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Company Registration in DUBAI

Company Registration in Dubai:

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers endless investment opportunities to local and international investors and attracts trade due to a number of free zones located throughout the Emirate which offer lucrative incentives attracting investment. Significant among these are no corporate or income tax, no personal income tax, no foreign exchange controls, 100% repatriation of capital and profits, amongst many other benefits which attract foreign investors to the region.

There are many options open to international companies seeking to setup a business in the UAE. Apart from forming a trading relationship through commercial agencies, for many companies there are distinct advantages in having a local presence. This makes it easier to research market prospects, make contacts, liaise with customers and see through the details of any transactions.

The UAE is a constitutional federation of seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. Dubai is one of the world's best destination to start a business.

Typers of companies one can open in Dubai:

Three are three types of Companies you can open in Dubai.

(1) Mainland Company,
(2) Free Zone Company and
(3) Offshore Company
.

Again these are devided into different types. One should choose a company type based on thier nature of business.

Mainland Company:

Mainland Company is a company registered by Department of Economic Development (DED), Government of Dubai, which is a local company and can do borderless business in UAE. There are three types of licenses issued under MainLand:

  • Commercial licenses covering all kinds of trading activity: License issued for those business establishments that undertake buying and selling of goods or services or simply trading. Most traders opt for the general trading license in order to conduct more than one trading endeavour with a single license. Commercial licenses are very common in Dubai and UAE mainland.

  • Industrial licenses for establishing industrial or manufacturing activity: License issued for firms that involve in the manufacture of goods like factories, industries etc. When it comes to Industrial License, you may need to seek the approval of External Ministries and government departments depending upon the type of industrial activity.

  • Professional licenses covering professions, services, craftsmen and artisans: License issued for firms that undertake service-oriented endeavors. Professional License are required for professionals who take part in any professional activity like consulting. Compared to other licenses the cost involved in the issuance of professional license is less.

Legal Structure of Mainland Company:

The Mainland Company may be registered anywhere in the UAE in the fllowing ways:

  • Limited Liability Company

  • Branch or Representative Office of Foreign Company

  • Professional Firm

These licenses are issued by the Department of Economic Development with the exception of licenses for hotels and other tourism related businesses which are issued by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. However, licenses for some categories of business require prior approval from certain ministries and other authorities, such as:

  • Banks, financial institutions and financial service providers - from the Central Bank of the UAE;

  • Manufacturing companies - from Ministry of Finance and Industry;

  • Pharmaceutical and medical products - from the Ministry of Health;

In general, all commercial and industrial businesses in the UAE should be registered with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The UAE Commercial Companies Law requires that each company established in the UAE have one or more UAE national partner(s) who hold at least 51% of the company’s capital. Companies that undertake certain activities are exempt from the 51% requirement, including oil companies with concession agreements, companies involved in the oil and gas industry, companies that produce electricity and gas, companies involved in treatment of water and transmission and distribution. Foreign banks are exempt from having to appoint a sponsor. Professional licenses covering professions, services, craftsmen and artisans are exempted from 51% requirement, they need to appoint a Local Service Agent on a fixed remuneration payable on yearly basis.

Free Zone Company:

The Free Zone or Free Trade Zone provides free trading and an industry ecosystem within that particular jurisdiction. Free zones are usually attached to ports (such as JAFZA) and/or are industry specific. The UAE has over 50 free zones and each Free Zone is designed around one or more commercial categories and only offers licences to companies within those categories. The following are the few of the free zones in UAE.

  • Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai (JAFZA)

  • Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA)

  • Dubai Multi Commodities Centre & Jumerah Lake Towers (DMCC & JLT)

  • Dubai Internet City (DIC)

  • Dubai Media City (DMC)

  • Dubai Healthcare City

  • Dubai Studio City (DSC)

  • Dubai International Academic City (DIAC)

  • Dubai knowledge village (DKV)

  • International Media Production Zone (DMPZ)

  • Dubai Biotechnology & Research Park ( DuBiotech)

  • Dubai Outsourcing Zone (DOZ)

  • Dubai World Central (Dubai Logistics City)

  • Dubai Gold & Diamond Park,(DGDP)

Types of Licenses issued by Free Zone Authorities:

Each free zone will have Registrar of Companies and these free zones may issue following business licenses:

  • General Trading License: Allows the holder to import, distribute and store all items as per Jafza rules and regulations.

  • Trading License: Allows the holder to import, export, distribute and store items specified on the license.

  • Industrial License: Allows the holder to import raw materials, carry out the manufacture of specified products and export the finished product to any country.

  • Service License: Allows the holder to carry out the services specified in the license within the Free Zone. The type of service must conform to the parent company’s license, issued by the Economic Department or Municipality of the relevant Emirate in the UAE.

  • National Industrial License: It is designed for manufacturing companies with an ownership or shareholding of at least 51% with AGCC (Arabian Gulf Co-operation Council) nationals / citizens. The value added to the product in the Free Zone must amount to a minimum of 40%. This company license allows the holder the same status as a local or AGCC inside the UAE.

  • Logistics License: Allows the holder to carry out specified logistics services (e.g. storage, transportation, distribution, sorting, forwarding and clearing activities, order management, inventory management etc.). The license holder will be able to pick up and deliver (but not sell) products within the UAE.

  • Education License: Allows the holder to carry out educational and social services, educational, training and educational consultancy services.

Benefits of Free Zone Company:

The following are the benefits of Free Zone Company:

  • 100% foreign ownership (no requirement for a local partner/sponsor).

  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits.

  • 100% corporate and personal income tax exemption.

  • Absence of currency restrictions.

  • Wide variety of licensable activities.

  • Abundant and inexpensive energy.

  • Networking and connectivity with global brands/customers.

  • Logistic efficiencies .

  • Serviced desks and offices for SMEs and start-ups.

  • Excellent support services.

  • Low operating costs.

  • Increased brand exposure.

Legal Structure of Free Zone Company:

The Free Zone Company may be registered in that particular free trade zone and the operations are restricted to that jurisdiciton only except for national industrial license companies.

  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE) and Free Zone Company (FZCO): FZE and FZCO applicants can avail of Jafza’s unique offer of forming a company as a separate legal entity. A FZE formation can be with a single shareholder with a minimum capital of AED 1 million. An FZCO can be formed with 2 to 5 shareholders with a minimum capital of AED 500,000.

  • Branch Company: Companies having valid registration and license outside Jafza can apply for the formation of a branch Company in Jafza.

Offshore Company:

An Offshore Company is a legal business entity that is set up with the intention of operating outside its registered jurisdiction and/or the location of its ultimate ownership. Offshore companies can feature in most financial planning scenarios when trying to mitigate tax exposure and/or with regards to passing assets on to beneficiaries freely in the event of death. Sometimes referred as Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV). At present Two Free Zones are providing Offshore company licenses. ie. JAFZA and RAKFTZ. The following are the benefits of Offshore companies in UAE.

  • Providing a gateway for international market expansion

  • Access to a more flexible regulatory regime

  • Access to a stable and business-friendly legal system

  • Better access to global funding

  • Offering tax neutrality on international earnings in respect of personal or company income, capital gains and inheritance taxes.

  • Protection of Intellectual Properties.

  • No capital requirement.

  • No office space requirement.

Comparision between Mainland, Free Zone & Offshore Companies:

Particulars Mainland Company Free Zone Company Offshore Company
Registering Authority Department of Economic Development (DED) Registrar of Companies, Free Trade Zone Registrar of Companies, Free Trade Zone
Ownership Expat 49% & Local Sponser 50%
For Professional Company Expat 100%
Expat 100%
Incae National Industrial License Expat 49%
Expat 100%
VISA Allowed for 2 years Allowed for 3 years Not allowed
Cost of Formation High Medium Low
Area of Opetation No restrictions With in the Free Zone Not allowed in UAE or Home Country
Repatriation No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions
Office Space Required Min 200 sft Not required. They can have virtual space Not required
Audit Required Not required except for Free Zone Companies and Free Zone Establishments Allowed to be registered
Company Secretary Services Not required Required Not required
Registered Agenet Not Required Not Required Required
Local Sponsor Required for all except professional license where Local Service Agent is required Not Required except where National Industrial License Not Required

Documents Required for Company Registration in Dubai:

  • A

    For Mainland Company

    1. Application Form
    2. Certified passport copies for all shareholders and managers
    3. Copy of the UAE residence visa, if applicable
    4. No Objection Certificate (NOC) from current UAE residence visa sponsor
    5. Shareholder address proofs duly certified in 2 sets
    6. Shareholders CV
    7. Bank Reference letter for each shareholder
    8. If the shareholder is a corporate entity, MOA, Certificate of Registration, Board Resolution & Power of Attorney
    9. All documents should be notarised in home country and UAE consulate
    10. All documents must be translated into Arabic
    11. Tenancy Contract Authenticated by RERA
    12. Service Agent Agreement Certified by Notary Public
    13. Proof from the Department of Naturalization and Foreign Affairs stating that partner has lived for at least 6 months outside the country
    14. Letter from Ministry of Labor for Proof of No Employees
    15. Court Permission for Minors Under 21 to Practice License Activity in case of minor
    16. Present Unified No. from the Department of Naturalization and Foreign Affairs
    17. External Approvals if any required
  • B

    For Free Zone Company

    1. Application Form
    2. Certified Passport Copy and UAE Visa/UAE entry stamp (if non-resident)
    3. Shareholder address proofs duly certified in 2 sets
    4. Bank reference letter
    5. Shareholders CV
    6. These documents vary from Free Zone to Free Zone
  • C

    For Offshore Company

    1. Application Form
    2. Certified Passport Copy and UAE Visa/UAE entry stamp (if non-resident)
    3. Shareholder address proofs duly certified in 2 sets
    4. Bank reference letter
    5. Shareholders CV

Let's Clear Your Doubts


What is Mainland Company?

A company registered with Department of Economic Development (DED), Government of Dubai.

Is there any restrictions on area of operations to Mainland Company?

No restrictions. It can do business anywhere.

Is it mandatory to appoint Local Sponsor in Mainland Company?

Yes except Professional License a Local Sponser is not rquired, Local Service agent is required in this case.

Is there any minimum capital requirement in Mainland Company?

No such minimum sharecapitl is required.

With in how many days a Mainland company will be registered?

60 to 80 days.

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Is there any repatriation, tax restrictions there on Mainland Company?

No restrictions.

What is Free Zone Company?

A company registered within Free Trade Zone is called Free Zone Company.

Is there any restrictions on area of operations to Free Zone Company?

Free Zone Company not authorised to operate outside the jurisdiction of Free Zone for Manufacturing & Trading activities. Each Free Zone has it's own rules.

Is it mandatory to appoint Local Sponsor in Free Zone Company?

Not required except National Industrial License.

Is there any minimum capital requirement in Free Zone Company?

Yes for Free Zone Company or Free Zone Establishment. But not for Branch office. It is again diferrent from Free Zone to Free Zone.

With in how many days a Free Zone company will be registered?

10 to 15 days.

Is there any repatriation, tax restrictions there on Mainland Company?

No restrictions.

What is Offshore Company?

Offshore Company is a legal business entity that is set up with the intention of operating outside its registered jurisdiction and/or the location of its ultimate ownership. Offshore companies can feature in most financial planning scenarios when trying to mitigate tax exposure and/or with regards to passing assets on to beneficiaries freely in the event of death.

Is there any restrictions on area of operations to Offshore Company?

Yes. It can not carry business with in the UAE.

Is it mandatory to appoint Local Sponsor in Offshore Company?

Not Required.

Is there any minimum capital requirement in Offshore Company?

No such minimum sharecapitl is required.

With in how many days an Offshore Company will be registered?

3 to 5 days.

Is there any repatriation, tax restrictions there on Mainland Company?

No restrictions.

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