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    Business Setup in Dubai Mainland license is an onshore company allowing entrepreneurs to conduct business activities inside and outside of the UAE. The trade licenses for mainland companies are issued by Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED).

    You can register a professional license or commercial license in Dubai Mainland. The trade license issued by DED is considered more premium and allows for the following benefits.

    • Allows for 100% foreign ownership
    • Ability to conduct business anywhere in the UAE
    • Own and rent office spaces within Dubai mainland
    • Do business with government entities
    • Fewer nationality restrictions for obtaining a trade license
    • Easier to open bank accounts specially with traditional banks
    • Scalability of a business is much easier by adding more visas to the trade license


    To get a company registered in Dubai, it is not mandatory to have a physical office space and Creative Zone’s co-working DED package would be the perfect solution to get you started.

    Advantages of Business Setup in Dubai Mainland License

    • Developed internal transportation infrastructure by way of public buses, metro, taxi companies, Uber, Careem and well-defined roads and bridges.
    • Reliable law and order. There are many local, and international law firms situated in UAE to provide efficient legal support to businesses.
    • State-of-the-art telecommunications.
    • High-quality and strictly regulated healthcare hospitals and clinics along with each resident mandatory having health insurance. Dubai’s healthcare system has proved its highest efficiency even during the critical time of Covid19 and has successfully contained the pandemic within the country.
    • Dubai has become an international destination for education by hosting a majority of world-famous universities. Also, their curriculum provides internationally certified qualifications. The mechanism promotes the tendency of the region to offer future business leaders international exposure starting from university. Additionally, it creates huge opportunities for different training institutes to set up their centres in UAE. In 2020 during Covid19 pandemic, Dubai Government successfully implemented 100% online education systems in schools.
    • Top international exhibitions and conference venues.
    • Dubai houses several international financial institutions including multinational banks and well-known auditing services companies to fuel the growth of the UAE.
    • High-quality offices and residential accommodation. Some of the facilities include; Old Dubai desire, Bur Dubai, Business Bay, DIFC, well-developed Sheikh Zayed road, Downtown, Dubai Media City, Emirates Hills, Meydan, Dubai South, Dubai land, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah.
    • International multicultural talented workforce and easy recruitment procedures.
    • Reliable power, and utility services.
    • World-class hotels, hospitals, schools, shops and Cosmopolitan lifestyle.
    • Sophisticated ports, airports, and logistics infrastructure to support high-volume trading export and import activities.
    • Dubai-UAE is an established international trading and tourism hub for decades.
    • The recent implementation of the VAT system from January 2018 will also ensure a transparent AML-compliant business environment driving huge fund flow from banks to lend to strong businesses enabling businesses to grow and flourish.
    • Upcoming Expo 2021 has also added a significant increase in business activities to create an infrastructure which can support an inflow of millions of visitors thus creating huge opportunities for MNCs and SMEs to establish their companies in Dubai – UAE.
    • As a world-class tourism destination, Dubai has numerous attraction sites like the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, water parks, desert safaris, big malls, world-famous Gold Souq, Bollywood park, Global village, fine dining restaurants and world-famous nightclubs.
    • Endless business opportunities for hospitality industries like hotels, tourism companies, restaurants, rent a car and any such associated businesses. All leading hospitalise companies have already done mainland company setup in Dubai.
    • Mainland company formation in Dubai offers unrestricted access for a company to conduct its business locally, as per its license activity
    • Flyingcolour® business setup services offer in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in company incorporation and can assist to Mainland company formation in Dubai based on the client’s business plan.

    Types of Business Licenses in Dubai – UAE

    Commercial License: Commercial licenses cover all kinds of general trading as well as specialized trading activities.

    Professional License: The professional licenses are provided to business enterprises engaged in some of the other profession or service-oriented activity – such as craftsmen, doctors, teachers, and artisans.

    Industrial License: An industrial license is provided to establishments involved in an industrial or manufacturing activity.

    Tourism License: A tourism trade license is a requirement for businesses and companies involved in the travel, tourism, or hospitality sector.

    • Dubai Business License in 48 Hours
    • Documentation for UAE Business Licensing
    • Mainland and Free zone Licensing
    • License Renewal & Cancellation Services

    Finalise company structure

    The most common route to Setup a mainland business in the UAE is the safe and trusted vehicle of the Limited Liability Company (LLC), but there are other options too.

    Our lawyers and professional management consultants undertake feasibility studies, due diligence, and corporate structuring/restructuring to help you set up the ideal company on UAE’s mainland:

    Confirm workspace

    You may have a preference about where your new office needs to be located, but if you are unsure or are new to the UAE, our real estate consultants will offer their assistance with finding, confirming, and leasing or buying work premises.

    There are multiple choices for new business set up in the UAE’s mainland, each catering to specific needs and budgets:

    Comply with labour rules

    If you do not wish to take up the process of procuring visas yourself, our immigration teams will handle everything on your behalf: opening an official governmental file, processing your Establishment Card, applying for the required number of employment and/or residence visas for members of staff and family. This also includes the verification, translation and attestation of various documents.

    Investor Visa

    Work Visa for your team

    Residence Permits for your family

    Licensing & Documentation

    Labour Cards

    Immigration Cards

    Approvals from Government

    Renewal of Business License


    Mainland company formation in Dubai means a business setup in the onshore region, registered after approval from the Department of Economic Development (DED).

    The mainland Dubai license is a trade license provided by DED, and there are no restrictions on commercial activities in the mainland area.

    Starting from June 2023, only branches of foreign banks and oil-related businesses will have to pay a corporate tax. The tax imposed varies according to the sector.

    Business setup in Dubai mainland is not an easy task. Several documentations and approvals are required for obtaining a business license. Classy Shine can fasten up the process as it has affiliations with the Dubai government and its entities.

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