Hard work and dedication pays off in United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
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Moussly of ATC overseas members Trans Gulf Management
describes the obstacles she had to overcome to establish
her translation business in UAE.
started Trans Gulf Management in 1997 in the UAE.
It is a rapidly developing oil-rich country with a
growing demand for translation, creative copy writing
and simultaneous interpreting for conferences reflecting
the expansion of the countryвЂ™s economy.
many many other Arab states, UAE is a male dominated
society. This meant,that as a female I recognised
that I would have to work harder than my male counterparts
to overcome the prejudices against female businesswomen.
any other country that is opening its doors to new
investments, it is hoping to attract multinational
companies as part of a long term strategy designed
to diversify the economy and reduce its dependency
on oil. UAE is a country that offers a lot of opportunities
but not without many obstacles and challenges.
country is only 35 years old and the translation business
is not regulated as you might expect in other more
established countries. Consequently many unprofessional
opportunists try to jump on the wagon at the expense
of quality translation and interpreter providers.
country is a free tax haven, but any company has to
pay high registration fees to the government and to
a local sponsor.
best approach for a UAE-based translation company
seeking to gain any credibility is to be accredited
by the Ministry of Justice, which is what Trans Gulf
years on, running a translation agency in the UAE
has proved to be very hectic but very rewarding. Clients
in this part of the world do not understand the importance
of translation or interpretation, a translator is
never given enough time in the planning, therefore
a translator is always working under pressure to keep
tight deadlines. Meanwhile, interpreters do not work
under ideal conditions and many times we find ourselves
jumping into an interpreter's booth without having
a clear idea about the paper we are interpreting,
let alone having documents in advance.
clients delay payments, although, as a reputable company,
we still pay our translators and interpreters on time.
Inevitably, this leads to financial pressures on the
said all that, perseverance and hard work will pay
off. All the states in the Gulf region are considering
the UAE in general and Dubai in particular a benchmark
to measure their achievements. Therefore, a company
that sticks to its principles, offers a quality service
and looks after its employees will soon be able to
extend and work in the whole of the Gulf region.
business, like elsewhere in the world, is under threat
from cut prices and low quality. However, for those
persevering in offering a translation and interpreting
service with a difference and willing to work hard,
they can develop a successful and profitable business
in the UAE.
no one should be under any illusions about the requirements
to establish a translation business in a country such
as the UAE which is still developing.
have mentioned that hard work is essential - and that
can often mean saying good bye to weekends and quiet
evenings. So you need to be able to take the pressure
- especially if you are to accommodate particularly
demanding clients and, at the same time maintain good
personal relationships with them. But it is not just
the clients who you need to keep on side, the translators
and interpreters are equally important. But if you
really want to survive in this market it is of paramount
importance to employ someone dedicated to follow up
invoices and delayed payments.
you gain a good reputation, do not feel complacent,
work harder to maintain this reputation and you will
be a winner. www.transgulfme.com
article was originally published in Communicate -
the Association of Translation Companies' newsletter
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