The UAE, and especially Dubai, is the top preference for most of the investors when it comes to setting up a mainland company thanks to its excellent infrastructures & facilities. A Mainland Company Incorporation is registered under the Department of Economic Development (DED).
 
WHY SET UP A MAINLAND COMPANY IN THE UAE?

A mainland company formation in Dubai can be formed by a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 50 shareholders whose liability is limited to their shares in the business initial capital. It is mandatory to have a local service agent or sleeping partner with 51% + of shareholding. 100% Foreign Ownership & UAE National acting as Local Service Agent without holding any shares can be possible only for certain business activities. In addition to this, there is no initial minimum capital requirement for the formation of a mainland company. Having a company in the UAE mainland allows to directly trade in the local market across all the seven Emirates i.e. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm-Al-Quwain, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Consequently, having such a direct presence on mainland ground enables companies to build a stronger presence in the UAE market.
 
DED BUSINESS SETUP ACTIVITIES:

  • Commercial Licenses covering all kind of trading activity
  • Professional licenses covering professions, services, craftsmen & artisans
  • Industrial Licenses for establishing industrial or manufacturing activity

 
BENEFITS OF A MAINLAND COMPANY:

  • No Income nor Corporate Taxes
  • Direct Business Activity Inside the UAE Local Market Without the Need of a Third-Party Local Distributor or Service Provider
  • Flexible Office Availability
  • Access and Usage of Major UAE Ports (Jebel Ali, Port Rashid)

 
STEPS FOR SETTING UP A MAINLAND COMPANY:

  • Trade Name Selection
  • Initial Approval
  • Court Notarization
  • Tenancy Contract / Ejari
  • Final Submission and Obtaining Payment Voucher
  • Issuance of license
  • Issuance of Labor Card
  • Issuance of Establishment Card
  • Stamping of Investor Visa