Company incorporation in the
UAE

A practical solution to enter UAE markets, operate globally, and a mechanism for
effective international tax planning
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A company in the UAE is a highly profitable tool that allows you to solve a variety of business problems. Registering a local, Free Zone or offshore company, and forming international holdings and trust structures, opens the way to a tax-free business, universal cash departments, UAE tax resident (domicile) status and access to international tax planning advantages. SORP Group offers the vital expertise and support you need to establish and grow your business in the United Arab Emirates, from initial licensing to the day-to-day operations.

Types of legal entities in the UAE

There are three main types of companies. The legislation gives each of them different opportunities for business development and determines the geographic extent of their market activities:

Local company
(Mainland)
Unlimited business opportunities in
any field of activity both in the UAE
and abroad
For a LLC, a local partner (the UAE national) must hold 51% of the company (possibly on a nominee basis with registration of a waiver of ownership rights in Dubai court).

A company with professional activity (SE or CC) signs a contract with a local agent. The local agent is not one of the founders.

Can manufacture and trade freely both in the domestic market and internationally.

Visa procedures for shareholders and employees are simplified. Enjoys tax resident (domicile) status and support of UAE banks.
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Company in Free
Economic Zones
Onshore legal entity that is
authorized to operate in any
international markets
100% foreign ownership allowed and intended for all international operations, with some restrictions on permitted activities in the UAE domestic market.

Free international trade, export and re-export. Wholesale trade possible in the UAE through intermediaries and distributors.

No restrictions on operations and services in the territory of the FZ and in international markets.

Resident visas are granted for shareholders and employees. Needs to confirm financial presence (economic substance).
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International business
company (IBC)
Offshore company for formation of
business entities and structures
with protection of owner information
An efficient and cost-effective tool for conducting business as well as international transactions. Provides confidentiality about beneficiary and company structure.

The ability to act as a shareholder and controller of companies and entities within the UAE or in other countries.

Ownership of real estate allowed only for permitted projects in the Emirate of incorporation.

Does not have the right to issue resident visas. Difficult to open UAE bank accounts. Restrictions related to offshore status.
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Unique opportunities of company incorporation in the UAE

Potential solutions based on UAE legislation to improve the efficiency of business dealings and regulations:

Set up a holding company
Manage international businesses
from the UAE. Consolidate assets
Allows you to create an optimal central mechanism to effectively organize the activities of other enterprises or dependent entities.

Conceal the information about the business owners.

Combine different enterprises and areas of activity in a common management structure.

Form ownership of shares, register real estate, as well as other assets. Freedom of movement of capital.

Consolidate business and assets to improve financial performance in the overall balance sheet structure.
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Form an
Arab Trust
Owner has complete data privacy
and asset protection
It provides complete anonymity for asset owners, signatories and management decision-makers so they can maintain confidentiality.

Dividends from the trust's activities in the UAE are tax-free.

Property registered in a trust cannot be seized by third parties, not even foreign governmental agencies.

Re-registration of real estate into a trust provides the right of ownership without the need for Declaration.

Inheritance: Trust owners determine the disposition of property and their assets.
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Buy an existing company
Re-establishing companies with a
genuine trading history
Allows you to obtain tax resident status of the UAE quickly with the opportunity to protect your data from automatic tax exchange.

A solution for requirements where the company's age is important.

Get leasing and lending products from UAE banks and financial institutions.

Gives rights to act as a guarantor as well as participate in local and international tenders.

Generate a valid financial history confirmed by the auditor for the previous reporting periods.
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Essential services for your business in the UAE

When registering a company in the UAE, you will need a range of support and professional services for your business

Office accommodation in the SORP business
center
Offices and flexi-desks to rent,
which include registering and
licensing a company in the UAE
Prestigious address in Dubai. Comfortable fully equipped offices and meeting rooms, also with virtual solutions.

Save on rent by occupying minimal space while also obtaining a license for your company and passing the banking and immigration checks.

Offset the cost of office rent by registering a mainland company on a sustainability contract (Estidama) with the possibility of renewal
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Assistance with opening bank
accounts
Guidance through the bank’s
KYC procedures when opening
a corporate account
We prepare necessary business documents, company profile, and signatory CV, and meet with the bank’s representative.

Use our office space to confirm a location for management of a corporate bank account for the KYC verification procedure.

We liaise with a bank representative in order to simplify communication and interaction in the framework of settlement operations.
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Nominee
services
Utilize professional nominee
services such as shareholders,
directors and personnel
Appoint us as your local partner or agent, and as the nominees required to complete licensing procedures.

We act as your fully outsourced management personnel, being residents of the UAE, to meet criteria for Economic Substance.

We can provide for you limited rights director and shareholder appointed to shield beneficiaries and interconnected entities.
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With SORP Group, you can register a new company, or transfer domicile from another jurisdiction by issuing a power of attorney for registration actions remotely. Our experts will help you open bank accounts, issue a tax resident certificate, and optimize business processes in the UAE.

What benefits do business owners
enjoy in the UAE?

Government guarantees
The Emirates protect the rights of investors by providing equal business opportunities for foreign and local entrepreneurs.
Data protection
Legislation ensures the confidentiality of information about foreign business owners who have registered a company in the UAE.
Financial freedoms
Freedom to deposit and withdraw funds, no currency controls, simplified KYC procedure for transactions in the local currency.
Tax payer registration number
A company operating in the Emirates receives a TRN number, which provides confidence and validation for foreign financial institutions and others.
Tax resident status
All business owners can get a residence permit and then a tax resident (domicile) status, which shields them from CRS (exchange of tax information).
Prestige and validity
Despite their tax-free nature, the UAE jurisdictions are not offshore and are not included in any "black” or “grey” list of the OECD and FATF.
Tax benefits
0% basic tax (corporate and personal income, dividends). 5% VAT for a number of internal operations.
Free trade market
Unified tax and customs regulations mean duty-free free trade agreements across 6 of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
Strategic trading location
As the Middle East’s trading hub and with the largest cargo port in the region, the UAE is perfectly placed as the unique intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia.
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SORP's core incorporation and business support
services

Choosing the best
location for your
company
Where you register your company
in the UAE is important. We will
assess your objectives, advise on
the best legal entity for you, and
the best jurisdiction to register it in.
Defining your
individual
business model
We devise development strategies
for you based on the competition
and the law. Then we choose the
right operating license and tell you
what you must do to obtain it.
Company
registration
and licensing
We are registration agents for
several FZ. SORP experts can
process incorporation of your
company quickly as for local
so for Free Zone businesses.
Dubai business
address
Rent an office or a flexi desk in
our 54000 sq.ft. of prime office
space. Get a prestigious address,
help with licensing and space for
staff accommodation.
Local nominee
partner or agent
We act as your nominee local
UAE partner or agent, all properly
registered, with a waiver of rights
in the Dubai court to protect your
interests.
Opening bank
accounts
We guide you through KYC
compliance with your choice of
leading UAE banks. Our know-how
gets things done quickly with top
quality support on hand for you.
PRO
business support
We act on your behalf with UAE
government agencies for issuing
resident visas to partners, staff
and their families, and obtaining all
licenses, registrations and permits.
Outsourced
business processes
It makes sense to use SORP’s
expert professional, recruiting,
administrative, accounting, tax
competencies, saving the cost
of employing highly paid staff.
Legal
support
SORP Group corporate lawyers,
and strategic partnerships with
the best lawyers in the UAE and
around the world, provide superb
legal support for your business.
Obtaining tax
residency status
Enjoy tax resident (domicile)
status shielding you from CRS
requirements for sharing your
tax details and for preventing
double taxation.
International
tax planning
Optimized tax solutions for
international businesses within
the full scope of UAE legislation,
drawing on our wide experience
in this field.
Confirmation of
economic substance
Proof of economic substance
(ESR) based on the registered
location of your company, its
localized decision making and
management, and tax compliance.

SORP’s long experience and priceless know-how
gets results and achieves your goals

Expert status

We are able to make a legally correct decision on choosing a license based on an analysis of your needs and provide advice on all issues related to licensing for company formation in Dubai

Legal support

We will ensure prompt company registration in Dubai, the security of your investments, take measures to properly comply with current legislation and maintain the confidentiality of information

15 years of experience

In the field of setting up companies in Dubai, support and solving business problems of clients for the organization of profitable business in the UAE

SORP business center

5000 m2 of modern office space in a prestigious location in Dubai for rent to accommodate business and pass licensing procedures

Integrated approach

Availability of a wide range of tools for providing outsourcing services to support and maintain your business in the UAE
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