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Five-year entrepreneur visa launched in UAE

The UAE Cabinet had in November last year approved the long-term visa system.

Under the directives and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced the implementation of the Cabinet’s decision to issue five-year residency visas for entrepreneurs as part of its aim of enhancing the ease of doing business in the country.

Sheikh Mohammed, in the presence of Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs attended the signing of a number of collaboration agreements between the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, the Business Incubator HUB71 in Abu Dhabi, and the Dubai Future Foundation, to promote opportunities to attract entrepreneurs and creative professionals. The three entities will collaborate in the areas of training, sharing knowledge, enhancing ease of doing business and creating a conducive environment for investment and business.

The signing ceremony was also attended by Jassim Mohammed Buatabh Al Zaabi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Financial Department; Ali Mohammed bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, and other senior officials.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship will be in charge of issuing the residency visas while HUB71 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Future Foundation’s Area2071 in Dubai will nominate entrepreneurs for receiving the benefits of the initiative.

Major General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Director General for Foreigners Affairs and Ports at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, said the move is part of the Cabinet resolution that aims to regulate the issuance of residency visas to investors and entrepreneurs.

Dr Mohammed Rashid Al Hamli, Secretary- General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council said that the UAE has become a destination of choice for professionals looking for exceptional opportunities. He said that he is committed to supporting close integration between various government entities and the private sector to promote pro-business government policies and development programmes. He further said the latest decision of the government will have a positive impact on the economy and cement its position as a global business hub.

As per the agreement, the Authority and HUB71 will develop strategies and plans to attract entrepreneurs to Abu Dhabi.

Khalfan Juma Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), said that the Foundation aims to enhance collaboration between various government and private entities and unify efforts to make the UAE a model for innovation in the business sector. “Entrepreneurs and their families will be provided with a five-year renewable residency visa. This will be a personal visa, which will help ensure the independence of the entrepreneur and promote a pro-business environment,” he said.

To be eligible for the visa, entrepreneurs should have a former business that is worth a minimum of Dh500,000 or has the approval of an accredited business incubator in the country. He should also have obtained insurance coverage for him and his family for the entire period of his residency.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship can also grant a five-year visa to three executive directors working for the entrepreneur, provided they commit to working exclusively for the entrepreneur during the period of the visa. Entrepreneurs will be allowed entry into the country on a six-month multi-entry visa as part of support provided to them to complete procedures to set up their business.

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Real Choice awarded as Best Residential Real Estate Brokerage Firm – Dubai

Real Choice Real Estate Brokers LLC has recently been awarded as the “Best Residential Real Estate Brokerage Firm – Dubai” for MEA Markets GCC Enterprise Award 2019. We would like to thank MEA Markets for recognizing our dedication, hard work, and commitment to providing the best brokerage service to our clients.

Congratulations to everyone at Real Choice Real Estate for this remarkable achievement. This award is a testament to our efforts and success as a team. We have always strive to be number 1 and that’s where we are today! Let us continue to deliver outstanding services and exceptional experiences to our clients and peers.

Link: https://www.mea-markets.com/gcc-enterprise-awards-2019

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Community Specialist Best Brokerage Award for Mirdif – Real Choice Real Estate

As the year 2019 comes to an end, Real Choice Real Estate Brokers LLC has been presented with another award, this time from the recently concluded Amplify Brokers Award Night 2019 of Dubai Asset Management. Real Choice Real Estate was merited as “Community Specialist Best Brokerage Award” for Mirdif for the year 2019.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dubai Asset Management for this recognition and for acknowledging our team’s efforts and endeavor to provide outstanding brokerage services.

Congratulations to the whole Real Choice Team for this awesome accomplishment. Looking forward to more achievements, merits, and awards in the coming year!

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Real Choice awarded as Silver Category Brokers – DLD Ranking

Real Choice Real Estate Brokers LLC has reached another milestone in Dubai Real Estate. It was indeed an honor for us to be amongst the awardees of today’s event, The Honor Ceremony for Real Estate Brokers and Evaluators, at the Dubai Land Department. Real Choice Real Estate has been promoted to Silver Category in the Land Department Ranking of Brokers across Dubai.

Our heartfelt thanks to Dubai Land Department and Real Estate Regulatory Agency for recognizing our efforts and achievements in the Real Estate Industry.

We share this award to the whole Real Choice Team, to our affiliates, and to our valued clients for their confidence and trust in our company all through these years. We promise to continue in providing exemplary services to our customers and peers.

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Real Choice receives Agency of the Month Award from Bayut

We are pleased, honored, and humbled for receiving the award – Agency of the Month Dubai in January 2019 from Bayut.  

Thank you Bayut for recognizing our achievements and efforts which inspires our team to work harder, strive more for improvement and continue to give the best services to our clients and peers in the real estate industry.

Among the awardees for the month of January 2019 are our very own Senior Property Consultant – Ms. Rym Taher as Agent of the Month, and our Marketing Assistant, Ms. Debra Gewan as Super Admin of the Month.   

Indeed it was a great start of the year 2019 for our company, and on behalf of the whole Real Choice family, Thank You Bayut for the awards. Your support and assistance to our company have been a great part of our success. Thank you for a favorable 10 years in business together, and we look forward to another decade of success. 

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Women in Power – Prestige Magazine

ur very own Managing Director, Ms. Hind Jouini, was featured in the Prestige Magazine’s issue of Women in Power. 

In the run-up to International Women’s Day, Prestige gathered some inspiring women real estate bosses to find out how the UAE allowed them to reach the top – and why the tide looks like turning.

Here is what our dear boss has to say.. 

Describe your position

Managing the company by leading and advising the team, designing and implementing a clear strategy to achieve our business goals, guiding and supervising, coaching when needed, and opening the door for new business opportunities while maintaining our existing backlog one.

Proudest personal achievement

The success of our company from an idea to a well-established, worldwide known business.

Describe your personality in three words

Assertive, resilient, and authentic.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

The entrepreneur is that endless challenge seeker, therefore in five years I can see myself expanding and growing our brand to sustain value to our business and quality to our customers side-by-side with my valuable team.

What advice would you give a woman starting in the industry today?

Believe in yourself, work hard, and with love you will achieve your goals.

Which woman do you most admire?

My mother without any doubt about raising us nine kids and making sure we got the right education. She ended up having nine shining pearls – including a doctor, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a manager, a broker, an HR leader – and so on. She is the one I admire most because I can see her mission was accomplished one hundred percent successfully.

Tell your story…

Driven by a desire to be a broker, then managing one of the best real estate firms in the industry, I have always been passionate about serving home buyers and tenants.

Holding a bachelor’s degree as a lawyer, with the additional experience of ten years as an international manager in the banking sector in my home country Tunisia, I also speak several languages: Arabic, English, and French and have a fair for Italian. This has helped me to operate and excel in managing the company. Along with this background, I have faced the key challenges that any business owner will overcome such as new rules of regulation and facing the competition. Plus, creating a great team, because as they say “one hand cannot clap alone.”

Our success has not been a one-woman show but is down to real teamwork. We have done well over all these years thanks to being lucky with such a professional team, including a friendly administration department, and a deeply dedicated and self-challenging sales team. We are always going higher, further, and better.

Being in Dubai – the icon of the Gulf region – keeps you proud and happy to play a role in the continuous success story of this lovely city. It is commonly known here that we must target the number one position, as His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has mentioned several times.

Finally, yet importantly, behind any success, you find people that you rely on and seek guidance from when needed. This includes all my family members – father, mother, brothers, and sisters – all of whom contributed to my success and to whom I can’t say thank you enough.