What is a Mainland Company?

Mainland company formation in Dubai step by step guide: in this type of business entity that needs to be registered in one of the UAE departments, the Department of Economic Development (DED). It is mandatory that if you want to start a business in Dubai, you need to register your business entity with the Department of Economic Development (DED). Because the Department of Economic Development (DED) will provide you a trade license, and that business trade license will allow you to operate your business legally in Dubai. It means you can’t operate your business in Dubai, if you don’t have a trade license under any category. Business setup in Dubai is a simple and straightforward process nowadays.

Mainland companies can operate all types of Industrial, Professional, Commercial, and Tourism activities. Although, some professional activities are only available for the native people, and some need permission from the authority because of DED’s rules and regulations. For example, If you want to operate Healthcare activities in Dubai, you will need to take permission from the “Dubai Health Authority”.

DED updated the new rules, now you can enjoy 100 percent ownership of a mainland company in Dubai.

However, shareholders must complete some documents and processes including Appointing a Manager. The manager can be appointed either for a short period or for a long-term period. This term of appointment is mentioned in the Memorandum of Association (MOA) or Service Agreement. A mainland company can appoint at least one Manager and a maximum of five Managers.

Mainland Company Formation in Dubai Steps

1. Choose Your Business Activity
Select your business activity type. There are commercial, trading, industrial, professional, and consultancy. You can select several activities in a single group.

2. Select The Legal Form
You need to choose a legal form according to the business activity and the proprietor’s resolutions, for example, LLC (Local Liability Company) or Sole Proprietor.

3. Pick A Suitable Trade Name
It is better to propose 3 names as options according to your preference. Your proposed business names should be clear, meaningful, and separated from religion.

4. Application to DED For Initial Approval
It helps the DED authority to confirm that the company can be formed and the proposed name is accepted.

5. Create MOA Or LSA Agreement
The DED authority will create a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Local Service Agreement (LSA) according to the information provided in steps 3 and 4.

6. Establishment of Business Location
You need a lease (EJARI) contract. It indicates to an Office, Warehouse, Showroom, or Business center. This property can be obtained either by getting on rent or by purchasing at the place where you have registered your business.

7. Getting Approvals
Some activities will need approval from some of the local authorities like- Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOH), Civil Defense, Police, etc.

8. Get Your Business License
DED will issue your business license along with the Memorandum of Association (MOA). Please note that it can take approximately 5 to 12 days for a Dubai Mainland Company Formation.

What Are The Benefits of a Mainland Company Formation in Dubai?

Several benefits of a Mainland Company are mentioned below:

  • You can have 100% repatriation of your capital.
  • Your business entity will be free from all types of corporate and personal income taxes.
  • You can enjoy the benefit of having more than one branch.
  • You will have the access to pitch for a host of private and public projects. This advantage is not available for the Professional or Free Zone companies. Professional or Free Zone companies need a local partner to have this advantage.
  • Mainland Company allows an investor to operate business directly in the local market. It means a Mainland Company will not need any media to operate their business in the local market.
  • Dubai Mainland Company also can enjoy the benefit of the availability of a wide range of business activities.
  • In the Mainland Company, You will be able to open your branch office in any of the Emirates of United Arab Emirates.

The mainland trade license allows the license holder to operate a variety of business activities. But some of the activities will need permission from specifically related government institutions.

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What Are The Business Activities of a Mainland Company?

Overseas Business Setup will guide and help you in every possible way to set up your company in Dubai. Because we are expert in business setup services in Dubai. The Overseas Business Setup will also guide you for LLC Company Formation in Dubai.

Some Popular Mainland Activities in Dubai UAE:

General TradingA General Trading license can be issued as an instant license unless you carry activity that needs external approval.
Food & BeveragesYou want to start your food or beverage business make sure you follow all the rules & regulations of Dubai Municipality.
Real EstateOnly UAE nationals can register for real estate licenses, expats are can only be the managers.
GymnasiumsYou can establish Gymnasiums or Gym and Health club under either Professional license or LLCs.
HospitalityDifferent types of Food and Beverage activities like Cafes, Bars, and Restaurants can be performed under a Hospitality license.
Import-ExportIf you wish to trade freely with mainland clients, you will need this license. The best advantage which you will get from this license is, you will not have to use any distributor for your business.
RetailDo you like to have shops in Malls and other Outlets? Then, you will need a Retail license. This license will include many things from Books to Clothing.
Event and EntertainmentThe people interested in Event Management and Event Planning need this license.
ProductionUnder this license, you can do the production of goods in the UAE. You can also distribute your produced goods locally and globally.
HealthcareFor a Healthcare license, you will need permission from the Dubai Health Authority.

Our Services While Setting up Mainland Company Formation in Dubai:

Overseas LLC is a business setup consultant company in Dubai. Overseas LLC guide you all the way through to the mainland company formation in Dubai process. We work to help the entrepreneurs and investors for mainland company setup in Dubai and UAE with perfection. Our Team help you to complete your company formation process according to the rules and regulations of the UAE government. Overseas LLC choose the best and most effective corporate structure for your business entity. Overseas LLC helps you to register your business in Dubai. Along with the help in your company registration processes, we also provide EJARI SERVICES, PRO SERVICES, BUSINESS PLAN SERVICES, PRIVATE OFFICE SERVICES, LOCAL SPONSOR SERVICES, and LOCAL AGENT SERVICES.

The Overseas Business Setup are an experienced business consulting company in setting up a business in Dubai UAE. So, you can rely on us for a quick and legal business formation in Dubai.

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