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Company set-up options in Dubai

You can set up a company on the 'mainland' or in a free zone – here's a comparison of both options.


Mainland Dubai

Areas outside the free zones: the Dubai Department of Economy & Tourism (DET) manages registration and licensing of mainland companies.

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Free zones

Designated areas within Dubai, with benefits including custom duties and tax exemptions. Each zone has its own rules, regulations and authorities.

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