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Mainland companies

If you’re looking to trade within the UAE, or prefer not to be within a free zone, establishing a mainland company is the path for you.

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Choose your licence

Every mainland company requires a licence to operate – you can choose from five main licence types.

Check foreign ownership eligibility

See if your company’s proposed activities allow for 100% foreign ownership.

Check if you need additional approvals

Some activities or company types require approvals from other government departments or agencies.

Gather your essential documents

The next step is to fill out your forms and put all the necessary documents together.

Start your company registration process

Obtaining a business licence in Dubai involves three key steps.

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