Simple company formation in Dubai

Setting up a business in the UAE may seem challenging at first, but we're here to guide you every step of the way. We'll assist you in acquiring all required permits, liaising with local authorities, and ensuring a swift and smooth launch of your new company. Your journey will be hassle-free with our support.

The three most popular types of companies in the UAE are free zones, offshore, and mainland. There are many variables to consider when opening your business such how many shareholders it will have, the number of visas required, and the amount of staff you are planning to employee. Certain licence types are better for online commerce and some business classifications can require special approvals.

Book a consultation with our expert team to learn which type of licence is right for you.

Raj Karwal, CTO of Strive Consultants

The best way to know which kind of company you should set up depends entirely on your needs and the future ambitions of your business. We’re here to help you navigate the landmines, which can have consequences like hefty fines.

Raj Karwal
COO and Head of UK

Simplifying Setting up a Business in Dubai: Exploring Offshore, Mainland, and Free Zone Options

Free Zone

Dubai has a number of geographic locations referred to as “Free zones”. These free zones are designed to allow easy company incorporation for foreign nationals.

    • Can be opened remotely
    • Many cost-effective options
    • No requirement for a physical premises
    • 100% foreign ownership (no local sponsor required)
    • Future tax concessions
    • Maximum employees of 5-6 without incurring a cost
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A mainland company allows you to openly trade anywhere in the UAE. In recent years, certain business activities now allow for 100% foreign ownership.

    • Openly trade with other mainland and free zone companies
    • Rent commercial space anywhere
    • Unlimited visa allocations allowed
    • Many business activities can have 100% foreign ownership
    • Minimum commercial space required
    • Physically required to visit the UAE to open a company
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An offshore company or SPV is a non-trading company which is commonly used to be a parent company and own shares in another company.

    • Can hold shares in another company
    • Layer of privacy
    • Able to purchase assets such as real estate
    • 100% foreign ownership (no local sponsor required)
    • Not allowed to carry out trading or business activity
    • Requires a representative agent in UAE
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Setting up a business in Dubai unlocks a world of opportunities and possibilities. The city's strategic location, business-friendly environment, diverse economy, supportive ecosystem, and high quality of life make it a compelling destination for entrepreneurs and investors seeking growth, success, and global impact. With Dubai's unwavering commitment to innovation, sustainability, and economic development, businesses can thrive and prosper in this dynamic business landscape. 

Why Choose Strive for Setting up a Business in Dubai

At Strive, we bring over 30+ years of combined experience to the table, ensuring a seamless and successful establishment process for setting up a business in Dubai. Our corporate services team, with over 20 years of expertise, is dedicated to providing excellent service and has a proven track record of client satisfaction, as reflected in our reviews on Trustpilot. 

We take care of all the heavy lifting for your company formation, including liaising with relevant authorities, handling VAT and corporation tax registrations and filings, managing monthly bookkeeping, handling company license renewals, and processing visas for new employees. Our commitment to excellence means that we get it right the first time, aligning your company's establishment with both your immediate needs and long-term goals to prevent potential future expenses and complications. 

Setting up a Business in Dubai with Strive: Success Stories

When you choose Strive, you're choosing a partner dedicated to your success. With our expertise, proven history of excellence, and efficient services, we ensure that setting up a business in Dubai experience is smooth, hassle-free, and tailored to meet your specific requirements. 

We're proud to be rated 4.7 stars on Trustpilot

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Testimonial from Mathew Graham

If you are looking for a reliable, professional, and efficient company to help set up your business and arrange visas in the UAE, look no further than Strive. They are fantastic, and I wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone seeking a seamless and successful business setup experience!

Testimonial from Teeba Bosnic

Strive handled the entire process of setting up our business in Dubai and the visa processes for our family. I literally couldn't fault them on one thing. The entire process was seamless - they were super quick to respond to our endless questions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

Teeba Bosnic -
Co-founder at Machined
Testimonial from Priyesh Dusara

The team at Strive made my experience transitioning abroad seamless. Finding people who are straight, informative, and speak from their own experiences is what I was after, and with Pali and the team, I got exactly that! Highly recommended.

Understanding the Needs of Today's Business Community

  • Saving Taxes

    Dubai's favorable tax policies and incentives enable businesses to save significantly on taxes, promoting profitability and growth. 

  • Expanding in the Region

    With its strategic location and excellent connectivity, Dubai serves as an ideal base for businesses looking to expand their operations across the region and beyond. 

  • Residing in a Safer Environment

    Dubai's commitment to safety and security ensures that businesses and residents alike can operate in a safe and stable environment, enhancing peace of mind. 

  • Minimizing Risk Through Diversification

    By diversifying operations and tapping into Dubai's diverse economy, businesses can mitigate risks and explore new avenues for growth. 

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