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Register your Mainland Company in UAE

A Mainland Company in the UAE is a business entity licensed by the Department of Economic Development (DED) of the relevant emirate. It allows companies to operate in the local UAE market as well as outside the UAE, with no restrictions on business activities or geographical locations within the country.

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A Mainland Company is suitable for businesses that want to operate within the UAE market, have a physical presence, and benefit from direct access to the local economy. It is ideal for retail, hospitality, construction, and other businesses requiring direct customer interaction within the UAE.

Mainland Company in UAE comes with its own pros and cons which is very important for decision making purposes


  • No restrictions on business activities and locations within the UAE
  • Ability to trade directly with the local market
  • No limit on the number of visas that can be obtained (subject to office space)
  • Access to government contracts and projects
  • Flexibility to open branches across the UAE


  • Requirement for a local sponsor or service agent for certain business activities
  • Higher setup costs compared to freezone companies
  • More stringent regulatory and compliance requirements
  • Annual auditing and reporting requirements


Step by Step Process

Choose a Business Activity

Select the business activity or activities from the list provided by the DED.

Reserve a Trade Name

Reserve a unique trade name for your company that complies with DED naming guidelines.

Obtain Initial Approval

Submit the initial approval application to the DED with the required documents.

Draft Memorandum of Association (MOA)

Draft and notarize the Memorandum of Association with the local sponsor or service agent.

Lease Office Space

Lease office space that meets the requirements of the DED and obtain the tenancy contract.

Submit Final Documents and Pay Fees

Submit the final set of documents to the DED and pay the necessary fees for license issuance.

Collect Trade License

Collect your trade license and start operating your mainland company.

Tax and Compliances

Following are the Compliances that will be required

Corporate Tax

Mainland Companies may be subject to the upcoming UAE corporate tax, depending on the tax regime implemented.

VAT Registration

Companies with taxable supplies and imports exceeding the mandatory registration threshold must register for VAT with the Federal Tax Authority.

Annual License Renewal

Mainland Companies must renew their trade license annually through the DED.

Audit Requirements

Mainland Companies may be required to submit audited financial statements annually.

Documents Required

Following are the documents that will be required

Application Form

Completed application form provided by the DED.

Passport Copies

Copies of the passports of shareholders and directors.

Proof of Address

Utility bills or bank statements showing the address of shareholders and directors.

No Objection Certificate (NOC)

NOC from the current sponsor if the shareholder or director is a UAE resident.

Memorandum of Association (MOA)

Notarized MOA outlining the shareholding structure and business activities.

Tenancy Contract

Lease agreement for the office space, attested by the relevant authorities.


The service package includes a comprehensive list of deliverables which includes the following.

Trade License

Certificate of Incorporation

Memorandum of Association

Share Certificates

Emirates ID

Residence Visa

Lease Agreement

Establishment Card

Bank Account Setup Assistance

VAT Registration (if applicable)

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