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What is a Mainland Company ?

A Mainland Company or DED license Company in Dubai is registered under the Department of Economic Development (DED) . It is also known as onshore company formation.

Entrepreneurs are selecting Mainland legal structure Limited Liability Company for their proposed company to capture the Local UAE market as well as to get more preference in getting Government-Semi Government Projects.

Company registration in mainland Dubai under department of Dubai Economic Development has a restriction of foreign ownership

A Mainland or DED registered company in Dubai must have 51% Shares Hold By UAE National & 49% shares hold by Expat(s)


Professional License- 100% Expat & UAE National as Local Service Agent without holding any shares. However, ADAM Global provides the solution of 100 % financial freedom for a mainland Company through a Corporate Sponsorship

Mainland Companies can get work visas as per their business requirement. Banking for the mainland companies are easy and after fulfilling the bank’s requirement they can avail loan & LC facilities from the all major banks of UAE.

Types of Licence

To register a company in Dubai onshore requires selection of business type and business activity. Business type falls under three categories.

Professional – personally offered services, like management consultancy.
Commercial – trading, like retail sales.
Industrial– manufacturing or processing goods or packaging products for sale.


Legal forms to setup a company in Dubai

  • Individual Establishment (Sole Proprietorship)
  • Civil Company
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Private Shareholding Company (Private Joint Stock Co)
  • Public Shareholding Company
  • Simple Limited Partnership
  • Partnership Company
  • Branch of Foreign Company
  • Branch of a Civil Company
  • Branch of Dubai Based Company
  • Branch of U.A.E. Based Company
  • Branch of GCC Company
  • Branch of a Freezone Company
  • Intelaq (UAE Nationals Only)


To setup right legal structure to register a company in Dubai you can always talk to our expert online or contact us !

To find more information you can look up our FAQ section.

Benefits of Mainland Company

  • You can enjoy 100% tax free on corporation tax for a mainland Company
  • No capital required for al Dubai mainland license
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits with a Mainland Company License.
  • You can operate your business in Dubai mainland
  • You can operate your company from any part of UAE
  • No currency restrictions in Dubai Mainland company
  • Hassle free and easy visa processing for employees in Dubai Mainland Company
  • Flexibility to choose office locations anywhere in Dubai
  • Hassle free legal procedures to get the license and registration in Dubai
  • Simple incorporation process to setup Mainland Company in Dubai.
  • No audit requirement in Dubai Mainland