Setting Up Your Mainland Company in UAE Starts with Emirazone

A mainland company is a legal entity that can operate inside and outside the country without any restriction.

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is the regulatory authority for issuing these licenses in the UAE.

According to UAE company law, a mainland company setup in Dubai and the rest of the UAE requires a local partner or a local service agent. The type of business setup in Dubai mainland will determine whether you need a local sponsor or a local service agent.

A local service agent does not maintain shareholding authority and instead acts as the company representative in all administrative dealings with government departments

Common Advantages of Setting Up a Business in a UAE Mainland

  • The freedom to rent commercial space in any area 

  • The ability to conduct a wide range of business activities

  • The freedom to trade anywhere in the UAE or outside the country

  • The ability to open a corporate bank account easily

  • The advantage to bid on government projects

Interesting to know about Mainland in Dubai

  • A mainland in the UAE is also called as an onshore company. It is licensed by the Department of Economic Development (DED) of the related emirate which is allowed to do business in the local market as well as outside the UAE without any restrictions.

  • Sole proprietorship - a legal entity owned and operated by a single individual. He/she will be in complete control of operations and profits, while being 100 per cent liable for debts or any other financial obligations. Local sponsor is still needed as an agent.

  • LLC - limited liability company is the most common type of registration in the UAE and is recommended where the purpose of the entity is to make sales within the region. However, 100% foreign ownership of such an entity is not permitted. Under the UAE Commercial Companies Law (CCL), foreign investors are permitted to hold up to 49 per cent equity ownership in UAE companies and 51 per cent of the equity must be held at all times by one or more UAE nationals.

  • Civil company - This is a partnership for professionals in recognized fields such as doctors, lawyers, engineers and accountants

Steps of Mainland company formation

Choosing your business activity

Our team will ensure you choose the right jurisdiction and business activity when setting up your free zone company formation. We advise you on the most economical and suitable options.

Completing your incorporation paperwork

Your dedicated company formation specialist will ensure you complete the license application process – quickly and hassle-free

Choose your company structure

Depending on your business activity, you can either select a sole establishment or an LLC. A sole establishment will allow you 100% shareholding whereas an LLC will be 51% owned by a local sponsor

Issuing of your license

Once your license is issued, you will be notified and provided with the scanned license documents. Our team will schedule the documents for collection or delivery depending on your availability

Finalising your company name

Our team of experts can secure the company name availability and registration. If the company name is not available, we’ll advise you on suitable alternatives

Receiving your immigration card

If you have selected a license with visa eligibility, we will automatically apply for your immigration card, which will then allow you to issue visas under your license

Getting an initial license approval

Your dedicated company formation specialist in Dubai will ensure you complete the license application process – quickly and hassle-free

Processing your visa

Our team of visa specialists will assist you with any visa related queries. Call us today to find out more

Popular Mainland Activities

Gymnastics Club - Includes firms specialized in the instruction of gymnastics, whether inside the firm’s own facility or elsewhere, It involves the operation of gymnastics arena to allow for exercising such sport. This business license is subject to Dubai Municipality rules and regulation, DM holds a right to regulate it

Hospitality Services - Includes firms specialized to taking care of or serving the guests in the personal and corporate events such as weddings, birthdays, exhibitions, meetings, as well as receiving visitors at airports

Logistic Services - Includes the provision of land freight transport by specialized firms

Car Rental - Includes firms which rent automobiles for short periods of time, without drivers, to people who do not own their own car, travelers who are out of town or owners of damaged or destroyed vehicles who are awaiting repair

Ladies salon - Includes ladies salons involved in beautification and hair care, including, hair washing, trimming, setting, dyeing, waving, straightening, hair fixing, henna services, as well as cosmetic treatments, which involve the makeup, skin cleansing, skin hair removal, facial aesthetic, foot care, nail manicures and treatment, micro blading, such firms are allowed to sell preparations and tools and accessories relevant to service provision , such as, perfumes and cosmetics, soap and hair care products 

This business license is subject to Dubai Municipality rules and regulation, DM holds a right to regulate it.


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