Appointing a local service agent

Anyone setting up a sole proprietorship, civil business or a branch office must appoint a local service agent, which is essentially a sponsor. Unlike a UAE national sponsor required for a limited liability company (LLC), a local service agent is paid a fixed fee only for their services and does not receive any commission or profits from the branch office.


  • Local service agent must be a UAE national


  • Company owned 100% by UAE nationals

What to bring

  • Passport and Resident ID of business owner and local service agent (copies)


  • Local Service Agent Agreement is drawn up and authenticated by a notary public
  • Contract is signed by both parties
  • Agreement is ready to be submitted in all procedures for setting up a company

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