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Starting Your Business in Dubai – The Infographic

Starting Your Business in Dubai – The Infographic


Starting Your Business in Dubai – The Infographic

Dubai is the hub of the Arab ecommerce world. It is the most developed market and the home of many of our most successful home-grown companies like Souq and Dubizzle.

The city is also one of the easiest places for new companies to find their footing: it is full of talented professionals, free-zones, programs to support innovation, and even a few investors to keep the whole thing funded.

If you are going to start an ecommerce in the Arab world, you’re likely to do it in Dubai. And your office will almost certainly be in one of the UAE’s 38 free-zones, most of which are in or around the city.

And though setting up a free-zone company might sound easy, it can be a challenging and lengthy process especially if you’ve never done it before. To help solve this problem, we teamed up with our friends at Business Setup Consultants to create a brand new infographic: Starting Your Free-Zone Business in Dubai.

Setting up a business in Dubai? Here’s your cheat sheet!

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Start a Free-Zone Business in Dubai Download the Infographic

Have you just set up a business in Dubai? What has your experience been like and what were you biggest challenges? And if you have any business set-up questions tweet at @_BusinessSetup_ or @Payfort.

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Dalia El Gammal

Marketing Specialist PAYFORT



  1. Javid Iqbal

    December 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I have a company in Dubai but not a free zone and want to sell Software product in EU . How to setup my Payfort account in Dubai. AS i have already Euro and AED accounts in MAshriq bank
    Can you please advise me how to go a head.


    • Faisal Al-Khalidi

      December 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Javid, send me an email and i’ll connect you with someone on our team to help you out 🙂

  2. Maria Malik

    March 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Please Like our page for tips to start a business in dubai:

  3. TheTogglers

    May 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

    This is awesome, I love this post, I read almost all blog written by you, here is one blog that I wrote for 7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START AN ECOMMERCE BUSINESS IN THE UAE, I am sure your audience will like this post as well :

  4. Nousheen Sufi

    May 19, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Great post on Business Set Up In Dubai. Thanks for sharing !

  5. John

    May 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Great information at one place, I recently visited UAE to setup a new business in Dubai & launched our new restaurant in JLT using Sovereign Group’s services. Next time would love to use services.

  6. Princess Kryslynn

    July 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post, as it is a great source of information and has been significantly structured and evidently detailed. Business setup in Dubai have several grimes involved. If one compromise on any aspect in the starting it can linger on and result in some big goof up later on. But with the help and proper guidance of business setup company it can be establish smoothly.

  7. xpand services

    August 1, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Great blog. Xpand Provides High Quality, Hassle Free & Professional Services To The Clients For Establishing Their Business In Dubai.

  8. Delcy Dsouza

    September 20, 2016 at 8:43 am

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    Ø Business Set-up

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  9. xpand services

    September 27, 2016 at 6:40 am

    One of the most significant steps in creating a viable business plan understands the initial cost of Starting Business in Dubai. Dubai’s tax free nature is eye-catching to many businesspersons, but it’s important to keep in mind the fees involved in allotting a new trade licence.

  10. Peter

    November 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

    This is really a great and informative post regarding starting a business in Dubai. Starting a business in Dubai is really a great option to develop the business strength. As we know, Dubai is a hub of business world, and setting up a business in Dubai can boost your business quickly. Here, you can get the business consultant in Dubai to setup your business..

    • Payfort

      November 3, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Thank you for your feedback Peter, we are always trying to help businesses excel by providing as much useful info as possible and hopefully you can get in touch with us when your business in Dubai is ready.

  11. ASIF

    November 20, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Very much informative post, well explained with a single info graphics. Inspiring for those who are looking up to launch their business in tax free heaven Dubai. Now you can join hands with us for your business setup in Dubai.

    • Payfort

      November 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Thank you for your feedback Asif, we always thrive to find creative and simple ways to help eCommerce businesses, not only by providing online payments but by providing informative content as well.

  12. Aitazaz Malik

    December 6, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    amazing piece of information, this is the good for the people who want to start their business in world 3rd safest country declared for business. But business setup in Dubai is possible with the help of professional consultants.

  13. Shrooq Business Management

    June 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Hi.. There-
    Nice blog!
    Guys you can visit here to know more
    Dubai Company Formation Cost

    • Amira Abou Shousha

      Amira Abou Shousha

      July 5, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Greetings ٍShrooq Business Management – Thank you very much for taking time to review our blog.
      your input and the feedback from all of our readers is vitally important to us and we always want reader’s expectations to be met upon all the time. Per your comment, thanks for sharing your website and we believe that if we can get in touch we could make a great content partnership together.
      Happy to hear from you again and you can always reach us through
      Amira Abou Shousha

  14. Jackie

    August 28, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Lovely infographic. Gives all the information in one place. I am going to link it to our blog article about FreeZones in UAE. Couldn’t have explained any better.

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      September 13, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Hello Jackie!

      Thank you for your feedback!

      We are glad you enjoyed the infographic and found it informative.

      Stay tuned for more helpful articles !

  15. Suman

    August 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Hello Team Payfort,
    Great post on Business Set Up In UAE. Thanks for sharing such an important thing about business in Dubai. I was looking for this type of thing.

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      September 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Hello Suman

      Thank you for your feedback!

      We are always looking for ways to help our readers gain more insights on setting up businesses and launching, so stay tuned for more helpful articles.

  16. supply chain consultants

    October 25, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Nice. I like this info-graphic presentation very much. Dubai has become a business hub for gulf countries and providing various quality oriented business opportunities. Thanks for sharing the above information.

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      October 29, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you very much for your feedback!
      Stay tuned for more interesting reads

  17. Global Incorporations

    November 1, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Can we upload this Infographic on our Company setup company’s blog?

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      November 14, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Hello Global Incorporations

      We are glad you enjoyed this infographic!

      Sure you can upload it on your blog, but make sure to redirect your readers to our blog!

  18. Ahmed

    November 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Do you accept e-commerce Free zone companies?

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      November 6, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Hello Ahmed,

      Thank you for getting in touch!

      Yes we do accept freezone companies as long as it has a legal setup in the UAE, Egypt, Ksa, Jordan, Lebanon or Qatar

      If you would be interested, dont hesitate to access the below link to get in touch with our team!

  19. Business Setup in Dubai

    December 8, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Very Nice infographic.
    useful information

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      December 12, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Thank you for getting in touch!
      We are glad you enjoyed the infographic and found it useful

  20. New Business Setup

    January 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Awesome info-graphic.Just love the way information is presented.
    Keep up the good work.
    Check out my post on a similar tpic.Hope you will like it

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      January 22, 2018 at 8:06 am

      Thank you for your feedback!
      Please stay tuned for more

  21. Manie

    June 20, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for the great manual

  22. Mobeen Maqbool

    June 26, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    It is really a great post, I have got some information that i would like to share.

  23. Thanks, it is very informative

    • Dalia El Gammal

      Dalia El Gammal

      August 16, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it!
      Stay tuned for more 🙂

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