There a 7 emirates making up the UAE; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Kamiah, Fujairah, Ajman & Umm Al Quwain. To determine which emirate is best to set up in, you should consider the following:
- Where are your clients based?
- Are you dealing with private or government entities?
- Where do you want to live?
- What are the rental costs?
Depending on your business activities and prospective clients will go a long way to decide which DED licence is required. Deciphering what your business activities &/or prospective clients will be is extremely important to decide which emirate to set up in, for example, to obtain an ADNOC/SPC approval, an Abu Dhabi Mainland trade licence is mandatory.