Since a Mainland Company is officially registered in the Emirates, it has unique opportunities to operate throughout the country and worldwide with almost no limits. Locally established entity provides ample opportunities for conducting various business operations in the UAE. This type of entity is perfect for entrepreneurs and investors who wish to maintain a long-term presence in the UAE.
Types of Mainland companies available for incorporation in the United Arab Emirates
Professional (SE / CC) company.
100% foreign ownership
Commercial (LLC) company.
100% foreign ownership
Local partnerholds 51%
Public Joint StockCompany (PJSC)
Private Joint StockCompany
A service agent can be appointed to communicate with government agencies and to process visa and immigration procedures. This is a professional company that will perform representative and functional tasks with the UAE authorities.
Unique features of a UAE Mainland company
Mainland companies (incorporated in the UAE itself instead of in Free Zones) enjoy significant government support.
They are also a perfect way of doing business both in internal and global markets. This form of entity is determined by law and has no equivalent in other countries.
Legal forms of thebusiness
Depending on the business activities that
The law sets out specific requirements for each type of business activity.
A local partner is required in order to register
With nominee representation only, it does not carry risks for a foreign business people.
Under Article 15b, Law №13, NON-UAE
This LSA does not assume civil or financial liabilities in relation to the company
UAE legislation requires the company to have
It should be renewable and held under a lease of at least one year.
A license is required in order to operate any
It is valid for one year and renewed annually with obligation to pay renewal fees.
Managementof a company
A company can have up to five General
The owner may appoint different managers for separate business operations.
SORP expert solutions for starting a MainlandCompany in the UAE
Prepare your businessmodel
We will find the best solution forwhat you want to achieve, the most suitable license and type of entity.
We cooperate closely with theregistration authorities and so we can deliver services quickly.
Your local partneror agent
Nominee services from SORPInvestment LLC with a waiver of rights in the Dubai court.
SORP Business Centre providesthe opportunity to rent an office under Ejari / Estidama license, rent flexi-desks or get an E-office.
Opening ofbank accounts
We know the compliance processof UAE banks and work with them closely, and so we provide capable professional help in passing KYC.
Public RelationsOfficers (PRO)
With PRO our clients get 24/7support and representation of their interests with governmental bodies, for immigration and in MOHRE.
Commercial Licenses (LLC)available for 100% foreign ownership
According to the new regulations, many commercial activities that previously required the appointment of a local partner for incorporating a LLC are now completely exempt for their main activities. This maximizes the superb advantages of starting a business in the UAE
For the main categories of goods: foodand beverages, cosmetics, fertilizers, live animals and plants, medicines and chemicals
Unregulated licenses for venture investments,commercial projects. Does not include third party asset management activities
For the construction of all types of buildingsand structures and providing subcontracting, infrastructure work, excluding design services
For all types of cargo and passenger land, air,sea transportation, including cargo chartering and the activities of airline representatives
Activities of hotels of all types and categories,guest houses and apartments. Except tourist offices
Industrial licenses for manufacturing andprocessing of all types, including extracting natural resources, except for oil and gas
A number of commercial licenses (LLCs) do not require a local partner, but SORP Group experts recommend using nominee services for the purpose of concealing the beneficiary and simplifying the mandatory procedures for confirming economic presence. In addition, the nominee partner can be used to avoid CFC rules by minimizing the ownership share of the foreign investor.
Professional licenses (SE / CC)available for 100% foreign ownership
The activities of service provision may be 100% foreign owned and may be established by individuals, or as a local branch. Incorporation requires the mandatory appointment of a local service agent representing your interests with the UAE government
Services for consumptionby the public
Cleaning, laundries, fashion designers, beautysalons, repair and craft workshops, car services
Project management, management, tax andpersonnel consulting, specialized expertise
Medical centers, private hospitals, clinics,laboratories, pharmaceutical consultations
Sports and education
Preschool, secondary and higher education,courses, training, sports clubs
Catering and agriculture
Activities of restaurants, catering, cafes, fastfood outlets, farms, crop production
Information security, network setup, officeequipment maintenance, software development
To provide professional services to the public and to businesses in the UAE domestic market, you must first assess the likelihood of obtaining all the permits required to conduct your selected line of business. UAE legislation provides a special registration process for professional services and pays attention to the qualifications and relevant education of the owners and employees of the company.
Licenses Requiring 51%Nominal Local Ownership
Incorporation of Mainland companies in sectors of the economy that are considered strategically important still requires the appointment of a nominee local partner with a 51% share of ownership with a waiver in court.
Financial intermediaries, brokers, commodity ¤cy exchanges, currency exchange offices
Independent video and radio broadcasts viasatellite, television, or radio channels
All kinds ofinsurance
Companies that specialize in life, health,property insurance, financial risks
Real estate and infrastructure development,including the subsequent sale of such projects
Engineering andgeodetic licenses
Design works and engineering/geologicalstudies of terrain for planned construction
Breeding and catching live fish or seafood,including artificial reservoirs and fish farms
A number of business activities require the appointment of a local partner with a 51% share, not only to protect the rights of the local population, but also to enable foreign investors to conduct business in strategically important industries. We recommend engaging a professional service agent to simplify interaction with government agencies, as well as providing opportunities to participate in local tenders.
Limited Licenses for foreign ownership
Foreigners frequently operate so-called “strategic activities” even though foreign ownership is restricted by law. The company is incorporated with 100% ownership by a local partner who subsequently transfers all rights to a foreign investor who is appointed by the general manager.
Real Estate Brokers
Agents accompanying transactions of purchaseand sale of real estate and lease to third parties.
Real Estate Trustee
Companies that are trusted representatives ofthe interests of customers at Land Department.
Printing and journalism
Printers specializing in producing commercialdocumentation, checkbooks, credit cards, etc.
Providing employees upon request, andsupporting their employment as per UAE legal requirements
In addition to meeting legal requirements, this form of ownership is actively practiced in other areas to build trust structures while maintaining full management control. This practice is an established business tradition in the Emirates and does not contradict the legislation.
Setting up a Mainland Company provides uniquebusiness opportunities
Opportunity to bid on tenders
A Mainland (local) Company is a trustedlegal entity in the eyes of governmental bodies and commercial institutions. As well as it provides the opportunities to participate in local or global tenders.
Obtain tax residency
All Mainland Companies ownerscan apply for UAE tax resident status and be shielded from personal data exchange requirements under the Common Report Standard (CRS).
Protect assets and property
Only Mainland Companies have theright to acquire and re-register assets in the UAE and globally for the purpose of concealing the identity and other information about the owners.
Form holding companies andother business structures
A Mainland Company is a uniquetool for minimizing your tax burden, consolidating business and assets, optimizing cash flows within entities and structures under its control.
Keep personal and financial dataconfidentiality
Information about beneficiaries,shareholders and signatories of a company is hidden. Company owners get full protection from automatic tax exchange.
Optimize cash flows andtransactions
The settlement center provides forefficient allocation of international business operations without taxes. You can also make payments on behalf of third parties and offset mutual claims.
Integrated solutions from SORP for setting upyour business in the UAE
Evaluate yourbusiness idea
We will conduct an analysis of yourbusiness idea and suggest the most suitable licensing to allow you to operate successfully both in the UAE and international markets.
We will conduct market research,identify potential competitors and also review relevant legislation. We will source and suggest facilities suitable for your business.
SORP has strong relations withall governmental bodies involved in registration and licensing. We will support you at each step of getting your business up and running.
PRO - supportfor your business
We act on your behalf with UAEgovernment agencies for issuing resident visas to partners, staff and their families, and obtaining all licenses, registrations and permits.
It makes sense to use SORP’sexpert professional administrative, recruiting, accounting and tax competencies, saving the cost of employing highly paid personnel.
SORP Group’s corporate lawyers,and our strategic partnerships with the best lawyers in the UAE and around the world, provide superb legal support for your business.
Enjoy tax resident (domicile)status shielding you from CRS requirements for sharing tax details and preventing double taxation.
We design optimized tax solutionsfor international business within the full scope of UAE legislation, drawing on our wide experience in this field.
Confirmation ofEconomic Substance
We help fulfil proof of economicsubstance based on the registered location of your company, its localized decision making and management, and tax compliance.
Years of SORP experience is a guarantee of thesuccess of your business in the UAE
SORP Group's own resources, based in the SORP business center, are professional experts in a range of specializations. Our close cooperation with the Dubai Economy Department ensures impeccable quality and high speed of service delivery.
15 years of successful work
We have helped thousands of clients register companies in Dubai, as well as build and develop businesses in the UAE
Assistance in choosing a bank that is suitable for your purposes, support with bank accounts opening and passing KYC procedures (know your customer).
Complex of all services
SORP offers comprehensive support for companies registered in Dubai and their shareholders: from licensing, maintaining Bank accounts to obtaining the status of a tax resident of the country
Your requirements are unique. That is why we treat every business individually to tailor the right services to achieve your priorities. From registering a company in Dubai till providing outsourcing services to support and maintain your business in the UAE
Form a Mainlandcompany in the UAE
SORP Group experts will select the optimal solution for incorporating your company, taking into account your goals and market, and will provide comprehensive ongoing support.
Take the first step right now towards creating a successful business in the UAE.