a business, it is crucial to know the laws and policies which may affect your business and operations. Whether you’re a foreign investor or you’re a first-time business owner, you may benefit from PRO services Dubai when it comes to handling legal processes and proper documentation. This also helps ensure that you obtain the right licenses, permits, and visas (if applicable) in order to be self-employed or work as a freelancer.

Choose your base of operations

Your location is crucial in finding the right opportunities for you. Whether you’re setting up a business or you need a space where you can work in a professional environment, consider renting an office in Concord Tower Media City. This increases your visibility to prospective clients. It is also an advantage for freelancers since it creates opportunities to meet other professionals from relevant industries.

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