Is It Possible to Get Permit for Freezone Companies to Operate in the Mainland?

According to some recent developments, there are two fundamental geographic locations through which one can begin a business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Freezone and the Mainland. These two have their very own points of interest and drawbacks relying on the movement and business type. While Mainland Company enlisted with DED is permitted […]

Start a Pharmacy in Dubai


The UAE has a highly developed health infrastructure. Medical facilities are modern and easily accessible for both locals and expats alike. There is an increase in demand for healthcare services over the past 10 years, spurred by population growth, increase incidence of lifestyle-related medical conditions and medical tourism. Dubai is ranked the second popular medical […]

Opening a Restaurant in Dubai


The food culture in the UAE has been changing drastically in the last few years. Around 2,000 restaurants and cafeterias have come up in the UAE in the past 2 years. There are wide variety of cuisines available that cater to all nationalities in UAE. In spite of the introduction on VAT, people are ready […]

How to Start Architectural/Engineering Consultancy Firms in Dubai?

The architecture industry in UAE has evolved tremendously during a short period of time. From a barren land, to holding the World record for the tallest building in the world, Dubai’s architecture has developed rapidly and keeps on growing. According to Dubai Design and Fashion Council, the UAE’s design market will grow by 13% from […]

What are the steps to getting a business license?

Businesses that: conduct insurance activities need to obtain the approval of Ministry of Economy conduct transport activities should obtain the approval of Ministry of Interior offer legal consultancies must obtain the approval of Ministry of Justice sell firefighting equipment will need the approval of Civil Defense. After completing the steps mentioned above, a business entity […]

Are approvals mandatory for running a business in Mainland apart from DED?

Yes. In some cases, approvals of bodies other than the DEDs are required. Businesses that: conduct insurance activities need to obtain the approval of Ministry of Economy conduct transport activities should obtain the approval of Ministry of Interior offer legal consultancies must obtain the approval of Ministry of Justice sell firefighting equipment will need the […]

What are the mandatory requirements for choosing a location for a business?

It is mandatory that all businesses should have a physical address. The chosen location must comply with the requirements set out by the Department of Economic Development in the respective emirate and the zoning regulations of the local municipalities. In Dubai, the business should have a rent agreement (MoU) for the proposed location of your […]

Is there any need for extra approval for foreign investors to start a business?

Yes. Foreign investors must obtain the approval of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs before getting the initial approval. Please be advised that the initial approval does not allow a foreign investor to practice the activity, unless a commercial license is duly issued, as a last step of the process. Advisory Services Mainland […]

Can you provide some information on obtaining initial approval?

After determining the activity and the legal form and registering the trade name, you need to obtain the initial approval certificate. It is only after seeking the initial approval that you can proceed for additional approvals of authorities other than the DEDs which is required in case of certain business/trading activities. Mainland Company Formation   […]

Can you give some information on Trade name registration?

A trade name differentiates one business from another. It also reflects the nature and the form of the business. The following are some criteria for DED to approve your trade name: must not violate the public morals or the public order of the country must be followed by the legal form of the company, for […]

What are the legal forms of business in the Mainland?

The following are the company types: Joint Liability Company Simple Commandite Company Limited liability Company (LLC) Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC) Private Joint Stock Company (PrJSC) Other types of companies: Sole establishment Civil company Local Company Branch Foreign Company Branch GCC Company Branch Free zone company branch Foreign companies’ representative offices Mainland Company Formation Advisory […]

What are the legal forms of the company that can be registered in Mainland?

Joint Liability Company – A joint liability company can conduct only commercial and industrial activities. Limited Liability Company (LLC) – Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) have permissions to conduct any industrial, commercial, professional and tourism business. Public Joint Stock Company – A public joint stock company can practice any industrial, commercial or professional business activities. Private […]

What are the Business type categories to start a business in the Mainland?

Commercial – Commercial activities are the activities that require a capital. Some examples of this can be wholesale and retail trade, construction, transportation, communication, financial mediation, real estate and leasing. Professional – Professional activities are the activities that depend on mental and physical effort. Examples include agriculture, fishing, education, health, social work and community, social […]

What are the important steps to setup a business on the mainland?

Select the type of business Determine the legal form of business Register a trade name Obtain initial approval Choose a location for your business Obtain approvals of relevant authorities Get your business license Secure a Chamber membership Advisory Services Mainland Company Formation

Can a foreign company open a branch in the UAE?

Yes, a foreign company can open a branch in the UAE after maintaining a certified letter from the parent company and getting the approval of the UAE’s Ministry of Economy. Contact us to know more. Mainland Company Formation

What type of companies requires a Local Service Agent (LSA)?

A professional type sole establishment Civil company with no engineering activity Foreign Company Branch Please note that a GCC national can be a partner in any form of business except: A representative office Simple commandite companies. Instant License Mainland Company Formation Mainland Company Formation

What are the types of businesses that require a UAE national a partner?

LLC companies Public Joint Stock Companies (PJSC) – it must have at least 5 founding members who are UAE nationals, owning between 30 per cent and 70 per cent of the capital shares PrJSC Companies Civil company with an engineering activity Mainland Company Formation Advisory Services

What are some of the cost involved in setting up a business in Mainland UAE?

Setting up a business involves raising capital investment, paying for licenses and employee visas. Also, the cost depends on: The nature of the activity and license required such as whether the business is commercial, industrial or service-oriented in nature. What is the legal form of the company such as whether it is an establishment, a […]

What are some of the Benefits of setting up a business on the mainland?

Setting up a business in mainland gives you many benefits and some of those are: Flexibility to do business in any part of the UAE No limitation on the number of visas More business activities available for licensing No business or personal taxes. Instant License Advisory Services Mainland Company Formation