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Finance & Legal

Legal, Money Matters & Business Set Up Advice

Welcome to our packed Finance section where you will find everything to do with money matters in Dubai- it's important to look after your money and some things are very different to your home country. It's important to take care of your finances right from the start so here we look at everything from opening a bank account to the cost of living in Dubai and how to budget and everything in between. Enjoy the articles below...


  • The UAE Currency

    Legal Advice In Dubai

    Here we look at how everything from how to sponsor your family, to why you should have an alcohol licence, who to contact in the case of an emergency to a full list of embassies and consulates in Dubai.

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  • money matters

    Managing Your Finances

    It's important to take care of your finances right from the start so here we look at everything from opening a bank account to the cost of living in Dubai and how to budget and everything in between.

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  • business set up

    Business Set Up Advice

    Whether you're looking to start up a freezone or LLC company, we tackle all the legalities involved through licensing and ownership requirements as well as how your business will be structured and more.

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  • dubai faqs

    Dubai FAQs

    Here we look all the commonly asked questions about life in Dubai from Salik to RERA, from traffic fines, RTA and the Police to getting a visa and everything else you need to know whilst living in Dubai as an expat.

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Legal & Financial News & Features

  • VAT in the UAE to be Introduced Next January

    VAT in the UAE to be Introduced Next January

    It's recently been announced the the UAE and five other GCC countries can expect to see a 5% VAT implemented as early as January 2018. Here's everything you need to know about it and how it will affect businesses and products in the UAE.

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  • How Brexit Will Affect British Expats in the UAE

    How Brexit Will Affect British Expats in the UAE

    it’s a topic on everyone’s mind who are currently residing in the United Kingdom, and they’re all considering the pros and cons of a vote in favour of Brexit. But what about the UK citizens who live abroad? What would Brexit mean for expats living in the UAE?

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  • 7 Ways to Stop Fighting Over Money

    7 Ways to Stop Fighting Over Money

    It’s understandable that money issues is one of the top reasons behind marital strain and divorce. After depending on your own finances and taking full control of your bank, it’s no wonder having to combine your money can damper the relationship.

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  • 15 Ways to Fix Your Finances in 15 Minutes

    15 Ways to Fix Your Finances in 15 Minutes

    Does your money need a complete overhaul? We understand... You need to first, stop complaining about the situation and take control of your personal finances. Sure, you may not know everything there is to know about money, but this doesn't mean you have to accept your situation at the moment.

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  • Save Money While Studying

    Save Money While Studying

    Though we all have our days where we wish we were university students again, we all know about students and their financial burdens. With low-incomes and high expenses, student life can be financially overwhelming for undergrads, but have no fear young grasshoppers, there are ways to save up and secure your future!

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  • Building an Emergency Fund

    Building an Emergency Fund

    Many of us like to stay positive, and look at the bright side of things, but what happens when life throws an unexpected curveball our way? From a medical expense, to car repairs to an unexpected lay-off, emergencies are unforeseeable, and can be expensive, thus, it is important that you have an emergency fund for those rainy days.

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  • 8 Rules for Becoming Debt Free by Age 30

    8 Rules for Becoming Debt Free by Age 30

    In this day and age, it seems young adults are beginning to graduate later, start careers later, get married later, have kids later... And yep, you've got it, saving later. Which ultimately has put our maturity at an all-time low, and our debt at an all-time high.

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  • Fines in Dubai

    Keep it Clean: Fines in Dubai

    Dubai take pride in its neat and clean Emirate, and authorities go the extra mile to ensure the beauty of the place is maintained. As a result, there are a number of fines implemented to make sure that all who live or visit Dubai - locals, expats and tourists alike - not only stay out of trouble, but also join in the great effort to keep Dubai clean. Here are your main ones explained...

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  • credit cards in dubai

    Credit Cards In Dubai

    To some people credit cards are a handy part of life and to others a route to debt that can cause major problems. Here we take a look at how credit cards work in Dubai and how to manage your card sensibly.

    You will get offered many credit cards whilst in Dubai from your own bank and from others but you really need to think carefully before applying or accepting one. A lot of people use credit cards wrongly. We've got tips and advice for you here.

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  • iban number

    Your IBAN Number

    Have you got your IBAN number yet? Do you know what an IBAN number is? Are you now thinking maybe I need to get one?

    Don't worry we've got a full explanation for you here. You may have been hearing all the buzz about IBAN numbers recently and need to find out more- the Central Bank Dubai has prepared a great list of FAQs to explain all about the IBAN number, how it affects you and what it is...

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  • shariah banking

    Shariah Banking

    Shariah or Islamic Banking are terms you may have heard but have had no experience with. Here we take a look at what it means and who is offering this in the UAE.

    Shariah Banking, also called Islamic Banking are banks that follow Islamic principles in their operations, which usually means no collection or payment of interest and no involvement in activities that are haaram e.g. gambling, pork products, alcohol related or indecent activities. We also have a list of Islamic Banks in the UAE.

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  • financial scams

    Watch Out For Financial Scams In Dubai

    There are various scams in the world and Dubai is not immune to them. The Dubai Financial Services Authority is a great resource and has a list of alerts for the latest scams as well as explanations of the scam.

    These explanations can help you understand the scam and help you to spot them and identify new attempts in the future. Take a read of the most common financial scams here and find out what you can do to avoid falling for them.

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  • school fees

    School Fee Comparison List

    Are you choosing which school in Dubai to send your child to? It is a hard decision and a lot of research is needed into which school is best for you and your child.

    This could be one of the major avenues of expense if your company is not paying the full school fees for you. Before you make any decision about moving to Dubai or are at the contract negotiation stage you can read our list of school fees in Dubai to help you with your budget.

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  • transfer money and exchange

    Transferring Money and Exchanging Money

    Whether you are a resident here, having visitors or coming to Dubai as a tourist it's great to know all your options for changing currency whilst here.

    We also take a look at the different options for transferring money to another country and at how the exchange rates work in the UAE. These days you have many convenient options so we take a look at all of them to help you make a decision how to get that money home safely and quickly.

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