Dubai Mainland Company Formation

Register your mainland company in Dubai with ease.

  • Base your business in Dubai.
  • Unlimited Visas.
  • No minimum capital required.

3 Simple Steps

Register your mainland company in Dubai in three simple steps

Step 1
Step 1

Select suitable license based on activity

Step 2
Step 2

We register your Dubai mainland company

Step 3
Step 3

Receive your license and start your business

Bank Accounts

We work closely with the following banks for opening bank accounts for our clients.

Emirates NBDMashreq BankRAK BankEmirates IslamicDubai Islamic BankADIB Bank

Pricing

100% Foreign Ownership Packages
Sole Establishment
AED 18,415
  • Tradename reservation – AED 620
  • Initial approval for the license – AED 220
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association (MOA) – AED 575
  • Licensee fee – AED 12,000
  • InZone fee – AED 5,000

*Yearly Fee from second year: AED 17,000 (govt. fee included)

Commercial License (LLC)
AED 20,415
  • Tradename reservation – AED 620
  • Initial approval for the license – AED 220
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association (MOA) – AED 575
  • Licensee fee – AED 14,000
  • InZone fee – AED 5,000

*Yearly Fee from second year: AED 19,000 (govt. fee included)

Trading License
AED 30,415
  • Tradename reservation – AED 620
  • Initial approval for the license – AED 220
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association (MOA) – AED 575
  • Licensee fee – AED 24,000
  • InZone fee – AED 5,000

*Yearly Fee from second year: AED 29,000 (govt. fee included)

Additional Fees Applicable for 100% Ownership Packages:

  • Some license activities may require pre-approvals from the relevant regulatory bodies/government departments. In such cases, there will be additional process and costs involved for obtaining the pre-approval depending upon the company activity.
  • An extra fee of AED 2,000 shall apply for a company name that is not of Arabic origin.
  • License fee shall vary depending upon the payment voucher issued by the Department of Economic Development before the issuance of license.
  • The rent for office space varies depending upon the location and size of office. The rent shall be payable directly by you and is not included as part of any of our packages. For some license activities, it is possible to rent a flexi-desk in a business centre at a nominal cost starting from AED 5,000.
 
Standard Packages
Sole Establishment
AED 35,215
  • Tradename reservation – AED 620
  • Initial approval for the license – AED 220
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association (MOA) – AED 575
  • Local service agent agreement – AED 1,800
  • Licensee fee – AED 12,000
  • Local sponsor fee – AED 15,000
  • InZone fee – AED 5,000

*Yearly Fee from second year: AED 32,000 (govt. fee included)

Commercial License (LLC)
AED 37,215
  • Tradename reservation – AED 620
  • Initial approval for the license – AED 220
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association (MOA) – AED 575
  • Local service agent agreement – AED 1,800
  • Licensee fee – AED 14,000
  • Local sponsor fee – AED 15,000
  • InZone fee – AED 5,000

*Yearly Fee from second year: AED 34,000 (govt. fee included)

Trading License
AED 47,215
  • Tradename reservation – AED 620
  • Initial approval for the license – AED 220
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association (MOA) – AED 575
  • Local service agent agreement – AED 1,800
  • Licensee fee – AED 24,000
  • Local sponsor fee – AED 15,000
  • InZone fee – AED 5,000

*Yearly Fee from second year: AED 36,000 (govt. fee included)

Additional Fees Applicable for Standard Packages:

  • Some license activities may require pre-approvals from the relevant regulatory bodies/government departments. In such cases, there will be additional process and costs involved for obtaining the pre-approval depending upon the company activity.
  • An extra fee of AED 2,000 shall apply for a company name that is not of Arabic origin.
  • License fee shall vary depending upon the payment voucher issued by the Department of Economic Development before the issuance of license.
  • The rent for office space varies depending upon the location and size of office. The rent shall be payable directly by you and is not included as part of any of our packages. For some license activities, it is possible to rent a flexi-desk in a business centre at a nominal cost starting from AED 5,000.
 

Process

1

Step 1 – We reserve your trade name

We will reserve your trade name and obtain the initial approval required for the issuance of license.

2

Step 2 – We prepare your company documents

We prepare and the shareholders sign Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association and all other company documents.

3

Step 3 – You receive your company licence

You receive your company license to start activity.

About Department of Economic Development Dubai

What is Department of Economic Development?

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is responsible for issuing licenses to all legal entities in mainland Dubai. Law no. 13 of 2011 expressly stipulates that the DED is responsible for the regulation of economic activities for all businesses outside the free zones. The DED was established with the aim of ensuring economic growth and effective implementation of relevant policies in the emirate of Dubai. The DED works towards achieving government’s vision of expansion and development of various economic sectors.

We work closely with the DED in furtherance of the economic goal set by the government. We provide hassle-free corporate services by simplifying the process of business set-up in Dubai.

What is a Mainland Company?

A mainland company is licensed to carry out business activity in the Emirate in which it is incorporated. A mainland company is different from a free zone company in that a free zone company is only permitted to carry out a business activity in the free zone it is established. A mainland company does not have any such restriction. A mainland company is also sometimes referred to as an ‘onshore’ company. A mainland company in Dubai is one of the most sought-after enterprises.

What are the benefits of a Mainland Company?

A mainland company has the following benefits:

  1. Flexibility of conducting business activities in local as well as foreign market.
  2. No limit on the number of visas issued for the company.
  3. Office premises can be based anywhere in mainland Dubai.
  4. Accessibility and brand visibility.
  5. Access to government tenders as government departments typically do not conduct business with free zone companies.

What are the main licensing options under Department of Economic Development?

Commercial License:

A commercial license is issued in the form of a limited liability company (LLC) for carrying out any commercial activity in Dubai. It is the most widely used commercial entity.

The LLC is required to have a provision of 51% ownership of a UAE national (local sponsor) and 49% of the shares may be owned by the foreign shareholder. The interest of the foreign shareholder may be protected by signing side agreements with details of profit percentages, administrative powers and decision-making. We have developed strong relationships with strong and reliable local sponsors that ensure smooth company operations for our clients.

Professional License:

A professional license is typically issued for services, skills, and expertise of the individual(s) conducting the business. The company form can either be a sole establishment or an LLC. A foreign national can establish the sole establishment under his/her own name, with the exception of some activities. As the sole establishment is essentially a single shareholder entity, it is not required to have a local sponsor as a shareholder. Instead, the sole establishment is required to have a UAE national as a local service agent.

Branch Office:

A branch office license is a legal extension of a local or a foreign company. It does not have any separate legal personality and can only be permitted to carry out the business activity of the parent company. A special approval is required from the UAE Ministry of Economy for setting up a branch office. A UAE national is required to be appointed as local service agent for a branch office.

Representative Office:

A representative office is primarily set-up to only promote the business and expand the accessibility of the parent company. The appointment of a UAE national as local service agent is a mandatory requirement.

UAE allows 100 % Foreign Ownership of Mainland Companies

Ownership of mainland / onshore companies in UAE was a vital concern for foreign investors primarily on account of having to partner with UAE nationals. This partnership is quite tilted, as an Emirati partner had to at least own 51 % shares, whereas the foreign investors could at maximum own 49 % shares of the company. The minority stake did not allow the foreign investors to independently run the affairs of their company. Even in some company forms (sole establishment and civil company), the foreign investor was required to appoint a local service agent (UAE national), who although would not hold any company shares but would charge compensation for his appointment. These aspects made every foreign investor think twice before investing in any UAE onshore company.

To attract foreign investment and to boost up the confidence of foreign investors, the UAE amended the UAE Commercial Companies Law to permit 100 % foreign ownership of onshore companies incorporated in the United Arab Emirates. This law was implemented with effect from 1st June 2021.

100% foreign ownership is permitted for companies that are carrying on certain business activities mentioned on the UAE’s ‘positive list’. This list consists of more than 1,100 activities across multiple sectors.

Pursuant to this decision, the Dubai Economy released guidelines explaining the procedures for full ownership of Dubai mainland companies. The below are the key take-aways of the Dubai Economy guidelines:

  • The Dubai Economy invites 100% foreign ownership for multiple commercial and industrial activities. The commercial activities include general trading, contracting, jewellery, gold, pearls, luxury watches etc. The industrial activities comprise of metal and construction, flooring, building materials, foods, water production, paint sectors etc. Education and hospitality are also included in Dubai’s positive list. See all the activities available for 100 % ownership here.
  • The change in the Commercial Companies Law will not affect the status of companies where an Emirati partner holds 51% shares. If any company wishes to reduce the shareholding of an Emirati partner or if the Emirati partner wants to resign from partnership, then they can do so by amending the company documents by following the available legal routes.
  • The amendment of the Commercial Companies Law does not change the processes of licensing, incorporation, and renewal of Dubai mainland companies. The services can be availed via the already existing channels of Dubai Economy.
  • The amendment also does not bring in any change in the already existing legal structures of Dubai mainland companies i.e. sole establishment, civil company, and limited liability company.
  • The Dubai Economy guidelines do not permit transforming the legal form of the company from a limited liability company to a sole establishment under a foreigner’s name. However, the guidelines do allow transferring the license of the limited liability company to a one-person company with limited liability.
  • A branch of a foreign company does not require an Emirati Agent. Existing agents can also be removed.
  • This amendment does not apply to commercial agencies as they are not regulated by the Commercial Companies Law. They are owned by UAE nationals only.

This change in law has attracted massive foreign investment in UAE and Dubai. Multiple businesses are being set up in Dubai mainland, especially due to its attractive tax-free benefits. In the first week itself, as many as fifty-nine (59) Dubai onshore companies were incorporated.

InZone specialises in formation of Dubai mainland companies. If you wish to be a first mover and enjoy the benefits that a fully owned Dubai mainland company has to offer, then do contract us today.

Key Features

Here are some of the key features of Dubai Mainland.

DEDMainland companies are registered with the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, UAE.
Types of licences offeredCommercial License, Professional License, Trade License and Industrial License.
Number of visasThe company may have unlimited visas issued depending on office size.
LocationThe office may be based anywhere in mainland Dubai.
LawCommercial Companies Law, Law no. 2 of 2015.
OwnershipLocal sponsor is required to own 51% of shares in LLC. It does not apply to sole establishments.
Paid-up capitalNo paid-up capital requirement.
DED
Mainland companies are registered with the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, UAE.
Types of licences offered
Commercial License, Professional License, Trade License and Industrial License.
Number of visas
The company may have unlimited visas issued depending on office size.
Location
The office may be based anywhere in mainland Dubai.
Law
Commercial Companies Law, Law no. 2 of 2015.
Ownership
Local sponsor is required to own 51% of shares in LLC. It does not apply to sole establishments.
Paid-up capital
No paid-up capital requirement.

Government Departments

We can help you with the processes in the following government departments.