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Company Registration Dubai

Steps for Company Registration in a UAE Free Zone

UAE being a tax-free economy permits, business operations in three forms:

Onshore, Free zone and Offshore.
The Onshore form of business encourages more of local business with the necessity of a UAE national as one of the shareholders. The Onshore business puts a limit on the foreign ownership. The only area where 100% ownership is possible is in a Free Zone (Offshore included), which makes the free-zones the most sought after location for start-ups. It should however be remembered that free-zone companies cannot conduct business in the UAE market directly, they can operate only through a local channel to carry out the business. A 5% customs duty is also charged for the local businesses.

Free Zone Business Setup Benefits:

A free-zone business promises the following:

  • 100% capital and profit repatriation
  • No corporate, personal tax
  • No import or export duties
  • Speedy incorporation
  • Inexpensive manpower
  • Easy recruitment (no recruitment restrictions)
  • Easy access to administrative services
  • On-site customs inspection
  • Abundant energy
  • Advanced communication facility
  • No bureaucratic red tape
  • No money restrictions

Ways to register a Free Zone Business

Free Zones allow you to register your business in the following ways:

  • If the number of shareholders is two or more (up to 5), you can register as a free-zone company (FZCO)
  • If there is only one shareholder, you can register as a free zone establishment (FZE),
  • If it is an extension of the parent company, you can register as a branch office,

However, there are lists of documents to be submitted by each form of business.

List of Documents to be Produced for Registration

Free Zone Establishment (FZE)

  • Duly filled application form
  • Individual business profile and passport copy
  • Banker’s reference

Free Zone Company (FZC)

  • Original filled FZCO application
  • Individuals business profile and passport copy
  • Banker’s reference
  • Board resolution
  • Manager’s passport copy
  • Specimen signature of the manager

Branch of Parent Company

  • Certificate of Registration with UAE embassy’s attestation and notarization
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association with UAE embassy’s attestation and notarization
  • Board Resolution with UAE embassy’s attestation and notarization
  • Manager’s passport copy and his attested signature
  • Parent company‘s profile

How can we help you set up your dream company in UAE?

How can we help you set up your dream company in UAE?