How do I set up a Foreign Branch office in the UAE

How do I set up a
Foreign Branch office in the UAE?

How do I set up a Foreign Branch office in the UAE?

Foreign companies wishing to retain 100% ownership can register a foreign branch or representative office in the UAE. Local companies are also able to set up branches within the UAE, in the same or a different Emirate. Branches can either be setup in the mainland UAE or in a UAE Free Zone. There are over 50 Free Zones in the UAE so the options are significant. The decision on where to open the branch should be based on several factors including your budget and the activity of the company; note that the activities should mirror those of the parent company. To open up a branch office in the mainland UAE you will require a National Service Agent (NSA) or Local Service Agent (LSA). PRO Partner Group can assist with the formation of your branch and can act as your NSA / LSA if required.

For more details on setting up a Foreign Branch office in the UAE, including the steps, documents and requirements please see our detailed article here:

PRO Partner Group is available to support you though the process to set up your company or branch correctly in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the wider UAE, Oman and Qatar. If you need assistance on this on any other related company set up, restructuring or local partner matters do get in touch with us on +971 (0)4 456 1761 for Dubai or +971 (0)2 448 5120 for Abu Dhabi, email us at or complete the contact form below and we will be delighted to assist you.

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