Hiring in the United Arab Emirates

In the UAE, you get seven countries, our Emirates, for the price of one. Two of them you’ll know well: Abu Dhabi, with its vast oil reserves and booming economy, and Dubai, a playground for the rich and famous that is making tourism and foreign investment its primary targets, rather than the hydrocarbons it digs out of the ground.

The riches of the UAE are on display for all to see, with the world’s tallest building, extensive infrastructure and two man-made islands shaped like palm trees the size of a small country themselves all brought to life by vast oil reserves. 

It’s all about shock and awe – and creating an opportunity for foreign organisations to grab a piece of the action.

Hiring in the UAE has become much easier thanks to a large expat population (up to 90% of the UAE’s population is non-Emirati). However, there are certain complexities surrounding visa arrangements and ownership, with businesses requiring at least one Emirati owner with a 51% or higher stake.

But with no income tax and westernised business systems commonplace, the UAE is becoming one of the best places to establish a company in the world.

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Why use TopSource Worldwide in the United Arab Emirates?

We free your teams from the burden of managing payroll across borders, working diligently to ensure a seamless process across all activities.

We’ll manage the data flow from you to every local market and will return data to you in a readable format for each of your key teams, including payroll journals if needed.

Our services combine process excellence with a human-centric approach, and our top priority is always the care and compliance of your payroll — no matter where in the world you operate.


  • Leverage our experience and ensure in-country Payroll compliance.
  • Reduce processing and back office time.
  • Align processes, reducing complexity and risk
  • A single, centrally managed payroll system that delivers a fluid and consistent service to you and your employees.
  • Flexibility of service — adapting to your needs, regardless of the market.
  • The option to work with other providers you already have in place, if needed.
  • Global HR data management and data tracking where required.
  • Global payments support for both employees and authorities.
  • A dedicated team and account manager so that you always have a central point of contact

What TopSource Worldwide provides in the United Arab Emirates

  • Simplicity – we provide one monthly consolidated invoice for the services provided inclusive of salaries, taxes, fees and employee expenses. This reduces banking costs and your finance teams time spent.
  • One point of contact – a single Account manager looking after all your Payroll.
  • Compliance – all funds payable to the employee are processed through payroll. You receive monthly evidence of taxation paid to the competent authorities in country.
  • All services are provided by in-country experts that are professionally qualified in their respective fields.
  • Electronic payslips for all employees.
  • All Statutory filing completed by TopSource Worldwide.

We appreciate each situation and business is different. That is why we offer a consultative and bespoke solution to every client. We know one size does not ‘fit all’.

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