With a multitude of incorporation options and flexible regulations, Dubai caters to start-ups, entrepreneurs, and multinational corporations alike. Furthermore, multiple choices are available for every aspect of company formation in Dubai: budget, licence, location, premises and the Dubai visa. Economic activity is regulated separately in each of the seven emirates, and UAE authorities have created a highly conducive environment to running and operating a business, with superior infrastructure, good governance, and tax benefits. The various incorporation options are:
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Mainland, or onshore companies, can operate internationally and within the UAE’s onshore market i.e. outside of Free Trade Zones, including contracting with government entities. Whilst they can be incorporated anywhere within the seven Emirates of the UAE, the license will...Read More
Incorporating a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Foreign investors can conduct business through a Limited Liability Company (LLC).LLCs are generally incorporated to carry on trading and other commercial activities, although may now be incorporated for some professional activities.
An LLC can be incorporated with a minimum of two and maximum of...Read More
Branch or Representative Office
Establishing a Branch of Commercial Companies
A branch of a foreign company is typically set up to carry on professional or services-related activities. A branch is an attractive prospect to some foreign companies as they can retain 100% legal ownership. However, this may have tax implications in their home jurisdiction...Read More
Professional Service Licence/Civil Company
Establishing a Representative Office of Foreign Commercial Companies
An Establishment (sole trader) or Civil Company (professional partnership) may be set up by individuals wishing to operate in professional or consultancy-related fields, such as engineers, lawyers, doctors, and/or accountants.
A UAE national local services agent must be appointed in each case...Read More
Establishing an entity in a UAE Free Trade Zone
The UAE has over 40 specialised free trade zones which offer many advantages to foreign investors, including 100% foreign ownership, exemption from customs duties on imports and re-exports and a 50-year moratorium on corporate taxation.
Each Free Zone has a specific...Read More