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What You Need To Know Before A Business Trip To The UAE

A Guide to Prepare for Your Next Business Trip to the UAE.

The UAE has favorable laws for businesses and is attracting conglomerates from all over the world. Read this article for tips to make the most of your business trip to the country.

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The UAE is a melting point, not only for culture and relaxation but also for business. With the level of ambition and wealth in the country, it’s no wonder it is a major hub for business gatherings. It is a strategic location with a dynamic, business-friendly environment that many top business people choose for their meetings, the place is wrapped in expensive decor, luxury cars and modern design.

However, conducting business in the UAE is more than simply showing up. You must be adequately prepared to take advantage of every opportunity the trip presents. This article will enlighten you on some key preparations to make before embarking on a business journey to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or anywhere else in the UAE.

Understand the Cultural Landscape

The UAE places great importance on its cultural heritage, so you must be mindful of it when preparing for your business trip. While business meetings may be all for suits and dresses, ensure the clothes you pack are in accordance with their culture. You should also observe non-verbal communication and learn to read between the lines when necessary to avoid conflict.

Embrace Business Etiquette

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It is essential to familiarize yourself with the Emirati business landscape to make your business trip successful. Gazing directly into women’s eyes or lingering is not encouraged, but you should be prepared to give firm, confident handshakes to your business partners when necessary. Address individuals with their titles to communicate respect. While Western countries may not be big on titles, the “sheik” or “Dr.” appellation goes a long way for the Emiratis.

Be prepared to be punctual for your meetings. The people in the country frown at tardiness and may interpret lateness as rudeness. Also, flexibility and punctuality are all regarded as virtues, and you should be ready to demonstrate them during your trip.

Understand the Legal and Regulatory Framework

The UAE’s legal and regulatory landscape is dynamic and different from other countries. The country operates under the Civil Law. As such, they have various laws and regulations governing different business aspects.

From licensing to tax and employment, it may be cumbersome but necessary. If possible, get a legal counsel with a vast knowledge of Emirati business laws to help you navigate your dealings smoothly. You should also know that foreign businesses usually require local sponsorships or partners to operate in the country. Check out your business dealing with your legal counsel and prepare adequately for the legal aspect.

Make Practical Considerations For Logistics

Your logistics define how smooth and easy your business transactions will be. Getting from one point to another can be tasking, and preparing adequately for it is the only way to ease your journey.

You can consider renting a business vehicle from one of the country’s high-end car rental services like without breaking a sweat. Thankfully, car rental companies in the UAE are versatile and have numerous vehicles to suit your style, help build your image, and make commuting easier.

Learn About Business Socializing

Thinking that going to the UAE for business only involves wearing suits and attending closed-door meetings is the wrong assumption ever. The Emirati business landscape generously includes socialization as part of doing business.

Be ready to attend social events and network outdoors for your business dealings. For instance, you may discuss business during a camel race or dune bashing. Learning about this beforehand will enable you to pack the right clothes and gain some knowledge about the activities.


People travel to the UAE for business for a lot of obvious reasons. With some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful individuals domiciled in the country, it is no wonder it is a choice destination for business gatherings.

Meanwhile, going to the UAE for a business event requires adequate planning for untold success. Follow the suggestions in this article to secure that deal and watch your business grow.

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