Mainland

Mainland Company Formation in the UAE

If you want to get registration of Mainland company in Dubai or any other Emirate, let our experts guide you in choosing the most effective corporate structure for your business. We can help you register your business along with providing support for obtaining UAE Residence Visa and Corporate Bank Account opening.

ADVANTAGES OF A MAINLAND COMPANY

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Repatriation of the capital
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Personal income taxes
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A mainland can have more than one branch
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Pitching for a host of private and government projects
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Mainland allows foreign entrepreneurs to trade/operate directly with the local market
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Availability of a wide range of business activities

COMMERCIAL COMPANY

A commercial company is the most common type of registration in the UAE and is recommended where the purpose of the entity is to trade within the whole region. Kindly pay attention that 100% foreign ownership of this company type in the UAE is not permitted.

Pay attention:
  • Foreign investors are allowed to hold only up to 49% equity ownership in UAE companies
  • 51% of shares must belong to one or more UAE nationals
  • From 2 to 50 shareholders can be included
  • The minimum recommended share capital is AED 300,000
  • Different business-related activities can be provided under the one-trade license
  • No corporate taxes, no income taxes

SOLE ESTABLISHMENT COMPANY

This type of entity applies to professionals, service activities, and consultancy. Setting up such type of a company is the best way a foreign investor can get 100% ownership in a UAE company registered outside Free Zones.

The features of such company type include:
  • Do not require any form of local ownership
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • No requirement for minimum capital
  • The UAE National will act as an agent with 0% ownership.
  • Set up through a national service agent
  • One shareholder only
  • No corporate taxes, no income taxes

CIVIL COMPANY

A civil company is a company owned by 100% foreign ownership with up to 3 shareholders and a local service agent. It's applicable for professional and service activities/license.
  • Local service agent owns 0% of business shares and profit, whereas a foreign partner or a company owns 100% of business shares
  • Local service agent main task is to perform the role of a signatory for the fulfillment of all government-related tasks
  • Local service agent has no administrative powers and is only entitled to annual payment for government services
  • The local service agent can be a professional, a UAE Government employee, or a company owned by a UAE National
  • For certain activities, the professional qualification of a local service agent is required
If you want to get registration of Mainland company in Dubai or any other Emirate, let our experts guide you in choosing the most effective corporate structure for your business. We can help you register your business along with providing support for obtaining UAE Residence Visa and Corporate Bank Account opening.

WHAT IS MAINLAND AND HOW TO REGISTER MAINLAND COMPANY IN UAE

A Mainland company is a company registered in one of the UAE DED (Department of Economic Development). It means that if you choose to conduct business in UAE Mainland, you will need to register a business entity with the DED, which will then provide you with a business license to start doing business in UAE.


Mainland companies can practice any industrial, commercial, trading, professional, or tourism activity. Some professional activities are excluded as per DED's business regulations, and others require the approvals of authorities that regulate these activities.


Foreign investors may start their business in a partnership where 51% ownership of the company belongs to UAE nationals or choose a Sole Establishment company formation to own 100% of shares. However, some business activities are reserved for UAE nationals only.


Shareholders must fulfill the formation documents and processes, which is included the appointment of a manager by the Memorandum of Association (MOA) or Service Agreement, for a limited or an unlimited period. Mainland must appoint a minimum of one manager and up to a maximum of five managers for the business.

1

SELECT A BUSINESS ACTIVITY

Decide the business activity type: Commercial/Trading, Consultancy, Professional, or Industrial. You can choose several activities in one group of activities.

2

SELECT LEGAL FORM

Based on the activity and the owner's resolution.

3

SELECT TRADE NAME

It's advisable to suggest three name options in order of preference – names must be clear, have meaning, and not be related to any religion. At this stage, it's required to submit documents of all partners and the appointed manager partners (Passport / Visa / EID / NOC for UAE Residents / Residential address).

4

APPLY FOR INITIAL APPROVAL IN DED

It is to confirm that the company can be formed and the company name is approved.

5

PREPARE MOA & LSA AGREEMENT

DED will prepare the MOA (Memorandum of Association) and LSA (Local Sponsor Agreement) based on the information provided at last 2 stages.

6

ESTABLISH BUSINESS LOCATION

To complete the registration process in the Mainland a lease contract (Ejari) is required. It refers to either an office/business center/warehouse or a showroom. It can be rented or purchased anywhere in the Emirate you have got registered the company.

7

GET APPROVALS

Some business activities will require external approvals from other authorities such as MOH (Ministry of Health and Prevention), Civil Defense, Police, etc.

8

COLLECT BUSINESS LICENSE

After the MOA, LSA signed, all approvals obtained, and all payments have been made. The license will be issued along with the MOA.

HOW WE CAN ASSIST YOU TO REGISTER A MAINLAND COMPANY IN UAE

Although some of the procedures for setting up and obtaining a license can be lengthy, obtaining the appropriate legal advice will facilitate the process and help foreign companies understand the optimal legal structure for conducting business in the UAE.

If you want to get registration for the UAE mainland in Dubai or any other Emirate, let our experts guide you in choosing the most effective corporate structure for your company. We can help your company in getting started as well as do business in the UAE along with providing support for visa applications, accounts& bookkeeping, and tax certification.
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