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How to start a sports management company in Dubai, UAE

If you love sports and you’re excited about the idea of making it a career from the management side then sports management is a field that can encompass everything from the front office in professional sports through to sports marketing, events, facility management, and even sports finance.

The sports market in the Middle East is in good health. A recent survey found that, in distinct contrast to the rest of the world, our region’s sports market was set to grow by 8.7% over the next five years.

With events such as the Formula One Grands Prix, UFC fighting championship, the Duty Free Tennis Championship and many more, sports management looks to be a strong contender if you’re considering business setup in Dubai.

So in this article, we will look at:

    • Benefits of starting a sports management company in Dubai
    • Cost of starting a sports management company in Dubai
    • Steps to open a sports management company in Dubai
    • Documents required to start a sports management company in Dubai
    • Working with Creative Zone

Benefits of starting a sports management company in Dubai

There are a number of benefits to starting a sports management company in Dubai. These include:

    • You can be flexible in your work: You are able to choose the clients/athletes/events you take on, and the mixture of in-person and online work.
    • You can have variety in your work: With so many popular sports in Dubai, and so many different events, you can guarantee enough variety to keep your working life interesting.
    • The chance for growth: With such a dynamic sports industry in Dubai, there is likely growing demand for management services for those with the right skills.
    • Start small – or big: Whatever size you start at, you can grow to a capacity that suits you.

Cost of starting a sports management company in Dubai

The cost of company formation in Dubai will depend on your chosen business activity, company size and where you set up.

As an approximation, you might expect a free zone setup to be around AED 20,000 – AED 25,000 for both license and visa. Keep in mind that there will be additional costs should you require qualifications or accreditations specific to the particular aspect of sports management that you work in.

It’s worth at this point speaking to Creative Zone who have the latest pricing and can tailor-make a package that suits your exact needs, and give you an accurate quote.

Steps to open a sports management company in Dubai

When you’re looking to get your Dubai sports management company up and running there are a number of steps to follow. Let’s break these down:

Step 1: Decide on your business activity: It is vital that your chosen activity aligns exactly with the business activity you are going to undertake. To make sure everything here is clear and compliant, it’s worth bringing in the services of a company formation specialist. This is not an area where you want to make a mistake as it can cause serious issues if you are carrying out unlicensed activities, even unknowingly. It’s important to note that every activity you carry out – within your sports management company – must be specified so you have the correct license.

Step 2: Choose a company name: The UAE is fairly strict when it comes to naming companies, so it’s important to be aware of the regulations. Essentially, you must avoid any language that could be seen as offensive or blasphemous. You must avoid any name that is already held by a well-known organisation. If you’re naming your company after yourself, ensure that you don’t abbreviate your name. So Sammy Johnson Sports Management is fine, but S. Johnson Sports Management is not. Of course you will also need to ensure your chosen company name is still available for you to register.

Step 3: Select free zone of mainland setup
The next decision you need to make is whether to set up on the mainland or in one of the UAE’s free zones. Free zone setup is popular and often very cost-effective – however, if you do take this route you would have to take some additional steps (such as opening a branch or using a distributor) if you want to trade directly with the UAE market. Only a mainland setup allows you to trade with the UAE market without extra steps.

It’s here that a company formation specialist can advise you on the best option for your chosen business.

Documents required to start a sports management company in Dubai

Whether making your application yourself, or through a company formation agent, you are usually only required to provide a few details and some basic documentation, including:

    • Completed application form
    • Passport copy of the proposed business owner/s
    • Two colour passport size photos.

The application process is also fast, with all company documentation in place it can usually be issued within a week.

Working with Creative Zone

So those are the key points around licenses for sports management in Dubai. It’s fairly straight-forward and you should be up and running quickly.

When you’re looking to set up a new company, or even as a freelancer, you can be sure what you’re getting from Creative Zone is the latest, up-to-date info from people who deal with this every day.

While the setup process can be somewhat stressful, you can fast-track it by working with a Dubai business setup specialist. It’s the quickest way to get set up in the UAE, letting us take care of all the details and ensuring your application is free from errors.

We can also help you with opening a corporate bank account and also offer important advice on the type of financial institution that would best suit your requirements.

Here at Creative Zone, we offer you the best solutions to start your company in the UAE. You get fast, reliable and unbiased advice on your unique business setup requirements. We can help you choose the right kind of license for your chosen business activity/activities and take you through the entire process from start to finish.

You can let us deal with the hassle of registering a company while you focus on your business. And working with us means you get the best budget friendly and cost-effective solution to help make your business dream a reality.

Over 10 years, Creative Zone has helped over 36,000 entrepreneurs set up their businesses. Whether it be a mainland business setup, offshore company setup, free zone company setup or issuing of trade licenses and any related activity for registering a company, Creative Zone is your one-stop-shop.


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