Business in UAE

Operating a mainland business

There are various ways of accessing the exciting commercial opportunities in the UAE. If you are looking to enter the UAE market for the first time, your routes to market may appear somewhat confusing.

Which one of the options is right will usually depend upon the nature of your business and the location of your target clients or customers.

There are no ‘off the shelf’ options when establishing a business in the UAE. Each business must be registered in the Emirate in which it wishes to operate and obtain a business licence to carry on specified activities. In addition, specialized activities, such as construction and engineering, may also require additional consents from the Government agencies which regulate them.

CBD’s regional longevity and practical expertise helps you to decode the chatter and ensures that you receive the most up-to-date and relevant advice on the business licence which is right for you. We will also work closely with your professional advisors to provide the best corporate and operational structure for your business, and obtain any other authorisations which you require to validly do business in the UAE.

By adopting the right corporate structure for your business, you will be assured of full control over its day-to-day operations and future growth.

The most common corporate structures adopted by foreign investors wishing to operate in the UAE mainland.

* Limited Liability Company
* Branch of a Foreign Company
* Civil Partnership
* Professional Companies

For more information on CBD and how to establish your UAE business, contact us at or call us on +971 (0) 45510677

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