Relocating to Dubai

DUBAI

Relocation & Recruitment Advice

In conjunction with AP Group's specialism in the private wealth management space, AP Executive jobs in Dubai focuses on the alternative investment (private equity, real estate and hedge funds) markets.Our consultants can help with Dubai finance jobs, legal vacancies, trust jobs and all executive Dubai job vacancies. 

Overview

Dubai is one among the seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates, with a population of 2,414,841 (2015 estimate) and a significant proportion of expats. Dubai enjoys a reputation as a leading financial hub of the Middle East, and also conveniently serves as the perfect business link between Europe, Africa and Asia. Although Dubai’s major revenue comes from trade, tourism and oil reserves, finance sector, in the recent past, has flourished rapidly, contributing significantly to the economy. Dubai displays integration of Western style business model with traditional ethos; thus it is the most forward looking of the seven emirates and the meeting point of Far East, Middle East and West. With world-class infrastructure and business friendly policies, Dubai attracts foreign investors globally, emerging as a distinguished trade centre in the Arabian Gulf region. Dubai’s pioneering initiative to establish specialised free trade zones (FTZ) also contributes to its ongoing economic prosperity. FTZ offer overseas investors several benefits, including 100% ownership and tax exemption. Tourism is one of the cornerstones of Dubai’s meteoric rise as a financial centre, predicted to contribute nearly 38% to the GDP by 2020 along with aviation. With some of the unique and stunning attractions like Burj Khalifa, Palm islands, Burj Al Arab and Infinity towers, very few cities can compete with Dubai’s architectural marvels and futuristic buildings. Being “the commercial capital of the Middle East”, the city draws big spenders by providing an exclusive and luxury experience, ranging from restaurants, bars, designer labels, jewellery to cars and electronics. Dubai’s renowned private and public beaches with vast stretches of white sand and clear blue water offer a relaxing and family-friendly atmosphere. 

Why choose Dubai

Dubai, the capital city of the emirate, has emerged as an attractive destination for international investors and expats. With low operational costs, business-friendly policies, modern infrastructure, Economic free trade zones and robust economy, Dubai offers an ideal environment for businesses to thrive. As a leading economic hub in the Middle East, Dubai extends a welcoming hand to international businesses and multinationals, by ensuring an open and free market, limited government controls and liberal visa rules. It is well-connected to the rest of the world, with Dubai International airport being one of the busiest in the world providing seamless connectivity to all the major hubs in Europe, the United States, Africa, Australasia and Far East.   Additionally, the emirate’s strategic location also makes international travel convenient for business travellers, with no major international city further than 8000 miles from Dubai - implying they are within easy reach from it. Dubai is committed to providing international standard of education and healthcare service to both citizens and expats. English is spoken widely in Dubai, but knowing some basic Arabic can be an advantage. Expatriate children are given special Arabic lessons at school. Dubai is known to provide the best healthcare facility in the Middle East, with several renowned public and private hospitals offering excellent service. Health insurance is compulsory for all residents. With so much in offer, more and more professionals are choosing Dubai as their first choice for better work prospects and quality of life.   Dubai has an amazing cosmopolitan environment, with an exciting blend of traditional experiences and modern living. From traditional markets and roadside eateries to luxury shopping centres and Michelin-starred restaurants, Dubai caters to the tastes of all who come to live here. In fact, its shopping scene is ranked the second best in the world after London. Owing to the diverse population, restaurants in Dubai are specialists in global cuisine and offer an international dining experience. There is always something going on all year round in Dubai, allowing expats the luxury of a vibrant, exciting and relaxed lifestyle. Dubai hosts some of the most extravagant and exclusive international events, ranging from Dubai International Boat Show, to Dubai Film Festival and Art Dubai, an international art fair celebrating contemporary art community in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.   There are several global Championship events held every year like the World Cup for horse racing, Rugby 7s tournament at the iconic The Sevens stadium, UAE dessert Challenge for adventurous motor bikers and drivers and the Dubai tour for professional cyclists.  For those who favour outdoor activities, Dubai provides the best opportunity for beach games, water sports and desert activities.   

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Requirements to set up a company

Dubai adopts a pro-business approach, however thorough market research and planning is important before deciding to start a business. There are five categories of business options for foreign investors in Dubai: Direct trade, commercial agency agreements, establishing a branch office, limited liability company and free zone investments. Dubai’s Free Trade Zones (FTZ) are an attractive option for international companies. Businesses in FTZ enjoy 100% ownership, and do not require a local sponsor or shareholder. There are limited restrictions and several benefits, including 0% tax, right to hold properties, low renewal charge and no personal income tax. Each type of business structure follows a specific legal and administrative procedure.  Therefore, it is advisable to decide the right legal structure for your business, catering to individual requirements.  

For more information, please visit the following websites.

Business Set-Up in Dubai

Company Registration in Dubai

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Requirements for employees wishing to relocate

Before relocating to Dubai, individuals would need to secure a work offer and residence permit.  Once your employer has extended a job offer, then next step would be to apply for a residence permit. It is usually the employer who assists in this process. The residence permit is valid for a period of 3 years.

As finding employment in Dubai is crucial before relocation, the experienced recruitment consultants at AP Executive are well placed to assist you with the next step in your career.

For more information, please click on the links below:

United Arab Emirates Information

Dubai Information

Dubai Tourism

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