Starting up in a business in the UAE, and in any new country can be unnerving. These books will take some of the unknown out of what you need to know, what you need to do, and how you need to act.
The Middle East Unveiled: A Cultural and Practical Guide for All Western Business Professionals’
By Donna Marsh
A modern, comprehensive book that provides extensive cultural and practical business information for all Western business people working throughout in the Middle East. It also focuses on issues specifically important to Western businesswomen as well as for men who might be working with Arab and Muslim businesswomen. The book is written by Donna Marsh who runs fantastic courses for business professionals moving to places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. If you can, try one of her courses at www.cultureunveiled.com
Essam Al Tamimi is THE legal guy in Dubai, well versed and well connected at all levels. His practical guide gives the newcomer some basic principles about starting up, covering process and legal requirements.
The Dubai Zappy is an excellent patner to the Dubai Explorer. With detailed processes for both home and business, it will speed up your life no end for the simple facts that it presents you with all the information in a step by step guide. Simplicity where information is so difficult to obtain.
Sometimes you just come across one of those books that you really wished you had read before you came out here. This gives some in depth understanding of cross cultural issues that will help immensely in business situations. Highly Recommended
Another great cross-cultural eye opener that gives the Westerner an eye in on why things are done a certain way. The style and tone are spot on with a very simplistic approach to cover some difficult issues.
Overview of the current business climate in Dubai and emerging investment opportunities. Guides for starting and conducting a successful business in the country. Detailed info on investment, export and import opportunities, foreign economic assistance projects and government and business contacts.
Living and Working in the Gulf States & Saudi Arabia
by Robert Hughes & Graeme Chester
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A great book to pick up that acts as a good checklist for coverage in all areas of the Gulf.