Company registration in Dubai

Company registration in Dubai offers foreign investors 100% ownership, full profit repatriation, and tax savings. With a range of options, investors can choose licenses and activities tailored for a seamless process. The two primary jurisdictions in Dubai are Mainland and Free Zone, each offering distinct setup packages.

In the Mainland, companies can enjoy full expatriate ownership. Free Zone Companies provide complete ownership without corporate and income taxes. The company registration procedure in Dubai varies across business jurisdictions. Now Consultant offers comprehensive support for the registration process of company in the Dubai. 

Company registration in Dubai Mainland

A Mainland Company in the UAE, registered by the Department of Economic Development (DED), is a perfect choice for investors accessing the local market in Dubai. We have made it easy to explain the Mainland registration process in Dubai by following the steps:

  • Select Business Activity

Before establishing a company in Dubai, choose your business activity and structure from over 1,500 options available in Dubai. The Department of Economic Development (DED) regulates all legal business activities in Dubai.

  • Register Your Company’s Name with DED

Pick a unique company name, ensuring it doesn’t match existing ones in Dubai. Register it with the DED, a process usually completed in about three days. 

  • Apply for a Mainland Business License

After registering your company name, apply for the Mainland trade license through the DED, ensuring compliance with permissible commercial activities.

  • Acquire an Office Space

Secure office or coworking space in Dubai through third-party providers, customizing packages as needed. Following initial DED approval, submit the required documents, including the tenancy agreement, Real Estate Regulation Authority (RERA) documents, and EJARI documents.

  • Prepare the Necessary Documents

Submit these necessary documents to the DED for the successful registration of your company in Dubai:

  • Memorandum of Association (MoA) 
  • Article of Association (AoA).
  • Partners’ passport copies.
  • Tenancy contract and EJARI registration certificate.
  • Initial approval certificate.
  • External approval certificates as needed.
  • Completed trade license application.
  • Submit Payments and Obtain License.

After documentation and approvals, pay fees to receive your business license, granting official recognition for legal operation in Dubai mainland.

  • Open Your Business Bank Account

After obtaining your business license, you need to open a corporate bank account for the swift financial process with modern digital banking. 

By following the steps, you can register your business in Mainland Dubai.

Company registration in Dubai Freezone

Dubai Free Zones offers tax and customs duty benefits to expatriate investors, providing complete ownership. Each zone operates independently under specific rules, outside federal laws or Ministry of Labor regulations.

The Dubai Freezone company setup includes the following steps.

  • Select a Business Activity

Select your desired business activity, as the type of license depends on it.

  • Find the Best Free Zone

Choose a free zone based on your business activity; options include sector-specific zones like IT, healthcare, and commerce.

  • Choose a Company Name

Select a company name ensuring availability on the Dubai Freezone Authority portal. Comply with standards, avoiding profanity or references to religious or political entities.

  • Gather Documents

After registering the company name, gather the required documents for applying license. The necessary documents are listed below:

  • Shareholders’ and directors’ passport copies.
  • Complete the application form for the chosen free zone.
  • Include a business plan if required.
  • Submit additional documents based on your business activity.
  • Apply for a Licence

After collecting documents, proceed to apply for the following categories of license based on your business activity:

  • Trading or Commercial License
  • Service or Consultancy License
  • Industrial License
  • Select Office Space

Pick an office space in a Dubai-free zone, ranging from a physical office to a warehouse or flexi-desk.

  • Submit the fees: 

Submit the fees for company registration in a Dubai free zone, including a one-time registration fee, annual license fee, and related fees like office rent.

  • Obtain Visa 

Secure a visa through your free zone if you are planning to stay in Dubai or if you intend to hire employees.

  • Open Bank Account

Open a corporate bank account by submitting the required documents and your business license to the chosen financial institution.

Why Choose Now Consultant for Company Registration in Dubai?

Register your company online in Dubai with Now Consultant, offering global investors and the business community a convenient process. We will help you choose the mainland or free zone jurisdiction for your company registration according to your business scope. We will support you through the complete process of registration process from applying for a license to opening a bank account.


What Is The Mainland Company Setup Cost in Dubai?

Mainland Company Setup Cost: AED 15,000 – AED 35,000, varies based on factors like license type and business specifics.

What Is The Dubai Free Zone Company Setup Cost?

Dubai Free Zone Company Setup Cost: AED 7,000 – AED 15,000, varies based on business size, license type, and free zone specifics.

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