Launching a UAE Business from Europe


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The United Arab Emirates has emerged as a beacon of growth, innovation, and boundless opportunities, captivating the imaginations of entrepreneurs worldwide. As an entrepreneur based in Europe, envisioning the launch of a business in the UAE can be an exhilarating yet complex journey. From the shimmering skylines of Dubai to the cultural richness of Abu Dhabi, the UAE presents a captivating blend of tradition and modernity, making it a coveted destination for ambitious visionaries.

In this blog, we will delve into the exciting process of establishing a business in the UAE from Europe. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur seeking new frontiers or a budding startup founder ready to make your mark on the global stage, this guide will equip you with valuable insights, key considerations, and practical advice to navigate the unique landscape of the UAE’s business ecosystem.

How to launch a UAE business from Europe:

Launching a UAE business from Europe is a much more straightforward process than anticipated. Crossing continental boundaries to expand your business may seem like a daunting task, however the openness of Dubai to business opportunities from across the world removes any potential barriers and stumbling blocks significantly. Some business setup packages do not even require you to have a visa in the country, such is the openness to business opportunities in the country.

You could also earn yourself a Golden Visa when you invest in the country, which would allow you to access significant privileges as an entrepreneur. If you’re willing to make the move to Dubai and make the most of your golden visa, your route is even easier. 

Why launch a UAE business from Europe?

Thinking about starting a business in Dubai from Europe? Let us try and convince you even more! Entrepreneurs in the city benefit from these attractive perks:

  • Competitive tax rate: as we know, Dubai is no longer ‘tax free’ for business owners. However, with a corporate tax rate at just 9%, there’s no doubt that Dubai remains one of the best countries to start a business from a tax perspective.
  • Emerging market: opportunities for entrepreneurs in Dubai are aplenty – even when considering the city’s exponential growth rate over recent years. Experience and expertise in mature European markets carries a lot of weight in the region, and puts you in a position of high respect amongst regional businessmen.
  • Regional access: Opening a business in the UAE opens up the entire GCC region to entrepreneurs. Not only is Dubai thriving as a market. Saudi Arabia holds incredibly ambitious growth plans, and Qatar has put itself on the global map with an incredibly successful World Cup campaign.


Which European countries do you see the most interest from?

We see great interest from the United Kingdom, France and Germany for launching businesses in the UAE. Entrepreneurs based in Western Europe are certainly looking at the UAE market and thinking that there are opportunities for them to expand their businesses into this thriving market. 

What’s the most popular industry to launch a business in?

Business consultancy. While Dubai is a flourishing market, it is still very much emerging, and there is still space for experienced professionals to lend their expertise to businesses across the city. With that said, if you’re coming to the city with great expertise and a passion for your craft, you’re in the perfect city to be successful. 

How to launch a UAE business from Europe?

If you’re thinking about expanding your European operations to the UAE, reach out to our team and we can discuss potential opportunities with you. Prices start as low as 1,100 GBP, which is roughly converting to 1,250 Euro. Contact us via email at [email protected], or call us on 800 SETHUB (738482) Set Hub