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Mainland Company Set Up

Mainland Company Formation

Understanding what a UAE mainland corporation is and why having one is crucial can be essential for entrepreneurs looking to establish their business in the UAE. A mainland firm is a business that has been granted a license by the Department of Economic Development (DED) in the relevant emirate of the United Arab Emirates. In contrast to free zone companies, mainland corporations have no geographical limitations, allowing them to conduct business anywhere in the UAE.

One of the key benefits of forming a mainland corporation in the UAE is that it allows businesses to operate in the local market without the need for a local sponsor or partner. This can be especially beneficial for foreign investors who wish to retain complete ownership and control of their business. Moreover, mainland corporations are also eligible for government tenders and contracts, which can be a significant source of revenue for businesses in the UAE.

What are the main benefits to starting your company in a mainland

Your checklist for mainland business setup in Dubai

Choose your business activity

The first thing to decide before you set up a company in the UAE mainland is the industry in which you will trade. There are thousands of permitted business activities as listed by the Department of Economic Development (DED).

Find ideal location in UAE

There are no location restrictions for businesses operating on the UAE's continental territory. The ideal site will rely on a variety of elements, including your chosen company activity and your budget.

Determine your business legal structure

From a legal standpoint, there are several types of businesses that can be set up by foreign entrepreneurs on the UAE mainland The most common mainland business structure is a Limited Liability Company (LLC).

Obtain a local sponsor or local service agent

If trading under a commercial or industrial licence as an LLC then a local sponsor is required. Your local sponsor can either be a UAE national or a UAE-based company. In both cases, the local sponsor will own 51% of the business.

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If you’re looking to establish a business in Dubai, our expert team is here to help. Our business setup services cover everything you need to get your business up and running in one of the world’s most dynamic and thriving commercial hubs.

From registering your company to obtaining the necessary licenses and permits, we have the expertise to guide you through every step of the process. We’ll also provide you with valuable insights on the local business environment, helping you make informed decisions that will position your business for success.

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