UAE Company Advantages

If you are exploring company formation in the UAE, there are critical factors to consider. First, the process will differ based on the Emirate you choose to operate because while the UAE federal government oversees business incorporation for the entire company, the seven Emirates have differing rules and regulations regarding these processes.

Activities and Licences

All business owners looking to secure a trade licence as part of the company formation process in the UAE must also declare the nature of their business activities and their core services. This step is vital because once you formally establish this, your firm will not be able to perform any activities outside the scope of services covered under the licences you are granted. 

Types of legal entities

  • In a free zone where you do not need a local shareholder 

  • As an offshore business

  • As a mainland  business outside of a free zone where you need a local Emirati partner who owns at least 51 per cent of the company 


  • 100 per cent foreign ownership

  • Banking confidentiality guaranteed by law

  • No public registry

  • 100 per cent exemption from corporate and income taxes

  • Zero foreign currency restrictions

  • Full repatriation of company profits and capital

  • Low set-up costs compared to onshore companies

  • No physical office requirements leading to no employee or labour-related costs

  • No share capital requirement

  • The ability for an offshore company to act as a holding company

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