Limited Liability Company (LLC)

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Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a flexible form of enterprise in Dubai that blends elements of partnership and corporate structures. An LLC must have between 2-50 shareholders for formation, each of whom is liable only to the extent of his or her share in the capital of the company. With the exception of public shareholding company, an LLC can be changed to any other legal form.​

Activities

  • LLCs in mainland can practice any industrial, commercial, professional or tourism activity. Some professional activities are excluded as per DED’s business regulations​and other requires approvals of authorities that regulate these activities.

Owner(s):

  • At least 51% of a LLC setup must be owned by UAE Nationals, and can be owed by GCC nationals by up to 100%. In this case, the capital can be distributed in a different ratio as per the Memorandum of Association
  • An LLC can be owned by partners of any nationality in accordance with DED business regulations. A corporate body can buy shares of an LLC.​​​

Check this table for more details about LLC ownership rules and requirements according to owners’ nationalities:

First Party​​Second PartyOwnership RuleRequirements
UAE NationalUAE NationalAny ownership percentage
UAE NationalGCC NationalAny ownership percentage
UAE NationalForeign PartnerAt least 51% must be owned by the UAE national
UAE NationalUAE national owned companyAny ownership percentageCorporate body based in UAE
UAE NationalUAE national owned companyAny ownership percentageCorporate body based in GCC
UAE NationalUAE national owned companyAt least 51% must be owned by the UAE nationalCorporate body based in a foreign country
UAE NationalGCC national owned companyAny ownership percentageCorporate body based in UAE
UAE NationalGCC national owned companyAny ownership percentageCorporate body based in GCC
UAE NationalGCC national owned companyAny ownership percentageCorporate body based in a foreign country
UAE NationalForeign CompanyAt least 51% must be owned by the UAE nationalCorporate body based in UAE or GCC
UAE NationalCompany owned by a foreign partner and a UAE national who owns less than 68%At least 51% must be owned by the UAE nationalCorporate body based in UAE or GCC
UAE nationalCompany owned by a foreign partner and a UAE national who owns less than 68%Any ownership percentageCorporate body based in UAE

Manager(s):

  • LLCs must appoint between 1-11 managers to open the business. The managers may be selected from the partners. Unless the Memorandum of Association states otherwise, the manager has full powers of administration. Within the scope of his or her powers, the manager’s actions and commitments are binding to the business.
  • The company must send a notice of termination to the concerned authority within a maximum period of 30 days from the date of the termination and appoint another manager during that period.
  • LLCs must appoint a UAE-accredited auditor.
  • The auditor must notify DED in case of resignation. The General Assembly must also notify DED in case the auditor was dismissed.​

Capital:

  • To register for the license, the capital shouldn’t be specified but mentioned in the Memorandum of Association.
  • Shares of an LLC cannot be offered to the public. The company may not resort to public subscription to establish or increase its capital or secure loans, and it may not issue any negotiable stocks or shares.

Trade Name:

  • A limited liability company shall have a name derived from its activity or from the name of one or more partners.
  • The term “with limited liability” shall be annexed to the company’s name.

Branch(es)

  • An LLC can have more than one branch. According to business setup consultants, each may undertake one or all of the activities included in the main business license.

Assignment of License:

  • The limited liability company branches can be sold and waived to any party or company. The owner can also change its legal form according to DED procedures.

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Companies that require special approvals

  • Tourism activities
  • Health Care activities
  • Educational services
  • Architectural and engineering consultants
  • Shipping, freight forwarding and logistics activities
  • Companies in Dubai World Communities

Benefits:

  • The foreign equity in the company does not go more than 49%. But, the profits and losses get shared at a different ration than the share capital.
  • This is the most popular method of setting up a commercial venture in the mainland. This is mainly because of unparalleled access to the wider UAE economy.
  • No limits on specific capital requirements and the investor is a partner in the company.
  • Investor visa gets offered to the investor of the business. Under this visa, he as well as his family can enjoy all the facilities related to investor’s status.
  • The investor can setup multiple branches.
  • Investor can manage business without regular interference from local partners in Dubai.
  • The capital and assets created after the business is opened is in the name of the company and not the local partner.
  • Very few restrictions on operation and formation of the company
  • You can easily register for local or global corporate bank accounts and avail credit facilities

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The multiple facilities that you can avail under limited liability licensing make it highly lucrative to the businesses in Free Zone. If you want to open your own business setup under the license, let us be your trusted guide. We will not just advice you on the needful but also be with you to ensure the process of licensing goes absolutely hassle-free.