Business Setup in Dubai Mainland

Mainland Company Setup in Dubai

Companies registered in one of the UAE DED (Department Economic Development) are Mainland companies. This means, if you want to establish your business in Dubai Mainland, you will need to register a business with the DDED (Dubai Department of Economic Development). The Dubai Department of Economic Development provides you with a business license to start doing business in Dubai.

Companies that register their business in Mainland Dubai can practice any commercial, industrial, trading, professional or tourism activity. However, some of the professional activities are barred, as per Dubai DED's business regulations, and many activities need the permission of authorities that regulate them.

Foreign investors need to start their business in partnership with UAE nationals where 51% ownership of the company goes to UAE nationals. You also have the option to register a Sole Establishment and own 100% of the company shares. However, note that some business activities are permissible only for UAE nationals.

OBK Business Centre, helps you in registering your business as per your business needs.

Business Setup Mainland Dubai

Where are the Mainland Dubai Businesses Located?

They are located within the commercial areas that are covered under the jurisdiction of the Emirati Government. According to the mainland company incorporation law, UAE national has to compulsorily hold at least 51% of the total share in any commercial company, except in the following cases:-

  • Business activities that permit 100% Foreign Ownership
  • Businesses located in Free Zones
  • Partnerships between GCC companies and UAE National
  • Business activities that permit 100% Local Ownership

What are the Benefits of Business Setup in Dubai Mainland?

  • Setup your business within a few hours
  • Get unlimited employment visas
  • Easy recruitment process
  • Low import duty
  • Zero corporate or personal tax
  • Get 100% ownership with Professional license
  • Build a strong relationship with local business partners
  • Obtain your Trade License without Office Space
  • Zero restrictions on trade
  • Can direct business in the local UAE market

What to Consider Before Setting Up a Mainland Company in Dubai?

  • You will need to obtain relevant business licenses, whether it be a commercial license or professional license
  • Minimum 1 director and maximum can be decided by the business owner
  • Cannot use religious words and words like UAE, Dubai, etc.
  • A shareholder must be present in the UAE at least once during the process of the initial approval.

What are the Business Entities in Dubai Mainland?

Dubai provides a range of business entities to the investors:-

  • Branch of Foreign Office
  • Professional Firms
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
  • Representative Office
  • Public Shareholding Companies

What are the Documents Needed to Set up a Mainland Company in Dubai?

The documents needed for individual and corporate shareholders vary. The essentials that you need to keep handy:-

For Individual Shareholder

  • Passport copies of the ex-pat shareholders, managers and directors along with the Visa page and entry stamp (for entry into UAE)
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the employer if the shareholder/manager is on an employment visa of any company in the UAE
  • National ID card copy of the UAE National Partner

For Corporate Shareholder

  • List of shareholders in Arabic
  • Exact Copy of Certificate of Incorporation and Memorandum and Articles of Association legalised from the UAE Embassy
  • National ID card copy of the UAE National Partner
  • If the company is a shareholder in proposed LLC, No Objection Certificate from the Free Zone/ Offshore Authority
  • Original Board Resolution for company setup with Power of Attorney notarised and legalised from the UAE Embassy.

Additional Documents for Professional and Public Shareholding Companies

CV and Degree Certificate Documents have to be:-

  • Certified as true copies by the Notary Public in the country of origin
  • Approved by the UAE Embassy in the country of origin
  • Approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE

FAQs for Business Setup in Dubai Mainland

What are the Mainland Business Categories in Dubai, UAE?
The six categories are:-

● Sole Proprietorship
● Civil Company
● Limited Liability Company
● Private Shareholding
● Public Shareholding
● Branch of foreign companies
What is the Cost of the Mainland & Free Zone Business Setup in UAE?
The business setup cost for the Mainland depends on the business activity, size of the business, and the location you choose for your office space.
In the case of a Free zone, the cost varies from free zone to free zone and it also depends on the number of visas. So, 100% estimation is not possible, however, you can hire a business setup consultant to know the exact amount.
What is the process of Trade Name Registration in the Mainland?
You will need to apply for the registration of your Trade Name in the related Department of Economics in the emirates you have chosen for the business. The booking takes one day, and it is valid for six months.

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