26 - 29 November 2018 | 11:00 - 19:00 DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE

28th November 2018 

Dubai World Trade Centre 

The How to do Business in the UAE seminar is back at The Big 5 for 2018 and is FREE to attend. The seminar provides information on navigating the complex regulatory framework to set up a business and win work in the UAE’s booming construction market, and provides information on laws and effective business practices even for established businesses within the UAE. 

3:15 – 3:20  Opening Remarks

15:20 - 15:40  Keynote: What Makes Dubai the Strategic Corporate Location of Choice?

  • What companies looks for?
  • Dubai’s strategic location  - A gate to MENASA region
  • Soft features 
  • Dubai South – A place to do business to an urban destination

15:40 – 15:00 Keynote: Which Route to Take to Set up a Business in UAE: Free zone vs. Mainland?

  • How long does it take to set up a business in UAE? What is the indicative time frame for the registration/licensing process?
  • What is the minimum capital requirements for a business setup under each option
  • Legal and practical applications of the UAE Labor Laws

4:00 – 4:40 Panel Discussion: Process of Registering a Company in UAE and Getting the Right License

  • How to choose the right business license and the formalities involved in registering a company
  • Understanding the license type suiting your business
  • Necessities and factors pertaining to acquiring the required license
  • Mandatory external approvals required to conduct business in UAE

4:40 – 5:00 Keynote: How Expo 2020 is Supporting SMEs in UAE?

  • ExpoLive Project-Initiative to support fledgling start-ups worldwide
  • How SMEs will boost the UAE economy in the long term?
  • Role of Expo 2020 in reinforcing the UAE’s plans to support long-term SME growth and stimulate economic diversification

5:00 – 5:40 Panel Discussion: VAT Implication on Registered Companies

  • What factors are considered in assessing whether or not VAT law would apply to your business?
  • Overview of the various legal aspects associated with VAT
  • What services and products are in scope of VAT?

5:40 – 6:00 Keynote: Customs – Clearing Goods to and from the Port

  • Importance of Chamber of commerce code and how to obtain it?
  • Specific restrictions and licensing requirements that apply to the import and sale of certain types of goods
  • Entry/Exit from Designated zones (Duty free) - Where to pay the custom duty and how to recover the full amount?

6:00 – 7:00 Business Clinic for Networking