Simple company formation in Dubai

Opening 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 open 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.

Available formation options in the UAE

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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