This article has been researched and written by Dastan Nurmanbetov and the team at Creation Business Consultants and has not used AI in generating this article.
When establishing a business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it is essential to understand the distinctions between different company structures. Every structure has its own distinct features, advantages, and considerations. Making an informed decision regarding the best corporate structure for your business requires having a thorough look at the available options and a professional expert by your side.
Under these legal frameworks, the UAE issues various category of licenses:
- Professional – covers services provided by professionals that involve specialised knowledge, expertise, or skills, such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, consultants, accountants, architects, and other similar professions.
- Commercial – covers all trading and commercial activities carried out with the goal of making a profit.
- Industrial – includes all industrial and manufacturing activities.
- Tourism – covers all activities connected to hospitality and tourism.
The common legal forms of company formation in Mainland, Free zone and Offshore in the UAE include:
- Sole Proprietorship.
- Civil Company.
- Limited Liability Company (LLC).
- Free Zone Company (FZC).
- Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC).
- Private Joint Stock Company.
- Branch Office of Foreign Companies.