Frequently Asked Questions :
Here is the list of frequently asked questions regarding setting up a business in Dubai, Freezone company formation, mainland business set up process, offshore business formation, and a lot more. Go through these Q & A to find out what you are looking for. If you can’t find the answer you want, just feel free to write to us on email@example.com. One of our business consultants will get back to you once receiving your email.
Mainland is a geographical area where all the private businesses are permitted for commercial business activities by DED i.e. Dubai Economic Department. It is the prime location where various foreign companies such as international chains of food, car makers etc starts their business.
You can start 3 types of company in Dubai i.e. mainland, free zone, and offshore company. For setting up any of these companies, you need to follow certain steps such as:
- Get in touch with our team of expert business consultants
- Submit the essential documents
- Determine the trade name
- Local partnership
- Business approval process
- Preliminary approval
- Acquiring business licence
- Immigration and visa process
To start a freezone company in Dubai is easier than mainland business setup in Dubai. You just need to follow the below things to get ball rolling on your own freezone business in Dubai:
- Identify the legal identity
- Decide a unique trade name
- Application for the business licence
- Acquire a good office space
Depending on the nature of the activities which business is going to do, either commercial, industrial, or professional licence is approved by the government. But before that, you need to pass through various processes such as document submission, UAE local partnership, local sponsor, business sponsor, preliminary approval, etc.
Foreigner can start his/her business in any of the three different ways i.e. Mainland business, freezone business, or offshore business. There are certain rules and regulations in all these three types of businesses. Freezone business setup is very easy and quick as compared to mainland business in Dubai.
As per the law, freezone company is completely restricted to do the business with the Dubai mainland companies. If freezone business wants to do business with mainland businesses, it has to pass through various licensing and documentation process.
Yes, it is easy to start a business in Dubai as Dubai government gives certain benefits to foreign investors. If someone wants to start freezone or offshore company, then it is very easy, quick, and cost effective. While if he/she wants to start mainland company, then it is required to have a partnership with UAE national. Additionally, mainland business setup process is costlier than freezone or offshore business setup process.
The basic difference between Dubai freezone and mainland is that FZ companies are restricted to do business within the specific are only. While mainland companies can do business anywhere even outside UAE, too.
There are many types of legal structures you need to know when you want to start your business
- Sole Establishment
- Civil company
- Limited liability company
You need to know first what is your company activity and if you will take your license in Free Zone Or mainland company, if you start your business in free zone you don’t need local sponsor but if you will start your business in mainland yes you will need to have local sponsor and his role will be depends on your company legal type and activity.
You need UAE local sponsor if you will open your business in mainland, his activities will be limited to sponsorship only and not to get involved into the business. You have to pay him his yearly fee as agreed before starting the documentations and it has no maximum Or minimum level and its negotiable between you and business consultant OR him directly.
Actually there is no much deference but it remains more protected if you chose to have corporate sponsorship, sponsorship remain same.
You have to have sponsor such as a company to work with, Open your own company and have investor visa or have your own freelance visa.
Yes, you can sponsor your family, immigration may ask you to keep some deposit refundable amount as security.
Yes, you can if your business match one of free zone arthritis activities OR even in Mainland Company you can own the business 100% with local service agent with 0% and you get investor visa valid for three years.
Once you have your residence visa stamped on your passport you can sponsor your family but to sponsor your family you need special approval from immigration to sponsor and it will be renewable yearly.
There is two type of visas if you are an investor and your company/ business asides value more than 10 million AED and you have audit report showing this value you will be eligible to get it OR you should won a property with value of one to five million UAE dirham you get three to five years residence visa.
Yes, you can do that remotely if its free zone company but if its mainland company you have to give power of attorney to one of the professional business consultant to do the formalities on your behalf without coming to Dubai.
You should have an employment Or investor visa in order to open your personal bank account, If have company you also can open a bank account in your company name.
Not all the business and companies’ type need same documents but for sure your clear color passport copy and entry visit or residence visa copy required.
No you don’t need to frees or deposit any capital to start your business in Dubai – UAE.
It take Three to Five working days once you initiate the process with one of the professional services provider.
If your business activity related to Education you will need approval from ministry of education KHDA or if it’s related to engineering or construction you will need approval from municipality and if related to communication you will need approval from Etisalat.
It’s not easy to find since government allow each local to have only one company to sponsor plus should not have any bother related other company activity such as general trading.
There are few of star businesses in Dubai – UAE which highly recommended such as:
- IT related businesses
- Health care businesses
- Delivery services
- Limousine services
- Travel and tourism
- Hospitality and F&B services
- Cleaning services
- Baby care services
- Maintenance services
- General trading
There is an investment agreement which can protect your investment if you ask your business consultant to create it and let local to sign stating that he is a sleeping partner and he doesn’t own any shares in your company.
The advantage that you will own the company 100 % without local sponsor. the disadvantage will be if you have to hire many employees in free zone you will have to rent big office space depends on how many employee you want to hire since its counted for each 90 sq/ft one employee when this requirements not in mainland company.
Some investors feel un-secured by having local sponsor with 51% share capital involvement especially if they heard from other investors whom they had bad experience about it, but the big advantage that you can have any number of visas or sign services contracts with government authority if you have LLC Company easily. There is many activities local sponsor doesn’t have to have 51% shares especially if it’s related to services provider activity.
The first thing you need to do is to read there review on google, read about their services in there website also if you are in UAE I suggest you to visit there offices and meet face to face.
PRO services is one of the most important services you will need to reduce your hassle by visiting government offices to apply for your visa or your dependent visas, there are few of professional companies in Dubai providing this services by in-house professional team.
By consulting one of the professional PRO services provider they can advise you with requirements and get the job done for you.
If you own a property with more than one million dirham value you can apply for the visa and also if it’s still in mortgage below 50% of its value
There are many business consultants who provide this services when you don’t have to move from home or work, they will get it done and deliver it back to you in short time
Usually the company liquidation take around 45 days to be completed , each company structure has deferent requirements, you need to contact one of the professional services provider to guide you accordingly
By providing company attested documents and board of resolution you can start subsidiary company in dubai
You can start branch of foreign company with 100 % ownership no local required , parent company documents attested will be needed to start the formality
Yes you can start your business remotely by sending your passport copy and information needed to one of our business consultant team and they will do the needful
You can trade in any type of products except gold and oil need special approval to add it on your license activity
You first need to find the suitable location of your F&B activity in one of premium locations in dubai such as Dubai Marina, JLT Or business bay
We suggest you to visit Dubai Marina, The Point , Palm Jumeirah , JLT , business bay Or down town