Business Setup in UAE

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The UAE is one of the most attractive destinations for entrepreneurs and investors who want to start or expand their businesses. The UAE offers a stable economy, a strategic location, a diverse market, a supportive government, and a favorable tax regime. However, setting up a business in the UAE requires following certain steps and procedures, depending on the type, location, and activity of the business. If you are looking for assistance with business setup in UAE, we at Index are here for you.

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What is a business setup in UAE?

Business setup in the UAE refers to the process of establishing and registering a company or business entity within the United Arab Emirates. It involves fulfilling legal and regulatory requirements to obtain the necessary licenses and permits to operate legally in the country. The UAE offers various business setup options, including mainland companies, free zones, and offshore companies, each with its own set of regulations and benefits.

When you set up a business in the UAE, it provides opportunities for both local and foreign investors to tap into a thriving economy, strategic location, tax advantages, and access to a diverse market. It involves selecting the appropriate business structure, fulfilling documentation and licensing requirements, and complying with the regulations set by the relevant authorities. Successful business setup in the UAE can open doors to new markets, growth opportunities, and a favorable business environment.

How does it work?

The process of company formation in the UAE varies depending on the type of business setup chosen. However, some common steps involved are:

  • Identifying the business activity and selecting the legal form: The first step is to decide what type of activity the business will perform and what legal form it will take. The legal form determines the laws and regulations that apply to the business and its ownership structure. Some common legal forms are sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), joint stock company (JSC), branch office, and representative office.
  • Registering the trade name and applying for initial approval: The next step is to choose a unique trade name for the business and register it with the relevant authority. The trade name should be related to the business activity and comply with certain rules and guidelines. The authority will also issue an initial approval for the business activity and legal form.
  • Drafting a memorandum of association (MOA) and local service agent agreement (LSA): The MOA is a document that defines the relationship between the shareholders or partners of the business and their rights and obligations. The LSA is an agreement between a foreign company and a local agent who provides administrative services to the company in exchange for a fee. These documents are required for certain types of businesses, such as LLCs and branches.
  • Selecting a business location and obtaining additional approvals: The next step is to find a suitable location for the business premises and obtain a tenancy contract or lease agreement. Depending on the type and location of the business, some additional approvals may be required from other government entities or agencies, such as municipalities, ministries, chambers of commerce, etc.
  • Submitting documents and paying fees: The final step is to submit all the required documents and pay the fees to obtain the trade license. The documents may include passport copies, educational certificates, experience certificates, good standing certificates, dataflow reports, etc. The fees may vary depending on the type and activity of the business.



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Company Formation Steps in U.A.E

Finding A Partner

Every business must have a partner who is a citizen of U.A.E to set up a business in U.A.E. Helpline Group can find a suitable partner for your business in U.A.E.

Business Set-Up

Regulations and requirements of law changes as per the industry and business requirements. Index can help you understand these changes and makes the best decision.

License Registration

Licensing is a key part of getting a business set-up and running in U.A.E. Index can help you choose the right licences from the numerous options available in U.A.E.


We have a dedicated and experienced team that has been at the forefront in ensuring effective Business Setup and facilitated easy setup of new businesses of aspiring businessmen. The services are provided within a fixed budget and has proved to be very effective.

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