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How to start a recruitment agency in Dubai, UAE

Armaan Khanna

Dubai is built for business growth. And thousands of entrepreneurs set up out here every year for that reason.

But as businesses grow, they need to add to their workforce, a process that is not without challenges anywhere in the world. Here in Dubai, with its high expatriate workforce, standardised contracts, and mandatory benefits, it requires an even more expert eye.

For that reason, most businesses seek the services of a recruitment agency or HR consultant to help them employ the best available talent.

With so many businesses in the UAE, recruitment services demand is always high.

And when you start a UAE business with the help of Meydan Free Zone, you can be up and running in no time. Our team are experts in business setup in Dubai and can help you with licensing visas and much more.

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In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know to open a recruitment agency in Dubai, UAE, including:

The benefits of starting a recruitment agency in Dubai

The vast and growing market is just one of the many great reasons to start a recruitment agency in Dubai. The emirate is also home to a time-tested company formation process built for ease and welcoming to entrepreneurs from every corner of the world.

That’s on top of the UAE’s highly attractive 0% tax rate on corporate and personal income. When you set up in a UAE free zone, the benefits continue. Free zone businesses also receive 100% customs tax exemption and the freedom to repatriate capital and profits.

Set up in Meydan Free Zone, and you’ll also benefit from:

  • Premier LocationPremier location
    Being at one of the most sought-after centrally located commercial addresses in Dubai puts you minutes away from major pulse points and the city’s vital commercial and financial hubs.
  • Easy Start-UpEasy start-up
    Benefit from a smooth registration process with access to priority government relations assistance and broad support services tailored to address your individual business needs.
  • ArtboardA great place to live and work
    Take advantage of the unique opportunity to live and work in Meydan’s premium mixed-use developments offering innovative office spaces that encourage business growth.

Membership of the Meydan Group enjoys unparalleled benefits, including access to a fully equipped business centre, luxurious hotel accommodations and the group’s comprehensive support network.

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The steps to open a recruitment agency in Dubai

Whether you want to start an HR consultancy in Dubai or become a recruitment consultant in Dubai, you’ll first need to familiarise yourself with the local business landscape. It’s a good idea to partner with a UAE free zone at this stage. At Meydan Free Zone, we can guide you through the following process.

First, we’ll help you choose and register your company name.

The UAE has a very clear set of naming parameters that you’ll need to stick to. But don’t worry; all are straightforward and largely common sense. Essentially, you should avoid blasphemous and offensive language and the names of well-known organisations. We will also cover a few more rules in your initial consultation.

When setting up in the UAE, it is also important to align your business practices to the list of permitted activities. So, if you are starting a recruitment agency, becoming an HR consultant, or any other related activity, these will need to be clearly stated on your license.

You are not allowed to carry out activities other than those you are licensed for. However, you may include multiple business activities and can add more later.

Meydan Free Zone Trade Licenses Can Have Up To 3 Business Activity Groups.

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How to start a recruitment agency in Dubai,

With this early part of the process successfully navigated, we can help you apply for your recruitment license. There are a couple of common ways to do this.

When making your application, you will need to submit a form containing details about your business and its shareholders and proof of address and identification.

If you intend to operate your business from the UAE, you will also require a visa. As part of this process, you will be required to undergo a fitness test, blood test, and chest x-ray. You can also sponsor the visas of others, such as dependent children and parents, your spouse, and any domestic staff.

Finally, if you’re getting paid in the UAE, you’ll need a corporate bank account. Meydan Free Zone can help with this step, too, advising on the right financial institution for your needs and circumstances.

The cost of opening a recruitment agency in Dubai

The cost of starting a recruitment agency in Dubai will depend on many factors. Your business location, activities, and size will all play a part.

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For a full breakdown of costs get in touch with the team at Meydan Free Zone.

Take your business to new heights at Meydan Free Zone

Meydan Free Zone is a thriving, centrally located economic district with one of the most prestigious business addresses in the region.

We offer our businesses a host of innovative investment and lifestyle benefits in a secure, regulated environment that empowers productivity. And we can help you join them too.

Our expert team can assist the entire company formation journey, from registering your company name to managing your license and visa applications.

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