You’ve set up your business in Dubai, you’ve moved in, you’ve hired all the employees, but it’s not over yet. You still need to cover the essential everyday needs of the office to make sure everyone is comfortable and have everything they need. No, not snacks – although those are nice too. Once setting up, you need to quickly start contracts with and contact some service providers.
You need a contract with a fire extinguisher company who will come by every few months to refill your fire extinguishers and perform the legally required safety checks for fire hazards.
Starting a contract with a maintenance company is super easy and means that they will always be on call for urgent air-conditioning problems, any flickering lights, and any electrical issues. No employee wants or can sit under a flickering tube light, and no one can stand sitting in a hot office especially with the Dubai heat!
A contract with a cleaning company in Dubai will keep everyone sane and ensure that there are always clean mugs for every employee’s morning coffee! It’s super easy to start a cleaning contract for businesses, and the prices are very competitive too. Hiring an external company to do the cleaning is also much more cost effective than hiring someone for that sole purpose when considering visa costs.
You need to print reports, annotate them with pens and highlighters, and take notes during your morning meetings every day – and you can’t actually do that without materials (you need to provide these things to your employees). Using a single stationary provider ensures you’re never out of printer ink or paper, and you’re more likely to get a better deal than if you were to go shopping at a store. Specialised companies are able to reduce prices because there is no retail mark-up which is good news for you because your business needs stationary equipment on a regular basis.
We all need water! It’s essential to have a stock of fresh water for your guests and staff, and it’s very easy to set this up with a company rather than having to go to the store every morning. You need to start a contract with a UAE based drinking water company (there are tons of them!), and you should specify at what frequency you need the bottles to be delivered as per your company requirements (either weekly or bi-weekly, usually).
It seems very obvious when you read it and are reminded of these things, but with everything that will be going on when you first start your new company it’s completely normal to forget the little things. So this list should help keep you on track!
Henri was born and raised in Lebanon and studied at University of Saint Joseph. He is an avid fan of extreme sports and RC car racing. He is fluent in French and Arabic, he has traveled extensively throughout the region and Europe for both for leisure and business.