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Our approach to protect data

20 May 2018

Much echo is being given nowadays to the looming implementation of the new European regulations regarding the processing of personal data, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and not only in the European Union.[..]

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Just Announced: 100% Ownership for Dubai Entrepreneurs

21 March 2018

The Emirate is always looking for ways to improve Dubai’s national and international standing. Now, The Dubai Entrepreneurs Academy (SME) has opened up opportunities for students and entrepreneurs to come up with novel ideas to drive forward business innovation. What’s more, 100% ownership is guaranteed through the new SME Business Incubator License.[..]

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FREE ZONES, ONSHORE, OFFSHORE: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

Free zone entity (FZE)

Dubai has multiple free zones on its territory. The main characteristic of a Free Zone entity is that it allows the client to own 100% of the corporation. Therefore there is no need for a local sponsor. The Free zone entity is allowed to transact within the free zone and internationally.

An office space is mandatory and residence visas are possible depending on the size of the office / work premises.

There is a mandatory need for accounts to be kept and audited yearly.

Onshore

This type of incorporation entails the use of a Local person as a partner or an agent, depending on the type of incorporation. This local partner or agent is entitled to a yearly fixed fee, which is usually predetermined by contract. The advantage is that this type of incorporation allows for the conducting of business throughout the UAE and internationally.

An office space is mandatory and residence visas are possible depending on the size of the office / work premises.

There are no accounting or auditing requirements.

Offshore

This follows your typical offshore IBC type incorporations, there is no need for an office to be rented and therefore it does not allow for the issuance of residence visas for this type of incorporation.

There is no accounting or auditing requirements.