Off the many options of a business setup in Dubai, one actually setup a branch of their business in Dubai. Its not just top companies of the world, who setup their branch offices in Dubai but even small & medium sized enterprises SME, setup their branches in the UAE.
Why setup a branch in the UAE?
Having a branch of your business setup in the UAE enhances your brand; gives you exposure to international markets; facilitates international business, for the the parent company, tax benefits, gives your local business an international expansion. It is also a positive game changer for your business because of the humongous exposure that your business will receive, especially with the upcoming EXPO2020.
And UAE has been listed as one of the top expat investor friendly countries, offering great ease of operating a business. You can live a quality lifestyle with your family and take advantage of the various opportunities that this country has to offer.
The UAE government encourages many expat companies to setup their branches anywhere in the emirates. Depending on the license and business type this business setup could either be in any one of the UAE Freezone or in the DED mainland, and its setup procedures are similar to that of a new company setup. And depending on the license type most Freezones offer licenses for a branch of a business.
You could either setup a basic branch setup with a flexi desk option or open a full-fledged office with a small team of employees. These employees can be expats as well. Even if you open a branch of your business, in a UAE free zone or in the DED mainland, you can apply for an investor / family visa. When the business setup in the UAE Free Zones, the particular Free Zone authority sponsors the visa. And if the business setup is in the DED Mainland then it is setup in a 51 /49 partnership (You own the 49 stake of the business) with a local Emirati partner who also becomes the visa sponsor. But even with the partnership of local Emirati, you still have full control of your business.
With an investor visa, you can also sponsor immediate family members and step children, purchase properties in the UAE, acquire loans for other investing opportunities and get a visa waiver to other GCC Countries.
The setting up of a branch company is similar to that of a new company. Its procedures and formation process can be tedious. Hence it is always wise to hire a professional consultant to manage the entire business setup process.