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Business Setup Dubai Burj Khalifa

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

BUSINESS SETUP 

The UAE, particularly Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is a rapidly growing market. In recent years, the government has increasingly passed business-friendly laws that make it easier for foreign investors to settle here. Due to current world events, company formations in Dubai and the remaining Emirates continue to proliferate. The country is also positively establishing itself due to its ideal location between Asia, Africa, and Europe. Dubai is home to the 9th largest trade port in the world as well as the world's largest airport, which is why it is also referred to as the gateway to the world.

THE ADVANTAGES

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers a variety of advantages for entrepreneurs and investors looking to start a business. With a strategic location, tax incentives and a business-friendly environment, the UAE has established itself as an attractive location for international business.

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INVESTOR VISA

This visa allows investors and business owners to live and work in the country long-term. The investor visa also has the advantage of allowing family members to live in the UAE as well.

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TAX BENEFITS

There is no income tax for private individuals and a maximum of 9% corporate tax on profits for companies. Some activities are exempt from the tax. There are also tax exemptions and exceptions for SMEs so that many companies continue to pay no tax.

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LOW
BUREAUCRACY

The UAE offers a business-friendly environment with less bureaucracy and simplified accounting, allowing companies to focus on growth rather than dealing with administrative hurdles.

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QUALIFIED WORKERS

The UAE attracts professionals from all over the world, meaning you have access to a diverse and talented workforce that can contribute to the development and success of your business.

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MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE

The UAE has a world-class infrastructure, including state-of-the-art transportation and communication systems. This not only makes doing business easier but also contributes to the efficiency and productivity of your company.

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STRATEGIC LOCATION

The UAE is located at a strategic crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa. This geographical location provides excellent access to international markets and makes the UAE an ideal location for international trade.

WHY CHOOSE FLAG STRATEGIES ?

INDIVIDUAL ADVICE

Many agencies always push their clients into the same free zone. But not every company is the same. Each free zone has its own strengths and weaknesses. At Flag Strategies, we first understand your requirements and goals. Based on your needs, we choose the right license and the ideal location - be it free zone or mainland. We help you make the best choice for you.

HOLISTIC PLAN

We look at the entire process, not just setting up a company in Dubai. Our holistic approach includes advice on financial transactions, suitable company structures, business development, marketing and investment ideas. It often makes sense to set up a company in Dubai in conjunction with companies in other countries. We always keep the flag theory at the core of our strategies.

CONTINUOUS SUPPORT

We provide ongoing support to our clients. As regulations and laws change, we keep our clients updated. For us, this is a long-term partnership, not a one-time transaction.

NETWORK

If requested, we connect our customers with each other and create a community that promotes synergies within the Flag network. Together we are stronger than alone. Through our network, you benefit from valuable contacts and mutual support.

PROCESS OF SETTING UP A COMPANY IN DUBAI

Make your start in the UAE easier and leave the tedious bureaucratic tasks of company formation to us. We will accompany you to all appointments and ensure that the process runs smoothly.

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COMPANY FOUNDATION

Together with you, we carefully analyze the most suitable legal form for your company formation in Dubai and then take over the entire process of formation on your behalf.

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ENTRY & MEDICAL

To enter Dubai, with a minimum stay of 4 working days , a medical examination is necessary. This examination includes a blood test and a lung x-ray and is usually carried out the day after your arrival.

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BIOMETRIC DATA

Biometric data (fingerprint) is recorded and the Emirates ID is issued. After the fingerprints have been taken, you can leave the country. The ID will be sent by post. If you are no longer in the country, we will keep it for you until then.

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DOCUMENTS

During your stay in Dubai, you will immediately receive your company documents , including your company address , for your newly established company.

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GET EMIRATES ID

After a few days you will receive your Emirates ID , the identity card issued by the UAE government for citizens and residents of the UAE.

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BANK ACCOUNT

Immediately after your Emirates ID is issued, we initiate the process and open both a personal and a business account for you. Together we will clarify your requirements in advance and find the right bank for you.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMPANY LICENSE

Choosing the right company location and the most suitable company license(s) for your company and related company activities can be a challenging task. With more than 2,500 licenses to choose from, getting the right advice is extremely important.

The company license (operating permit) must correspond to the business model as prescribed by law.

If you want to set up a company in Dubai, there are basically two options.

FREEZONE 
BUSINESS SETUP

Ideal for international business activities, holding structures, rights & patents (IP) and asset protection strategies

  • International business

  • 9% corporate tax - exemptions for certain activities in certain free zones

  • 100% foreign ownership

MAINLAND 
BUSINESS SETUP

Necessary if you plan to do business in Dubai and the rest of the UAE (income from mainland)

  • International and local business activities

  • 9% corporate tax

  • 100% foreign ownership

OTHER DUBAI SERVICES

We combine financial strategies such as tax planning, business structuring and banking with tax residency and lifestyle considerations to develop a comprehensive plan that seamlessly integrates all elements to create an optimal situation.

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MARKET 
ANALYSES

We offer in-depth analyses to find the best way to enter new markets and support you in assessing opportunities and risks.

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BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT

We develop customized strategies to promote and scale your business by identifying market trends and growth opportunities.

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CORPORATE TAX
VAT

We take care of your corporate tax, VAT registration and accounting requirements.

  • Do you offer hourly consulting?
    At Flag Strategies, our focus is on creating holistic plans designed to provide a comprehensive and effective solution to your international business and life goals. We believe that hourly consulting is often not enough to fully grasp the complex demands and opportunities that come with going abroad. However, if you have specific questions or need advice on a particular point, we are happy to help. Please contact us and we will discuss the best course of action and connect you with the relevant expertise from our network if necessary.
  • For whom does it make sense to become a client of Flag Strategies?
    Flag Strategies specializes in the needs of individuals and entrepreneurs who have a specific financial portfolio. Our clients are typically individuals with assets of over €1 million or entrepreneurs whose companies have annual sales of more than €5 million . These financial requirements enable us to develop customized and effective strategies that meet the specific needs and goals of our clients. If you fall into these categories and are interested in comprehensive, internationally focused planning that optimizes your wealth and advances your global business interests, then Flag Strategies is the right choice for you. Through our specialized services, we ensure that you experience a significant and measurable improvement in your financial and operational results.
  • Does Flag Strategies also help with the implementation of the plan?
    Once your plan is in place, our role shifts to execution. Our service handles all logistics, from scheduling to document finalization, so you can focus on running your business.
  • What does Flag Strategies do?
    Flag Strategies specializes in providing comprehensive advice to high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs seeking to acquire multiple residency, citizenship and bank accounts worldwide. As a boutique advisory firm, we offer not only legal tax planning and international relocations, but also business development, all based on Flag Theory. Our goal is to help our clients achieve optimal asset protection and maximum freedom by leveraging the most effective strategies tailored to their unique needs and goals. With our expertise and global network, we guide top executives and entrepreneurs through the complexities of international wealth management, global citizenship and the global banking landscape to optimize their financial and lifestyle aspirations.
  • How much does the Flag Strategies service cost?
    Because our services are bespoke, we do not provide standardised price quotes; each of our plans is tailor-made. We focus on providing real added value rather than selling you unnecessary products. Even though we offer an exclusive service, we enable our customers to save costs in the long term. As part of our collaboration, which extends over several weeks, we will advise you in detail on the costs and benefits and discuss the options.
  • Why is a needs analysis necessary to use your services?
    To ensure that we can respond precisely to your individual goals and needs , we begin our collaboration with a needs analysis. This analysis only takes about 3 minutes and helps us to understand whether our services are the best fit for you. This process allows us to efficiently assess whether we are the right partner for you and thus avoid you investing time and resources in advice that is not useful. This careful preparation enables you to better define your own goals and promotes informed decision-making, which lays the foundation for a successful collaboration.
  • What are the costs of setting up a company structure abroad?
    The costs vary depending on the requirements and complexity of the project. In general, our service packages start at 15,000 euros. You will receive a detailed offer after analyzing your individual needs.
  • What are the advantages of setting up a business abroad?
    Benefits include tax benefits, legal separation of personal and business assets, protection of private assets, and the ability to attract investment.
  • How do I start the company formation process?
    The first step is an analysis of your current situation. Based on your individual goals and requirements, we will advise you on the best location and optimal structure for setting up your company.
  • What additional services does Flag Strategies offer?
    In addition to company formation and structuring, we offer services in the areas of business development, marketing, market analysis, office search and personnel recruitment.
  • How long does it take to incorporate a company in Dubai?
    The time it takes for a company to be incorporated in Dubai depends on the type of company and the extent of the registration and licensing processes. It can take between 2 and 3 weeks. It is possible to start the process while outside the country. However, in order to complete the incorporation of the company and obtain the residency permit and Emirates ID, you need to come to Dubai for about 6 business days.
  • Why is Flag Strategies the best partner for your business setup in Dubai?
    As Flag Strategies, we specialize in helping individuals and companies get off to a successful start in Dubai. We understand that starting a business in a foreign country can be a complex task, but we are here to simplify this process for you. We offer you a comprehensive package of services, ranging from advice on choosing the best business location in Dubai to actually setting up your company. Our goal is to make sure you can start doing business in Dubai quickly and efficiently. We are aware that a successful start in Dubai requires more than just a successful company formation. Therefore, we also support our clients in connecting and creating synergies with other companies in Dubai to maximize business opportunities. Our experts have extensive experience in setting up businesses in Dubai and understand the challenges that can be encountered on the road to running a successful business. We make sure all aspects of setting up your business are taken care of, including complying with local laws and regulations and minimizing costs. By working with Flag Strategies, you can rest assured that you are in good hands and can start your business in Dubai quickly and smoothly. We are always at your service and look forward to helping you set up your business in Dubai. Visit our YouTube channel and discover fascinating interviews with experts from our network. We cordially invite you to take a look and be inspired. Our channel offers insights into various industries and topics, from business start-upsin Dubai to successful business strategies. We believe that sharing knowledge and experience is an important part of business success and our channel offers a great opportunity to learn from the best.
  • What is the cost of incorporating a company in Dubai?
    The cost of setting up a company in Dubai varies depending on the type of company (Mainland or Freezone) and the activity (there are more than 2,000 different licenses). In addition, the number of shareholders, the number of visas required and the type ( Flexidesk or physical) and location of the office further influence the costs. Get contact us and together we will discuss the best solution and costs for founding your company.
  • Do I have to live in Dubai to set up a company?
    No, it is not necessary to live in Dubai to set up a company. However, if you decide to apply for an investor visa, you must enter the country every 12 months to ensure that your visa remains valid. Some banks also require proof of your residential address. Contact us and we'll be happy to help you find a solution.
  • What are the advantages of setting up a company in Dubai?
    The advantages of incorporating a business in Dubai include a stable economy, favorable taxes and duties, a central location, easy registration and licensing policies and a wide range of business opportunities.
  • What are the requirements to set up a company in Dubai?
    Anyone who is not in debt in Dubai and is over the age of 21 has the opportunity to set up a company in Dubai. To incorporate a company in Dubai you will need the following documents: Desired name of the company Passport copy and current address of the shareholder(s) (share split, if any) phone number and email address Passport photo (scan in high resolution) First name of mother and father, religious affiliation, education (highest degree)
  • What is the process of setting up a company in Dubai?
    In general, the following steps for incorporating a company in Dubai can be expected: Choose a legal form for your business, Mainland or Free Zone? Choose the right license for your company (there are more than 2,000 different activities) Apply for a trading license from the relevant authority or Free Zone For Mainland companies, register your company with the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and obtain the necessary permits. Rent an office or flexi-desk depending on your trading license requirements. The exact process may vary depending on the type of business and the requirements of the relevant authorities. We at Flag Strategies will advise you and support you in setting up your company in Dubai.
  • What types of companies can be incorporated in Dubai?
    There are 2 main types of companies that can be incorporated in Dubai. Therefore, the first step is to decide whether a mainland company or a free zone company is right for your needs. You can find more information about the difference here.
  • Can I own the company 100% or do I need a local partner?
    In the UAE free zones, foreign investors have always been able to own 100% of the company. Since June 1, 2021, it is also possible to own 100% mainland companies in the UAE without a local partner.
  • Which banks are recommended for opening a bank account in Dubai?
    We work with a large number of banks. There are various options, from international banks such as HSBC, Citibank or Standard Chartered to regional banks such as Emirates NBD, Mashreq Bank or First Abu Dhabi Bank. We also cooperate with private banks and crypto banks. Depending on your needs, we can discuss the best possible solution for you together.
  • What are the steps to take to open a bank account in Dubai?
    To open a bank account in Dubai, you must first select a bank in Dubai. You will then need to provide the necessary documentation, including your passport, resident permit, proof of address and, in many cases, a utility bill. To open a business account, you also need a trade license and a registered office. Our job is to take care of all your documents and help you open your accounts to ensure you are up and running as soon as possible.
  • How long does it take to open a bank account in Dubai?
    The time it takes to open a bank account in Dubai depends on the bank and account opening requirements. However, it usually takes between 3 and 6 business days to open a bank account in Dubai.
  • What is the cost of living in Dubai?
    Dubai is known for its high standard of living and luxurious offerings, which is reflected in the cost of living. The cost of living in Dubai can vary depending on lifestyle and location. Rent for an apartment or house is often the largest expense item, but transportation, food and leisure activities can also add up. Compared to European cities, the cost of living in Dubai can be higher. However, there are also plenty of budget options, especially if you're willing to live just outside the city center. Nevertheless, Dubai offers many advantages for expats, including tax advantages, a multicultural environment and a first-class infrastructure. It is important to be clear about the cost of living in Dubai before making a decision and to set a realistic budget to sustain your lifestyle. Please note that prices may vary depending on location and quality of facilities. This table is intended as a guide only and cannot take into account all individual factors that may affect the cost of living.
  • Consultants, lawyers, tax advisors
    Professional consultants in management, finance, law and tax have in-depth expertise and trusting relationships with decision-makers. By recommending our solutions, you can offer your clients added value and strengthen your own consulting expertise. Benefit from attractive commissions and expand your range of services.
  • Brokers, IT service providers, marketing agencies
    Brokers, IT specialists and marketing professionals have direct access to companies and individuals who can benefit from our products. As a partner, you can deepen existing customer relationships by offering additional, value-added services while also opening up new revenue streams.
  • Coaches, influencers, content creators
    Coaches, influencers and content creators can provide their clients and followers with additional tools by integrating our products into their content or coaching programs and at the same time benefit from our partner program.
  • Industry associations, professional networks
    Associations and professional networks play a central role in developing industry standards and connecting professionals. By partnering with us, you can offer your members exclusive benefits and special conditions that strengthen their engagement and sense of belonging.
  • Do you I have to pay taxes in Dubai?
    Dubai has no income tax and no capital gains tax. However, since 2018 a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 5% has been introduced. In addition, there are other taxes such as property tax (DLD-Fee) when buying real estate (4%) and a tourism tax. As far as corporate taxes are concerned, companies in free trade zones are tax-exempt. For mainland companies, however, a corporation tax of 9% is under discussion from mid-2023.

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