Start Your Business In The UAE

About Mainland Company Setup

The mainland refers to the areas outside the free zones in the UAE, and the Department of Economic Development (DED) serves as the regulatory authority responsible for granting mainland licenses. Mainland businesses are permitted to operate without limitations both within the UAE and internationally. It is no longer mandatory to have a local sponsor to obtain a Dubai mainland license for approximately 1000 commercial and industrial activities. This comes with several benefits

Commercial License

A Commercial License is required in the UAE for businesses involved in trading and supplying of goods such as:

  • Mobile phones & accessories trading
  • Building material, cleaning and safety equipment trading
  • Oil & gas, chemicals trading
  • Automobiles, spare parts trading
  • Gold & precious metals trading

An Industrial license is required in the UAE for manufacturing or other types of industrial activities such as:

  • Garments, uniforms manufacturing
  • Meat, dairy products manufacturing
  • Animal & birds feed manufacturing, fishing net making
  • Pastry & sweets manufacturing, mineral water bottling
  • Fabrics & textiles embroidery, carpets manufacturing

A Professional License is required in the UAE for individuals or business groups that deliver expertise as a service to the public such as:

  • Computer, IT infrastructure consultancies
  • Insurance, tax, legal consultancies
  • Marketing consultancies, public relations management
  • Auditing & accounting
  • Waste management & recycling consultancy
Mainland Registration Process
Choose business activity
Choose company structure
Get trade name approval
Get initial license approval
Get external approval (if required)
License issuance
Open company bank account
Get establishment card
Labour file
Process visa

Benefits of Operating in Mainland

  • The freedom to lease commercial space in any location,
  • Conduct a broad range of business activities,
  • Trade anywhere in the UAE and internationally,
  • Have complete foreign ownership,
  • No currency constraints,
  • Streamlined employment visa processing,
  • Eligibility to bid on government projects,
  • Ease of opening a corporate bank account.