Setting up business around the world entails number of possible options.
Cost of set up, tax, Government, environment, Regulation, Culture, are some of the matrixes to arrive to conclusion to establish business in the foreign land.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) offer both a strategic advantage and competitive edge for Business entities.
Types of Entities Possible in UAE are Onshore company, Mid shore (free Zone) company and Offshore Company.
Careful planning is required before you chose any of the jurisdiction to ensure that the structure suits your business requirements. UAE is one of the preferred options for offshore, onshore and mid-shore companies.
There are many options available in UAE mainland like Sole Proprietorship, Commercial agencies, General partnership, joint participation company, partnership limited with shares, Public joint stock company, private joint stock company and Limited Liability company (LLC).
LLC is widely used by foreigner to conduct business in UAE, LLC can be formed with 49% shareholding of expatriates/foreign company, whereas 51% shareholding shall be in Favour of UAE National.
It is undeniable that onshore companies come with a set of attractive advantages that most businesspeople can take advantage of.
An offshore company is an entity that conduct Business outside the borders where it is incorporated. Offshore jurisdiction attracts foreign capital by offering low tax and offer assets protection and flexible corporate policies. Three offshore jurisdictions are available in UAE.
- JABEL ALI OFFSHORE
- RAK INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE CENTRE (RAKICC), RAS AL KHAIMAH
- AJMAN OFFSHORE
Mid shore location which features between Onshore and offshore. Mid-shore companies are getting more popular all over the globe.
In !985, the inauguration of Jabel Ali Free zone created the history for regulations and incentives proved successful. With the intensified global trend towards trade liberalization, UAE was keen to take full advantage and hence Free zones/Mid-shore came to the picture in UAE. It provides multitude of incentives such as 100 per cent foreign ownership of companies, exempted from personal and corporate taxes, eliminating the need UAE national as a shareholder, full repatriation of capital. Mid shore requires minimal reporting.
Lastly each of the jurisdiction have advantage and disadvantages of its own, we can guide you to choose the correct jurisdiction depend upon the nature and type of business and requirements.
United Arab Emirates offers business with the advantages of highly developed economy, infrastructure and services match the International standards. There are more than 35 free zones operating in UAE, across its seven emirates. Various free zones provide the facility of 100% foreign ownership, with resident visa and office facility to work with in UAE.
UAE have tax treaties with majority of the countries unlike most of its competitor.
Also, Since the beginning of the Covid 19 outbreak, the UAE’s response has been nothing but an example of efficiency, a lesson to all crisis management. Protecting and strengthening the growth of the economy and business sector, which saw closer to Dh200 billion allocated federally and locally to support the banking and business sectors, Implementing the food security strategy and finally, the UAE’s humanitarian initiatives, which helped, many less fortunate countries fight the pandemic. The UAE is currently one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, second only to Israel. Each emirate has handled its response to Covid separately, but there is no doubt that life across emirates has been freer, and less restrictive, than in most other countries.