Company incorporation in the
UAE

A practical solution to enter UAE markets, operate globally, and a mechanism for
effective international tax planning

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A company in the UAE is a highly profitable tool that allows you to solve a variety of business problems. Registering a local, Free Zone or offshore company, and forming international holdings and trust structures,
opens the way to a tax-free business, universal cash departments, UAE tax resident (domicile) status and access
to international tax planning advantages. SORP Group offers the vital expertise and support you need to establish and grow your business in the United Arab Emirates, from initial licensing to the day-to-day operations.

Types of legal entities in the UAE

There are three main types of companies. The legislation gives each of them different opportunities for business development and determines the geographic extent of their market activities:

Local company
(Mainland)
Unlimited business opportunities in any field of activity both in the UAE and abroad

For a LLC, a local partner (the UAE national) must hold 51% of the company (possibly on a nominee basis with registration of a waiver
of ownership rights in Dubai court).

A company with professional activity (SE or CC) signs a contract with a local agent. The local agent is not one of the founders.

Can manufacture and trade freely both in the domestic market and internationally.

Visa procedures for shareholders and employees are simplified.
Enjoys tax resident (domicile)
status and support of UAE banks.

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Company in Free
Economic Zones
Onshore legal entity that is authorized to operate in any international markets

100% foreign ownership allowed
and intended for all international operations, with some restrictions
on permitted activities in the UAE domestic market.

Free international trade, export and re-export. Wholesale trade possible in the UAE through intermediaries and distributors.

No restrictions on operations and services in the territory of the FTZ
and in international markets.

Resident visas are granted for shareholders and employees.
Needs to confirm financial
presence.

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International business company (IBC)
Offshore company for formation of business entities and conglomerates with protection of owner information

An efficient and cost-effective tool for conducting business as well as international transactions. Provides confidentiality about beneficiary
and company structure.

The ability to act as a shareholder and controller of companies and entities within the UAE or in other countries.

Ownership of real estate allowed only for permitted projects in the Emirate of incorporation.

Does not have the right to issue resident visas. Difficult to open UAE bank accounts. Restrictions related to offshore status.

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Unique opportunities of company incorporation in the UAE

Potential solutions based on UAE legislation to improve the efficiency of business dealings and regulations:

Set up a holding company
Manage international businesses from the UAE. Consolidate assets

Allows you to create an optimal central mechanism to effectively organize the activities of other enterprises or dependent entities.

Conceal the information about the business owners.

Combine different enterprises and areas of activity in a common management structure.

Form ownership of shares, register real estate, as well as other assets. Freedom of movement of capital.

Consolidate business and assets to improve financial performance in the overall balance sheet structure.

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Form an Arab Trust
Owner has complete data privacy
and asset protection

It provides complete anonymity
for asset owners, signatories and management decision-makers so they can maintain confidentiality.

Dividends from the trust's activities in the UAE are tax-free.

Property registered in a trust cannot be seized by third parties, not even foreign governmental agencies.

Re-registration of real estate into a trust provides the right of ownership without the need for Declaration.

Inheritance: Trust owners determine the disposition of property and assets.

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Buy an existing company
Re-establishing companies with a genuine traing history

Allows you to obtain tax resident status of the UAE quickly with the opportunity to protect your data
from automatic tax exchange.

A solution for requirements where the company's age is important.

Get leasing and lending products from UAE banks and financial institutions.

Gives rights to act as a guarantor
as well as participate in local and international tenders.

Generate a valid financial history confirmed by the auditor for the previous reporting periods.

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Essential services for your business in the UAE

When registering a company in the UAE, you will need a range of support and professional services for your business

Office accommodation in the SORP business center
Offices and flexi-desks to rent,
which can include registering and licensing a company in the UAE

Prestigious address in Dubai. Comfortable fully equipped offices and meeting rooms, also with
virtual solutions.

Save on rent by occupying minimal space while also obtaining a license for your company and passing the banking and immigration checks.

Offset the cost of office rent by
registering a mainland company on
a sustainability contract (Estidama)
with the possibility of renewal

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Assistance with opening bank accounts
Guidance through the bank’s
KYC procedures when opening
a corporate account

We prepare necessary business documents, company profile, and signatory CV, and meet with the bank’s representative.

Use our office space to confirm
a location for management of a corporate bank account for the
KYC verification procedure.

We liaise with a bank representative in order to simplify communication and interaction in the framework of settlement operations.

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Nominee
services
Utilize professional nominee
services such as shareholders,
directors and personnel

Appoint us as your local partner
or agent, and as the nominees
required to complete licensing
procedures.

We act as your outsourced management personnel, being residents of the UAE, to meet
criteria for Economic Substance.

We can provide for you limited
rights director and shareholder
appointed to shield beneficiaries
and interconnected entities.

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With SORP Group, you can register a new company, or transfer domicile from another jurisdiction
by issuing a power of attorney for registration actions remotely. Our experts will help you open bank
accounts, issue a tax resident certificate, and optimize business processes in the UAE.

What benefits do business owners
enjoy in the UAE?

Government guarantees
The Emirates protect the rights of
investors by providing equal business
opportunities for foreign and local entrepreneurs.
Data protection
Legislation ensures the confidentiality
of information about foreign business
owners who have registered a company
in the UAE.
Financial freedoms
Freedom to deposit and withdraw funds,
no currency controls, simplified KYC
procedure for transactions in the local currency.
Taxpayer registration number
A company operating in the Emirates
receives a TRN number, which provides
confidence and validation for foreign
financial institutions and others.
Tax resident status
All business owners can get a residence permit and then a tax resident (domicile)
status, which shields them from CRS
(exchange of tax information).
Prestige and validity
Despite their tax-free nature, the UAE jurisdictions are not offshore and are
not included in any "black” or “grey”
list of the OECD and FATF.
Tax benefits
0% basic tax (corporate,
personal income, dividends).
5% VAT for a number of internal
operations.
Free trade market
Unified tax and customs regulations
mean duty-free free trade agreements
across 6 of the Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC) countries.
Strategic trading location
As the Middle East’s aviation hub and with
the largest cargo port in the region, the UAE is perfectly placed as the intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia.
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SORP's core incorporation and business support services

Choosing the best location for your company
Where you register your company in the UAE is important. We will assess your objectives, advise on the best legal entity for you, and the best jurisdiction to register it in.
Defining your individual
business model
We devise development strategies for you based on the competition and the law. Then we choose the right operating license and tell you what you must do to obtain it.
Company
registration
and licensing
We are registration agents for several Free Zones. SORP can process incorporation and licences quickly and without fuss, and for local mainland businesses too.
Dubai business address
Rent an office or a flexi desk in our 5000 sq. meters of prime office space. Get a prestigious address, help with licensing and space for staff if you want.
Local nominee partner or agent
We act as your nominee local
UAE partner or agent, all properly registered, with a waiver of rights
in the Dubai court to protect your interests.
Opening bank accounts
We guide you through KYC compliance with your choice of leading UAE banks. Our know-how gets things done quickly with top quality support on hand for you.
PRO
business support
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 processes
It makes sense to use SORP’s expert professional, recruiting, administrative, accounting, tax competencies, saving the cost
of employing highly paid staff.
Legal
support
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.
Obtaining tax residency status
Enjoy tax resident (domicile)
status shielding you from CRS requirements for sharing your
tax details and for preventing
double taxation.
International
tax planning
Optimized tax solutions for international businesses within the full scope of UAE legislation, drawing on our wide experience
in this field.
Confirmation of
economic substance
Proof of economic substance (ESR) based on the registered location of your company, its localized decision making and management, and tax compliance.

SORP’s long experience and priceless know-how gets results and achieves your goals.

15 years of experience
In the field of registration, support of companies and solving business problems of clients for the organization of profitable business in the UAE
Expert status
We are able to make a legally correct decision on choosing a license based on an analysis of your needs and provide advice on all issues related to licensing
SORP business center
5000 m2 of modern office space in a prestigious location in Dubai for rent to accommodate business and pass licensing procedures
Legal support
We will ensure the security of your investments, take measures to properly comply with current legislation and maintain the confidentiality of information
Integrated approach
Availability of a wide range of tools for providing outsourcing services to support and maintain your business in the UAE
Start Your Company in
the UAE
Submit your request and you will be contacted by one of our managers who will advise you on starting your company in the UAE.

Let us know what you have in mind and what you
want to achieve. Our SORP Group experts will find the most appropriate solution for your business to
simplify starting a company. Get full knowledgeable and professional support from us.

You are just one step away from starting a successful business in the UAE.
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