Mainland company setup

Business setup in Dubai mainland offers huge opportunities for entrepreneurs. The Department of Economic Development (DED) is the regulatory authority for issuing mainland licenses in the UAE.

What is a mainland license?

Dubai Onshore or Mainland Business Set Up

Establishing a company in Dubai can be a lengthy and tiresome process with all legal proofs. However, at, you have professional consultants well-versed with all UAE company set-up legal structures & regulatory mechanisms. From connecting you to Department of Economic Development (DED) to all Dubai mainland/onshore regulatory authorities we are fast & efficient. So, what’s a Dubai mainland or onshore business set up license?

Onshore or Mainland Business Setup Licenses

There are several licenses under the business setup including professional, commercial and manufacturing or industrial licenses. Issued by the Department of Economic Development & each of the licenses carries its weight of advantages. Whether it’s an LLC, civil company, sole establishment, branch, subsidiary or partnership.

With UAE’s push for higher direct foreign investment, the licenses are a means to attract global skills and talents to boost the emirates economy. Dubai is now a key global business & tourist destination. And the business licenses are instituted to expand skilled entrepreneurship in vital sectors & enhance UAE as a global investment destination.

With changes to skilled investment visa requirements, it’s now possible to start a business in UAE with 100% ownership, zero taxes & with no local sponsor proof.  

Benefits of a Dubai Mainland Business Set-up License?

Dubai mainland or onshore business licenses have several advantages in company set-up.

  • 100% business ownership with no paid-up capital
  • Seamless & fast employment visa processing steps 
  • Permission to bid on local governments bids
  • Permission to rent/lease business anywhere
  • Multiple business activities permitted
  • Faster & easier ability to open corporate business account.
  • Permission to trade internationally & anywhere in UAE.
  • Unlimited foreign currency investment 

Mainland company legal structures

The Standard Business Setup in Dubai Mainland Process


Decide on Business or Trade


Formalise Business Structure / Layout


Business Identity & Name Approval with regulatory authority


Initial Business Approvals and Permissions


Business or trading license Issuance


Open a Corporate Bank with UAE Bank


Receiving of Business Establishment Cards


Visa Processing


Employee File Opening & Maintenance

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