UAE is one of the best countries in the Gulf to start up a mainland company setup due to its strategic location takes less than 7 hours flying time to most countries, a vibrant economic policy, and multicultural lifestyle. The country also has zero corporate tax, encourages innovative business approaches, and easy to obtain licenses. Natural resources such as oil and tourism sectors have made the country a dynamic business hub.
If you are planning for a business set up in the UAE mainland, here is some basic info that can get you started.
A mainland Limited Liability Company (LLC) is registered with the government in one of the UAE Department of Economic Development (UAE DED). As per the government rules, you must register a business with the UAE DED to conduct the said business in the UAE mainland. You will then be provided with a business license to start doing business in UAE.
Mainland companies are not limited to free zones and can do business in any industry, tourism, commercial, professional or trading sector. UAE mainland companies can also get better deals with office spaces and rents.
A mainland company can only exist if sponsored by a UAE national as a Local Partner or a National Service Agent. Foreign investors can start their business where 51% ownership belongs to a UAE national and the 49% goes to the remaining owner or shareholders. In case you want complete control over the business you can opt for a Sole Establishment company creation to own 100% of the shares
Difference between Mainland and Freezone
An investor who invests in a mainland company in the UAE is permitted to trade in the UAE market as well as outside without any restrictions. A free zone company is designated within a special jurisdiction under a specific emirate and can only do business inside the same free zone. If an investor who wants tax optimization can opt for a free zone business set up as the free zone authorities grants various benefits and incentives to the businesses set up in the zone.