Mainland Company Formation

Explore the limitless possibilities of business expansion in the UAE with a Dubai mainland license. The Department of Economic Development (DED) serves as the regulatory authority, empowering mainland companies to conduct business seamlessly both within the UAE and on the global stage. Embrace the freedom to operate without constraints in over 1000 commercial and industrial activities, eliminating the requirement for a local sponsor.


A mainland business refers to a company that is registered and licensed to operate in any part of the UAE outside of the free zones.

Mainland companies

can conduct business within the UAE and internationally and are allowed to bid for government projects and tenders. Moreover, mainland companies are not limited to specific industries or activities and can conduct business in any sector, subject to obtaining the necessary permits and licenses.

Mainland Business Licenses and Activities

A Mainland company presents an expansive array of opportunities with over 3000 business activities to choose from in the UAE. Your selection of business activity, company structure, and operational jurisdiction will influence the licensing process and associated requirements.
Commercial License

In the UAE, businesses engaged in trading and supplying goods must obtain a Commercial License. This license is essential for various sectors.

Industrial License

An Industrial License is imperative in the UAE for businesses involved in manufacturing and various industrial activities.

E-commerce License:
These licenses enable entrepreneurs to establish and operate online stores, sell products/services online, and engage in e-commerce activities.

Professional License

A Professional License is required in the UAE for individuals or business groups that deliver expertise as a service to the public

Benefits of Setting Up in the Mainland

With Mainland company formation in Dubai, companies established have access to the local market of the UAE, along with the international market.

With the laws in place, businesses in the mainland zone can own 100% of the company and get right down to business without having to look for an Emirati partner. Foreign investors have enormous potential to contribute to the UAE’s growth-machine economy with 100% foreign ownership of mainland UAE businesses.

A mainland company has no geographical constraints and no prohibitions on business with other companies. Mainland businesses can conduct business with consumers or provide services to the government. Businesses here can open many branches and establish a strong presence across the country with a mainland company setup.

There is no minimum capital requirement to set up a business in the mainland, which makes it easier for startups to establish their businesses. To know about the cost of mainland company setup in Dubai, please contact us

The UAE has a favourable tax regime, with no corporate or personal income tax.

Why Choose Business Link for a Mainland Company Setup?​


Our company formation services simplify the process of setting up a business in the mainland. From document preparation, and obtaining necessary permits and licenses to the final setup – we’ve got you.

Government Ties

Business Link’s strong ties with the government give an extra edge to our clients by accelerating their paperwork and getting special approvals from the authorities in no time!

& Experience

With two decades in the industry, we understand the legal and regulatory requirements for setting up a business in mainland and can provide expert guidance and support throughout the process.

Steps to Register a Mainland Company

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