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

How to do Business in the UAE


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