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- How We Work
Research and Planning
Understanding the Problem
Our team will conduct market research that can support your proposed commercial activity in Dubai. We’ll explain the legal requirements, regulations, and procedures for starting a business.
Choose a Business Structure
Business Plan Consultant
We’ll help you find the most suitable business structure for your venture, such as sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), or corporation.
We’ll also explain the related legal implications, tax obligations, and liability aspects associated with each business structure.
Register the Business
Our team can help you secure the necessary permits, licences, and approvals required to legally operate your business.
All you have to do is provide the required documents, which may include identification documents, proof of address, a business plan, financial statements, and any other specific documentation.
Establish a Local Presence
Starting The Adventure
Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to establish a physical presence in Dubai, such as an office or through a representative.
As part of our concierge services, we can also help you with relocation, family visas and regional orientation.
- 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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