Starting An Online Magazine

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Starting an online magazine Posted Feb 04, 2012
Hi- I am an expat based in the UAE and am thinking of starting an online magazine. The content in the magazine will initially be available free of charge but I am going to get advertisers and charge for subscription eventually. What kind of visa will I need for that? I am currently on my husband's residence visa. Thank you.

Samsmile
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Re: Starting An Online Magazine Posted Feb 04, 2012
Will you be appointing staff also?

Go for a a FreeZone package. If you don't need a physical office, then for < 20,000 AED you can get a virtual office + 4 visas.

Check freezone websites or visit them directly. Better dont fall in to the hands of agents.

When you make your webzine a paid service, you can think about payment-gateways from UAE based banks. They will assist you in getting through the formalities that time.
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Re: Starting An Online Magazine Posted Feb 04, 2012
Thanks for your reply. Initially I will not be hiring any staff- I will be doing all the work myself.

Would I need to get a visa if I am not charging for subscription to the website, i.e. if I dont charge any money at all? Initially I want to get it up and running and see if I et enough of a readership before I start making bigger monetary investments. Please let me know what you think. Thanks again!
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Re: Starting An Online Magazine Posted Feb 05, 2012
If you are not making money, then you can run this website from anywhere in the world. No visa required.
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Re: Starting An Online Magazine Posted Feb 05, 2012
I don't think you would need any licensing to charge fer subscriptions either...not sure. I don't even think there is any license as such for online businesses, is there? you'd probbably need a license tho for offering big advertisment packages cuz the companies mite probably ask for physical contracts.

Best of luck, start the website and see what happens :P
I could be your first visitor :P
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Re: Starting an online magazine Posted Feb 06, 2012
all the best to your plans, that is a great idea
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Re: Starting an online magazine Posted Feb 06, 2012
Thanks! Still trying to figure out how I can make some money via this ezine as I don't have a very good sense of the use of online advertising in the UAE. If anyone has any information on that it would be much appreciated.
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