19 Expect bureaucracy Visa requirements can be onerous and can cause hours of distraction dealing with Arab bureaucracy. Thoroughly research the local regulations regarding tourism, residential and employment visas, and get local advice wherever possible. Most big companies have PR officer to deal with these issues. 20 Favour the free zone Free-zone locations are attractive areas to set up your business. They aim to obviate the need for a local business partner, simplify the visa process, and give you security of communications and infrastructure. Pioneered by Dubai, these are now becoming more common in other areas, too. 21 Pick your partner carefully If you choose to run your business with a local partner – still obligatory in many centres – choose with care and on the basis of personal recommendation from established Western entrepreneurs. “If you have a dispute with local partners, there will only be one winner,” says Asian IT entrepreneur Nittin Parag. Picture: source Related stories: How to do business in the Gulf: 6How to do business in the Gulf: 5How to do business in the Gulf: 4How to do business in the Gulf: 3How to do business in the Gulf: 2How to do business in the Gulf: 1
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