Steps towards successful company formation in Dubai UAE

Steps towards successful company formation in Dubai

Steps towards successful company formation in Dubai

Business owners need to take several steps to ensure a successful incorporation process:

  • Identifying the correct specific economic activities as a first step, relevant legal and financial requirements are dependent on the activity and location chosen
  • Selecting the legal form of the business. Different rules and regulations apply to different legal forms
  • Registering the trade name
  • Submitting the registration application form to the Department of Economic Development (DED)
  • Notarising the Memorandum of Association (MOA)
  • Obtaining the trade licence and submitting the necessary documents to the Chamber of Commerce
  • Paying the designated fees and obtaining the payment vouchers
  • Obtaining the municipality approval for the office location and undertaking the office inspection
  • Obtaining the Establishment Card for the immigration and labour departments
  • In the case of mainland companies investors may be required to find a local sponsor to act as a service agent, or local partner to act as a majority 51% shareholder. This will depend on the activity of the company.

Required documents

  1. A certified copy of the tenancy contract or Ejari for the office lease
  2. Approval documents from the Department of the Legal Affairs, Ministry of Economy and other government entities if the company is undertaking an activity that requires government body approval
  3. Trade Name Reservation, Initial approval and Trade Licence application form
  4. Notarised partnership contract or MOA
  5. High resolution colour copies of shareholders/partners passports (and resident visas and Emirates IDs if applicable)
  6. Corporate constitutional documents for any corporate shareholders – these will need to be notarised, legalised, attested and translated, MOFA and MOJ stamped if coming from a foreign jurisdiction
  7. No Objection Certificate (NOC), land map or ownership certificates as well as any technical evaluation reports if required for specific activities and locations
  8. Approval of the Trade Name Board and office inspection
  9. Approval from Ministry of Labour and Immigration to allow the company to obtain labour quota, hire employees and issue UAE resident Visas

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