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29th March 2018, updated 3rd April 2018

On 4th February 2018 it became  mandatory for a certificate of good conduct to be submitted with all new employment visa applications in the UAE.  The purpose of the certificate was to serve as a security check on foreign workers coming to the UAE, safeguarding the country’s national security and ensuring a safe living environment.  However, on 1st April 2018, the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced that this requirement is currently cancelled.

It is understood that this is a temporary measure due to complaints from companies struggling to process visas in good time.  It is further understood that the Ministry is talking with the overseas providers of the certificates in relation to speeding up the process.

In the meantime, some Embassies are still urging people to apply for the certificates, so that they have them ready for the time when the requirement is re-introduced to ensure a speedy and smooth visa application.

Rules for Certificates of Good Conduct for persons changing jobs in the UAE 
  • For persons changing jobs and not leaving the UAE between jobs a certificate of good conduct is not required.
  • For persons changing jobs and exiting the country between jobs, a certificate of good conduct is required to process the new visa.
Rules for Certificates of Good Conduct for persons who have been resident in the UAE for over five years
  • The certificate of good conduct can be obtained from the police in the respective Emirate where they resided.
Rules for Certificates of Good Conduct for persons who have NOT been resident in the UAE for five years
  • The certificate of good conduct should be obtained from from the respective jurisdiction(s) where the person has resided during the previous five years.
  • The certificate requires authentication in the UAE Embassy and/or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the respective jurisdiction(s).  Once the certificate arrives in the UAE, it should be authenticated at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in the UAE.
  • If the certificate is not in English or Arabic, it will need to be translated into either of these languages.
  • The certificate is valid for 3 months.

Exclusions for the Certificates of Good Conduct

Certificates of Good Conduct are not required in the following circumstances

  • Dependents visas
  • Tourist visas
  • Student visas
  • Medical visas
  • Mission visas
  • Residents born and raised in the UAE
How to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct in Abu Dhabi

Also known as a Police Clearance Letter, the Certificate of Good Conduct can be applied for by residents by downloading the Abu Dhabi Police App, inserting the required information and paying the fees, currently AED53 for Arabic and AED120 for English.  It will be emailed or posted.

How to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct in the UK

To obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct in the UK it is necessary to apply to the ACRO Criminal Records Office.  They will issue a certificate detailing whether or not there is a criminal record in the UK.  It may also include any foreign criminal history.  A standard application currently costs £45 + delivery and take 10 days whilst a premium application will cost £80 + delivery and take 2 days. The certificate should then be attested at the UAE Embassy in London (as per your education certificates). More information can be found at: https://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx

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By providing bespoke, trustworthy business setup, a corporate local sponsorship platform for protection and efficient visa processing in Abu Dhabi, award winning Gateway Group uses its on-the-ground experience and knowledge to help companies make informed decisions that are right for their business and in line with their goals. For assistance with your Abu Dhabi business set up, visa processing and ongoing Trade License renewal requirements, Email us: info@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

Jenny Hunt, CEO Gateway Group of Companies

Jenny@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

@JennyatGateway

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5th February 2018

Guest post from Saurabh Bhalla, Managing Director Middle East at Airland Logistics LLC, about the documents required for a seamless clearance of goods into Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Ensuring a seamless clearance of goods into the UAE requires the documents to be accurate. This will ensure the clearance is done at the earliest and prevent any fines or penalties at a later stage when the documents are audited by the audit department.

Documents required for standard cargo clearance in Abu Dhabi
  1. Original commercial invoice
  • Manually signed in blue ink and stamped by the shipper
  • Must specify currency of sale
  • Must specify terms of sale Ex-works, FOB, C&F, CIF etc.
  • Country of Origin must be mentioned on the invoice.
  1. Original certificate of origin issued by the chamber of commerce from origin country.
  2. Packing list. This must specify the total number of packages and gross weight. It should tally with the House Air Way Bill (HAWB).
  3. Bank endorsed bill of lading for bank through shipments. (Only applicable for bank through shipments.)
  4. Personnel effect cargo: Passport copy with visa page and Emirates ID, for personal shipments.
  5. Marine Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for dangerous goods cargo.
Documents required for standard customs clearance in Dubai
  1. Duly endorsed original /express or sea way bill of lading.
  2. Original signed & stamped shipper’s invoice on shipper letterhead.  (Pro-forma invoice is not accepted.)
  3. Original certificate of origin, issued/certified by Chamber Of Commerce at the origin.
  4. Original Packing list on shipper’s letterhead, stamped & signed.
  5. Shipping documents must reflect currency, the value of goods, the number of packages, weight, H.S. code number.
How long does it take to clear shipments through customs?

Normally we file the declarations and can get the approval immediately for standard shipments. Special products requiring additional clearance could take longer. Normally clearance can be done in a couple of hours and delivery is normally next day if not the same day.

What is the Customs Duty in the UAE?

The standard rate of duty is 5% for most items. Certain IT products attract only 1% duty.  However, it is worth checking the rates for specific items.

IMPORTANT POINTS
  1.  The consignee must have its valid importer code and VAT/TRN. (This is an importer code number which all consignee’s need to register with Customs and obtain and renew every year.)
  2. Approvals are required from specific governing bodies on certain goods, e.g Dubai Municipality controls all food imports in Dubai, whilst in Abu Dhabi it’s the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority. Pharmaceuticals are controlled by Ministry of Health.
  3. Some goods are banned, such as pornographic materials and narcotics.

Saurabh Bhalla, Managing Director Middle East at Airland Logistics LLC

For more information, please visit www.airlandlogistics.com or call Airland Logistics +971 4 4511135.

Airland Logistics established in 1975 in Copenhagen, Denmark. They are committed to delivering the impossible daily.

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5th January 2018

Abu Dhabi’s corporate PO BOX rental system operates annually from 1st January through to 31st December.  To keep the PO BOX active, it must be renewed before the end of January each year.  Failure to renew on time will incur a late fee of AED500.  An extra AED10 per month will be charged for each month thereafter that the renewal fee remains unpaid.  Also, Emirates Post Group has the right to suspend/cancel the PO BOX service if the annual subscription is not renewed before 1st March 2018.  To avoid unnecessary fines, and possible suspension of service, remember to renew your corporate PO BOX before 31st January 2018.

How to renew your corporate PO BOX

ONLINE visit: www.epg.gov.ae

IN PERSON at any Emirates Post Office (take the valid Emirates ID of the employee registered with EMPOST and a copy of your Trade License)

MOBILE APP – Apple Store: http://appstore.com/epgmobileservices or Android: https://goo.gl/dRNdRO

For further information please call: 600599999

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By providing company formation guidance and implementation, nominee corporate sponsorship and efficient PRO services, award-winning Gateway Group helps foreign companies expand into the Abu Dhabi market correctly and securely so that they can focus on developing their business rather than unnecessarily diverting their attention to regulations and compliance.  For assistance with your Abu Dhabi business set up, share transfer, visa processing, and ongoing Trade License renewal requirements, Email us: info@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

Jenny Hunt, CEO Gateway Group of Companies

 Jenny@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

 @JennyatGateway

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6th June 2018

Does your business currently operate within one of the Abu Dhabi free zones but need to operate onshore? Gateway Group can assist to ensure your business is legally compliant.

Licenses for free zones and licenses for onshore companies

There are some misconceptions that you can operate throughout the Emirates with one commercial license.  This is incorrect.  Licenses are issued by jurisdiction.  Operating in more than one jurisdiction requires multiple licenses.  Free zone licenses restrict operations to within the specific free zone and with companies overseas.  (Fore more information about Abu Dhabi free zones CLICK HERE.) Free zone companies are not permitted to operate on the Abu Dhabi mainland except via a company licensed by the Department of Economic Development (DED).  For Dubai-based free zone entities which are operating onshore, they could face a fine of up to AED100,000.  So, if your free zone company is expanding its operations into mainland Abu Dhabi, it’s important to be legally compliant.

How can an Abu Dhabi free zone company get licensed onshore?

Free zone companies providing services can branch onshore.  Free zone companies selling goods are required to setup a Limited Liability Company (LLC) when stepping onshore.  In both instances, Gateway Group can assist with the onshore company setup in Abu Dhabi.  Our expert team can manage the registration process.  We also provide corporate service agent and local partner services, if required.  The process takes approximately one month.  For companies registered with TWOFOUR54 or Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) free zones, special agreements in place with Abu Dhabi’s DED negate the requirement for an onshore commercial premise.

What are the benefits for an Abu Dhabi free zone company stepping onshore?
  • Work directly with Abu Dhabi government and semi-government entities
  • Tender for Abu Dhabi government projects
  • Can apply for Supreme Petroleum Council approval to work directly with the ADNOC group in the oil and gas sector. (For more information about the Supreme Petroleum Council CLICK HERE.)
  • Increased opportunities in a larger geographical market
  • VAT return compliance
  • Fast onshore registration process

If your free zone company is currently working onshore without a DED-issued license, contact Gateway for assistance to get compliant.

Related Gateway to Abu Dhabi Blogs you may be interested in:

How to setup a business in Abu Dhabi, UAE     CLICK HERE

100% foreign ownership of companies & 10 year visas coming to Abu Dhabi     CLICK HERE

By providing bespoke, trustworthy business setup; a corporate local sponsorship platform for protection; and, efficient visa processing in Abu Dhabi, award winning Gateway Group uses its on-the-ground experience and knowledge to help companies make informed decisions that are right for their business and in line with their goals. For assistance with your Abu Dhabi business set up, visa processing and ongoing Trade License renewal requirements, Email us: info@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

Jenny Hunt, CEO Gateway Group of Companies

Jenny@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

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30th May 2018

Setting up a business in Abu Dhabi doesn’t need to be difficult. However, there is still confusion about where to setup, e.g. a free zone or onshore.  It is important that you understand the legal requirements. You will need to know the start up costs, as well as the ongoing costs.  Choosing the right business professionals and consultants to help you will be key.  What is right for one business isn’t necessarily right for another. It’s best to get a bespoke consultant for your particular situation. Gateway Group in Abu Dhabi can assist you.

We regularly hear about company formations where the total cost wasn’t made clear at the start. By the time the full costs are starting to emerge, the foreign company is already into the setup process. We also hear about business setups which took a long time because the appointed professional wasn’t up to speed with the requirements and processes.

Gateway is a company formation specialist based in Abu Dhabi. We are on the ground in Abu Dhabi.  We are familiar with the document requirements and processes. In this article we outline how to setup a business in Abu Dhabi.

Step-by-step guide for setting up a business in Abu Dhabi, UAE 1) Free zone or onshore?

Free zones are ideal for companies wanting to work with other companies in a particular free zone.  Free zones are often set up by sector, e.g. Abu Dhabi Global Market free zone is a financial free zone.  Free zone companies can also work with overseas-based companies.  Foreign companies can own a free zone entity 100%. However, free zone companies are not permitted to work onshore.

Onshore companies provide the most flexibility. They are licensed by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Economic Development (DED). Onshore companies can work directly with the government.  Oil & Gas companies can apply for Supreme Petroleum Council approval to work directly with ADNOC. If your intended clients are onshore or government entities, an onshore license is required. (CLICK HERE for more information.)

2) LLC, Foreign Branch or Representation Office

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are the most common legal structure in the UAE.  To sell any type of products an LLC is mandatory. LLCs are currently required to engage a local sponsor to hold 51% of the shares.  These structures can be setup to mitigate the risks in order to protect the control and profits of the business. Gateway can assist you with this via our nominee corporate sponsorship service.  It has been announced that some sectors will be opened up to 100% foreign ownership by the end of 2018 (CLICK HERE for more information).

Foreign Branches are ideal for companies providing services.  Foreign companies own the Abu Dhabi foreign branch 100%. This structure is attractive to the risk averse. It is not possible to sell products under this structure. Tax will be applicable in the parent company’s home jurisdiction.

Representation Offices, also called Rep Offices, are purely for the purpose of marketing the services of the overseas parent company. They can’t transact or provide services. They are ideal for companies wanting a commercial presence in Abu Dhabi. They are restricted to a maximum of five employees.

3) Local Sponsor or Service Agent

Onshore companies are required to have a local Emirati partner in some form. LLCs require a local sponsor to hold a minimum of 51% of the shares (CLICK HERE for more information). Foreign Branches and Rep Offices are required to have a service agent to facilitate their registration (CLICK HERE for more information).

4) Trade License Activities

All companies are issued a trade license, which is renewable annually.  The trade license lists the activities the companies is licensed for.  Free zones have lists of activities to choose from.  The DED has an extensive activities list too. It is necessary to select the activities which will cover your intended scope of business.  It is possible to have multiple activities on one license, but they must complement each other.  Specialist activities may require special approvals from various government departments, e.g. restaurants will require an additional license from the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) which confirms the restaurant meets it requirements.

5) Trade Name

There are strict rules relating to trade names.  They should reference the main activity of the company (CLICK HERE for more  information).  Foreign branches take the name of the parent company.

6) Document Preparation

Foreign companies should prepare their corporate documents in their home jurisdiction prior to starting the business setup in Abu Dhabi.  As a minimum, their Certificate of Incorporation and Memorandum & Articles of Association will need to be notarized, legalized at the UAE Embassy and also stamped at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA, or its equivalent).  A Board Resolution to set up the company and Powers of Attorney (POAs) issued by the foreign company will need to go through this process too.

7) Legal translations & Notarizations in the UAE

All corporate documents need to be translated into Arabic. Once foreign documents are received in the UAE they need to be stamped at MOFA and then legally translated into Arabic by a licensed translator. Documents requiring notarization will need to go through Abu Dhabi’s pre-approval system.  Once approved the signatory can take the documents to the Notary Public for signing. Documents requiring notarization in Abu Dhabi will be either the Memorandum of Association or Service Agent Agreement, depending upon the structure of the Abu Dhabi entity being setup. Any POAs being issued by the Abu Dhabi company will also need to be notarized, following its incorporation.

8) Tawtheeq Contract

All businesses are required to have a commercial premise.  The type of premise is determined by the activity on the license. When the tenancy agreement is signed with the landlord, a Tawtheeq contract will be applied for from Abu Dhabi Municipality.  This means that the tenancy contract is registered with the Municipality.  This is mandatory for the trade license to be issued.

9) Trade License Issue

Once all of the above is arranged the trade license can be applied for.

Congratulations upon reaching this point. Obtaining the trade license means the new company in Abu Dhabi is officially setup and fully registered.

After the Trade License is issued

We often hear that new companies haven’t been given any information about what to do once their company is set up. Following are some key points that we think you should be aware of:

  1. Register the new company in Immigration and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) if you intend to visa staff
  2. Register with the Ministry of Finance
  3. Organize Visas for Expat employees (it will be necessary to supply health insurance too)
  4. Open a corporate bank account
  5. Arrange your monthly payroll with your bank to be compliant with the federal payroll system called WPS, Wages Protection System (CLICK HERE for more information).
  6. Register with the Federal Tax Authority for VAT when your revenues hit the AED375,000 per annum threshold (AED175,000 is the voluntary level at which you can register) (CLICK HERE for more information).
  7. Trade licenses are renewable annually and updates in various government departments are required annually too.
Number of New Abu Dhabi Trade Licenses is increasing

Abu Dhabi’s DED registered a total of 2,935 licenses during Q1 2018. This represents a 26% increase on the same period in 2017.

According to The National, the UAE has attracted an average $10 billion of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) annually so far this decade.  The UAE has also been recognised in the Top 10 countries globally for attracting FDI in 2017.

Taking the first step to setup your Abu Dhabi business

For assistance with your Abu Dhabi company formation, arrange a consultation with Gateway in Abu Dhabi.  We will assess your current position and future plans to guide you to the most appropriate location and legal structure for your new business.  We provide a corporate nominee local sponsor and service agent service.  We also manage the whole commercial registration from start to finish.  Our on the ground experience and expertise means we can take care of the company formation whilst you focus on developing your business.

Related Blogs you may be interested in:

Why invest in Abu Dhabi     CLICK HERE

Emiratisation regulations for UAE companies     CLICK HERE

By providing bespoke, trustworthy business setup, a corporate local sponsorship platform for protection, and efficient visa processing in Abu Dhabi, award winning Gateway Group uses its on-the-ground experience and knowledge to help companies make informed decisions that are right for their business and in line with their goals. For assistance with your Abu Dhabi business set up, visa processing and ongoing Trade License renewal requirements, Email us: info@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

Jenny Hunt, CEO Gateway Group of Companies

Jenny@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

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23rd May 2018

100% foreign ownership of companies and 10 year visas are to be introduced in the UAE.  Limited details have been announced in the local media.

Changes to UAE business ownership and residency announced so far:
  1. Visas with a validity of up to 10 years will be available for specialists in medicine, science, research and technical fields, such as doctors and engineers.  Visas with the same longevity will be available to their families.
  2. Investors setting up a business will have access to visas with a validity of up to 10 years.
  3. 100% foreign equity ownership of UAE companies in some sectors.
  4. Students will have access to five year visas.

Gateway’s CEO, Jenny Hunt, comments on the announcements and shares her views:

Q: Were the announcements about the changes of foreign ownership levels and 10 year visas a surprise?

“Since the Commercial Companies Law was updated in 2015, it was announced there would be future changes to foreign ownership levels of UAE businesses.  Over the last few months, there have been an increasing number of hints that the changes were imminent.  At the moment, we can only guess what those changes might be.  As for the 10 year visas, I wasn’t expecting this.”

Q: How does the 100% foreign ownership of UAE companies change from the current regulations?

“Currently it is possible to own a company 100% in the UAE.  100% foreign ownership is allowed in the free zones.  100% foreign ownership is also possible onshore for Foreign Branch structures. (Read our article about Foreign Branch setups).

“As a company formation specialist in Abu Dhabi, I liaise with companies interested to setup businesses in Abu Dhabi.  Currently, to establish a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in Abu Dhabi, 51% of the business must be owned by a local partner.  The local partner can be either an Emirati individual or 100% Emirati-owned business.  This concept is often alien to foreign companies.  It is considered a massive risk to the operation, management and profit of the business.  There are of course ways these risks can be mitigated.  (Read our article about How to choose a local partner.) However, for particularly risk averse companies, the LLC is just not an option.”

Q: What will 100% foreign ownership actually mean for the UAE?

“Allowing 100% foreign ownership in UAE companies will be more attractive and less risky.  Updating the business ownership regulations to be more attractive to foreign companies will generate a lot of interest.  Companies which have been too cautious to setup a business in the UAE to date will hopefully re-evaluate the opportunities.  I’m sure that allowing 100% foreign ownership in certain sectors will help to develop the economy.  It will also position the country as more open to doing business.”

Q: Which sectors will be opened up to 100% foreign ownership? 

“The million dollar question! At the moment we can only anticipate which sectors the new regulations will apply to.  I think they will be areas where the UAE wants to develop the economy, away from oil, and has a skills shortage.  Perhaps they will match the disciplines which have been outlined for the 10 year visas.  I wonder if there will also be a requirement for some kind of knowledge transfer?”

Q: Will entrepreneurs benefit from the new regulations?

“If there are special regulations for entrepreneurs and start ups that will be great too.  Apparently, investors in UAE businesses will be able to apply for the new 10 years visas, which is really positive.  This will provide more stability.  It will also reduce the hassle factor of regularly renewing the visa. New, innovative businesses fuel the economy.  Currently, for an entrepreneur to setup a business in Abu Dhabi, the requirements are exactly the same as for multi-national conglomerates.  The fees are the same too.  Being able to own their new business 100% will be very attractive.  I wonder whether there will also be changes to the current requirements for commercial premises with each Trade License too?  Many startups don’t need an office.  In today’s technology age, we all work on the go.  Sitting in an office from 9am-5pm is rather old fashioned. This would make business setup and licensing more affordable for an entrepreneur in Abu Dhabi.”

Q: What will the changes mean for existing companies in the 51%/49% LLC structure? Will they be able to take advantage of the new regulations?

“Providing the existing company meets the requirements of the new regulations, they will be able to amend their shareholdings.  Changing the ownership of an LLC can be done relatively easily through local advertising and updating the company’s Memorandum of Association (MOA).

“On the flip side, how will the changes affect Emirati local sponsors?  It may be the 100% foreign ownership structure requires a local Service Agent, similar to a Foreign Branch.  The Service Agent would assist the foreign company but not hold any shares in the Abu Dhabi company.  However, to really drive Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the UAE, I don’t see this happening.  It appears to me that the plans are to really open up the market to attract FDI.  As such, existing Emirati local partners will need to adapt to help foreign companies with their market entry, introductions and navigating the regulations and processes to survive.  That said, the new regulations won’t affect all sectors, so there will still be local sponsorship opportunities for Emiratis.

Q: Will the new regulations be applicable UAE-wide?

“This is an interesting question.  Media reports recently suggested the foreign ownership changes would be in Abu Dhabi.  However, it was His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who announced the changes.  This suggests the changes will be federal.  If so, I wonder if the systems and processes for each of the Emirates will be joined up?  Currently, the requirements and processes for setting up a business vary from Emirate to Emirate.

Q: How do you see the changes affecting free zone companies?

“I think the changes to foreign ownership regulations will help companies to make the right decisions in terms of the structure and locations of their business in the UAE.  Too many companies have setup incorrectly in free zones which should be set up onshore.  If the risk is removed, then its more attractive for them to be legal and compliant, which has to be a good thing.”

Q: To conclude, what is your overall view of the announcements?

“I think the changes all sound very interesting.  I’m looking forward to learning more about the specific details, particularly which activities will be affected and the regulatory requirements.  In the interim, it leaves us in a state of flux, especially talking to potential investors, because I think companies will delay their market entry decision until they know more.  However, in the longer term, I expect that more and more sectors will be opened up on a gradual basis.”

The new regulations are due to be in place by the end of 2018.

Related Blogs you may be interested in:

Why invest in Abu Dhabi     CLICK HERE

Emiratisation regulations for UAE companies     CLICK HERE

By providing bespoke, trustworthy business setup, a corporate local sponsorship platform for protection and efficient visa processing in Abu Dhabi, award winning Gateway Group uses its on-the-ground experience and knowledge to help companies make informed decisions that are right for their business and in line with their goals. For assistance with your Abu Dhabi business set up, visa processing and ongoing Trade License renewal requirements, Email us: info@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

Jenny Hunt, CEO Gateway Group of Companies

Jenny@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

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17th May 2018

So how does Ramadan affect business in Abu Dhabi?  Ramadan 1439 was called to start on Thursday 17th May in the UAE this year.  It affects everyone living and working the UAE during the holy month, no matter what their religion.  Certain regulations and etiquette should be adhered to out of respect.  

Shorter Working hours during Ramadan

As per the UAE Labour Law Article 65, ‘ordinary working hours shall be reduced by two hours during Ramadan’.  For some reason this still causes confusion for some private companies each year.  However, the law is clear in the reduction of the daily working hours.

For Ramadan 2018, the government timings are 9am – 2pm.

Private offices generally reduce their hours to 8:30am to 3:30pm or 9am-3pm.

Ramadan and the retail sector

Be sure to check the opening times of the malls.  The timings vary from mall to mall.  Generally the malls will stay open for a couple of extra hours at the end of the night.  Some shops will close for Iftar.

Ramadan is one of the busiest times of the year for retail.  Special Ramadan Offers and Sales are launched to entice shoppers.  Supermarkets will stock up on sweet goods, such as Vimto, Tamarind juice, dates and apricots and groceries are often bought on a daily basis.  It is also gift giving season, so Ramadan and Eid clothing are popular gifts for children, whilst hampers and trays of dates are popular corporate gifts.

Ramadan and the hospitality and F&B sectors

Traditionally, restaurants and bars would be closed during daylight hours in Ramadan.  Nowadays, places serving food can apply for special permits to be open during the day.  Those places serving food are easily identified as they erect drapes in the windows  or around sections of food courts so customers can eat at the premises.   Traditionally, alcohol was not permitted to be served until after Iftar; however, this year, for the first time in Abu Dhabi, special permits can be applied for to serve alcohol during the daytime.  These permits certainly boost the tourism sector whereas in years gone by it might well have been a month when non-fasting tourists would have stayed away.  Hotels and restaurants will offer nightly Iftars (the early evening meal at sunset when Muslims break their fast).  These are usually fixed price buffets and usually last for approximately two hours.  Later into the night and early morning, hotels and restaurants will offer Suhoor (the meal before dawn break).

Business etiquette during Ramadan Ramadan Meetings

Early morning meetings are recommended to catch people when they are most alert.  Meetings should be kept as short as possible.

Iftar rather than a business lunch

It is customary to invite business connections to an Iftar rather than perhaps a business lunch.  This is a celebratory meal bringing people together and sharing food.  For Muslims it is customary to enjoy Iftar with their families, neighbours and close friends – if you are lucky enough to get an invite to an Iftar at someone’s house, accept the invitation and enjoy the cultural experience.

Dress appropriately during Ramadan

Whilst dressing modestly should always be observed, it is particularly important during Ramadan as a matter of respect.  For ladies, shoulders should be covered and skirts and dresses should ideally be below the knee.

Eating and drinking in the office

If your staff usually eat and drink in the office, be considerate of Muslim colleagues and designate a room for such activity out of the sight of those fasting.

Ramadan Greetings

Customary greetings during Ramadan are ‘Ramadan Kareem’ and ‘Ramadan Mubarak’.

Heavy Vehicle Ban during rush hours in Ramadan

Heavy vehicles are not allowed on Abu Dhabi roads in the peak hours between 8am-10am and 2pm-4pm.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan the ninth month in the Hijri calendar (Islamic calendar).  It is considered the holiest month of the year.  Nearly a quarter of the global population is Muslim and during Ramadan they will fast during daylight hours.  They also abstain from bad thoughts and intentions.  It is a time for charity and Muslims will give parts of their salaries to charity, volunteer in community projects and help the needy.

Conclusion 

During my own time of living and working in the UAE, I have seen the changes in how business in conducted during Ramadan.  During the last few years, where Ramadan was in the summer months business was definitely slower, the schools were on summer break and many residents left for the summer.  The plus side of this was for those of us that stayed in Abu Dhabi during Ramadan, it was quieter and often meant that processes happened quicker. However, with each year that passes, I notice that Ramadan seems to have a lesser impact on business each year and apart from the reduced working hours, it really is business as usual.  Therefore, if you are thinking of setting up a business in Abu Dhabi, don’t be put off about starting the process during Ramadan.  Business doesn’t come to a halt here.  You may even find it beneficial as it is a great time for networking and building connections at Iftars.  You’ll also be ready to hit the ground running after the Eid holiday and during the summer.

Related Blogs that you may be interested in:

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Business as usual in Abu Dhabi during Ramadan (well almost)     CLICK HERE

By providing bespoke, trustworthy business setup, a corporate local sponsorship platform for protection and efficient visa processing in Abu Dhabi, award winning Gateway Group uses its on-the-ground experience and knowledge to help companies make informed decisions that are right for their business and in line with their goals. For assistance with your Abu Dhabi business set up, visa processing and ongoing Trade License renewal requirements, Email us: info@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

Jenny Hunt, CEO Gateway Group of Companies

Jenny@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

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11th March 2018

Guest post from Edward Spiller, Senior Consultant at CSA Consultants, about the importance of ISO accreditation for construction and engineering companies in Abu Dhabi when tendering.

Why is gaining your ISO accreditation important when it comes to tendering?

It’s a question I always get asked when I present the benefits of ISO accreditation to businesses involved in construction. But, before we get to the benefits to your business, let’s look at it from the organisation that is tendering the projects’ point of view.

Another Point of View

Construction is expensive and a huge factor that hangs over any project is TIME! When developing the budget, timelines are critical. So, one way to help reduce the risk of extended timelines is to ensure that all contractors involved in the project have processes and procedures in place to deliver their part of the project on time and to specification.

Construction is also dangerous. With tonnes of concrete, steel and other material literally flying through the air; electrical cables, water (never a good mix) and of course height added to the mix, it is an area of inherent danger to humans.  Again, the tendering organisation wants risk of injury to the work force and visitors reduced as much as possible. Therefore, they look to contractors that have a Health and Safety Management System in place, with processes and procedures, checklists and inspections to ensure that their staff are safe in and around the site.

It Begins to Make Sense

Therefore, when you register on e-portals or via posted applications in response for tenders, three of the boxes they ask you to tick are:

  • Do you have a Quality Policy and Management System?
  • Do you have a Health and Safety Policy and Management System?
  • Do you have an Environmental Policy and Management System?

It is the first part of the filtering process, and an important one!

Some Reasons Why

Did you know that currently the following are requirements for construction and engineering companies in Abu Dhabi when they register for Classification after obtaining their trade license?

CONTRACTORS applying for Special Category and First Category, enabling them to tender for projects valued from AED60m upwards, are required to have the following:

ISO:9001, ISO: 14001 and OHSAS 45001 (the new standard replacing 18001 for OHAS)

CONTRACTORS applying for Second Category, enabling them to tender for projects valued from AED30m – AED100m are required to have the following:

ISO:9001

CONSULTANTS applying for Special and First Category, enabling them to tender for projects valued from AED20m upwards, are required to have the following:

ISO:9001

The Solution

By implementing ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System and ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System, not only puts you one step closer to final selection for the project, it puts in place processes and procedures, checks and records to ensure that you deliver both quality services or products on time and ensure the safety of your work force and those around them.

Your Benefits

There are numerous benefits to implementing the Management Systems within your business, not only for tendering purposes. These include:

  • Meet Customer Requirements
  • Get More Revenue and Business from New Customers
  • Improve Company and Product/Services Quality
  • Increase Customer Satisfaction with your Products/Services
  • Describe, Understand and Communicate Your Company Processes
  • Develop a Professional Culture and Better Employee Engagement
  • Embeds a culture of Risk Management throughout Your Company
  • Improve the Consistency of Your Operation
  • Focus Management and Employees
  • Improve Efficiency, Reduce Waste and Save Money
  • Achieve International Quality Recognition
  • INCREASE PROFITS
One More Step

There is one step further you can go to improve your management systems. If, or, rather when you decide to implement 2 or more ISO standards, you can merge them into an Integrated Management System (IMS). This reduces duplication of documented information, establishes core responsibilities and risk management; and, embeds the processes and procedures across all elements of your business to ensue all the benefits are felt across your business.

Edward Spiller, Senior Consultant at CSA Consultants

For more information on any of the ISO Management Systems and how they can benefit your business, how they are implemented and embedded, visit CSA Corporate Services’ website: www.csa-consultants.me or email: info@csa-consultants.me

CSA Consultants is part of CSA Corporate Services LLC, which was established in 2015. The company was formed to provide business consultancy across several key sectors including Management, Sales, HR and ISO implementation. We work as part of your team and bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and common sense to all our projects. Our hands-on approach ensures that we get the job done not to our clients’ expectations but, above them. CSA Consultants delivers the guidance, knowledge and expertise to implement and embed the chosen standard to your business model ensuring that not only are you fully compliant with the requirements of the standard but reap the benefits of the standard within your business.

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8th January 2018

To help the planning of your business trips to Abu Dhabi during 2018 and to ensure that you stay fully informed about your relevant sector, please find below a list of exhibitions and conferences which have been announced to date.  

January

12-13 ECE Clinical Update, Dusit Thani Hotel (Healthcare)

15-18 World Future Energy Summit, ADNEC (Energy)

15-18 International Water Summit, ADNEC (Water)

15-18 EcoWaste Exhibition, ADNEC (Waste)

18-20 Abu Dhabi Ophthalmology Review 2018, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Healthcare)

18-21 Abu Dhabi golf Championship, Abu Dhabi Golf Club (Sport)

19-20 The Great India Education Fair, Crowne Plaza (Education)

25-26 International Conference on Vitamin D Deficiency, Nutrition and Human Health, Intercontinental Hotel (Healthcare)

26-27 AABB Annual Meeting Highlights Conference and Exhibition in the Middle East 2018, ADNEC (Healthcare)

29-30 Future Landscape & Public Realm Abu Dhabi, Eastern Mangroves Hotel (Architecture, Environment, Waste & Air & Water Management)

29-31 Tawdheef Recruitment Show, ADNEC (Recruitment)

29-31 SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Oil & Gas)

February

2-3 School & Nursery Show, The Domes, Zayed Sports City (Education)

2-3 Red Bull Air Race World Series: Abu Dhabi, Corniche (Sport)

5-6 Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture 2018, ADNEC (Agriculture)

5-7 VIV MEA 2018, ADNEC (Animal Feed)

10-11 Abu Dhabi Worldcare Conference, ADNEC (Healthcare)

6-7 Breakbulk Middle East, ADNEC (Logistics)

21-22 MENA Investment Congress, ADGM (Finance)

25-27 Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) 2018, ADNEC (Defence)

25-27 Simulation and Training Exhibition & Conference, ADNEC (Defense)

26-27 International Conference & Expo on Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering (Aerospace and Aeronautics)

26-28 International Aviation Exhibition in the Middle East, Al Bateen Airport (Aviation)

27-28 Global Aerospace Summit (Aerospace)

6-7 – Future Landscape & Public Realm Abu Dhabi (Air & Water Management, Architecture, Environment & Waste Management)

March

1-3 6th International Child & Adult Behavioural Health Conference, Jumeirah Etihad Towers Hotel (Healthcare)

2-3 International Conference On Economics, Management And Social Study (ICEMSS), Radisson Blu (Business)

3-8 Middle East Health Leadership Programme (Healthcare)

4 Global Education Fair, Sheraton Hotel (Education)

6-8 International Security National Resilience (ISNR), ADNEC (Defense)

6-8 Infosecurity Middle East 2018 (Security)

6-8 Fire & Emergency Middle East 2018, ADNEC (Fire, Emergency)

6-8 Emergency Response and Disaster Prevention 2018, ADNEC (Emergency Response)

8-10 8th SEHA International Neonatology Conference, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Healthcare)

13-15 British School in the Middle East Conference, Crowne Plaza (Education)

15-16 Abu Dhabi Annual Intl Conference on Vitamin D Deficiency And Human Health, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Healthcare)

18-19 Constructing an Urban Future: The sustainability and resilience of cities – infrastructures, communities and architectures, Abu Dhabi University (Infrastructure)

18-21 Middle East Sulphur, Jumeirah Etihad Towers Hotel (Chemicals)

19-21 International Conference on Media and Communication, Abu Dhabi University (Media)

21-22 Future of Technology Summit 2018, ADNEC (Tech)

27-28 PVPC Expo, ADNEC (Oil & Gas)

27-29 Firefighting Middle East, ADNEC (Fire)

27-29 Cyber Security for Energy & Utilities, Dusit Thani (Security)

April

5-7 International Motor Show Abu Dhabi 2018, ADNEC (Transport)

5-7 Custom Show Emirates, ADNEC (Transport)

16 Green Business Summit, Rosewood Hotel (Sustainability)

16-18 International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Healthcare)

17 EIC Connect, Dusit Than Hotel (Oil & Gas)

17-19 Cityscape Abu Dhabi Exhibition 2018 , ADNEC (Real Estate)

19-20 Gulf Regional Congress on Obesity 2018, ADNEC (Healthcare)

20-21 Abu Dhabi Schools & Childcare Expo 2018, ADNEC (Education)

22-24 26th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference 2018 (MPGC) (Oil & Gas)

23-24 BETT Middle East, ADNEC (Education)

25-27 Elite Ped. GI Congress, Beach Rotana Hotel (Healthcare)

25-1 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADNEC (Books)

27-28 Advanced Diabetes Conference, Marriott Al Forsan (Healthcare)

29-1 Abu Dhabi International Downstream Conference and Exhibition, International Paint Gulf (Oil & Gas)

May

9-12 Bride Show Abu Dhabi 2018 (Weddings)

11-13 – Lifestyle Abu Dhabi, ADNEC (Lifestyle)

September

3-5 CPHI MEA 2018, ADNEC (Pharmaceuticals)

17-18 Pharmacy Forum MENA, Park Hyatt Hotel (Healthcare)

9-13 Talent Management Oil & Gas Conference, Intercontinental (Oil & Gas)

24-26 5th World Heart and Brain conference (Healthcare)

27-28 World Congress on Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refinery, Abu Dhabi Mall (Oil & Gas)

October

2-6 Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian, ADNEC (Hunting, Equestrian)

15-17 China Trade Week 2018, ADNEC

17-18 Smart Business Expo 2018, ADNEC (Business)

17-18 India Trade Expo 2018, ADNEC

17-18 International Franchise Conference & Exhibition 2018, ADNEC (Franchise)

17-20 Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, ADNEC (Boats)

21-23 SuperReturn Middle East, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (Finance)

22-24 Gulf Dentex 2018, ADNEC (Dentistry)

25-29 Abu Dhabi International Jewellery & Watch Show (JWS), ADNEC (Jewellery)

31-2 NAJAH, ADNEC (Education)

TBC Healthcare Recruitment & Training Fair, ADNEC (Healthcare)

November

1-3 International Real Estate & Investment Show (IREIS), ADNEC (Real Estate)

12-15 – ADIPEC, ADNEC (Oil & Gas)

15 IT Security Roadshow, Sofitel Hotel (Security)

TBC World Halal Tourism Summit, ADNEC (Tourism)

23-25 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit (Event)

December

10-12 – SIAL Middle East 2018, ADNEC (Food & Beverage)

10-12 – Abu Dhabi International Date Palm Exhibition, ADNEC (Food & Beverage)

If there are any exhibitions or conferences scheduled for Abu Dhabi in 2018 that are missing from the above listing, please us know so that we can add them: info@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

Business Groups – Networking Events in Abu Dhabi

Additionally, throughout the year, the numerous business groups based in Abu Dhabi host a variety of networking events.  Topics vary and can be sector-specific, sharing regulatory updates or just social networking to help their members build up relationships and identify potential business opportunities.  If you are a British business or individual, you might be interested to look at the British Business Group in Abu Dhabi, which is renowned for hosting multiple monthly events: www.britishbusiness.org/events

Preparing for your Abu Dhabi Events

If you are planning to attend and/or participate in events in Abu Dhabi during 2017, be sure to prepare in advance to ensure you maximise your time.

  • Identify potential contacts that you would like to do business with in advance and start a conversation to start building a relationship prior to the event.
  • Understand the regulatory requirements for your business should you intend to start doing business here – you will need to know about business setup in Abu Dhabi so that you are legal and compliant and arranging visas for staff.
  • Bring plenty of marketing collateral and business cards
  • Where possible book meetings with key contacts
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By providing company formation guidance and implementation, nominee corporate sponsorship and efficient PRO services, award-winning Gateway Group helps foreign companies expand into the Abu Dhabi market correctly and securely so that they can focus on developing their business rather than unnecessarily diverting their attention to regulations and compliance.  For assistance with your Abu Dhabi business set up, visa processing and ongoing Trade License renewal requirements, Email us: info@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

Jenny Hunt, CEO Gateway Group of Companies

Jenny@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

@JennyatGateway

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10th December 2017

Gateway Group’s CEO, Jenny Hunt, was recently asked to share her thoughts and opinions about expatriates leaving the corporate life to set up their own business in Abu Dhabi.  Hunt highlighted the main mistakes UAE residents make when they try to set-up a business, as well as the biggest pitfalls to look out for.

The article was originally featured on the CIPD website on 29th November 2017.  To read the article in full CLICK HERE

Most working professionals in the UAE want to start their own business, according to a new survey by Bayt.com and YouGov, called Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa 2017.

The survey revealed that 78 per cent of employees in the country are thinking of becoming, or have already attempted to start up as, entrepreneurs. The figure for MENA overall is even higher, with 82 per cent of employees wanting to go it alone in business. In Oman, 86 per cent of those currently employed are thinking of setting up a business.

Jenny Hunt, deputy chairman of Business Group Abu Dhabi and founding partner and chief executive of the Gateway Group of Companies, helps people set up business in the UAE. While it may be an appealing idea to go it alone, she said individuals generally get caught out by two issues: “One is being sold a company formation by a salesperson earning commission and therefore not necessarily getting the advice that is right for their personal situation and their plans for their business,” she said. “The other key mistake is seeking out the cheapest license option rather than understanding which is most suitable for their plan.”

In her opinion, the five biggest license pitfalls are: “assuming – and sometimes being wrongly advised – that licenses cover the whole of the UAE rather than the Emirate or jurisdiction they are issued in; assuming free zone licenses are quicker and cheaper to establish – often they aren’t when all of the fees are taken into consideration; assuming that the 51 per cent local partner requirement for an onshore LLC means they lose control of their business and profits, while there are ways to safeguard themselves; trying to manage the incorporation process themselves when their time could be better spent on developing their business; and assuming that they will start earning immediately and not giving enough consideration to cash flow”.

The reasons why people in the MENA region want to start their own businesses include personal fulfilment; freedom to choose work-life balance; higher monetary gains; the ability to give back to the community, and the ability to ‘be their own bosses’, according to the survey.

Those who had already started their own business said they chose to do so in order to attain greater independence in what they want to achieve, increase their income, and have a better work-life balance.

Hunt said that in terms of the types of businesses people want to set up, she mostly received enquiries about consultancies. “Consultancy is always popular with expats leaving the corporate world and venturing out on their own. So enquiries relating to management consultancy, marketing and IT services are always popular. Increasingly, there is an interest in e-commerce opportunities too,” she added.

To make contact with Jenny Hunt directly and to find out how Gateway Group could assist with your Abu Dhabi company formation, Abu Dhabi local sponsorship and Abu Dhabi visas, please use the links below:

Jenny Hunt, CEO Gateway Group of Companies

Jenny@GatewayToAbuDhabi.com

@JennyatGateway

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