Using a Dubai Virtual Office
18 September, 2015
A number of people who want to set up a company in Dubai want to use a virtual office as a means to help them keep their costs as low as possible. These types of offices are a good option for those who need to have access to certain types of business services, and it is common for those working from home as well as for businesses that are planning to relocate, or that are in the middle of relocating now. A virtual office will allow the owner the ability operate their business, get their UAE residence visa, and open up a corporate bank account.
Quite often, those who use Dubai virtual offices are those with small companies, and even freelancers who do not have large space requirements for staffing. It provides the owner with a business address, but they do not have to worry about the cost of leasing a traditional space. How much to the virtual offices cost? The cost will vary based on where you might be.
When you have a virtual office, you have the ability to work from anywhere that you might like, even from home. However, your home address cannot be the location of your business as stated on business cards or your website, since it is against the law.
Once you've set up your virtual office, you will be able to sponsor your family to bring them to Dubai with you. However, you will have to make at least Dh. 5000 a month. You will also have to follow all of the other rules and requirements for bringing your family into the emirate, including providing notarized marriage and birth certificates. You will need to have your residency in Dubai in order first, naturally.
What About the Free Zones?
One of the most important things to remember when it comes to virtual offices is that they are not available in the Dubai Free Zones. In these zones, you are required to have an actual physical space within that particular zone. One of the reasons for this is that they tend to prefer larger companies that have a longer track record, and that they are sure will stick around for longer. Some of the zones will offer "virtual" space in the form of desks, and in some cases conference rooms, that the business owners can visit as needed. This satisfies the requirement that they have an actual physical location and address.
Rules and Regulations Vary
It's important to remember that there are different rules and regulations depending on where you set up your company in Dubai. These can be a bit difficult to understand, and you may not know whether you are allowed to use a virtual office or not. Since you do not want to make any mistakes and potentially risk your business, you will want to make sure that you talk with a third party company that can help you set everything up and explain the laws and regulations to you.
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