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Mainland Business Setup

What is Mainland in Dubai

A mainland company is an onshore company licensed by the Department of Economic Development (DED) of the related emirate which is allowed to do business in the local market as well as outside UAE without any restriction.Primary, possessing a Dubai mainland license helps you enjoy maximum freedom and flexibility to grow and operate your business.

Choosing the Hashmi Business Setup Services is the Best Solution for a company set up in Dubai with 15 yrs. experience in Dubai. The Most Affordable, Easy, and Trustworthy.


Why choose Dubai Mainland for Business Setup?

  1. No Local Sponsors to Obtain Professional Licenses.
  2. No Restriction in Carrying Out Business Activities.
  3. Favorable Economic Policies.
  4. Strategic Location.
  5. Easy Availability of Office Space.
  6. Easy Availability of Visas

Type of Mainland Company Setup

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is the responsible government entity for issuing all licenses for business in the mainland of Dubai outside the free zones. These companies are often known as a “local companies”.
Here are the different license categories:

Professional license– Issued for service provider companies such as training, management consultancy, etc. Full or partial ownership is depending on the activity requirements. Certain activities are allowed 49% of foreign ownership, while others have full ownership. In this case the role of the Local Service Agent (individual or corporate) is limited to administration only.

– Industrial license– specific for manufacturing enterprises and industrial companies. Valid for a definite period, the industrial trade license obligates the company to have a leased or owned physical warehouse inside the country and manufacturing facilities.

Commercial license– Adequate for businesses involving trading or retail activities ( buying and selling of goods, import and export activities, real estate service, logistics, travel & tourism, auto vehicle rental business, etc). A maximum of 10 activities per license are allowed.

Types of Mainland Company Formation in Dubai

Doing business in Dubai is the perfect choice once you decide to expand or relocate your business to the UAE and particularly Dubai that is the trading hub in the MENA region. A vibrant, modern and welcoming city, with its geographical location and business-friendly environment, it is the most preferred Emirate for multinational companies and SME’s to expand and set up businesses.
There are multiple company formation options in the country, and the mainland company formation is one of the most popular ones.

This is exempt in the following cases:

  1. Business activities that permit 100% Foreign Ownership
  2. partnerships between GCC companies and UAE National
  3. Business activities that permit 100% Local Ownership

Through a Mainland company, you will freely operate throughout the Emirate with no territorial restrictions, however having an Emirati partner or agent, individual or corporate, holding at least 51% of the total equity is mandatory to operate inside Dubai and other Emirates in UAE.A mainland company is a legal entity registered under the Dubai Economic Department (DED) and governed by the UAE commercial company- Federal Law No.2 of 2015- the New Commercial Company Law, (NCCL). Depending on the nature of the business activity, you may need to obtain external approvals from other local or federal authorities.

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Most frequent questions and answers

Our team of company formation specialists will ensure you choose the right jurisdiction and business activity when setting up your mainland company. We advise you on the most economical and suitable options.


Depending on your business activity, you can either select a sole establishment or an LLC. A sole establishment will allow you 100% shareholding whereas an LLC will be 51% owned by a local sponsor.

At Decisive Zone, our team of experts can secure the company name availability and registration. If the company name is not available, we’ll advise you on suitable alternatives.

Your dedicated company formation specialist in Dubai will ensure you complete the license application process – quickly and hassle-free.

If you wish to process visas for yourself or your employees, your relationship manager can begin processing your Establishment Card and labor file.

At Decisive Zone, we have an expansive network of banking experts who will assist you in opening a corporate bank account.

Once this is received the owner can apply for visas

Our team of visa specialists will assist you with your visa-related queries.

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