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UAE Mainland

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers various options for mainland business setup services. Mainland refers to areas outside the free zones in the UAE, where businesses have more flexibility in terms of location and market reach.Setting up a business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) mainland offers numerous advantages, including access to a larger market and the flexibility to operate in various locations. Mainland business setup services assist entrepreneurs and companies in navigating the complex process of establishing a business outside the free zones. With the support of experienced consultants and professionals, you can streamline the setup process, adhere to legal requirements, and ensure compliance with local regulations.

Benefits Of Business Setup In UAE Mainland

Requirements For UAE Mainland Company Formation

Consultation and Guidance: Cohub assess your business needs, explain legal structures, and recommend the most suitable options based on your goals and requirements. We help you understand the local regulations, permits, and licenses needed to establish and operate a business on the UAE mainland.

Company Formation

Cohub assists with necessary documentation, submitting applications, and coordinating with government authorities. We ensure that all legal and administrative requirements are met, increasing the efficiency and speed of the setup process.

Local Partner Services

Mainland business setup typically requires a local Emirati partner, and consultants can connect you with reliable local partners who meet the legal ownership requirements. We facilitate the arrangement and help you establish mutually beneficial partnerships while safeguarding your interests.

Trade License Application

Cohub assists with preparing the required documents, such as business plans and lease agreements, and guides you through the application process. We liaise with the Department of Economic Development (DED) or other relevant authorities to ensure compliance with regulations.

Office Space and Location

Finding suitable office space is vital for establishing a mainland business. Business setup consultants like Cohub help identify appropriate locations that align with your business activities and meet regulatory criteria. We assist with leasing agreements, ensuring compliance with legal and administrative requirements.

Government Approvals and Permits

Cohub handles the coordination and submission of documents to secure clearances, permits, and certifications from the relevant authorities, such as municipalities, health departments, and civil defense

Visa Processing

Our consultants assist with visa processing, residence permits, Emirates ID cards, and other immigration requirements. We ensure compliance with immigration regulations and help streamline the process.

Ongoing Compliance and Support

After your business is set up, We will provide ongoing support and assistance with compliance requirements. This includes VAT registration and compliance, accounting and bookkeeping services, renewal of licenses and permits, and other administrative tasks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of setting up a mainland business in the UAE?

Setting up a mainland business in the UAE involves several key steps. First, you need to partner with a local Emirati sponsor or service agent who holds at least 51% ownership in the company. Next, you'll need to reserve a trade name and obtain initial approval from the Department of Economic Development (DED). Following that, you must prepare the necessary legal documents, including the Memorandum of Association (MOA) and the local service agent agreement. Finally, you can apply for the trade license, complete the registration process, and obtain all relevant permits and approvals.

What are the requirements for obtaining a mainland business license in the UAE?

To obtain a mainland business license in the UAE, you need to fulfill certain requirements. These typically include providing the necessary legal documents such as the MOA, lease agreement, and tenancy contract for a physical office space. You will also need to demonstrate that you have the required qualifications, experience, or certifications relevant to your business activity. Furthermore, you may need to satisfy specific industry-specific regulations and meet the minimum capital requirements, depending on the nature of your business.

Can I have full ownership of my mainland business in the UAE?

While having full ownership of a mainland business is not possible for foreign investors in most sectors, there are exceptions. Certain free zones in the UAE allow 100% foreign ownership, providing a viable alternative to the mainland setup. However, for mainland businesses, a local Emirati sponsor or service agent must hold at least 51% ownership. It's important to choose a reliable sponsor or agent and establish clear contractual agreements to safeguard your interests.

What is the difference between a mainland business and a free zone business in the UAE?

The main difference between a mainland business and a free zone business in the UAE lies in ownership and operational regulations. In a mainland business, you require a local Emirati sponsor or service agent who holds majority ownership, and you have the freedom to operate anywhere in the UAE. On the other hand, free zones offer 100% foreign ownership and provide specific infrastructure and facilities designed to cater to certain industries. Free zones also have unique regulatory frameworks and offer various incentives like tax exemptions and simplified administrative processes.

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