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Mainland Licenses in UAE

Welcome to Express Business Dubai, the leading provider of business setup services of Mainland License in the UAE! 

If you’re considering setting up a business on the Mainland in UAE, then Express Business Services can guide you through the process. 

Whilst there are many steps to get your business registered in the mainland, obtaining a trade license in UAE is the most crucial to business setup.

When starting a new business in the UAE, you need to acquire the right trade license to ensure that your mainland company is set up properly for the long-term. The type of business activities, company structure and jurisdiction where you will operate can affect the type of trade license you need to acquire and the requirements applicable to you.

There are 3 main types of Licenses on the Mainland
within UAE.

Commercial, Industrial or Professional

Here are some of the wide range of business service activities to choose from

Here is a step-by-step guide to the procedure of setting up a mainland license in Dubai:

Step 1: Choose the legal structure for your business – Choosing the right legal structure is crucial to the success of your business. The most popular legal structure in Dubai is a Limited Liability Company (LLC).

Step 2: Determine your business activities – Determining your business activities is essential to obtaining the correct licenses. Depending on your business activities, you may need to obtain a Commercial License, Industrial License, or Professional License.

Step 3: Choose a business name – Your business name must comply with Dubai’s naming conventions and be approved by the Department of Economic Development (DED).

Step 4: Reserve your trade name – Reserve your trade name with the DED to prevent others from using it.

Step 5: Apply for initial approval – Apply for initial approval from the DED, which verifies the feasibility of your business.

Step 6: Rent an office space – Rent an office space to obtain your business license. The office space must meet certain criteria, including being located in a commercial area.

Step 7: Final approval – Once you have obtained initial approval and rented office space, you can apply for your final approval from the DED.

Step 8: Obtain your business license – Obtain your business license from the DED, which allows you to legally operate in Dubai.

Step 9: Register for taxes – Register for taxes, including VAT and corporate tax, to comply with Dubai’s tax regulations.

Step 10: Register for visas – Register for visas for your employees and dependents to legally work and reside in Dubai.

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