First steps

Our services are specifically aimed at English firms or individuals that are interested in exploring business opportunities in the UAE in the most economical and effective ways.

Setting up a business

Once you decide to establish a business in the UAE, the English Business Council can provide complete support throughout every aspect of the set-up process. For example – 

  • Where a local sponsor is required, we can make trusted introductions and/or appoint a reputable service agent.
  • Manage the process of obtaining necessary licenses and other permissions.
  • Find suitable offices and install utility services.
  • Obtain visas and residence permits.

Many of the above services can otherwise be time-consuming – especially for a newcomer – and we undertake to provide seamless support from seasoned professionals, who are not only expert in UAE formation protocol but fully grounded in English business culture.

The English Business Council promotes English companies, goods and services in the United Arab Emirates and the wider Arabian Gulf market.

We assist English firms that are interested in investigating the market potential and can help individual entrepreneurs as well as small and medium-sized companies take their first steps into this exciting region. Our support can range from initial consultation in the UK through assisting with a fact-finding visit and – if all proves well – to establishing a company in the UAE with ongoing support.

On the ground we arrange networking opportunities for English companies and organise. English stands at exhibitions for both UAE and overseas companies. The EBC’s associates have many years’ experience working in the UAE in a variety of fields and understand the realities of doing business at the sharp end.

In these pages you will find more detail about how we can help you find economical ways of operating in the UAE market.

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