Depending upon your research & preferences upon the feasibility and profitability of business idea in terms of the UAE market, you are ready to start your entrepreneurial journey with us.
Once your business idea is decided, you can select a jurisdiction upon which the UAE market operates; namely: Mainland, Free Zone and Offshore.
Each jurisdiction has its own set of laws and regulations pertaining to the business and this is where our engagement starts with you!
Before applying for a Business License in UAE, it is required that you determine the company structure or the legal form. Choosing the right company structure is a crucial step as it will significantly affect your business' legal and operational risk, asset protection, tax obligations, legal costs and clientele. UAE offers a number of legal forms or company structures under which you can register your business. These structures include:
Once the Department of Economic Development (DED) approves your business name and activity, you can apply for the trade license and start the process of Company Registration in UAE.
If you’re planning for business setup in UAE Mainland then you have the option to choose any of the above 4 licenses. For UAE Free Zones, licensing structures differ from above and depends on the business activity you’re planning to undertake.
Simultaneously, you will be asked to take required approvals from different government or non-government authorities by DED. The documentation and approval stages differ with respect to business type and activity.
UAE commercial law doesn’t allow a business owner to hold more than 49% in the company shares if the business is being Setup in UAE Mainland. So, it is required that you should find a UAE national to be your local partner or sponsor.
There are 2 types of sponsorships you can avail: Local and Corporate.
Since finding a trustworthy local partner or sponsor could be challenging so you can opt for a corporate sponsorship. Here, you will get 100% business ownership along with proper documentation.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a nonbinding agreement that defines the responsibilities of each party in an agreement, provides the scope and authority of the agreement, clarifies terms and outlines compliance issues.
Taking into consideration UAE government’s mandates and business interests, you can draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for your business.
It is mandatory for you to get an Initial Approval Certificate from DED. This approval states that your company is legally allowed to perform a particular business activity or offer a product.
Once this is done, you can rent an office space or a shared workspace. This will also ascertain the number of visas you can request from DED.
Free Zones or Free Trade Zones are economic areas which were established within the UAE region to promote international business. Here, a business owner gets 100% company ownership and can trade goods and services at privileged tax and custom rates. Companies in each free zone can trade only within the same freezone and nowhere else in UAE.
While setting up a business in UAE, every company needs the services of Public Relations Officer (PRO). PRO services include all activities related to processing of government (e.g. visa applications) and company related (e.g. trade license) documentation and approvals. Click here to read our blog on PRO services in Dubai.
Most important benefit is that you get 100% ownership of your business. Some Free Zones also provide exemption from paying taxes and import/export duties.
|#||Jurisdiction/Economic Zone||Ownership||Cost of setup||Visa Requirement|
|1||Mainland||49% to business owner, remaining 51% to local sponsor||highest||Yes|
|2||Free Zone||100% ownership||cheaper than Mainland and higher than Offshore||Yes|
|3||Offshore||100% ownership (if business resides outside UAE)||cheapest||No|
a) Mainland business setup cost
Cost of setting up a business in UAE Mainland depends on a number of factors: Some of these factors are: business activity, location of office, number of visas you require. Besides, following are some mandatory fees imposed by government while setting up a business in UAE Mainland:
b) Free zone business setup cost
There are a total of 37 Free Zones in the entire UAE region. Cost of setting up a business in the UAE Free Zone depends on the business activity, number of visas you require, type of building and office space you select. Besides, couple of other applicable one time fees include:
c) Offshore business setup cost
Cost of setting up an Offshore business includes nominee fee, business maintenance fee, bank account fee, company registration fee, agent fee, registered office fee and standard share capital fee.
LLC, which stands for Limited Liability Company, is the most common form of business in the UAE. An LLC can be created by a minimum of two shareholders and a maximum of 50 shareholders.
There are total of 37 Free Zones in UAE
As a mainland UAE company, you get certain benefits which Free Zones don’t provide:
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