Setting Up A Professional Company

You can set up a commercial, professional or industrial business in one of the following legal forms:
  • branch company or foreign representative office 
  • individual establishment or sole proprietorship
  • limited liability company (LLC)
  • professional/civil business company 
  • public or private shareholding company

professional/Civil business
Also referred to as a business partnership, professional business company or consultancy, this type of company falls under the civil code, rather than commercial, and is unique to the UAE. Companies can engage in professional or artisan activities but staff members will be limited.
  • Appoint a local service agent if outside a free zone 
  • 100% foreign ownership, sole proprietorships or civil companies are permitted
  • Firms may engage in professional or artisan activities but the number of staff is limited

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