How do I set up a Representative office in the UAE

How do I set up a
Representative office in the UAE

How do I set up a Representative office in the UAE?

Foreign companies wishing to retain 100% ownership can register a Representative office in the UAE. The Representative office (Rep Office) is useful in promoting a foreign company and introducing products and services to UAE companies as a non-trading ‘shop-window’. Representative offices 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 Representative office should be based on several factors including your budget and the activity of the company; note that a Representative Office does not engage in sales, services or any type of commercial activity but only promotes/markets the activities of its parent company, gathering information and soliciting orders and projects to be performed by the head office of the parent company. To open up a Rep 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 Representative office in the UAE, including the steps, documents and requirements please see our detailed page here:

PRO Partner Group is available to support you though the process to set up a Representative office 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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