Company registration in Dubai

Business registration in Dubai, UAE

As a businessowner or budding entrepreneur, you must have considered either launching a new business in Dubai or expanding your footprints to the ever-growing economic hub of the Middle East. The Emirates offers a highly lucrative environment for businesses to foster. 

Some of the major attractions for new company registration in Dubai include: 

Strategic geographic location

Growth-centric international business hub

Low tax liabilities

World-class infrastructure and unparalleled global connectivity

Active government support for entrepreneurs and investors

100% expat ownership on mainland as well as free zones

The thought of getting on with the Dubai company registration process in a foreign land with its own set of rules and regulations and an unknown bureaucracy is naturally overwhelming. However, the city is also home to the pioneers of business set up service providers such as Shuraa. We make the process of company formation seamless for entrepreneurs with our bespoke solutions for all your business needs. 

Having helped more than 35,000 entrepreneurs take their first step in the UAE, Shuraa Business Setup will help you with every aspect starting from suggesting the best area to start a company in Dubai and the most suitable corporate structure for your line of business, to opening a bank account and hiring employees. 

While you focus on your actualising your business vision, we will get company registration in Dubai sorted by preparing legal documents required by various government authoritiesgetting necessary permissions from relevant authoritiesand finding you the perfect commercial space for your office / warehouse / manufacturing unit, among others. 

Furthermore, we will also offer you tax consultancy, and banking assistance. Additionally, our well-connected public relations officers (PRO) are experienced in getting approvals and documents processed in a timely manner. 


Below is the step-by-step a PROCESS and cost breakup of company registration in Dubai, UAE:

1. Select business activity

We will help you comprehend the feasibility and map out the possible expenses for documents required.

2. Get a local partner (if required)

Although, the recent implementation of the amendments made to the Commercial Companies Law, abolish the need for expats to partner with an Emirati sponsor for company registration in Dubai Mainland, several activities still require business to follow the rule. If your chosen activity does require you to have a local sponsor in Dubai, we will ensure you have a reliable shareholder who will act as a silent partner, while you have complete command over your finance and operations. We will help draft a fool proof legal contract to protect your rights as an investor in Dubai.

3. Select a company structure

Our experienced corporate legal advisors will help you select an apt system to achieve your mission and goals.

4. Finalise your company name

It is compulsory to reserve your trade name with the Department of Economic Development (DED) 

5. Get initial approval and external permits

Once your primary documents get accepted, you can start your business, while we will do the leg work for acquiring your trade license in Dubai 

6. Rent a commercial space

Regardless of what type of business activity you do, you would require a rental lease, also known as Ejari in Arabic, to apply for your business license in Dubai

7. Make relevant payments

We will assist you with opening a bank account in Dubai. Our company formation specialist will provide you with the cost breakup of all the administrative charges with complete transparency 

8. Get your trade license

Once you receive your formal / legal documents, you are good to proceed with other aspects of your business such as hiring a team. We also help you choose the right fit. 

The charges for the above process are listed below: 

Company registration in Dubai Mainland 

Commercial Business Setup
Service Type of fee Period Cost 
Initial approval Governmental One-time AED 120 
Name approval Governmental One-time AED 620 
Notarisation of MoA Governmental One-time AED 1,500 
Trade License fee Governmental Yearly AED 10,000 (approx.) 
Market fees Governmental Yearly AED 250 
Foreign trade name (other than the owner’s or non-Arabic) Governmental Yearly AED 2,000-AED 3,000 


Professional / Services
Service Type of fee Period Cost 
Initial approval Governmental One-time AED 120 
Name approval Governmental One-time AED 620 
Notarisation of MoA Governmental One-time AED 900 
Trade License fee Governmental Yearly AED 5,600 (approx.) 
Foreign trade name (other than the owner’s or non-Arabic) Governmental Yearly AED 2,000 


Launching new business in free zones 

Free zone Rate Provisions 
Sharjah Media City (SHAMS) AED 5,750 Includes media activities, services & e-commerce; excludes visa quota 
International Free Zone Authority (IFZA) AED 12,500 Applicants can apply for professional & commercial license
Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) AED 19,800 

Includes 1 visa & e-channel cost


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