Seamless Dubai Mainland Company Formation with Juriszone

Juriszone offers new company registration in Dubai Mainland, trade license acquisition, and approvals processes. Access our guidance and enjoy a hassle-free Dubai business launch.

Setup your own business in the UAE for as low as AED 11,000*

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  • Business License
  • Visa
  • Business Activity

Guide

Complete Guide To Get Your Business License For Dubai Mainland Business Setup

There Are Three Main Types Of Dubai Mainland Licenses:

Commercial License

For businesses involved in trading goods and commodities, such as import, export, distribution, and retail.

Professional License

Required for businesses offering professional services like consultancy, engineering, design, and IT services.

Industrial License

Necessary for manufacturing, production, and assembly activities.

Other license options based on business activities include Tourism License, Real Estate License, Restaurant License, Contracting License, Healthcare License, Logistics and Transport License, and Educational License.

Obtaining requires steps like selecting a business activity, choosing a legal structure, reserving a trade name, securing a Local Service Agent (LSA) if required, and applying for Initial Approval.

The Advantages Of Forming A Company In The Dubai Mainland

Dubai’s Strategic Location: Dubai’s strategic location at Europe, Asia, and Africa’s crossroads makes it a hub for diverse markets, offering access to 2 billion people within a 4-hour flight radius – the current epicenter of global trade.

1. Access to Local Market

  • Companies in the Mainland also enjoy access to the local market, which allows them to engage with a large customer base.

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2. Tap into the Thriving Local Market

  • Setting up on Dubai’s mainland gives direct access to its vast consumer base with high incomes.
  • UAE’s GDP per capita was $43,103.73 in 2022, indicating strong purchasing power.

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3. Competitive Tax rates

  • Dubai is globally renowned for its business-friendly, low-tax environment.
  • Mainland businesses enjoy zero personal income tax, zero capital gains tax, and a recently revised 9% corporate tax rate.

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4. No Currency Restrictions

  • Businesses set up in Dubai Mainland can facilitate transactions in any currency without restrictions.
  • This provides the business with flexibility in financial operations.

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5. Easy Visa Process

  • Dubai offers investors a relatively easy process, providing an opportunity to attract global talent to grow businesses.
  • In 2023, it ranked as a top expat destination by The National News. Mainland companies leverage this to build robust, innovative teams driving success.

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6. Promoting Entrepreneurship

  • Dubai actively promotes entrepreneurship through financial incentives, business support services, and training programs.
  • Companies can take government contracts and work with authorities with a mainland license.
  • The Dubai SME initiative exemplifies offering funding and mentorship.

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7. Ease Of Doing Business

  • Dubai’s mainland setup allows a straightforward, efficient business environment.
  • Mainland companies can establish a physical presence anywhere in the UAE, not confined to free zones.
  • They operate without local sponsorship or service agents, enjoying greater freedom

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8. Saving Money and Time

  • Registering a company in the UAE mainland involves less bureaucracy and paperwork to start business activities.
  • The 100% foreign ownership provision allows significant cost savings.

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  • Companies in the Mainland also enjoy access to the local market, which allows them to engage with a large customer base.

  • Companies in the Mainland also enjoy access to the local market, which allows them to engage with a large customer base.

  • Dubai is globally renowned for its business-friendly, low-tax environment.
  • Mainland businesses enjoy zero personal income tax, zero capital gains tax, and a recently revised 9% corporate tax rate.

  • Businesses set up in Dubai Mainland can facilitate transactions in any currency without restrictions.
  • This provides the business with flexibility in financial operations.

  • Dubai offers investors a relatively easy process, providing an opportunity to attract global talent to grow businesses.
  • In 2023, it ranked as a top expat destination by The National News. Mainland companies leverage this to build robust, innovative teams driving success.

  • Dubai actively promotes entrepreneurship through financial incentives, business support services, and training programs.
  • Companies can take government contracts and work with authorities with a mainland license.
  • The Dubai SME initiative exemplifies offering funding and mentorship.

  • Dubai’s mainland setup allows a straightforward, efficient business environment.
  • Mainland companies can establish a physical presence anywhere in the UAE, not confined to free zones.
  • They operate without local sponsorship or service agents, enjoying greater freedom

  • Registering a company in the UAE mainland involves less bureaucracy and paperwork to start business activities.
  • The 100% foreign ownership provision allows significant cost savings.

Setup Business

How To Set Up A Business In Dubai Mainland?

1. Choose a Business Activity

According to the Department of Economy and Tourism, Dubai (DET), you can select from 2000
available business activities. These Dubai mainland business licenses are

1. Commercial License:

These licenses allow companies to engage in trading activities such as buying, selling, and distributing goods within the UAE market.

  • a. Retail: General trade of goods and products.
  • b. E-commerce: Online Sales Platforms.

2. Industrial License:

Granted to companies involved in manufacturing and industrial activities within the UAE.

  • a. Pharma: Manufacturing of drugs or medical equipment.
  • b. Manufacturing: Production of consumable goods.
  • c. Renewable Energy: Manufacturing or installing renewable energy systems.

3. Professional License:

As an individual or a group focusing on professional service provisions, this license enables professionals, artisans, and service providers to conduct business activities in their respective fields, including consultancy, legal services, and healthcare.

  • a. Tourism and hospitality: Hotels, tour operators, travel agencies (needs additional licenses from the tourism ministry).
  • b. Some sectors of healthcare: Clinics, medical consultations, and specific health-related services
  • c. Financial Services: Consulting, investment advisory (sometimes requires additional permits or specialized licensing)
  • d. Technology & Innovation: Software development and IT services (depending on specific activity)
  • e. Logistics and transportation services: Offering services in Freight forwarding companies, warehousing services, transportation consultants, and delivery services.

These licenses allow companies to engage in trading activities such as buying, selling, and distributing goods within the UAE market.

  • a. Retail: General trade of goods and products.
  • b. E-commerce: Online Sales Platforms.

As an individual or a group focusing on professional service provisions, this license enables professionals, artisans, and service providers to conduct business activities in their respective fields, including consultancy, legal services, and healthcare.

  • a. Tourism and hospitality: Hotels, tour operators, travel agencies (needs additional licenses from the tourism ministry).
  • b. Some sectors of healthcare: Clinics, medical consultations, and specific health-related services
  • c. Financial Services: Consulting, investment advisory (sometimes requires additional permits or specialized licensing)
  • d. Technology & Innovation: Software development and IT services (depending on specific activity)
  • e. Logistics and transportation services: Offering services in Freight forwarding companies, warehousing services, transportation consultants, and delivery services.

Granted to companies involved in manufacturing and industrial activities within the UAE.

  • a. Pharma: Manufacturing of drugs or medical equipment.
  • b. Manufacturing: Production of consumable goods.
  • c. Renewable Energy: Manufacturing or installing renewable energy systems.

  • You can obtain a trade license from the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism ( DET ) within 3-5 working days.

2. Select a Mainland Company Legal Structure in the UAE

Choosing the right business structure in the UAE depends on what you do, where you want to operate, and other things. Here are some options you can set up in Dubai:

1. Sole Establishment

A company owned by a sole proprietor to operate either commercial, industrial, professional, etc., economic activity.

2. Civil Company

A civil company in the UAE offers full access to the local market and 100% foreign ownership. These companies are also known as professional companies, and lawyers, doctors, and engineers can set them up to provide specialized services.

3. Register a Trade Name Of Your Company

  • Apply through the emirate’s Economic Development Department
  • Name must have legal structure suffix (LLC, PJSC, etc.)
  • Avoid inappropriate/offensive words
  • Match chosen business activities
  • No rulers’, agencies’, or government bodies’ names/logos
  • Not already registered
  • Get approvals from the Economic Development Dept. and Ministry of Economy
  • Trade name certificates require renewal

Approval Process

4. Obtain Initial Approval From DET

You are required to obtain initial approval from the relevant government authorities. The approvals might vary as it depends on your business activity.

Approval from the Dubai Municipality

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Approval from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

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Approval from the Dubai Civil Defense

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Approval from the Dubai Economic Department

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5. Draft Your Legal Documents

1. Memorandum of Association (MoA)

This foundational document defines the company’s purpose, ownership structure, and agreements between shareholders.

2. Local Service Agent (LSA)
Agreement

Foreign companies without a UAE national as the majority owner must appoint a Local Service Agent. The LSA provides sponsorship services to enable company formation and licensing without granting them ownership rights.

6. Find a Business Location

A physical business premises is mandatory in the UAE, complying with zoning and regulatory requirements set by the Economic Department and local authorities. In Dubai specifically, the office or warehouse tenancy contract must be registered through the Ejari system under the Land Department.

  • Ministry of Interior: Transport, security services, used vehicles/parts
  • Ministry of Justice: Legal activities/consultancy
  • Municipal Depts: Architecture, engineering
  • TDRA: Telecommunications activities
  • Executive Council: Tourism, trading, maritime, aviation, foreign branches
  • Ministry of Economy: Insurance
  • Health Depts: Health-related activities
  • Supreme Petroleum Council: Oil/gas field services, drilling operations

Check if your business activities need extra approvals from relevant authorities.

  • Initial approval receipt
  • Copies of previously submitted docs
  • Attested copy of lease contract
  • Memorandum/s of Association
  • Approvals from other relevant govt. entities (if required)

  • Pay all required fees
  • Collect business license from the economic department’s service centers or website

Register in the same emirate where the company is incorporated Options:

  1. Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry
  2. Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  3. Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  4. Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  5. Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  6. RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  7. UAQ Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  8. Fujairah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Checklist

11. Additional Considerations

In some cases, you might need additional approvals from government departments

  • Ministry of Justice
  • Executive Council
  • Local Municipal Department
  • Local Health departments
  • Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TRDA)
  • Ministry of Economy
  • Petroleum Council

After submitting the documents and approvals, you must collect the License. Common trade licenses
consist of :

  • Commercial Licenses
  • Professional Licenses
  • Industrial Licenses
  • Tourism Licenses

Company Registration Fees For Joining and Operating In A Free Zone

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Our Comprehensive Professional Services:

Accounting

Accurate and timely financial reporting to support your decision-making.

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Taxation

Expert guidance on UAE tax laws and regulations to optimize your tax position.

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VAT, ESR, and IFRS Advisories

Stay compliant with the latest accounting standards and regulations.

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Trademark Registration

Protect your brand identity and intellectual property

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Golden Visa Services

Guidance on eligibility and application procedures for long-term residency visas.

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Setup

Dubai Mainland Company Setup with Juriszone

Establish your business in Dubai Mainland seamlessly with Juriszone. Our transparent and straightforward company formation process guides you through each step.

Streamedlined Process

  • Assist in selecting business activities and naming
  • Handle paperwork and obtain DET business license
  • One-stop-shop for complete formation management

Enhanced Growth

  • Enable growth via risk management, informed decisions, optimal business models

Marketing Analysis

  • Extensive market analysis experience
  • Tailored marketing strategies

Competitive Edge

  • In-depth market insight
  • Strategies to outperform competitors

Prompt Service

  • Quick solutions for businesses, startups, SMEs
  • Prioritize prompt responses

Cost-Effective

  • Reduce operational costs
  • Improve revenue, efficiency, optimize capital

Expert Guidance

  • Free consultations for informed decisions
  • Clarify doubts before the company formation process

We Help You To Build Your Business Startup In Dubai

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, foreigners can own a business in Dubai, UAE as well. The Dubai government permits 100% foreign ownership, and the businesses can operate with privileges and exemptions.

The license cost depends on the type of business activity. The company formation in Dubai mainland cost is calculated by considering the 5% cost to tenancy contract [ Ejari ]. It costs between AED 11,000 and AED 38,000 to set up a Mainland Business in Dubai. The cost is subject to various factors, including license type, business size, visas, office space, business activity, and any external approvals.

A free zone company cannot trade in the Mainland. The company must hire a local service provider to perform its business activities to trade. However, the company has to pay a fee to the provider.

For business setup in Dubai mainland, the suitable location depends on factors such as target market, nature of your business, budget, accessibility, etc. However, some key areas are in Dubai’s Mainland, such as Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road, Deira, Dubai Downtown, Jumeirah, Dubai Media City, and many more.

Juriszone is a consultancy firm that offers comprehensive services for setting up businesses in Dubai Mainland. It assists with choosing the right business activity, registration, obtaining licenses, and provides tailored marketing strategies and financial advice for business growth.

Specific approvals depend on your business activity and may include the Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Civil Defense, and Dubai Economic Department. Additional approvals may be required from the Ministry of Justice, Executive Council, Local Health departments, and the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA).

Dubai is right in the middle of Europe, Asia, and Africa. This means businesses there can easily reach over 2 billion people who are just a 4-hour flight away. This makes Dubai a great place for businesses looking to expand into different countries.

The UAE Ministry of Economy has set up a National Programme for Small and Medium Enterprises and Projects under Federal Law No. 2 of 2014. The program helps businesses develop strategies, meet their needs, grow their businesses, and ensure sustainability. All stakeholders involved in entrepreneurship can benefit from this program.

Choosing the right legal structure for your business is important because it decides what your business is legally considered in the UAE, and to claim various tax benefits such as VAT, and Corporate Tax.

Yes, companies in Dubai Mainland can do business with other countries directly, unlike businesses in free zones that have some rules to follow. However for certain business activities additional approvals maybe required from the government.