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Business Setup in Dubai

At AMTECUM our primary aim is to make the process of setting up a company in Dubai or elsewhere in the UAE as easy as possible. We provide a range of first-class business setup services to ensure that you have all the support you need from the initial application through to the opening of your new company and beyond. Our end-to-end solutions cover UAE company formation, HR and recruitment, and management consultancy services, all of which are handled by our in-house team of highly experienced business consultants.

Our comprehensive company formation services include the setting up of mainland (DED) companies, Dubai Freezone companies, and offshore companies in Dubai, Ajmanand Ras al-Khaimah. Whatever your requirements, the team at AMTECUM are here to make sure that your new company formation goes smoothly.

Choosing the Right Type of Company

The First Step: Is to determine your jurisdiction…

As mentioned above, there are three main types of company from which to choose when starting a business in Dubai or another part of the UAE. The best type for your needs will depend onwhich markets you are targeting, what type of ownership structure you prefer, and where you wish to run your company from.


  • DED/Mainland Companies – These are commonly referred to as LLC companies and if you decide to go for LLC company formation in Dubai, you will need to form a partnership with a UAE national, who will own 51% of the shares in the company. Such a company can operate freely in all areas of mainland UAE, in any of the UAE Free Zones, and internationally. If you do not mind being the minority shareholder in a partnership, this type of corporate entity will give you the most freedom in terms of where and how you can operate your business.
  • UAE Freezone Companies – These companies can be 100% foreign owned, making them an attractive proposition for overseas investors who wish to maintain complete control over their business. A freezone company in Dubai, Ras al Khaimah, or another of the emirates is allowed to operate internationally and also on the mainland (but only within the UAE free zones).
  • Offshore Companies– If your business activities take place exclusively outside the UAE, forming an offshore company in Dubai or Ras-al-Khaimah could be your best option. Such companies can also be 100% foreign owned but cannot be based in a physical office in the UAE. On the plus side, they can be run from anywhere in the world.


Turning Your Business Ideas into Reality

 Whichever type of business setup in Dubai you choose, our experienced consultants will guide you through the entire process, ensuring legal compliance at every step and helping you to deal with any licensing issues that may be encountered.

The Second Step: Is to configure your business license (Type, Activities, & Legal Structure)…

Types of Companies in the UAE

ded mainland

DED Mainland

free zone

Free Zone



Turning your inspiring ideas into structural elements

Once you determined your business jurisdiction, our professional consultants will guide you through the legal aspects associated with your company setup and licensing related issues.

The Second Step: Is to configure your business license (Type, Activities, & Legal Structure)

License Types

The type of license is dependent on the kind of activities your business intends to be engage in. read more »

License Activities

There are more than 2,000 business activities available in Dubai, which fall into different classes and groups. read more »

License Legalities

Companies could take various legal forms depending on types, activities, number and the nationality of owners. read more »


Setting up your company & getting you on the road to success

As the jurisdiction of your business is determined, and your license is configured and outlined in a way that fits your business plans. The process of Setting up your company in Dubai can now take place, being easy, smooth, and faster than you could possibly imagine.

The Third Step: Is to Incorporate & Setup your Company (Getting all paper work processed)

The Initial Approval Certificate is a document which states that the government of the emirate where you desire to register your company, as well as the issuing authority from where your license will be issued (DED, Free Zone or Offshore Authorities) have no objection against yourself, your nationality, nor against your business activity and legal form, The Initial Approval Certificate records partners, legal type and activities of the licence. Additional approval might be needed from certain authorities or ministries controlling certain activities, such as the ministry of health and healthcare authorities in case of Hospitals, or Ministry of knowledge and education in case of schools and institutes… etc

  • Apply for your company name.
  • Partners will need to draft and sign a Memorandum of Association (MOA).
  • In case of (DED) Company you must sign a partnership agreement with a UAE national depending on the type of his partnership (Active or Non Active Partner).
  • Preparation of share certificate, depending on the amount, value of shares, and their ownership.

All types of business in the UAE must have a physical address, either leased or owned by one or all shareholders.
Some types of activities require special approvals from the Municipality or from other certain authorities of ministries controlling those activities.
You can also choose to locate your company in an authorised business centre, in which case you do not need location-related approvals from the Municipality.

Processing your complete set of submitted documents

  • Initial Approval Certificate, & Approval From certain authorities if required
  • Trade Name Certificate
  • Personal documents (Passport, & ID)
  • Registered Tenancy Contract, including special approvals if required
  • Share Certificate, & Memorandum of Association MOA

Once the above documents are completed, the license incorporation shall begin which takes 1 – 2 weeks depending on the issuing authorities.
Note: Some authorities request that the company must have a bank account with the whole share capital deposited before the license is incorporated.

Our Advisors will guide you through the bank account opening process. We offer a wide range of banking solutions with local banks providing professional business banking standards. The procedure is smooth once all documents are available.

  • Signing of the bank account opening documents
  • Providing all necessary Due Diligence and Compliance documents
  • Compliance process for bank account opening (10-14 business days)

Online banking and company credit cards could also be done within days, and all related items could be delivered to preferred address

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