Business Setup 

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Professional company formation services that can transform your business

In-depth support for entrepreneurs, investors and executives

Free, non-committal consultation to explore your options

No hidden fees or late-stage charge

Trusted by businesses across a wide range of sectors

Customer-focussed solutions centred on your business

Business Setup Options in Dubai

Free Zone

  • 100% Foreign Ownership
  • Tax Benefits
  • Easy Company Setup
  • Repatriation of Profits

Complementary Services

  • Relocation solutions
  • Concierge services
  • Personalised solutions
  • Ongoing support


  • Access to local market activity 
  • Location flexibility 
  • Zero business activity limits
  • Ability to bid on government contracts

Proof of Concept

Our feasibility study serves as a decision-making tool for stakeholders and includes:

  • Business Concept
  • Market Analysis
  • Financial Analysis
  • Legal and Regulatory Considerations
  • Sustainability and Long-Term Viability
  • Recommendations


Dubai Business Setup Services

When it comes to company formation in Dubai and the UAE, we’re always prepared to go the extra mile for our clients. That’s why we also offer admin support and advisory services, helping you explore the many commercial opportunities that are available in Dubai.

End-to-End Business Setup

Seamless and hassle-free process

Personalised Business Solutions

Solutions tailored to the needs of your business

Ongoing professional support

Offering continuous support for your business


Learn More About Dubai In Numbers

Million people (200 nationalities)
Free Zones with 100% foreign ownership
Green Energy by 2050
New business licences in Q1 2023

Business Set-up Process in Dubai

- How We Work

- Frequently asked questions

The process of company formation in Dubai involves several steps. Here’s a general overview:

  • Determine the type of company: Choose from options like mainland company, free zone company, or offshore company, depending on your business objectives and requirements.
  • Choose a company name: Select a unique and appropriate name for your company, ensuring it complies with the guidelines provided by the Dubai authorities.
  • Prepare the necessary documents: Gather the required documents, which typically include passport copies of shareholders, proposed company name, business plan, and memorandum of association (MOA).
  • Obtain initial approvals: Submit your documents to the relevant authorities, such as the Department of Economic Development (DED) for mainland companies or the specific free zone authority for free zone companies. Obtain initial approvals, including the issuance of a trade license.
  • Finalize legal requirements: Complete legal procedures, such as signing the MOA, obtaining the office lease agreement, and paying the required fees.
  • Obtain the license: Once all legal requirements are fulfilled, you can obtain the final trade license, allowing you to legally operate your company in Dubai.

Forming a company in a Dubai free zone offers several benefits, including:

  • 100% foreign ownership: Free zones allow full foreign ownership of companies, providing investors with complete control over their business.
  • Tax advantages. Companies operating in free zones are typically exempt from corporate and personal income taxes for a specified period, which can be extended.
  • Customs privileges. Free zones offer customs duty exemptions on the import and export of goods, making it easier and more cost-effective to trade internationally.
  • Easy setup process. The company formation process in free zones is streamlined and efficient, with simplified procedures and quicker registration times compared to mainland companies.
  • Infrastructure and facilities. Free zones provide modern infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities, and a supportive business environment, including office spaces, warehousing, and logistics facilities.

As the Dubai Start Business team more details about the opportunities but also about what to expect when you are starting a business in Dubai.

In Dubai, you can form the following types of companies:

  • Mainland company. This type of company allows you to do business within the local UAE market. It requires a local sponsor (UAE national) who will hold a 51% share in the company.
  • Free zone company. Free zones are designated areas that offer various incentives and benefits. Free zone companies can be 100% foreign-owned and are subject to specific regulations of the respective free zone authority.
  • Offshore company. Offshore companies are established in free zones called “offshore jurisdictions.” They are primarily used for international business activities, asset protection, and tax planning. Offshore companies cannot conduct business within the UAE market.

The specific requirements for company formation in Dubai may vary depending on the type of company and the jurisdiction you choose. However, some common requirements include:

  • Valid passports and visa copies of shareholders and directors.
  • Proposed company name, adhering to the naming guidelines.
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA) or Articles of Association (AOA) defining the company’s activities, shareholding structure, and operational details.
  • Office space. A physical office address is generally required, either within the mainland or in a free zone, depending on the company type.
  • Business plan. A comprehensive business plan outlining the company’s objectives, financial projections, and operational strategies.
  • Capital requirements: Dubai does not impose a minimum capital requirement for most types of companies, but it is important to check


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Cheers from those who’ve loved our services.

They kindly received and stored my Emirates ID meanwhile I was out of the country until i was able to go back several months later, and also were able to go to the office to give me on their remote working day without dating in advance, great attention to the client 🙂
Federica B.Federica B.
13:15 22 Aug 23
Gareth is a serious professional. He has always been avaible for any doubt. Punctual and efficient.
ronny calistironny calisti
13:13 22 Aug 23
An always on time and efficient person.He explained us the full process step by step before our meeting.When we moved to Dubai for the first meeting everything has been managed perfectly.We have been assisted as best as we could hope.Top notch team as well
Andrea BordignonAndrea Bordignon
12:04 22 Aug 23
Mr Gareth Jones and his staff are absolutely the best in Dubai.He is kind, professional, reliable, and, most important, quick, very quick, no wasted time with this company.Everything has been,and still is flawless!Trust him 100%
Gareth its the man to go, his team of experts will set your business in no time and with the highest level of customer experience... Amazing team!
Elliott LimbElliott Limb
13:37 20 Aug 23
Excellent service. Gareth and the team were friendly, responsive and most importantly nothing was ever too much trouble. I’ve lived in 12 countries and set up businesses in 6, this was by far the best support I’ve ever received . I couldn’t recommend more highly (have already recommended to 2 friends)
Eden GoonesekeraEden Goonesekera
20:41 17 Aug 23
Start Business Advisory have helped us hugely with the intricacies of setting up our free zone business in Dubai.Gareth and the wider team are always available to answer queries, on any given day. This has really helped us have the stability and guidance we need to navigate our move.I have also compared their rates to competitors, and found StartBusiness to be better priced.Highly recommend.
17:33 15 Aug 23
I cannot recommend Gareth and his team highly enough. From the first time that I made contact with them they were really helpful in explaining the whole process which for me involved setting up a business, setting up a bank account and obtaining a Residents Card for Dubai. In advance of our arrival in Dubai they had already made a number of appointments for me to attend so that the process ran smoothly. They collected me from my accomodation and took me to the appointments and waited there until they were finished and took me back thereafter. They went above and beyond by suggesting places to visit and restaurants to go to during our stay as we had not visited Dubai previously. If you want a firm which is completely reliable and very effecient to hold your hand through what is a complicated process I would recommend that you get in touch with them. Martin C
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