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Mainland Business Setup in Dubai | Mainland Company Formation in Dubai

Unlock the Power of Dubai’s Business Landscape with AE Formation

Discover the endless opportunities Dubai has to offer. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, SME, or a multinational corporation, our expert guidance in mainland company formation will pave your way for success in the heart of the UAE.

Why Choose Dubai Mainland?

  • Strategic Location: Dubai serves as a global hub, bridging the East with the West. Setting up your business in the mainland means you’re at the center of this nexus, offering unparalleled access to global markets.
  • Full Ownership: With recent changes in regulations, foreign investors can now enjoy 100% ownership of their mainland businesses, providing greater control and flexibility.
  • Zero Trade Restrictions: Mainland businesses in Dubai face no restrictions, allowing you to trade with other companies, government entities, and consumers across the UAE.
  • Government Incentives: Enjoy access to lucrative government contracts, fostering a favourable environment for growth and investment.

Why AE Formation?

  • Experience & Expertise: With years of industry experience, AE Formation is your trusted partner, guiding you through every step of the incorporation process.
  • One-Stop Solution: From initial consultation, trade name registration, legal documentation to securing your physical location – we handle it all and beyond.
  • Dedicated Support: Our team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring your business setup is seamless, timely, and tailored to your needs.

Our Mainland Company Formation Services

  1. Business Consultation: Understand the landscape, identify the right business activity, and choose the most beneficial legal structure with our expert guidance.
  2. Trade Name Registration: Ensure your business stands out with the right trade name that complies with UAE regulations.
  3. Legal Documentation: From Memorandum of Association (MOA) to Local Service Agent agreements, our team ensures all your documents are in order.
  4. Workspace Solutions: Optimise business location for your business, be it an office, workshop, or warehouse, in line with your operational and quota requirements.
  5. Government Approvals & Licensing: Navigate the intricacies of government approvals with ease and quickly secure your mainland license.
  6. Banking & Financial Guidance: We take care of pre requisites that help you overcome challenges in opening corporate bank accounts. We also get you insights into maintaining financial compliance in the UAE.

Ready to Make Dubai Your Business Home?

Dive into Dubai’s vibrant economy with AE Formation. Whether you’re transitioning from a free zone or starting afresh, our bespoke mainland company formation services ensure you’re set for success.

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FAQ: Mainland Business Setup in Dubai

  1. What is a Mainland Company in Dubai? A Mainland Company in Dubai refers to a business entity that operates within the local economy of emirate of Dubai, as opposed to operating within specialised zones commonly known as free zones. Such companies are licensed by the Department of Economic Development (DED) and can conduct business activities freely anywhere in the UAE, including within Dubai.
  2. Why should I choose Mainland over a Free Zone company setup? Mainland companies offer several advantages over Free Zone entities. Some of these benefits include the ability to conduct business anywhere in the UAE, flexible visa quotas to sponsor employees, and a broader range of business activity options.
  3. Do I require a local sponsor/ UAE national shareholderfor setting up Mainland Company?It is not mandatory to have a local sponsor who holds 51% of shares for almost all business activities. However certain regulated activities, such as legal practice, must have a national holding at least 51% of shares of the business.
  4. Can a foreigner own 100% of a Mainland Company in Dubai?Yes, foreigners can own 100% of shares of mainland companies even if they are not residents in Dubai.
  5. How long does it take to set up a Mainland Company in Dubai? The process can vary depending on the nature of the business and the necessary approvals. On average, it can take anywhere from 1-4 weeks to complete all the procedures.
  6. Are there any restrictions on the type of business activities for a Mainland Company? While Mainland Companies have a broad range of permissible activities, certain sectors, such as banking, finance, and oil & gas, have specific licensing and approval requirements.
  7. Do I need a physical office for my Mainland Company in Dubai? Yes, it’s mandatory for Mainland Companies to have a physical office space in Dubai. The size and location of the office should be in line with the business activity and the number of employees the company intends to sponsor.
  8. What are the primary costs associated with setting up a Mainland Company? The primary costs include the initial setup fee, licensing fees, registration fees, and the cost for renting an office space. Additionally, there might be fees related to obtaining approvals from specific authorities, depending on your business activity.
  9. How do I renew my Mainland Company license? Mainland Company licenses need to be renewed annually. The renewal process involves updating your business details, paying the renewal fees, and ensuring that all required documents are in order.
  10. Can I transfer or sell my Mainland Company to someone else? Yes, the ownership of a Mainland Company can be transferred or sold. However, there are specific procedures and approvals required from the DED.
  11. Can other companies be shareholders of mainland companies in Dubai? Yes, corporate entities (companies) can act as shareholders in a Mainland Company in Dubai. When shares are held by foreign companies, it is recommended to appoint a UAE resident manager for the mainland company.
  12. What are the forms of business set up in Dubai? There are several forms of business entities in Dubai, including:
  13. Sole Proprietorship
  14. Civil Company
  15. Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  16. Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC)
  17. Private Joint Stock Company (PrJSC)
  18. Branch or Representative Office of a Foreign Company
  19. Who is issuing registration in mainland Dubai? The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai is responsible for registering and licensing Mainland Companies.
  20. What is the income tax rate for mainland companies in Dubai? As of September 2023, UAE mainland companies are subject 9% tax on annual profits above AED 375,000. However, there are other exemptions and schemes that companies can avail of.
  21. Can mainland companies do business with free zone companies? Yes, Mainland Companies can conduct business with Free Zone companies.
  22. Can mainland companies do business with customers outside the UAE? Mainland Companies in Dubai can conduct business both within the UAE and internationally without restrictions.
  23. How many shareholders are permitted for an LLC company in Dubai? An LLC (Limited Liability Company) in Dubai can have between 2 to 50 shareholders.
  24. Can mainland companies change location from Dubai to other emirates? Transferring a Mainland Company’s location from Dubai to another emirate requires de-registration in Dubai and re-registration in the desired emirate. It’s a complex process and might involve various approvals and paperwork.
  25. Can mainland companies set up branches in Dubai? Yes, Mainland Companies can set up branch offices in Dubai. These branches operate under the license of the parent company and do not require a separate license. However, specific registration procedures need to be followed.
  26. Can mainland companies set up branches in other emirates? Yes, Mainland Companies based in Dubai can set up branch offices in other emirates. However, doing so requires obtaining the necessary approvals and licenses from the respective emirate’s Department of Economic Development or equivalent authority. Each emirate may have its own specific regulations and requirements for branch offices.
  27. Can mainland companies open foreign branches? Dubai Mainland Companies can establish branches overseas. To do so, they need to adhere to the regulations and requirements of the foreign country where they intend to set up the branch. Additionally, some documentation from the UAE, such as attested company documents, might be required by the foreign jurisdiction.

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