Business Setup in Dubai

When We Think Of Setting Up A Business, We Believe In Speedy ‘Inception To Market’ Procedure

Every country has certain rules for company registration for both national and foreign investors, and you cannot do business there unless you follow those rules. Similarly, while setting up a business in Dubai or any other emirate in the UAE, you must follow the mandatory rules and regulations for business setup.

Starting from trade licensing, company registration, and company formation to locating an office for rent requires a lot of paperwork and approvals from various authorized departments. The entire procedure is simple and just takes a few days, but you must assure that nothing is missed. As a result, it is critical to understand the rules and regulations governing business setup in Dubai or any other emirate in the UAE.

Why Do You Want to Setup Your Business in Dubai, UAE?

The UAE is one of the most favorable business hubs for the business community worldwide. The country has introduced numerous investor-friendly schemes and policies to attract new entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established investors in the last two decades. The idea was to encourage them to start their businesses in the UAE. The results are prevalent across the UAE, and Dubai is the most prominent emirate among all. Today, UAE is home to millions of small and medium-sized enterprises and a decent number of big corporate houses and multinational companies. Interestingly, most of the investors have found Dubai more conducive for their business.

How to Setup a Business in Dubai, UAE?

Setting up a business in any part of the UAE is very straightforward, though most investors prefer Dubai due to its compelling character. However, the core rules and regulations of business setup anywhere in the UAE are the same. As a result, you may find a minimal difference, and that is due to their and investors’ convenience.

Here are vital steps to a business setup in Dubai and other emirates of the UAE:-

  • Based on your business requirements, determine the type of legal entity required
  • Find Your Local Sponsor
  • Trade Name Registration
  • Prepare the documentation of a Notarised Memorandum of Association (MOA), a report on the purpose of starting a company, and a report on Capital required for investment, and submit it to the government authorities for approval.
  • Rent an Office Space
  • Apply for a business license as per the nature of your business and its activities.
  • Remit the License Fee
  • Open a corporate bank account in Dubai, UAE for your business activities

Where to Set up a Business in Dubai?


Mainland company formation in Dubai can be a profitable investment option for investors and business owners. Mainland companies can operate within Emirati jurisdiction and in commercialized geographical regions. All commercial, professional, and sole establishment registered license holders in Dubai are granted a Dubai Mainland License by the Dubai Economic Department (DED). Setting up a mainland business in Dubai allows you to expand your company's offices and branches throughout Dubai and the UAE.

Free Zone

A Free zone is a jurisdiction that can conduct a predefined set of business activities in the UAE. The benefits of business set up in Dubai Freezone are - 100% ownership for foreign investors, tax exemptions, 100% repatriation benefits, no foreign exchange restrictions and more. Free zone business licenses include - Trade licenses, Industrial licenses, Service licenses, or National Industrial licenses by the Free Zone Authority.

Types of Companies in Dubai

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Partnership Company
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Private Shareholding Company
  • Civil Company
  • Branch of a Foreign Company

Benefits of Setting up a Business in Dubai

  • No currency restrictions
  • The ability to run the business from anywhere in the UAE
  • A wide range of license types and business activities permitted
  • Lucrative Mainland Dubai market open to doing business within Dubai and globally
  • No corporate tax
  • No personal income tax
  • Ability to repatriate 100% of Capital and profits
  • Easy availability of work visas
  • A stable local authority, simple processes, easy hassle-free legal procedures for licensing and registration

Trade And Business License In Dubai

To start a business in Dubai, you will first require a trade/business license. Be it a commercial license, professional license, industrial license or mainland license, the Department of Economic Development in Dubai (DED) is the authority that provides licenses to businesses in Dubai. At OBK Business Centre, we make sure the process of obtaining the business license is very smooth for you to avail the benefits of your business regulations.

Types of Business/trade License in Dubai

PRO Services in Dubai, UAE

PRO services in UAE refer to services mainly taken care of by public relations officers. The task is to liaison between the government and the investors looking for PRO services while establishing their business in the UAE. The services include various paperwork for the business setup process, submissions, approvals, clearances and keeping investors aware of regular updates in the rules and regulations.

Cost of Setting up a Business in Dubai

The cost of a company formation in Dubai is variable, depending on various factors. The factors can be business activities, business type, business location, office space, legal structure, jurisdiction and many more.
If you plan to start a business in Dubai or any other emirates in UAE, you can contact us or Call @+971 (0) 52 640 2550 and consult with our representatives to understand the process and the cost. They are well-informed about all the requirements and will guide you in the right direction.

About OBK Business Consultant

We, OBK Business Centre, are one of the most reputable business setup, trade licensing, company registration, company formation and office for rent services companies in Dubai (UAE).

What Makes OBKBC Different?

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Business Setup in Dubai

FAQs for Business Setup

How can I start a business in Dubai?
You can start with three types of companies, i.e. mainland, free zone, or offshore company. For setting up any of these companies, you need to follow certain steps such as:
● Keep your essential documents handy
● Determine the trade name
● Find a local partner
● Get approval for the business process
● Receive preliminary approval
● Acquire business license
● Immigration and visa process
Get in touch with our team of expert business setup consultants for assistance and hassle-free service.
How many days are needed to start a business in Dubai?
According to most of the business consultants in Dubai, setting up a business takes 4 to 5 working days. However, it depends on several factors and certifications bound to the company's establishment.
Do I need to show any capital to start my business in Dubai, UAE?
There is no minimum capital requirement in Dubai (UAE), and it is variable. The capital requirement depends on the number of shareholders, business size, business activities and many other factors.
Why do we need a local agent, and how much do I have to pay for it?
The annual charges that a UAE national or local service agent expects from the foreign ex-pat depends on the nature of the business that the ex-pat wants to set up in Dubai. However, the average rate for a UAE local service agent starts from approx. AED 8000/- per year.
Can I start my business from a remote location?
Yes, you can if you have obtained an e-trade license that will allow you to open your Business in Dubai but operate from any location of your choice, from anywhere in the world.
Is Dubai truly Tax-Free?
The United Arab Emirates does not have any federal income tax. That means there is no income tax on income generated in Dubai. Also, there is no sales tax on the majority of goods and services. However, it would be wrong to say it is a tax-free nation. The UAE is not a tax-free country. They have 5% VAT, import tax, Salik (road toll), service charges, municipal taxes, customs duties, etc.
Is Dubai an open trading hub?
Yes, Dubai is open to all for trading and business. UAE is among the top 3 business hubs worldwide, according to DMCC's Commodity Trade Index.
Can I open my company with 100% ownership?
Yes, it is possible. Let the authorities know your business needs.
What are the Costs for Office Space and Commercial Space?
You have the option to choose from a broad spectrum of office spaces for rent available in Dubai free zones. The options include - serviced office spaces, fully furnished offices, Flexi-desk, private spaces, executive spaces, and many more.
You must choose your office space as per your business needs - official or commercial, whatever suits your type of business activity and your type of business setup in the Dubai free zone. Also, consider the size of the business entity, period of business and other essential factors. A free zone office space may cost you approx. AED 20K.
Contact our representatives at, to discuss renting cost-effective and budget-friendly office spaces.
What are the Types of Licenses to Set Up Business in UAE?
There are three different types of trade licenses required as per your business activities:-
● Commercial license to engage in the trading business
● Professional license for professional services
● Industrial license if you have a manufacturing or industrial business.
How Many Business Activities can I do Under a Single License in UAE?
In most of the free trade zones, you can run only two business activities under one license. On the other hand, on the Mainland, you are allowed to undertake 10 activities. However, the activities must be as per the DED standards.
How do I Open a Bank Account for My New Business Established in the UAE?
After your company formation, and company registration the business setup processes are done, you can contact a bank directly, or get in touch with an agent who can help you in the opening of a bank account with international & local banks as per your business needs.
What is PRO services?
PRO stands for Public Relations Officer. It is a service to help you with professional document clearing services for government documents and paperwork associated with businesses in the UAE.

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