Branch or Representative Office License

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A branch of a UAE local company or a foreign company can be formed in the various emirates of UAE. Branch license would mean that there is an existing parent company either in UAE or overseas and the entity is an arm of such parent company. Different emirates have different regulations and norms with respect to branch licenses; in some emirates branch license of foreign and local companies are permitted to do commercial activities while in some emirates the foreign company branch/s can only involve in promotion of the parent company product / services.

Representative office license would allow a physical office of the parent company in the emirates. Representative offices are not permitted to do any commercial activities in UAE except for marketing and promoting the parent company’s goods or services.

Foreign companies are required to provide a bank guarantee of the prescribed amount to secure the license. The parent company should pass the necessary resolutions and empower a person/s to execute the documents on its behalf in the local government departments. In case of a foreign parent, the documents would need legalization and translation into Arabic. UAE service agent is required to be appointed to procure such license.

Enterprise House can assist the client in the entire processing and seeking necessary approvals from the government department. We can also assist you in finding a suitable UAE national service agent for the license.

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