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Cost of Setting up a Business in Dubai


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Setting up a business in Dubai can be a progressive decision as well as a challenging experience. When it is about company formation, the cost of setting up business in Dubai becomes an essential criteria. Comprehending the business setup cost in Dubai is vital, however, the cost differs based on the type, jurisdiction and activity of the company.

Below are the few questions you may ask yourself before starting a business in Dubai:

  • Where to setup a company in Dubai Mainland, Free zone or Offshore?
  • How to estimate the cost of licensing and other procedures to start a company?
  • How will one know which jurisdiction to set-up the company in?
  • What are the steps, time frame and documents required?

In this blog, we will discuss mainly on the point of Cost of Setting up a business in Dubai in different jurisdictions.

We shall discuss this jurisdiction-wise, as below:

Cost of setting up a Business in Dubai Mainland

While setting up a company on the Dubai Mainland, the cost depends on many factors like license type LLC or Professional license, business activity (which will determine the approvals required from external departments), and the size of business operations (which will determine the size of office, number of employees required, etc).

Normally, a trade license cost from DED (Department of Economic Development, Dubai) is AED 8,000 to 16,000 (US$ 2,180 to 4,360) depending on the license type (Professional or LLC). Further government costs are the external approvals (if required, depending on the activity), the choice of your office (you could choose between desk spaces, shared offices, business centers or an office of your choice).

Cost of setting up a Business in Dubai Free Zones

The cost costing varies depending upon the Free Zone you choose. There are several free zones in Dubai notably DMCC, DAFZA, JAFZA, Dubai South, DWTC, Dubai Silicon Oasis, TECOM (Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Knowledge Park) etc. The cost usually depends on the type of activity, number of visas required and the type of office (flexi-desk, physical office, etc). The licensing could start from AED 5,000 (US$ 1365) and on wards, depending upon your requirement.

Cost of Setting up Business in JAFZA Offshore

Dubai has one offshore to offer, namely the JAFZA Offshore. It is the oldest offshore jurisdiction in the UAE. The costing of a JAFZA Offshore starts from AED 18,000(US$ 4,900) on wards and the annual maintenance fees starts from AED 10,000(US$ 2725) onward.

In Mainland and Free zone, there are post license issuance procedures as well like immigration card, visa issuance, etc which have their costs as well.

The exact costing, in any case, will depend on your business activity, and operational plan. Consulting a business setup expert is recommended to guide you through the steps, advice on the correct activity and jurisdiction and explain the necessary costs and try to optimist it.

This blog post written by Ms. Purva, Business advisor at Flyingcolour Business Setup in Dubai, emphasize in providing the best advisory and customer satisfaction to clients. For any help, feel free to call today for a more detail. Please send inquiry to info[at]flyingcolour[dot]com or call +971 4 4542366. We as a business setup company have setup several businesses in Mainland, Free Zone and Offshore.

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