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A Gateway to International Trade and Growth

Mainland, or onshore companies, can operate internationally and within the UAE ‘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 licence will be issued by the licensing authority in each Emirate; in Dubai this is the Dubai Economy, more commonly referred to as the ‘DED’ Additional approvals may be required from government bodies for specific business activities, such as, construction, healthcare and/or sports-related activities.

There are benefits for establishing a business as a mainland company. Mainland companies offer location flexibility and a broad scope of trade with zero trade restrictions. A mainland company can also open multiple branches, driving opportunity to scale across the Emirates.

Want to set up an onshore or 100% foreign owned company?