Welcome to CBD Corporate Services


Business in the UAE

Are you thinking of establishing a business in the UAE?

The UAE (United Arab Emirates) was formed in 1971 and is situated on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula. Over the past 10 or so years, tourism and a diverse economy has transformed the UAE into a regional hub making it an attractive and exciting country full of opportunity for foreign investors.

As a center for world trade and commerce, the UAE provides great access to Asia, Africa, Southern & Eastern Europe and the rest of the Middle East. Its world class ports and airports provide key links for international trade.

There are many exciting business opportunities in the UAE and several routes to market. The right route to market for your business will depend upon key factors, including the nature of your business and, to some extent, the positioning of your target clients or customers.

At CBD we have over 30 years of legal and commercial expertise in advising and assisting international organizations and entrepreneurs with their ‘mainland’ market entry (i.e. outside a UAE Free Trade Zone which is reserved for specialized activities). This includes ensuring that the business is correctly structured and holds all the correct authorisations and licences it requires to comply with local laws and regulations.

If you are looking to develop a solid, long-term foothold in the Middle East, develop an existing UAE business or replace your existing local sponsor/partner to gain more control of your business, CBD is the ideal partner for you, contact us at enquiries@cbddubai.com or call us on +971 (0) 45510677


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Client Testimonials


  • "I used CBD to establish our company here in the UAE, finding their services efficient, professional and excellent value for money. Furthermore their staff are pleasant, and respond expeditiously to our needs. I most certainly will be continuing to utilise and rely on CBD Corporate Services."

    Daryl Wake - SafetyFX InternationalCompany Formation
  • " CBD has been very proactive in obtaining our UAE trade licence and has been providing a great and swift service with all the residency and visa applications, which made a clear difference for all employees joining our company."

    Xavier Peress - FerreroObtaining a UAE trade licence and Residency Visa Applications
  • “CBD enabled Caron Jones Human Resources Consultancy to be launched within a matter of weeks. They personally guided me through the licensing options, advantages and disadvantages, and assisted me throughout the formation process. They offer a cost efficient, professional supportive service that allowed me to focus on growing my business. “

    Caron Jones Human Resources ConsultancyCompany Formation
  • “I recently employed CBD to help me renew my UAE residence visa. I had given CBD approximately 3 weeks notice to allow preparation. I had my medical booked for lunchtime on the Thursday. Zero complications - I was in and out in less than 15 minutes. I had my passport with my new ID returned to me on the Sunday. It was a very efficient process. “

    Steffen Gorgas - Betasoft SolutionsUAE Residence Visa Renewal
  • “It was a great pleasure engaging CBD to establish and support our Dubai entity. Helen and her team are very experienced and well-versed in the local conditions and requirements. They have always been very prompt, transparent and cost effective when providing all the corporate support we need. We highly recommend CBD for entity set-up and other corporate services in the UAE."

    Linda Khoo - Packers PlusCompany Formation and Corporate Services
  • “ We chose CBD Corporate Services as our corporate sponsor in 2015, at the time we had very little knowledge of the complexities that surrounded opening a business in Dubai. Fast forward 5 years and we are delighted to say we made a wise choice, CBD provides us with an entire corporate team that is fast, efficient and a pleasure to deal with. I have no hesitation in recommending CBD as a reliable sponsor for your business in Dubai."

    Barbara Croce - Gold Box RoasteryCompany Formation and Local Sponsorship
  • “ In 2018, our business decided to enter the UAE market and needed to create a legal entity. Our lawyers provided us with a list of three recommended local service partners to approach to help us. After a detailed evaluation, we had no hesitation in choosing CBD. Their proposal was professional and easy to understand. Most importantly the CBD team where very engaging, creating the feeling that your business would be in safe hands and receive the required attention and support.

    Our decision to choose CBD was clearly the right choice. The level of support we have received has been consistent and first class. CBD have also advised us on many UAE specific related matters which has helped us considerably. We are very happy with CBD and would recommend their services to any business looking for a professional business services partner in the UAE."

    Darren Hall - Fraikin Dayim Truck RentalCompany Formation
  • CBD have been fantastic as a local partner from the outset. Support and guidance is always just a phone call away and the friendly, knowedgeable team, who truly are experts in their field are always happy to help. CBD have always been incredibly efficient and professional in arranging licenses, visa's and general PRO support. I could't recommend them highly enough.

    Dryad General Trading LLC is the largest stockist of Creative Educational products in the UAE. Having set up as a Dubai based company in 2015, we stock 6,000 creative products for next day delivery to schools and educational institutes in the UAE and winder MENA region. Dryad has also developed a great following from local artists who appreciate high quality and great value. We also distribute a larger range of 20,000 products directly from the UK.

    Sandeep Khele - Dryad General Trading LLCLocal Partnership
  • I wanted to write and thank CBD for your continued support since our inception in 2014.

    We have always valued the service that CBD has provided due to the relationship led approach that CBD fosters as well as the specific counselling that CBD is able to offer through the expertise of your team.

    The personalized, yet professional, partnership is one that we place considerable value upon and we have had no hesitation in referring a number of new business owners to CBD over the past 5 years.

    We look forward to continuing to work with you and wish you every continued success.

    Matthew Potts - Somerset House ConsultingCompany Formation