Company Setup in UAE Mainland

Want to set up a company in UAE mainland?

Dubai is known for its global infrastructure and facilities, and it is considered an international business hub with unlimited opportunities for business owners. A mainland company formation in Dubai gives you lots of benefits such as the wide range of covered business activities and the unlimited ability to trade locally and internationally.

Once you choose the activity of your company and its structure, you can accordingly issue one of the following three main types of licenses in Mainland, Professional, Commercial, or Manufacturing / Industrial license. The type of your company will also determine whether you need to have a local sponsor, who will maintain 51% of the shares, or if you just need a local service agent, who will act as the company’s representative to deal with all governmental entities.

The general mainland company setup process can be summarized in 10 main steps, and our experts are here to help you through every single one, to make sure that you are choosing the most appropriate and beneficial options for your business, and to do it based on real data and the most recent market analysis.

Main Land Region in the UAE- We help your Business

Business locations in UAE Mainland.
dubai city

Dubai Mainland

The private businesses are authorized to conduct any commercial activities in the Dubai Mainland under the jurisdiction by the department of Economic development. The aspect of judicial procedures that are considered for the start and formation of the businesses in Dubai mainland, are managed by Department of Economic Development.

abu dhabi city

Abu Dhabi Mainland

Abu Dhabi mainland is an adventurous marketing hub for small companies and startups because of massive number of major improvements in the region as compared to other emirates. We have customized plans for new companies as well as reputed businesses help in initiating your business in the mainland of Abu Dhabi

sharjah city

Sharjah Mainland

One of the highly stabilized community of UAE is Sharjah. Its reputation as well as establishment will attract you for building empire in the mainland. The company formation is highly affordable with additional perks of modern infrastructure, amenities, and special business facilitation measures.

ajman city

Ajman Mainland

Ajman is reputed for outnumbered business opportunities and lavish office infrastructure. The mainland is the concentrated hub for international investments. We are available to help you start your business in the mainland of Ajman.

fujairah city

Fujairah mainland

It is already well established region with reputed multi-national businesses landed in the mainland. The perks in establishing businesses in the mainland are convenience, opportunities, and affordability with the similar growth as expected in Dubai.

Steps to start a Business in UAE Mainland

A mainland company formation in UAE must follow a specific set of steps. The Department of Economic Development in Dubai is responsible for handling the registration process of new businesses. Our consultants have the necessary connections in the Department of Economic Development to streamline the process of your company’s registration.
Here are the steps that any new business setup formation in the UAE must follow:
Select Business Activities

The private businesses are authorized to conduct any commercial activities in the Dubai Mainland under the jurisdiction by the department of Economic development. The aspect of judicial procedures that are considered for the start and formation of the businesses in Dubai mainland, are managed by Department of Economic Development.

Select Legal Structure

You need to select one option from the list of allowed business structures in the UAE. Ensure that you select the right one since the rules and regulations your business will be subjected to in the future will depend on its legal form. Here are some of the legal structures that you can select from in Dubai:

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Joint Venture
  • General Partnership
  • Public Shareholding Company
  • Private Shareholding Company
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Professional Company
  • Civil Company

Sole proprietorship was not an option for foreigners on the mainland a while back. But after some amendments to the laws, foreigners can now own 100% of businesses that are not strategically important to the UAE.

Mainland Company Formation in UAE

Select Trade Name

You need to select a trading name for your business that is not already trademarked in the UAE by someone else. It may be used in other countries in the world but as long as it is not registered in the general journal of the UAE, you can use it.

Select Trade License

You will need to apply for a trade license that allows all the business activities you are going to perform. The types of trade license issued by the Department of Economic Development are:

  • Commercial Trade License
  • Professional/service Trade License
  • Industrial Trade License
  • Tourism Trade License

There are thousands of business activities in the UAE, but these four licenses cover all of them.

Rent Office Space

One of the highly stabilized community of UAE is Sharjah. Its reputation as well as establishment will attract you for building empire in the mainland. The company formation is highly affordable with additional perks of modern infrastructure, amenities, and special business facilitation measures.

Get Initial Approval

Before continuing any further, you need to get initial approval from the DED. They will require you to fill a registration form and submit some documents depending on the type of business you are looking to start.

Get External Approvals

Depending on the type of your business, the DED will require you to get some more approval from external agencies and government bodies. Getting all these approvals can be a drag if you do not have the necessary connections in Dubai. Thankfully, our consultants have been working in this field for a long time and can work their way through these approvals with ease.

Submit Documents and Pay Fees

Here are the documents that you need to submit to the Department of Economic Development in Dubai:

  • Copies of the passports of all the partners in the business.
  • Tenancy contract and EJARI registration certificate.
  • Initial approval certificate.
  • Required external approval certificates.
  • The Memorandum of Association.
  • Filled up trade license application.

After you have submitted the documents and paid the necessary fees, the DED will take a few business days to review your application. If everything checks out, they will provide the license to you, and you can conduct the business activities in the UAE. However, if there are errors in the process, then you will have to face some expensive setbacks. Our consultants have years of experience in this field. They can help you go through all these complicated steps with a breeze. Contact our professional consultants today!

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Frequent Ask Questions

Find out your query from the given questions.

The LLC is a Limited Liability Company form of business in the UAE. It can be formed by 2 to 50 shareholders. The liability is also limited to the shares in the business capital as per the common practice.

Employment visa mainland is a specific visa that is valid for up to only two years. it is the same as the free zone visa in other clauses that include the medical, stamping, and others.

VAT is applied throughout the UAE. It includes the mainland, free zones, and everywhere else. The only regions where the VAT is not applied are outside the UAE.

Yes, VAT is applicable in the free zones throughout the UAE. However, there are certain Designated Zones where businesses are exempted from VAT as long as they conduct business within those zones.