Where to set up a company in Dubai
and what is its cost?

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Unlock the gateway to business success in the United Arab Emirates. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a small business owner, or a corporation aiming to expand, we can help you with the process of registering your company in the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE is known for its business-friendly environment, streamlined regulations, and efficient government services, facilitating a smooth company setup process.

With a diverse and skilled workforce, including both local and expatriate talent, businesses in the UAE can tap into a pool of skilled professionals.

The UAE offers political stability, security, and a legal framework that safeguards investments, providing a conducive environment for business operations.

We can help you register a Free Zone or a Mainland company in the UAE, as well as help you get the residency permit there. If you do not want to stay the whole year in the UAE and be a nomad, UAE has many advantages to offer to nomads.

Do you know the benefits of setting up a company in Dubai?

Company Registration in Dubai Free Trade Zone

UAE has over 50 Free Zones. Some Free Zones allow only an activity in a specific area, for example: Dubai Healthcare City, Media Free Zone etc. Other Free Zones allow a big scope of business activities, for example Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) or Dubai World Centre (DWC).

The federal laws are applicable in both Mainland and all Free Zones. However, each Free Zone has a set of regulations, that are applicable only in a specific Free Zone.

Free Zone companies can operate within a certain Free Zone and internationally. Office of the company can be located only on the territory of a Free Zone in which the company is registered. Thus, it is very important to take into account the geographical location of a Free Zone prior to the registration of the company.

Please find below the allowed and prohibited activities of Free Zone companies:

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Allowed Activities
Prohibited Activities

Unlike a Mainland company, it is possible to register a Free Zone company remotely, no physical presence of the shareholder is required for the registration of the company in any of the Free Zones in the UAE.

Steps required to start your business in the UAE:

The companies registered in the Free Zone will be treated by the banks differently depending on the reputation of the Free Zone they are registered. Registering a company in a Free Zone with a dubious reputation can lead to the negative consequences that would not permit the smooth operation of the business, including but not limited to the inability to open a bank account in the UAE.

To minimize the possibility of the above mentioned complications, the most preferred Free Zones for registration of a company are DMCC, DWC and IFZA.

There are 53 Zones where to create your company in Emirates...
Here are some examples

Register a company in the free zone of DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)

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DMCC is the largest Free Zone in the UAE and has one of the best reputation in the UAE which helps to open a bank account and maintain the company smoothly.

DMCC is located in the Jumeirah Lake Towers district, that is considered one of the most prestigious and well-developed areas of Dubai.

DMCC offers licenses in the following spheres of business activity:

Creation time
Time required for the registration of your company
15 business days
Time required to obtain a visa:
From 5 to 7 working days

PRICES

Registering a DMCC company without a visa:
*EUR 16,000.00
Registering a DMCC company with 1 visa:
EUR 19,000.00
Request for an additional visa for a DMCC company:
EUR 3,000.00
Annual renewal of the company registration in DMCC Free Zone:
*EUR 12,000.00

The price includes the fee for one Flexi Desk (registered address) with the right to 3 visas and is charged separately at a rate of
EUR 3,000 each.

The price for 1 residence visa is EUR 3,000 and includes: Visa fees, Emirates Identification Document (ID), Medical test and assistance in obtaining your visa.

Register a company in DWC Free Zone (Dubai South Free Zone)

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DWC is considered one of the best Free Zones in the United Arab Emirates.

It is located between Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain, at Al Maktoum International Airport. A company in DWC can operate internationally and also sell products in the United Arab Emirates market through a local agent.

DWC offers licenses for 5 main types of business activities:

Creation time

Time required for the registration of your company
3 to 5 business days
Time required to obtain a visa:
From 5 to 7 working days

Options for registering a company in the DWC Free Zone

Flexi Desk
  • Desk provided by Dubai South Business Center with limited access.
  • 2 residence visa application possible for a company registered in the DWC Free Zone with the Flexi-Desk.

Smart Office
  • Dedicated desk under the company name located in Dubai South Business Center with unlimited access.
  • 3 residence visa application possible for a company registered in the DWC Free Zone with the Smart office.

PRICES

Registering a company in DWC (Flexi Desk) without a visa.
9.500,00 €
Registering a company in DWC (Smart Office) without a visa
12.000,00 €
Registering a company in DWC (Flexi Desk) with 1 visa.
12.500,00 €
Registering a company in DWC (Smart Office) with 1 visa.
15.000,00 €
Application for an additional visa for a DWC company.
3.000,00 €
Annual renewal of the company registration in the DWC Free Zone.
9.500,00 €

The price for 1 residence visa is EUR 3,000 and includes: Visa fees, Emirates Identification Document (ID), Medical test and assistance in obtaining your visa.

Register a company in the IFZA (International Free Zone Authority of Dubai) free trade zone

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Here’s the revised version in English:

IFZA, the Free Zone of the Fujairah Free Zones Authority, stands out as a strategic business enclave in the United Arab Emirates.

Located in the thriving city of Fujairah, IFZA offers a dynamic and efficient business environment for companies in various sectors. Positioned strategically on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, IFZA provides easy access to global markets and serves as a bridge between Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Companies registered with IFZA can benefit from favorable trade regulations, facilitating international operations and participation in various business sectors. Moreover, IFZA allows companies to conduct business both locally and internationally, providing flexibility and growth opportunities.

IFZA offers licenses for 10 main types of business activities.

Creation time

Time required for the registration of your company
5 to 7 Working Days
Time required to obtain a visa:
From 5 to 7 working days

PRICES

Register IFZA company (Flexi Desk) without visa
EUR 7,000.00
Register company IFZA (Flexi Desk) with 1 visa
EUR 8,000.00
Application for an additional visa for IFZA company
EUR 1,000.00
Annual renewal of the company registration in the IFZA Free Zone
EUR 7,000.00

*Prices include the provision of the Flexi-Desk for 1 year.

*The maximum number of visas allowed is 4, provided that the company has a private office. Each additional visa
is charged at a rate of EUR 1,000.

The price for 1 residence visa is EUR 1,000, and includes: Visa fees, Emirates Identification Document (ID), Medical test and assistance in obtaining your visa.

Company Registration in Dubai Mainland

A company registered in the mainland enjoys the privilege to conduct the activities across the whole UAE and are not confined only to one Free zone. They are suitable the most for companies, whose business activity requires them to have manufacturing facilities, provision of goods or services in the UAE market.

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Advantages of setting up a UAE Mainland company

*Please note that the unlimited number of residence visas granted is based on the size of the office space: 1 visa for every 9 square meters.

Visas are issued for a period of 2 years.

The time to obtain a visa depends on the applicant’s nationality and lasts from 5 to 30 working days.

The price for registering a company in UAE mainland depends on the following criteria

The price starts from EUR 3,000. Physical presence of the owner in the territory of the United Arab Emirates is required for the company registration.

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  • The UAE offers a business-friendly environment, simplified regulations, and efficient government services, facilitating a smooth process for establishing a company.
  • Access to a diverse and skilled workforce, including local and expatriate talent.
  • Political stability, security, and a legal framework that protects investments.
  • One of the lowest corporate taxes in the world: 9%.
  • Tax-free dividends and no personal income tax.
  • Over 137 double taxation treaties, facilitating international business.
  • 0% VAT rate in most cases, only 5% for GCC countries.
  • Regular taxpayers are subject to a tax rate of 9% on profits exceeding AED 375,000.
  • Qualified Free Zone Individuals enjoy a 0% rate on qualified income and a 9% rate on non-qualified income.
  • It must have an adequate level of substance in the Free Zone.
  • It receives qualified income.
  • It does not choose to be taxed as a regular taxpayer in the UAE.
  • Non-qualified income should not exceed de minimis requirements (no more than 5% of total income).
  • Allowed: Operating within the UAE and internationally, conducting commercial transactions within the Free Zone, hiring employees, obtaining a tax residency certificate.
  • Prohibited: Renting premises outside the Free Zone, trading and distributing goods outside the Free Zone.
  • DMCC, DWC, and IFZA are recommended for their respected and business-friendly environment.
  • Conduct business both internationally and throughout the territory of the UAE.
  • Low corporate tax rate of 9%.
  • Wide range of permitted activities.
  • Eligibility to have an office in any district.

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  • Registering the company in the Free Zone of the UAE (remotely).
  • Obtaining a residence visa (requires physical presence in the UAE).
  • Opening a bank account.
  • DMCC: 15 business days.
  • DWC: 3-5 business days.
  • IFZA: 5-7 business days.
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