Mainland Company Formation

What Are Mainland Companies?

When it comes to company formation in Dubai, Mainland Companies are considered to be the most developed business entities that are directed by the Federal Law No.2 of 2015 (the New Commercial Company Law, (NCCL)) which came into effect on 1st July 2015, which replaced the previous Commercial Company Law (CCL) that got initiated in 1984, under Federal Law No. 8 as amended. In the UAE, the Mainland Companies are regulated by the legal structure set by the government and needs to meet the Government policies. They are located within the limitation of commercialized geographical areas that have been covered under the jurisdiction of the Emirati Government.As per the mainland company incorporation law, UAE national has to mandatory hold at least 51% of the total equity in any commercial company


Mainland Company Formation

Dubai mainland is the preferred destination for many investors for company formation. The reason behind popularity of Dubai mainland is the freedom to do business anywhere in Dubai and UAE. But there is a complete procedure for Dubai mainland company formation. For this purpose, interested persons have to accomplish several requirements for mainland company setup in Dubai.

Mainland Business/Company Formation

LLC Dubai

Limited Liability Company is the main business entity in Dubai that opens up the door of the entire Dubai market for investors and entrepreneurs. The process of setting up LLC Dubai is lengthy but the resulting opportunities are immense.

Professional License

Professional license allows experts and professionals to excel in their respective field in the lucrative business market of Dubai. There are very few restrictions and conditions for acquiring professional license by individuals and civil companies.

Branch Office

Branch office allows foreign companies to establish their presence in Dubai. Branch office is an extension of foreign company that is allowed to hold 100% foreign ownership along with getting several other benefits.
If you want to get registration of Mainland company in Dubai or any other Emirate, let UAE21 guide you in choosing the most effective corporate structure for your company. We can help your register your business along with providing support for obtaining UAE Residence Visa and Corporate Bank Account opening.

Benefits of Mainland Company Registration in Dubai

  • You can operate your company from any part of UAE
  • No capital required for a local Dubai mainland license
  • Availability of a wide range of business activities
  • Able to carry out business in Dubai mainland
  • A mainland can have more than one branch
  • No currency restrictions
  • Easy processing of employment visas
  • You are free to choose office locations anywhere in Dubai
  • Mainland company registration will provide 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • Hassle free legal procedures to get the license and registration in Dubai
  • Simple incorporation process to setup Mainland Company in Dubai.
  • Mainland allows foreign entrepreneurs to trade/operate directly with the local market


  • Foreign company owners have to appoint local sponsors. These local sponsors hold 51% shares of company. Remaining 49% shares will be owned by company owners
  • In case of professional license, foreigners hold 100% shares of their business. But they will appoint a local service agent for their assistance
  • Minimum office space required for any company in Dubai mainland is 200 sq ft
  • Approval from DED (Department of Economic Development), DM (Dubai Municipality), MoL (Ministry of Labor), MoI (Ministry of Interior) and other related authorities are mandatory for Dubai mainland company formation

Mainland Company in Dubai which requires Special Approval:

Special approval from concerned authorities may be required for certain business activities.

  • RTA Activities
  • Engineering consultancy
  • Companies in Dubai World Communities (Trakhees)
  • Educational services
  • Travel & Tourism activities
  • Money Exchange
  • Health Care activities

We can assist you to get these approvals from the concern departments.

Our services for Mainland Company Formation in Dubai:

Following Formation are:

  • Mainland company formation/ Dubai L.L.C Company setup/Sole Establishment/ Professional/ Civil companies/ Commercial & Industrial License registration in Mainland Dubai – UAE.
  • Trade License issuing from DED, Chamber of Commerce registration & Lease Agreements assistance.
  • Introducing reliable UAE National for Sponsorship (Local Partner or Service Agent)
  • Labor card /Immigration/ Establishment Card Processing.
  • Providing PRO Services for all Visa Processing (investors or employment), medical, Stamping & Renewals.
  • Typing of MOA/ Translation Services of all Legal Documents / Dubai Foreign Affairs / Ministry of Justice Notary in Dubai
  • Company Incorporation, License Renewal in Dubai & Company Liquidation Services
  • Assistance in Bank account opening in Dubai for Commercial Accounts.

We’ve got it all covered

Trade Licenses


Finding a Local Sponsor

How to Register Mainland Company in UAE?

  • Select Activity


    Decide the business activity type Commercial/Trading, Consultancy, Professional or Industrial. You can choose several activities within one group of activities.

  • Based on the activity and owner’s resolution.

  • Choose the Trade Name

    It’s advisable to suggest three name options in order of preference – names should be clear, has meaning, not related to any religion. At this stage it is required to submit documents of all partners and of the appointed manager partners (Passport / Visa / EID / NOC for UAE Residents / Residential address).
  • Apply For Initial Approval In DED

    This is to confirm that the company can be formed and the company name is approved.

    Apply For Initial Approval In DED

  • Prepare MOA & LSA Agreement


    DED will prepare the MOA (Memorandum of Association) and LSA (Local Sponsor Agreement) based on the information provided at stage 3 and stage 4.

  • Business Location

    To complete the registration process in the Mainland a lease contract (Ejari) is required. This refers to either an office / business center / warehouse or a showroom. It can be rented or purchased anywhere in the Emirate you have registered the company

    Business Location

  • Get Approvals

    Some business activities will require external approvals from other authorities such as MOH (Ministry of Health and Prevention), Civil Defense, Police, etc.
  • Collect Business License

    After the MOA, LSA are signed, all approvals are obtained and all payments are made. License will be issued along with the MOA.

    Collect Business License

Note: it takes approximately 5 to 12 working days to establish a Mainland company after receiving the full set of required documents. Is case of external approval for some of the business activities the timeframe may take longer


Company registration in mainland, some of the procedures for setting up and obtaining a license can be lengthy, obtaining the appropriate legal advice will greatly facilitate the process and help foreign companies understand the optimal legal structure for conducting business in the UAE.

If you want to get registration of UAE mainland in Dubai or any other Emirate, let UAE 21 guide in choosing the most effective corporate structure for your Company. We can help your Company in getting started as well as doing business in the UAE along with providing support for visa applications accounts and tax certification.

Contact our experts to get a advice on the best options to set up your business in UAE

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Additional Services

We are offering additional services which help you to setup your business completely on every steps

Bank Account Opening

Choosing which type of bank account to open and which UAE bank to choose. Our experts will help you out and we will find the best solution which will suit your business needs.

Business Consulting

We provide business consulting to help you ensure that your business venture in UAE turns into a profitable.

UAE Residence Visa

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Second Citizenship

United Arab Emirates encourages foreign investors to come to the Emirates. However, choosing this country as a base for their business cannot obtain any permit that would allow to stay in the country for a lifelong period of time.

VAT Registration

If you haven’t registered your business or open a new VAT account under the latest VAT law observed in the United Arab Emirates, it’s high time you should consider its importance.

VAT Assistance

If you need to take care of taxes and VAT returns to avoid penalties and other consequences. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an expert by your side for essential tax consultancy and return filing support?

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