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How to start a company in Dubai

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Thinking about how to start a company in Dubai or anywhere in the UAE? You need to be well-versed with the UAE commercial laws. You will also need to know Arabic, which is the most preferred language at most of the government bodies. Moreover, over there are a lot of approvals & paperwork that will follow the process of starting companies in the UAE.

At Shuraa Business Setup we make it process simple! You do not need to run around governmental departments or learn Arabic. Simply book an appointment for free with our best business setup consultants or send us an enquiry. We will then help you understand the costs of business setup as well as evaluate the entire procedure of setting your company in the UAE.


If you want to know how to set up a company in Dubai or any other Emirates you just need to follow the simple guidelines offered by Shuraa. There are a series on things that are required to be done as listed below, but with Shuraa you can relax, and we will get it done for you!


    • Send us an enquiry or book an appointment with our business setup consultants for free. Our experts will advise the best for your business activity. We will also help you analyse the costs of business setup and the various permissions your business setup would require.

  • Partner with the UAE local

    • For setting up a mainland LLC in the UAE, you will need a local UAE business partner. Shuraa will also become your silent partner for annual fee. Our Investor’s Right Protection agreement with ensure zero interference in your company.

  • Immigration & Visa

    • When you start your business, you will also require an Investor’s visa for yourself and employment visa for you employees. Shuraa Business Setup will also take care of all your immigration procedures & on-going visa requirements.

  • Submit your documents

    • To start the process of company formation in Dubai, UAE – we will require your documents. Submit your passport copy, visa copy and a nominal advance to start the process of company setup.

  • PRO Assistance & approvals

    • Shuraa has no mediators, as we are directly associated with governmental bodies. At Shuraa we can get the approval your company needs. Be it the economic departments; the chamber of commerce; immigration authorities; ministry of labour, or any other ministries!

  • Office Space & Ejari

    • You need to find a suitable office space for rent and get a tenancy contract. You cannot obtain a license without a valid office address & Ejari. Shuraa Business Setup will support you to find the right office for rent in Dubai as well as get you the required documents.

  • Decide your business name

    • We will register your trade name with the economic development department. The DED reserves the right to reject or change the name if there are existing companies with similar names. Thus, you will have to provide us options.

  • Preliminary approval

    • Shuraa also gets your company the preliminary or initial approval after submitting your documents. Initial approval allows you to start your business activity. It is the first substantial step towards starting your company.


    • Now you are good to go! Just collect your business trade license and start your business activity. With all your documents and approvals at hand, you can collect your business license. At Shuraa get your license in the most quick, safe and cost-efficient ways.

Frequently Asked Questions

Key steps to start a company.

  • Select a company activity.
  • Select the jurisdiction.
  • Finalise the company structure/legal form.
  • Get approval for your company name and activity.
  • Apply for your trade license.
  • Register your company.
  • Find a local agent (if required)
  • Get your external approvals.
  • Prepare your Memorandum of Association
  • Rent an office.
  • Get the tenancy contact & ejari
  • Get the initial approval.
  • Collect your trade license.

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