1. Licensing
2. Ownership Requirements
3. Arrangement of Local Sponsors
4. Legal Structures for Business

 Company formation in Dubai
The basic requirement for all business activity in Dubai is one of the following three categories of licenses:

  • Commercial licenses covering all kinds of trading activity
  • Professional licenses covering professions, services, craftsmen and artisans;
  • Industrial licenses for establishing industrial or manufacturing activity.

These licenses are all issued by the Dubai Economic Department. However, licenses for some categories of business require approval from certain ministries and other authorities: for example, banks and financial institutions from the Central Bank of the UAE; insurance companies and related agencies from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce; manufacturing from the Ministry of Finance and Industry; and pharmaceutical and medical products from the Ministry of Health.

More detailed procedures apply to businesses engaged in oil or gas production and related industries.

Practicing some trade activities (e.g. jewellery and insurance) requires the submission of a financial guarantee issued by a bank operating in Dubai.

In general, all commercial and industrial businesses in Dubai should be registered with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Ownership Requirements

Fifty-one per cent participation by UAE nationals is the general requirement for all UAE established companies except:

In respect of foreign companies registering branches or a representative office in Dubai; In professional or artisan companies where 100% foreign ownership is permitted.

A Limited Liability Company (L.L.C) can be formed with 49% shareholding of expatriates and 51% shareholding in favour of local U.A.E. national. Nominee arrangement is normally made with U.A.E. national to hold the mandatory shares in favour of expatriate partner. This provides effective total control to manage the company and enjoy all profit. The minimum capital required to form an L.L.C. in Dubai is US$ 81,800 which has to be deposited in bank and shall be blocked for approximately 2 weeks time.
The L.L.C should   have specific activities as per classification made by the Department of Economic Development, Dubai. Only one category of activities is given to one company  except in General Trading where minimum capital requirement is US$ 818,000.L.L.C. is perhaps the only type of entity available for trading and manufacturing concerns.

Arrangement of Local Sponsors

In United Arab Emirates mainland, all types of business entities require local partner/sponsor. Often enterprises, without any intermediary support, meet with inappropriate local partner/sponsor.  Kayzed has empanelled disciplined U.A.E nationals with varied background and expertise to choose from. All these U.A.E. nationals are well educated with fluency in English.

A Foreign company can form a branch of such company with 100% shareholding in the name of Head Office with the appointment of U.A.E., national as an agent. Such entity except in the cases of banks or insurance companies , would not be permitted to involve in actual trading which would only be permitted through awarding agency to U.A.E. operating company.

Such office can be established in the Emirate of Dubai by any International Company or enterprise to represent in the UAE in order to promote its products and services, expand its activities or facilitate the conclusion of commercial contractual agreements between the company represented by the office and its client. Such an office neither carry out any trading activity nor enter into any commercial deals of whatsoever nature


Procedures & Cost: A company in any free zone can be established either as a free zone establishment (FZE) or a branch of the foreign company. Such company can be owned 100% by foreign investor with no involvement of local partner or sponsor.
 Currently there are more then 20 Free Zones in U.A.E., which offer the following incentives to the investors:  
In general, most of the free zones issue the following types of licenses:

  • Trading Licence
  • Industrial Licence
  • Service Licence

Currently there are more then 20 Free Zones in U.A.E., which offer the following incentives to the investors. Some of the salient features are:

  • 100% foreign ownership
  • No corporate taxation for 50 years; renewable for an additional 50 years
  • Freedom to repatriate capital and income
  • No personal income tax
  • Full exemption from import duties
  • No currency restrictions
  • No bureaucratic red-tapism
  • No recruitment problems
  • Modern efficient communication
  • State of the art infrastructure
  • Abundant energy
  • Attractive working environment

Dubai Airport Freezone
Dubai Cars & Automotive Free zone
Dubai Internet City
Dubai Metal & commodities free zone
Dubai Media Free zone
Dubai Gold and Diamond Park
Jebel Ali Free Zone
Knowledge Village
Dubai Health care city
Hamriya freezone
Sharjah Airport Freezone
Ajman Free zone
Ras Al Khaima Free zone
Fujairah Freezone
ABR Free zone
Dubiotech –Advancing the Business of sceince
Dubai flower centre freezone
Dubai international financial centre
Dubai logistics city (DLC)
Dubai Maritime City
The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre(DMCC)
The world’s first free zone
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority(DSOA)
Dubai Studio city(DSC)
Dubai International Media Production zone (IMPZ)

“In a global economy, the use of offshore centres plays a vital role in supporting a variety of corporate cross-border transactions, as well as facilitating the wealth preservation strategies of high net worth individuals”.
Offshore company formation Advantage: Asset protection, Privacy ,Tax saving
Offshore business is about using  the possibilities offered by countries whose legislation allows for certain advantages (tax, confidentiality, company structure, etc.) to be used by non-residents. The offshore world is the perfect environment for protecting hard-earned assets as well as doing business, banking and investing in a completely confidential manner


Tax saving
Asset protection
Limiting of liability in business transaction
Unrestricted flow of capital
Foreign property holding through a company in a third country
Transfer of assets

Free Zones in the UAE
Dubai Airport Free Zone
Jebel Ali Free Zone
Hamriyah Free Zone
Sharjah Airport International
Ras Al Khaimah FTZ
Dubai Internet City
Dubai Media City
Abu Dhabi Ports Company
Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone
Ahmed Bin Rashid FZ
Ajman Free Zone
Dubai Auto Zone
Dubai Biotechnology & Research Park
Dubai Flower Centre
Dubai Gold and Diamond Park
Dubai Healthcare City
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai Knowledge Village
Dubai Logistics City
Dubai Maritime City
Dubai Multi Commodity Centre
Dubai Outsource Zone
Dubai Silicon Oasis
Dubai Studio City
Fujairah Free Zone
International Media Production Zone
Intl. Humanitarian City
Techno Park
Dubai Academic City
Dubai Auto Parts City
Dubai Building Materials Zone
Dubai Carpet FZ
Dubai Cars & Automotive Zone
Dubai Design Centre
Dubai Energy City
Dubai Textile City
Heavy Equipment & Trucks Zone


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