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WELCOME TO CREATIVE ZONE

Having set up Creative Zone during the harsh market conditions of 2010, we are our own best case study, having succeeded where others failed, to become Dubai’s largest business setup and support company. Knowing that ‘business setup is just the beginning’ is the secret of our success, and of our well over 36,000 satisfied clients.

Our mission therefore goes beyond simplifying your business setup, which by the way, we are very good at. So whether you only want a visa, just want us to setup your business, or are looking for long-term business support, we are here to help.

MEET THE TEAM

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Steve Mayne

MANAGING PARTNER
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Jigar Sagar

GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR
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Lorenzo Jooris

Chief Executive Officer
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Paul Prendergast

Head of Revenue & Strategy
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Elie Sulebi

Group Head of Operations
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Michal Sobieraj

Group Financial Controller
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Sofian Ben Fraj

Head, Client Relationship Management
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Neha Thomas

Head of Marketing
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Rebecca Vangunster

Senior Operations & Client Relations Manager
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Alistair Paine

Business Setup Manager
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Alyeesha Fernandes

Business Development Manager
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OUR AWARDS

Finalist Customer Focus of the Year 2019

Finalist Customer Focus of the Year 2019

Outstanding Contribution Industry Leadership Award - 2018

Outstanding Contribution Industry Leadership Award – 2018

Free Zone Industry Excellence Award - 2018

Free Zone Industry Excellence Award – 2018

Finalist 2016 SME of The Year

Finalist 2016 SME of The Year

Best business startup consultancy firm - 2015

Best business startup consultancy firm – 2015

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Donna Benton

FOUNDER The Entertainer

“After extensive research, I chose to work with CREATIVE ZONE to expand our retail operation. They were simply the best; leaders in their field with fantastic end-to-end services, competitively priced packages with exceptional attention to detail. All-in-all, CREATIVE ZONE worked really well with us. It has been the perfect fit between our companies.”

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Vilhelm Hedberg

FOUNDER ekar

“We choose CREATIVE ZONE to manage our company formation process and licensing requirements. Their knowledge and professional end-to-end services allowed my team to focus on the technology and logistics of our growing business. We have big plans for the future of Ekar in the UAE, and CREATIVE ZONE will be there to assist.”

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Darami Coulter

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Sumo Sushi & Bento

“As one of Dubai’s original small business success stories, our company, Sumo Sushi & Bento has been extremely grateful with the expertise of CREATIVE ZONE. Their advice and assistance on how to take our small business into the international franchise business world has been invaluable. We get to focus on what matters most to us which is our people, and they focus on the technicalities.”

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Lisa Scott-Lee

OWNER AND FOUNDER Dubai Performing Arts Academy

“CREATIVE ZONE helped with all the steps along the way – not just the business side of things such as putting all the company side of things together or visas, but also the personal things such as schools and giving advice on where our children could or could not attend. I really felt it was a very balanced service and I was very happy with how everything felt so smooth and just made everything a little bit easier when moving to a new country and setting up a new business. I was really grateful to have the support of CREATIVE ZONE.”

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Mona Tavassoli

FOUNDER Mompreneurs Worldwide

“CREATIVE ZONE is one of the most active companies in the entrepreneurship eco-system. They provide flexible services for company formation, which suits entrepreneurs at any stage of their business and are also very active in supporting women entrepreneurs. One of the most striking aspects of working with CREATIVE ZONE was the ease and efficiency with which we managed to open our company with their support. Having established another company on my own a few years ago, I fully appreciate the service that CREATIVE ZONE provides. They have a very professional and friendly team which makes the whole process much simpler. Working with CREATIVE ZONE has been fantastic and they have our highest praise and recommendation.”

Lorenzo Jooris has been a global nomad from his early days. Born and raised in Argentina, to Belgium/German parents, it didn't take long for him to seek new business and professional horizons. At the age of 25 he moved to the UK to start his career in the production of country branding campaigns and national advertising projects. In 2005 he went on to establish One World Communications, a full-fledged multi-media powerhouse advising governments around the world in branding and communication strategies. He later on established LEADERS Middle East Magazine in the UAE, Envision Films and Eventus, when he thought it was time for him to spend more time at home and less travelling the world. LEADERS Middle East allowed him to curate events such as the Young Global Leader Summit and the Power Women of Arabia Debate. Lorenzo joined Arton Capital in 2018 as their Vice President of Global Growth and Strategy where he oversaw the international expansion of the company in charge of sales, marketing and events worldwide. Lorenzo has a soft spot for social initiatives and projects that give back to the communities in need; Lorenzo founded Leaders without Borders, an initiative that promotes the development of young social entrepreneurs. He is the author of "Recipes for a Better World" and an advisor to the James Michel Foundation.

Lorenzo is now the CEO of Creative Zone in Dubai, having joined in January 2020. He lives in Dubai with his lovely wife and two beautiful daughters.

Paul Prendergast has over 23 years direct experience managing successful international businesses and sales teams in bespoke added value technology areas. In the last 7 years he was responsible for the creation and performance of a startup in Europe that now generates revenue in excess of €30M annually. Prior to his role within Creative Zone he was active as a Sales and Marketing consultant based in UAE.
In addition to his direct business experience and track record of success, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and holds a Business Studies & Marketing Degree. In combination, these give a thorough appreciation of ‘The big picture" along with the knowledge of how to orient and structure businesses and teams to deliver on their goals.

Michal comes with 12 years of experience in project management, financial analysis, strategic planning, and team building. He has completed his bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Notre Dame in the USA and holds a Master's Degree in Project Management from the Warsaw School of Economics. Michal has, over the years, demonstrated the ability to motivate staff to enhance productivity. Michal currently leads the finance teams across the Creative Zone group.

Elie brings over thirteen years of experience of working in diverse industry segments. Starting his career with a strong focus on Human Resources, his passion for learning and developing new abilities steered his career to a new direction, and he held important roles in many renowned groups like Challhoub and Jumeirah. Elie's leadership and liaison skills, financial acumen, sales flair, personal charm, persuasiveness, resilience in resolving day-to-day operational challenges, and an undying enthusiasm make him a prolific leader of the Creative Zone Group Operations team.

Holding a Masters degree in Business Administration, specialising in Marketing, Neha has over seven years of work experience in the UAE within diverse industries including Education, Luxury Hospitality and Business Consulting.
Her expertise lies in being responsible for the entire look and feel of any brand by tactically aligning the Digital, Social, PR, Events, Website, and all other campaigns that potentially resonate a favourable positioning for the company. Her core strengths being in PR and Digital Marketing, the industry-specific strategies adopted has helped brands to increase their online presence by multiple folds and bring in the best results with the best ROI.
Her positive attitude, creative outlook, hardworking nature, and a friendly approach helps to cope with the growing demands of any industry. Neha currently Heads the Marketing Department at Creative Zone and liaise with all external digital and PR agencies to achieve the desired outcome.

Alistair Paine has over five years experience in UAE and Saudi Arabia company formation and structuring. Specialised in advising and protecting expatriate investors beneficial interests through company structures, Alistair has established well over 1,200 UAE Free Zone and Mainland companies in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Working closely with Paul Prendergast across the revenue department, he now manages the Business Set-Up Team at Creative Zone and is responsible for helping to drive the groups' expansion in Saudi Arabia. He is passionate, a creative thinker with strong customer service skills and has a vast understanding of all UAE and Saudi Arabia business set-up jurisdictions.

A Client Relationship Management expert with 10+ years of experience in call centre management, training, recruitment, service solutions and innovative marketing concepts. Sofian is also adept in providing cu certified understanding of salesforce CRM, Genesys and Avaya systems. He has been instrumental in increasing the company's customer satisfaction rating index. Sofian is a native Arabic speaker with fluency in English and French.

Rebecca Vangunster has over 7 years of experience in the business set-up industry. She brings a wealth of operational leadership and exemplified outstanding customer service in the organization. She has strong client service skills, a proactive problem solver and has a vast understanding of various jurisdictions in the UAE.

With a Postgraduate Masters in Finance from The University of Melbourne, Australia, Jigar has built a successful career providing advise on corporate finance, financial planning, budgeting, and risk management. He managed the finances of multiple UAE based SMEs from 2003-2006 and is currently responsible for the strategic planning, corporate partnerships and financial management of CREATIVE ZONE GROUP - with an annual turnover of over AED 200 million.

Steve Mayne brings more than 24 years of experience of management, business consultancy and corporate leadership to his role as Managing Partner of CREATIVE ZONE. Additionally, he is responsible as Company Director to six other UAE organisations, of which, he manages and runs at a board level.

Prior to CREATIVE ZONE, he worked with a number of global organizations specializing in logistics, supply chain management, and process engineering. With his industry experience in workspace solutions, he has played an integral role in establishing some of the region’s leading business centres, investing and managing these together.

His global experience combined with his natural ability to unite and mold successful teams has taken him to over 10 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean.

With his extensive experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the regional business environment as well as strong operational expertise. He holds an MBA from Charles Sturt University in Australia. He is married with four children and his hobbies include surfing, touch rugby, running, boating, BBQ’s and entertaining.

“We believe in building a strong company culture based on trust and mutual respect which, in turn, drives customer service. Our clients are the heart and soul of our business and supporting them in their success is our highest priority.”