Category: Company Formation in UAE

These UAE residents can get long-term visa

These UAE residents can get long-term visa

The decision aims to maintain the position of the UAE as a country having optimal business environment.

 The UAE Cabinet on Saturday approved the recently announced long-term visa system, which includes 10-year residency visa for investors and specialists and five-year visa for exceptional students.

The decision of the Cabinet will facilitate visas for investors, entrepreneurs, specialized talents, researchers – including their spouses and children – and create an encouraging environment for the growth of business for investors, entrepreneurs and professional talents.

The decision includes the terms and conditions for obtaining long-term visas for all the above-mentioned categories as well as outstanding students to attract talents in all vital sectors of the national economy. The visa benefits for the family ensures a cohesive social structure that will create a stimulating environment for stability and growth. Here are the categories and specifications”

These UAE residents can get long-term visa

1. INVESTORS (10-year visa)

Two categories of investors benefit from this, and the decision includes provisions to grant them the visas.

Investors in a property of a value of Dh 5 million or more will be granted a residence for five years, while investors in public investments through a deposit, an established company, business partnership of Dh10 million or more, or a total investment of not less than Dh10 million in all areas mentioned as long as non-real estate investments [ not less than 60 per cent of the total investment[ will be granted a renewable residency visa every 10 years.

The Cabinet decision outlines the following conditions for both categories:

>The amount invested shall be wholly owned by the investor and not loaned, and should be proven by supporting documents

>Investment retention for at least three years

>A standard financial liability with a financial solvency not exceeding Dh10 million

> The long-term visa could also be extended to include business partners, provided that each partner contributes Dh10 million, the spouse and the children, as well as one executive director and one advisor.

However, the decision allows investors to enter the country for a six-month period, multiple entry, to apply for the long-term visa requirements.

2. OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

The decision also includes provisions for granting a 5-year visa to outstanding students with a grade of at least 95 per cent in public secondary schools in public and private schools, and a distinction of at least 3.75 GPA upon graduation from universities within and outside the country. Benefits include families of the outstanding students.

3. ENTREPRENEURS

Entrepreneurs will be granted a 5-year visa with a possibility for upgrading to an investor’s visa provided they meet the requirements. The decision also includes the terms to grant long-term visa to two categories of entrepreneurs; having a previous project with a minimum of Dh500,000, or having the approval of an accredited business incubator in the country.

The benefits of the entrepreneurial visa include entrepreneurs, partners, three executive directors, spouse and children. The entrepreneur is allowed entry into the country for six months, multi-entry visa period, with renewal for another six months.

4 SPECIALISED TALENTS (10-year visa)

The decision also includes provisions for granting a 10-year visa for specialised talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge for doctors, specialists, scientists, inventors. As well as creative individuals in the field of culture and art. The visa’s advantages include the spouse and the children.

All categories are required to have a valid employment contract in a specialised in fields of priority for the UAE, and the conditions for each category are defined as follows:

>Scientists:

– To be accredited by the Emirates Scientists Council

– Holders of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence.

>Creative individuals in culture and art

– Accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development

>Inventors

– Obtain a patent of value added to UAE’s economy with the approval of the Ministry of Economy

>Exceptional Talents:

– Those who have exceptional talents that are documented by patents or scientific research published in world-class journals

>Executives:

– Owners of leading, well-known and internationally recognised companies

– Holders of high academic achievement, professional experience, and position (Example, an engineer in a rare specialty with a university degree and working in a private company in the UAE). The inclusion of this category aims at maintaining current competencies and attract new competencies

Criterion for doctors and specialists

Requires at least 2 of the conditions mentioned below:

1. Holder of a PhD degree from one of the top 500 universities in the world

2. Holder of an award or certificates of appreciation for the work in the applicant’s jurisdiction

3. Contribution to a major scientific research related to the work of the applicant

4. Published articles or scientific books in distinguished publications in the field of work of the applicant

5. Membership in an organisation related to the work of the applicant, which requires excellent work to accept membership

6. A PhD degree in addition to 10-year professional experience in the applicant’s field of work.

7. Specialisation in areas of priority to the UAE (additional requirement for the doctor)

DAFZA slashes business set-up cost by up to 65%

The move is in line with the directives of the UAE leadership to improve competitiveness.

Dubai Airport Free zone Authority (DAFZA) has reduced business set-up cost by up to 65 per cent, as part of its aim to increase DAFZA’s regional competitiveness and activate a number of key sectors by attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).

Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, director general, DAFZA, said: “This new approach falls in line with the directions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to boost Dubai’s economic competitiveness. This is being done through a number of initiatives and incentives that aim to attract and promote FDI into the Emirate, ensuring sustainable growth across all economic sectors and strengthening Dubai’s status on the world economic stage.”

Reduced business costs

DAFZA has revisited and reduced registration, licence, and staff visa fees for new investors by 65 per cent, 33 per cent, and 20 per cent, respectively. Establishment card issuance fees have been cut by 17 per cent, while fees for Board Resolution and MOA issuance have been waived.

The new incentives include facilitating the process of obtaining general trading licenses for new investors by halving the capital requirement from Dh1 million to Dh500,000. DAFZA has also allowed its member companies to be structured as a Limited Liability Free Zone Company (FZ-LLC), in a bid to provide more flexibility in business setup, licensing and operation.

In addition, DAFZA has waived licence expiry fines in an effort to relax the terms of license renewal. Allowing the restoration of legal records and licenses, the decision will help investors renew their expired license without paying any late renewal fines. This reflects DAFZA’s constant support for the growth of business sectors and its commitment to remove all the obstacles faced by them in order to develop the economy and create a competitive, investment-friendly business environment.

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Reasons To Start Your Own Business In The UAE

 Reasons To Start Your Own Business In The UAE

 

Why Choose Dubai As An Investment Location?

The Dubai economy enjoys a competitive combination of cost, market and environmental advantages that create an ideal and attractive investment climate for local and expatriate businesses alike. In fact, these advantages not only rank Dubai as the Arabian Gulf’s leading multi-purpose business center and regional hub city, but they place it at the forefront of the globe’s, dynamic and emerging market economies.
Dubai, with its ancient commercial and seafaring traditions, has long been recognized as the Middle East region’s leading trading hub and has emerged as its key re-export center. In more recent years, the Emirate has become a major venue for a number of growing, profitable industries and activities .

 

Political And Economic Stability: Dubai is part of the UAE which is a low-crime and politically-stable country. Also, the UAE enjoys financial and monetary stability. Its well-developed, sophisticated banking system features ,extensive credit facilities and ample liquidity. The Emirate’s emerging capital markets are built on a basis of leading-edge technologies and sound regulatory systems. The government has a long, consistent commitment to pro-business, liberal economic policies including the protection of intellectual property rights. The UAE benefits from stable and harmonious industrial relations. Finally, there is a well defined, sound legal framework for business and a clear set of ownership rules. Foreigners are permitted ownership rights of up to 49% for limited liability companies established within the Emirate of Dubai and up to 100% for professional companies, branches and representative offices of foreign companies and free zones enterprises. All of these factors reflect positively in Dubai’s being assigned an investment grade rating for fixed income investment by Moody’s Investors Service.

 

Large, available workforce

One of the biggest struggles when starting up any new enterprise is finding the right people to work with. Dubai wins again. Its liberal and cost-effective labour laws, along with its desirable working location, make it both easy and – perhaps most importantly – rather affordable, to recruit employees from almost anywhere in the world. The ease at which expatriate workers – who make up a staggering 90% of the city’s labour force – can enter and exit the UAE also makes it easier for businesses .

Ease of starting your own business

New markets, new consumers, the rise of Internet technology – Dubai is a land of booming opportunities.

A recent survey by HSBC revealed that Dubai is ranked second-best city in the world after Singapore for expats looking to start a business. The survey highlights that the UAE’s entrepreneurial environment, job prospects and better salaries as primary factors attracting expats from across the world.

“Despite the volatility in the global economy and insecurity in job markets, the UAE’s diverse business landscape and its position as a hub in the Middle East means that it continues to be an attractive destination for expats from across the world,” .

No Taxation. 

The UAE’s economy in general is considered to be the most liberal and most diversified in the region. Dubai applies NO TAXATION policy for almost all types of business activities with exception of branches of international banks, hotels and major oil and gas companies. The following taxes are NOT applied in Dubai:

  • Personal income tax;
  • Capital gains tax;
  • Value-added tax;
  • Withholding tax;
  • Corporate tax.

Dubai Free Zones.

 Free Zone is a designated tax-free area, where foreigners can set up and do business in Dubai with full ownership and without partnering with a local emirati partner or agent. All Free Zones vary from one to another and offer licenses in various sectors. For example, there is a Free Zone for healthcare providers (Dubai Healthcare City or DHCC); there is a Free Zone for educational and training institutions (Dubai Knowledge Village); there is a Free Zone for media companies (Dubai Media City), there is a Free Zone for financial institutions and services providers (Dubai International Financial Center or DIFC) and many others. There are more than 20 Free Zones currently operating in Dubai itself.

Residency Visa.  

If you have a company in Dubai and in other Emirates of the UAE in general, you will be eligible to get a UAE Residency Visa for yourself, your family members and for your expatriate employees. Having a UAE Residency Visa will give many benefits such as:

  • you can open a current account in UAE Banks
  • you can lease an apartment for long-term basis
  • you can enter/exit to/from UAE multiple times
  • you can get visas for other countries  more easily as a resident in the UAE.

 

Logistics and Infrastructure

Dubai enjoys the position of a significant player in international trading and transport logistics. It has the advantage of its inherent strategic location on the globe. Dubai is in the middle of far east and Europe and situated at the crossroad of international trade between east and west. Due to its geographical location, Dubai is considered to be the gateway to the world’s most progressive markets, including Africa, India and china.

 

  • Air

Dubai offers immense facilities in air transportation and air cargo. Dubai has two airports Dubai international airport and Dubai World Central (Al Maktoum International Airport). Dubai international airport is one of the busiest international airports in the world. It has world’s largest cargo hub known as cargo village, most of the cargos for Asia & Africa are using this cargo village. Dubai world central is operational but it is still in developing phase. DWC is located in Dubai south district which is also future home for expo 2020 site. Once completed and start operation in full capacity it will become world’s largest airport and multi-model logistic hub with the capacity of 160 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo per year. DWC is an integrated project of six clustered zones Dubai logistic city, commercial city, residential city, aviation city and the golf city. Dubai logistics city is one of the largest industrial submarkets under construction. According to the latest research from cluttons, international real estate consultancy it has already attracted a number of high-profile players including integrated national logistics, emirates, sky cargo, Aramex etc. DWC has one more speciality. It has world’s only 7- star airport terminal for private aviation.

  • Sea

Dubai’s Jebel Ali port is the largest port in the middle east, it is likely to become the biggest container port in the world. The government of Dubai and DP world are working on the expansion plan of Jebel Ali port. According to the official statement, the current plan will multiply the total capacity of Jebel Ali port by seven, making it world’s biggest port, surpassing the ports of shanghai and Singapore. India and china are using it as a logistical hub for their African ventures. Due to its strategic location port is providing market access over 2 billion people across six continents. It is a gateway for over 90 shipping services connecting 140 ports in the world. The strategic geographical location and facilities made it the busiest port in the middle east, according to a research report revealed by arabiansupplychain.com based on statics of 2015. Port Jebel Ali is linked to Dubai’s express-way system and to the Dubai international airport cargo village. The rapid transportation facilities available in Dubai made it possible to achieve ship-air and air-ship connectivity in four hours. Dubai has two more ports Port Rashid and Al hamriya.

  • Land 

Dubai has one of the best road infrastructures in the world. According to world economic forum’s travel and tourism report (2013), the UAE has been rated second best in the quality of roads. Dubai is known for wide roads with disciplined traffic and centralised monitoring system by high-tech cameras and radar. The Dubai metro is world’s largest automated driverless train system, with more than 70 Km of magnetic tracks. The government is working on an extension of the metro route and connecting metro to expo 2020 site. Soon Dubai will enjoy connectivity with 1200 km long Etihad railway network. This network will connect all major population, trade and industrial zones across UAE. This will fulfil freight & passenger needs. Dubai will be connected with GCC rail network also. GCC railway is 2,117 km long rail network this will connect all six countries of gulf corporation counsel. Transportation of goods will become easy for UAE, Saudi Arab, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman. The Dubai government is developing 500 Km road network and 120 multilevel interchanges by investing $ 12 billion. The development work is expected to complete before expo 2020.

Local culture and heritage
Although Arabic is official language; English is the most widely spoken language in business rooms.  The company is hospitable and is ranked safe place to work.
You get a chance to enjoy the delectable local cuisine and Arabic culture in forms of art, music and architecture.

Before we conclude, we‘ll do a bonus section on major UAE cities which you can eye for a business setup.

  • Dubai: It is the most cosmopolitan city in all of UAE, tourists from all over the world visit Dubai for its shopping experience.
  • Abu Dhabi: Home to the richest, it is also the most planned and organized business center in UAE,
  • Sharjah: Sharjah airport international freezone is a premier freezone which attracts foreign investors.
  • Jebel Ali: It is a freezone on the western side of Dubai. Readymade facilities like business parks, office spaces are available for the customers.
  • Fujairah: The Fujairah freezone is an upcoming one and is attracting shipping and transport companies from all over the world.

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Company formation in Dubai

Company Formation 

Company formation is the process of legally incorporating a business as a limited company or LLP at Companies House. Upon formation, a company becomes a legal individual with its own rights, responsibilities and liabilities.The process is also referred to as ‘company incorporation’ and ‘company registration’.

When you incorporate a limited company, it becomes an individual ‘person’ in the eyes of the law. Incorporated businesses are completely separate from their owners in terms of finances, liabilities, contractual agreements, and ownership of property and assets.

 

How easy is it to register a company in Dubai?

In most cases, the Dubai Company Act requires a foreign investor to have a local partner who will own the majority interest. The only places investors may incorporate fully foreign owned companies are the Dubai free zones. The company registration requiremts will be different from case to case because of the type of company one chooses to open in Dubai. According to the Company Law, investors may set up the following types of companies in Dubai:

  • – limited liability companies,
  • – private and public joint stock companies,
  • – partnerships,
  •  branch offices,
  • – subsidiaries,
  • – free zone limited liability companies,
  • – free zone establishments.

For those seeking a simpler form of doing business in Dubai, the sole proprietorship could be an appropriate choice. Depending on the selected type of company and licensing requirements, the registration procedure with the Dubai Companies Registration Office will take several days.

 

Points to be kept in mind before incorporating a business.

  1.  Select a local sponsor, a UAE national for local business startupThere are plenty of business opportunities available in Dubai, as well as in the other Emirates of UAE. However, if you really want to start a business which must exploit the potential of Dubai then you need a locally registered LLC business.

    A UAE national must be taken as a 51% partner who is called a local ‘sponsor’. A local company provides the freedom to locate the business anywhere in the city. For a business startup in Dubai, this is a boon because it affords the best choice of locations to suit your budget.

  2. Select a Free Zone if you wish to own your business 100  Free zone Company in Dubai, UAE                Keep in mind that the only way for a business startup in UAE to start without taking a UAE national acting as your partner is to locate your business in one of the Free Zones.For a business startup, Free Zones offer three great advantages
    • 100% ownership
    • Speedy startup
    • Duty-Free customs boundary.
  3. Select a Location that optimizes suitability, convenience, and costs.  You need to set up your business in an area that is most profitable for your business or most convenient to your business. If you are planning a Free Zone company then you must make the selection based upon the criteria of distance, costs and if it is suitable for your product, business model, and trade requirements.
  4.  Confirm your Visa eligibility and requirementFor a business startup in the UAE, a visa permitting you and employees to live in UAE is essential to run your business.

    Visas are allowed for almost all businesses.

    However, their number varies according to a variety of criteria such as the size of the office, nature of the business, the category of the employee or the investor.

  5. Hire a registration agent to take you through the process of business startupHiring a business advisory firm to register your business startup may be your best option.A company registration agent will do many things for you:
    • Advise you on the right license and jurisdiction that meets your objectives
    • Prepare documents including legal documents
      – Company registration (Package)
      – Visas
      – Amendments
      – POA
      – BOD resolutions
    • Submit physically to banks, authorities
    • Monitor completion of jobs
    • Help you open a bank account
    • Facilitate and solve problems with your bank, legal issues, your jurisdiction
    • Trust and fiduciary services
    • Act on behalf of clients
      Accounting & Bookkeeping
      – Nominee
      – Bank operation in a limited way on instructions
      – Signatory
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All about Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO)

company setup in Dubai

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) could be a free zone that’s 100%-owned by the govt. This free zone is formed with a purpose of supporting the business expansion of the country. As different free zones within the UAE, there’s quite a list of advantages for the businessmen who prefer to establish their business within the Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Dubai Silicon Oasis spans around 7.2 million square meters. There are referred to as pillars in Dubai Silicon Oasis that are divided supported the facilities for industrial, commercial, education, living residences, and public facilities. The world has the essential things that businessmen would wish once it comes to utility infrastructure.

Types of Company that You Can Set Up in Dubai Silicon Oasis      

The below data discusses the categories of a company that you will form within this free zone. Though the Dubai silicon Oasis company setup price isn’t mentioned, the specified capital quantity is which will offer you an idea of how much you must prepare whereas planning to build your business.

  1. Branch

The Dubai Silicon Oasis permits any company that is established within the UAE or in different elements of the planet to own their branch be registered during this free zone. The need is that the character of the activity of the branch which will be established within the area should be the same as its parent company’s nature of the activity. There’s no minimum needed capital in establishing a branch.

  1. Free Zone Establishment

In establishing a free zone institution, there’s only 1 shareholder. It is a private or a non-individual/corporate. This type of company incorporates a liability status. The minimum needed capital to determine a Free Zone Establishment is AED 100,000.

  1. Free Zone Company (FZC)

A free zone Company, on the opposite hand, includes a minimum of 2 shareholders. It is non-individual(s)/corporate. Similar to the FZE, there’s a limited liability standing for Free Zone Company. The minimum needed capital to establish an FZCO is AED 100,000.

 

Free zone Company in Dubai, UAE

Free zone Company in Dubai, UAE

UAE free zone company formation is a very risk process, which varies from one free zone to the other. A free zone is also alternatively known as a duty-free zone, tax-free zone or a free economic zone.

UAE free zone company benefits

  • 100% guarantee of repatriation of capital and profits.
  • 100% free transfer of funds
  • Easy recruitment procedures
  • The investors get 100% percent.
  • The investors get ready-made factories, warehouses, offices and licensing procedure.
  • There is no tax liability on corporate gains and any kind of personal incomes through the registered business.
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits

The Free Trade Zones have been set up with the specific purpose of facilitating investment. The free zones vary in their focus, set up costs and paperwork needed. But the basic requirements are the same.

Which factors to consider choosing a UAE Free Zone?

  • Licenses
  • Location
  • Free Zone prestige
  • Infrastructure and facilities

company setup in dubai

How to Set Up a Company in Dubai?

Company Setup in Dubai

Setting up a new business or set up a new office in Dubai  UAE can be a complicated procedure. Your requirements are the key aspect in processing your case of Business/Company Setup in Dubai. There are many different options depending on the type of business you wish to incorporate and you may have already received conflicting advice on which setup is best for you.

Some types of company formation in UAE:

  1. Free zone Company formation
  2. Private Shareholding Company formation
  3. A general partnership company formation
  4. Joint Venture Company formation
  5. Public Shareholding Company formation
  6. Limited Liability Company (LLC) formation

The company formation is divided into two key factors, one is onshore company formation and another one is offshore company formation.

Advantages of Dubai Business setup

  • Zero taxation
  • strong economy
  • No restrictions on recruitment
  • No currency limitation
  • Low import duty
  • No currency limitation
  • Zero minimum capital requirement

Documents Required for Professional firms/company set up in UAE

  • Company profile
  • Passport copy of the Manager
  • Board resolution for establishing a branch and to appoint the manager for the same
  • Parent Business formation certificate duly attested from the UAE embassy in the home country of the parent organization.
  • Attested copy(from UAE Embassy) of organization memorandum/articles of association
  • NOC letter in favor of the Manager from the sponsor
  • Financial statements for the last two years
  • Local service agency agreement duly notarized in the UAE courts
  • Passport copy of the local service agent

Company Formation in Dubai