Mainland company
incorporation in the UAE

Open up the full range of opportunities for your business with full recognition from banks, trading partners and regulatory authorities not only in the UAE but all over the world

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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.

Unique features of a UAE Mainland Company

Mainland Companies (officially registered 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 the
Depending on the business activities that will be carried out, all Mainland Companies can be divided into commercial, industrial and professional businesses.

The law sets out specific requirements for each type of business activity.
A local
A local partner is required in order to register an industrial or commercial type of Mainland Company, holding at least 51% of the shares. Waiver of its rights is registered in the court.

With nominee representation, it carries no risks for a foreign businessman.
A local
Under Article 15b, Law №13, NON-UAE Nationals are only permitted to conduct professional activities in case they have appointed a UAE Local Service Agent (LSA)

This LSA does not assume civil or financial liabilities in relation to the company
UAE legislation requires the company to have a physical office or some other commercial premises licensed under Ejari / Estidama rules.

It should be renewable and held under a lease of at least one year.
A license is required in order to operate any legal business in the United Arab Emirates. This license is the primary authorization document for a company.

It is valid for one year and renewed annually with obligation to pay renewal fees.
of a company
A company can have up to five General Managers. Their rights and powers within the company are determined and specified in the memorandum of association (MoA).

The owner may appoint different managers for separate business operations.

SORP expert solutions for starting a Mainland Company in the UAE

Prepare your business
We will find the best solution for what you want to achieve, the most suitable license and type of entity.
your business
We cooperate closely with the registration authorities and so we can deliver services quickly.
Your local partner
or agent
Nominee services from SORP Investment LLC with a waiver of rights in the Dubai court.
legal address
SORP Business Centre provides the opportunity to rent an office under Ejari / Estidama license, rent flexi-desks or get an E-office.
Opening of
bank accounts
We know the compliance process of UAE banks and work with them closely, and so we provide capable professional help in passing KYC.
Public Relations
Officers (PRO)
With PRO our clients get 24/7 support and representation of their interests with governmental bodies, for immigration and in MOHRE.
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Business activities that require incorporation of a Mainland Company

Building cosntruction, installation works, engineering
All types of manufacturing, including heavy and light industries
Sale of any imported goods. wholesale and retail, export and re-export
Medical care, supply of equipment, and commerce in medical products
Insurance, leasing, investment, financial institutions, banks
Schools, training centers, private schools and universities
Real estate
Real estate development companies, real estate agencies, maintenance services
Mass media
Printing house, media distribution, broadcasting
Sports and entertainment
Event management in sports, exhibitions and other events
Transportation and logistics
Transportation, logistics services, transport rental, storage and handling of goods
Travel agencies, contractors, business trips, tour desks and tour programmes
Hotels and guest houses. Long-term and daily rent of apartments and country houses
Catering business
Restaurants, bars, cafes, coffee shops, and other hospitality businesses
IT, cybersecurity, additive technologies, bioengineering, IoT, renewable energy
Beauty industry
Personal care products, hygiene, hairdressing salons, spas, massage parlors

Setting up a Mainland Company provides unique business opportunities

Owning a Mainland Company allows to take full advantage of provisions in UAE legislation that are very favorable to business. For example, advantages when operating in the domestic market and across the 6 countries of the GCC zone, or when doing business internationally under the ‘UAE Flag of Convenience’. Equally importantly, banks and financial providers do not apply any special terms and conditions on Mainland Companies and treat them just like any other company from the United Arab Emirates.

Opportunity to bid on tenders

A Mainland (local) Company is a trusted legal 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 owners can 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 the right 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 and other business structures

A Mainland Company is a unique tool for minimizing your tax burden, consolidating business and assets, optimizing cash flows within entities and structures under its control.

Keep personal and financial data confidentiality

Information about beneficiaries, shareholders and signatories of a company is hidden. Company owners get full protection from automatic tax exchange.

Optimize cash flows and transactions

The settlement center provides for efficient allocation of international business operations without taxes. You can also make payments on behalf of third parties and offset mutual claims.

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Integrated solutions from SORP for setting up your business in the UAE

Evaluate your
business idea
We will conduct an analysis of your business idea and suggest the most suitable licensing to allow you to operate successfully both in the UAE and international markets.
business analysis
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 with all governmental bodies involved in registration and licensing. We will support you at each step of getting your business up and running.
PRO - support
for your business
We act on your behalf with UAE government agencies for issuing resident visas to partners, staff and their families, and obtaining all licenses, registrations and permits.
Outsourced business
It makes sense to use SORP’s expert 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.
Tax residency
Enjoy tax resident (domicile) status shielding you from CRS requirements for sharing tax details and preventing double taxation.
tax planning
We design optimized tax solutions for international business within the full scope of UAE legislation, drawing on our wide experience in this field.
Confirmation of
Economic Substance
We help fulfil proof of economic substance based on the registered location of your company, its localized decision making and management, and tax compliance.

SORP is a company with a long history of strong partnerships in the UAE

What makes us unique:
Every SORP Group team member has wide experience in helping businesses from a great many countries. Close and efficient partnership with the UAE government enables us do our job quickly and professionally.

Complex of all services

SORP offers comprehensive support for acquired companies and their shareholders: from licensing, maintaining Bank accounts to obtaining the status of a tax resident of the country

Individual approach

Your requirements are unique. That is why we treat every business individually to tailor the right services to achieve your priorities.

15 years of successful work

We have helped thousands of clients acquire, build and develop businesses in the UAE

Banking support

Assistance in choosing a bank that is suitable for your purposes, support with bank accounts opening and passing KYC procedures (know your customer).

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