Mainland Company Formation

Steps to set up a new business in the UAE

We have many years of experience in establishing many different types, sizes, and structures of Trading Consulting & 100% expat owned companies on the UAE mainland. Complementing this vast experience is our skilled and specialised expertise in different aspects of local mainland company formation. Our dedicated team of lawyers, chartered accountants, consultants and others work diligently to ensure that every step is perfect, on the path to success. For all your queries relating to mainland company setup in Dubai, please get in touch with us.

This combination of experience and expertise allows you to be fully at ease and feel extremely confident as we help set up your LLC Business in the UAE. Hundreds of individuals and institutions from around the world rely on us to procure new business licenses, rent office space, earn legal residence and start a successful new life in this country. You are invited to join their distinguished ranks.

LLC Company formation on the UAE’s mainland is a systematic process with timely steps that are largely linked to each other. Understanding the basics will present offers a clear view of the big picture.

Select Business Activity
Our specialists, who are experts when it comes to mainland company setup in Dubai, will advise you on the specific business activity or multiple business activities that are able to meet both, your current requirements and your future plans. They will guide you towards the jurisdiction which best suits your chosen activities, and present cost-effective options that match your budget.

Getting a professional mainland license Dubai is easier. We also offer package deals for start-ups located anywhere in the UAE, such as Commercial Trading License / Consultancy license / E-commerce license / Real Estate / Manufacturing License in Dubai.

Finalise Company Structure
The most common route to Setup a mainland business in the UAE is the safe and trusted vehicle of the Limited Liability Company (LLC), but there are other options too.

Our consultants undertake feasibility studies, due diligence, and corporate structuring/restructuring to help you set up the ideal company on UAE’s mainland:

  • Sole proprietorship
  • Civil Company
  • Limited liability company (LLC)
  • Private limited company (PLC)
  • Public joint stock company (PJSC)
  • Branches, regional headquarters and representative offices of foreign companies
  • Single family offices

Mainland Company Formation Process

Register a Trade Name

The trade name of your new business must reflect your chosen activity, and it must get approved by the authorities before formal usage. Approval is subject to the trade name not already being in use by someone else, or it being previously registered. Further, the trade name must not offend public morals or the public order of the UAE.

Alternatively, you can shortlist trade names that reflect the nature of your business, and our team will check its availability and secure its registration. When approved, the trade name will be followed by the acronym of your legal structure, ex: LLC, PLC or PJSC.

Get the required Approvals

We will assign you a company formation specialist who will do all the paperwork and complete all the processes to get you the Initial Approval. This early approval is a prerequisite for almost all ensuing steps towards setting up a business on the UAE mainland.

Thereafter, based on your chosen business activity, there may be other government approvals and translations of such approvals, and various attestations and notarisations. Carefully timed and co-ordinated, these steps will lead towards collection of the final approval – your mainland license Dubai.

Confirm a Workspace

You may have a preference about where your new office needs to be located, but if you are unsure or are new to the UAE, you can rent a space with us in Vista Corporate Business Center Premise.

Comply with Labour Rules

If you do not wish to take up the process of procuring visas yourself, our immigration teams will handle everything on your behalf: opening an official governmental file, processing your Establishment Card, and applying for the required number of employment and/or residence visas for members of staff and family. This also includes the verification, translation and attestation of various documents.

Open a Bank Account

Opening a corporate bank account is an integral part of mainland license Dubai. Businesses are legally required to separate personal and professional funds.

The UAE offers numerous choices, from prestigious international banks, well-established local banks and digital-only banks. Each offers distinct advantages to entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, or large foreign corporations.

Our teams will help you through their expertise at making the right decision, and completing required documentation.

Seek Professional Support

Often, mainland company setup in Dubai can be overwhelming affair, to start operations immediately without a network of alliances and partnerships in place.

We provide full-fledged assistance with all aspects of company incorporation, and we then follow it up with professional support for those who require it. Our fast-growing teams propose and deliver innovative solutions that meet the demands of commerce, and the many challenges of business.

Advantages of Setting up a Company in UAE Mainland

  • Freedom to rent commercial space in any area
  • Ability to conduct a wide range of Business Activities
  • Option to trade anywhere in the UAE and Internationally
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • No Currency restriction
  • Easy Employment Visa processing
  • Bidding advantages on Government projects
  • Ability to open a Corporate Bank account easily



Dubai mainland offers an entrepreneurial ecosystem that is highly favoured by investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Company registration in Dubai mainland falls under the purview of the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED). It is the government agency responsible for issuing trade licenses to all businesses wanting to conduct business in the mainland. With Vista Corporate Business Setup, you can start your business in Dubai for as low as AED 19,500*.


Abu Dhabi has seen tremendous advancement over the last few years and has become a popular city to start a business in. Abu Dhabi mainland company formation offers benefits exclusive to the city. Business setup in mainland Abu Dhabi is regulated by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED). We can guide you through the entire process of starting your business in Abu Dhabi and also help you acquire a 2-year business license for only AED 23,500*!


Sharjah has, for many years, been recognized as an industrialized Emirate of the UAE and is renowned for its affordable real estate. Sharjah mainland is a popular location for setting up small and medium enterprises as well as industries and factories. Business setup in mainland Sharjah is controlled by the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD). If you are looking to explore business setup options in Sharjah, speak to our business setup experts to know more. We also offers business setup services and packages for Sharjah mainland starting from just AED 18,000*.


The Emirate of Ajman is witnessing a lot of development and is growing as an economy. It is creating large-scale business opportunities and is attracting the interest of entrepreneurs and investors alike. Ideal for startups, small and medium enterprises, and businesses with smaller budgets, business setup in mainland Ajman is a simple process and is regulated by the Department of Economic Development-Ajman. Our expert consultants can advise and guide you through your company formation process in Ajman and can help set up your company in Ajman mainland for as low as AED 14,000*.

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