Business Setup in Dubai

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Dubai Mainland

A Dubai Mainland license empowers entrepreneurs to conduct business activities both within and beyond the UAE, with the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai issuing trade licenses for mainland companies. Entrepreneurs have the option to register for either a professional or commercial license in Dubai Mainland, both offering a multitude of advantages. These include 100% foreign ownership, nationwide business operations, ownership and leasing of office spaces within Dubai mainland, engagement in business with government entities, fewer restrictions based on nationality for obtaining a trade license, simplified bank account opening procedures, particularly with traditional banks, and the ability to easily scale business operations by adding more visas to the trade license.

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Advantages of a Dubai Mainland License

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Freedom to Operate Anywhere

The absence of restrictions on business locations is a compelling reason to obtain a Dubai Mainland License.

Business Setup in Dubai

Stronger Market Presence

With a DED Mainland License, you can establish your physical company anywhere in the UAE, enhancing presence and expansion flexibility.

Business Setup in Dubai

Ability to Work with Government Bodies

Mainland License companies can engage in government contracts, offering opportunities to bid on high-risk, high-return projects.

Business Setup in Dubai

No Currency Restrictions

Dubai Mainland License imposes no currency restrictions, allowing companies to fully repatriate funds from UAE offshore or onshore accounts.

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No Visa Limitations

UAE mainland companies face no restrictions in expanding visa quotas under their business license, making scalability easier.

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Financial Viability

Dubai Mainland License companies share benefits with Free Zone license companies, including tax exemption and no minimum capital requirement.

Explore Monthly Payment Plans with Selected Banks

Transform your transactions into convenient and budget-friendly monthly installments through our chosen array of banking partners. Simply make a minimum credit card expenditure of AED 1,000 from any of our participating banks and repay in manageable installments spanning 12 months.


*General terms and conditions from the banks will be applicable.

Business Activities Under Dubai Mainland License

Dubai is renowned as a premier global business hub, attracting investors and entrepreneurs due to its streamlined business setup process and enticing advantages.

Industrial License

The Industrial License within a Mainland Company enables industrial activities like production, segregation, and packaging.

Commercial License

The Commercial License is for companies involved in buying, selling goods, commodities, and trade activities within the UAE.

Professional License

The Professional License is granted to individuals or corporations offering services dependent on skills, talent, or ability.

Tourism License

One license facilitates local travel management, another permits selling tourist packages beyond Dubai, while a third allows global event hosting.

Business Structures

Branch Office of Local & Foreign Companies

Companies, whether from the UAE or elsewhere, can establish a Dubai Mainland branch if it conducts multiple parent company activities.

Civil Company

A Civil Company, a partnership for service or professional activities, can include partners of any nationality, requiring an LSA otherwise.

Single-Person LLC

A Single-Person LLC is a business entity established and owned by either an individual or a corporate entity.

Limited Liability Company

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) typically comprises 2-50 shareholders and is the preferred legal structure for expatriates and foreigners in the UAE.

Sole Proprietorship

Foreign nationals can maintain 100% ownership in the business, with a Local Service Agent (LSA) mandated for non-UAE nationals. The LSA oversees license obligations and government affairs. 

Steps in Setting Up Your Business Under a Dubai Mainland License

The business registration process in RAKEZ for Ras Al Khaimah involves just three simple steps, namely: