Setting up a mainland company

For a foreign entrepreneur aiming to operate within the UAE domestic market, establishing a mainland company – a local firm registered in mainland Dubai – is recommended. There are several types of legal entities: Limited Liability Company, Limited Partnership, or a branch of a foreign company. Each type offers a range of benefits for the ongoing success of the business. Setting up a local (mainland) company necessitates compliance with a complex set of interrelated regulatory requirements, which is impossible without in-depth knowledge of the legislation and local mindset.

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Mainland company

Throughout all stages of setting up your business, we work closely with the UAE government authorities. A thoughtful approach during the registration will help your company evade unexpected complications in the future.

What is included in the service?

  • Company registration permit
  • Company name registration
  • Legal address registration
  • Obtaining a business license
  • Obtaining an Establishment Card

We can also assist you with receiving a visa  and opening a corporate bank account.

What else can we do for you?

  • We facilitate the acquisition of permits from relevant ministries and departments
  • We provide additional founders and a local representative
  • We provide assistance in selecting and leasing an office
  • We help in establishing employee quotas
  • We assist in staff recruitment

Our Clients' FAQ

In cases without a comprehensive turnkey service, which includes addressing all issues related to setting up a local company, the price starts at $9000.

Typically, a mainland company can be set up within 2–3 days. This period may extend depending on the strictness of regulations pertaining to your business activity, as obtaining certain permits may take up to a month.

Currently, there are barely any differences between these jurisdictions, as both have VAT and income tax. Freezone might be appealing as it usually offers a broader spectrum of business activities and greater flexibility in their combination. Moreover, freezones outside of Dubai and Abu Dhabi may also be cost-effective. The primary drawback of a freezone is the difficulty in opening a bank account, whereas in the mainland, an account can be set up within just 3 business days. In the mainland, it is not only cheaper and simpler to receive visas for employees, but, most importantly, almost all processes can also be expedited.


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