Would greatly appreciate help and advice on the subjects below.
I am UK expat, been here 8 months with a UK company. I have residency and employment visa etc.
For many reasons I don't want to continue working with my current company for much longer. I am interested in working on my own doing consultancy in the same field I am currently employed in (my current company would argue that I am a competitor and in the english contract I have, it says that I can't work in a related field for 12 months).
The options as I see it are:
Leave now - probably means I wouldn't get an NOC - would I therefore get banned? - if so can I overturn this by simply leaving the country and returning and paying 6000 AED?
Wait until my contract expires (4 months)? Do I still need an NOC and do my company have any legal comeback in the UAE regarding the wording of my UK contract (they have failed to honour several aspects of it, so I don't see why I should not work in a related field!)
Can I seek employment in the freezone if I have a ban?
As far as my future work goes I have 2 options:
Set up on my own - how hard/costly is this?
Work under the umbrella of a local company (I have one in mind) -effectively they would employ me but I would be solely doing my own work and all monies my work generates would come back to me). Could I do this now with a ban and just make visa runs to Oman (I know this wouldn't be legal so totally hypothetical) and when ban expires (6 months) get the company to employ me?
One final issue is my wife - she is from an eastern european country that recently joined the EU. Can I sponsor her?
Sorry for all the questions. I have done some searches on here but none of the results seems to cover my predicament.
Thanks in advance.