There are numerous in-house recruitment and manpower companies in the UAE, with the bulk based in Dubai. They can help to recruit your initial requirement of staff and undertake ‘PRO’ services to liaise with the local licensing authorities. Equally, you may determine to have your own manager to run and co-ordinate your branch office in Dubai. This will enhance your communications initially and give you that “trusted pair of hands” who will understand the culture of your organization. This is a recommended approach to HR.
Taking a methodical & disciplined approach from the outset is critical to maintaining control of resources, budgets and timeline. Too many companies under-estimate what is realistically required to build a sustainable business in the region and who find budgets and horizons increasing beyond a level they are comfortable with.