In the past decade Dubai has become one of the major business centers of the Middle East, hosting dynamic and diversified economy as well as providing a large number of businesses with great infrastructure. It is located strategically to serve as the biggest production and import-export designation for the Middle East and worldwide.
For those looking to engage with Gulf culture, Abu Dhabi the capital of UAE offers opportunities to understand the UAE’s history through museums, exhibitions and tours.
Mainland business setup in UAE is registered in the Department of Economic Development (DED). This would fit those who are planning to set up a company locally. DED is the place to do if you want to open for example your shop, beauty salon or a car rental.
A local sponsor (UAE citizen) who will be a co-owner of the business, or a local agent who will not own shares, but will be your “gateway” to the local market is required in order to open a Mainland company.
Some of the main advantages in setting up business in mainland UAE are no taxes, with direct access to local UAE market and almost no limitations on activities but different approvals may be required for specific activities.