How to open a company in Dubai, UAE

How to open a company in Dubai - Makebiz

The UAE is developing rapidly, and Dubai has long been one of the world’s financial centers. A high standard of living, a safe environment and tax benefits attract businessmen from all over the world, and beautiful beaches with blue flags, diverse leisure and many attractions provide a constant flow of tourists, which is growing every year.

Why should I open a company in Dubai?

Consider the main reasons:

  • Advantageous geographical location. Most of the world’s population lives in 4-6 hours of flight.
  • Availability of 15 international ports and convenient logistics with any country in the world.
  • The opportunity, without any difficulties, to open a company with 100% ownership to a foreign investor, both in the Free Zone and on the Mainland.
  • No taxes on wages, personal income and capital gains.
  • Access to the market of highly qualified personnel. The UAE is a magnet for professionals from all over the world coming to Dubai to realize their professional ambitions.
  • The opportunity to establish new business contacts and attract foreign capital to develop your business.
  • The opportunity to open a business in free economic zones and receive a tax benefit. 0% corporate tax and no VAT, subject to certain working conditions, allows businesses to earn significantly more.
  • The reliability of the banking system in the UAE guarantees the safety of funds. Many banks are included in the ranking of the TOP 100 best banks in the world.
  • The UAE’s high loyalty to Russia makes it possible to relocate business with the ability to work with counterparties from any country.
  • The absence of a public register of legal entities in the UAE allows you to maintain high anonymity and confidentiality of the financial indicators of the company and the composition of the founders.

How to open a company in Dubai?

First you need to choose a license for doing business, since every type of activity in the UAE is licensed. Without experience, knowledge of legislation and understanding of the intricacies of doing business in Dubai, it is incredibly difficult to independently choose an economic zone and a license. The wrong choice can create serious restrictions in the further work and opening of a corporate account until the closure of the company and the opening of a new one. Makebiz specialists are always ready to help with the registration of the company and will save you from mistakes.


In Dubai, there are more than 2,500 thousand types of licenses for companies open on the main land (Mainland) and thousands more licenses in various Free Zones, of which there are more than 40 across the Emirates (most are located in Dubai). Each Free Zone has its own rules, laws, conditions and prices. Separately, it should be noted that each free economic zone has a certain bias, which can be a plus for some companies and a minus for others.

Let’s consider the main types and directions of various Free Zone:

  • For companies related to finance, trade and service;
  • For logistics, industrial or manufacturing companies;
  • For the IT sphere;
  • For the media sphere (media, content production);
  • For medical organizations;
  • For companies related to training and education;
  • Mixed type. There are licenses from different industries. These are mainly trade, professional, service, and some industrial and educational ones.

The process of opening a company in Dubai.

For some types of business, External approval may be required. It is obtained in the department that regulates the type of activity of the company.

Such coordination is necessary for real estate agencies, rental cars and other vehicles, educational institutions, industrial and medical companies, the food sector, financial organizations, certain types of trade licenses and professional services, beauty salons, travel agencies and a number of other business areas.

After a suitable license and an economic zone are selected, it is necessary to properly prepare a package of documents for opening a company and submit documents for registration to the appropriate authority. If everything is done correctly, the whole process takes from 3 to 7 working days. You can open a company in Dubai in a remote format, the presence of the founder will be required only at the final stages of obtaining a resident visa. Before opening any company, the responsible department checks the founders and then issues a license.


When the company is open, the founder/director needs to obtain a resident visa and an Emirates ID. This is a prerequisite for the company’s activities and permanent residence in the UAE.

The process of obtaining a visa can be divided into 4 stages.

  • Receiving an invitation to enter or changing the visa status;
  • Passing a medical test (fluorography and blood tests);
  • Delivery of biometrics (fingerprints);
  • Applying for a resident visa and Emirates ID.

To successfully complete the entire registration process, you should contact the specialists of Makebiz. Our lawyers will provide you with a free consultation and help you find the best way to register a business in Dubai, taking into account all the features of your business and legal requirements.

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