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In order to offer products or services in the UAE outside of a free zone, a specific license is required. Since 2022, it has been possible through Flag Strategies to set up a company for more than 1,000 commercial and industrial activities that is 100% self-owned and no longer requires local stakeholders.

Is a Mainland company the right solution for me?

As soon as you want to offer products or services in Dubai or another emirate, a mainland license is necessary. By acquiring one you enjoy the following benefits: 

  • 9 % corporate tax (starting from July 2023)

  • 5% VAT

  • 0% income tax 

  • 100% ownership  for more than 1,000 activities 

  • No deposit of share capital necessary 

  • Permanent Residence for the shareholders (travel to Dubai every 6 month to keep active) 

  • Corporate and private accounts are subject to local banking secrecy 

  • Simplified accounting  (Income/Expenses) 

  • Low bureaucracy (business friendly) 

  • No visa limitation for employees (number dependant on office size)

  • Unrestricted business activity in  UAE, including all free zones as well as international

How long does the company setup take?

A Mainland company formation can usually be carried out in few days out up to max. 2 weeks provided that all the necessary documents are available.  

The process can be initiated via email. 

For the finalisation and to activate the company and private accounts it is necessary to enter Dubai.

We would be happy to advise you in a free personal meeting in order to understand your concerns and to be able to offer you a tailor-made solution.

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