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

Unlimited business opportunities in
any field of activity both in the UAE
and abroad

A number of limited liability company (LLC) activities do not require the involvement of a local local partner, 100% foreign ownership is available.

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 FZ and in international markets.

Resident visas are granted for shareholders and employees. Needs to confirm financial presence (economic substance).
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International business
company (IBC)

Offshore company for formation of
business entities and structures
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 their assets.
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Buy an existing company

Re-establishing companies with a
genuine trading 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

Offices and flexi-desks to rent,
which 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

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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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 fully 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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100% foreign ownership is now available for mainland companies according to a resolution by the UAE Cabinet of Ministers

On June 1, 2021, amendments to the Commercial Companies Law of 2015 entered into force. Now a Mainland company is by far the most trusted entity in the eyes of counterparties, for conducting international activities and for confirming economic presence according to a simplified scheme, as well as an ideal option for building complex structures. Bank accounts for Mainland companies can be opened quickly, and the flexibility of the statutes allows a nominee service to be used to solve numerous business problems.

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.

Tax payer 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 and 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 trading hub and with the largest cargo port in the region, the UAE is perfectly placed as the unique intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia.

SORP's core incorporation and business support

  • Choosing the best
    location for your

    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
    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
    and licensing

    We are registration agents for
    several FZ. SORP experts can
    process incorporation of your
    company quickly as for local
    so for Free Zone businesses.

  • Dubai business

    Rent an office or a flexi desk in
    our 54000 sq.ft. of prime office
    space. Get a prestigious address,
    help with licensing and space for
    staff accommodation.

  • 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

  • Opening bank

    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

    SORP Group corporate lawyers,
    and 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

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 for company formation in Dubai

Legal support

We will ensure prompt company registration in Dubai, the security of your investments, take measures to properly comply with current legislation and maintain the confidentiality of information

15 years of experience

In the field of setting up companies in Dubai, support and solving business problems of clients for the organization of profitable business in the UAE

SORP business center

5000 m2 of modern office space in a prestigious location in Dubai for rent to accommodate business and pass licensing procedures

Integrated approach

Availability of a wide range of tools for providing outsourcing services to support and maintain your business in the UAE

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