TYPES OF COMPANIES

To start your own business in the United Arab Emirates.
United Arab Emirates

Offshore, Free Zone or Mainland?

To start your own business in the United Arab Emirates, first of all you need to know the difference between the types of companies on offer: “Offshore”, “Free Zone” and “Mainland”.

Each type of company offers pros and cons, as well as different opportunities.

Western Mideast FZCO will offer you its full and comprehensive knowledge of each type of company to help you make the decisions best suited to your needs.

Our consultants, thanks to their local experience, are able to provide you with the assistance you need for every aspect of company formation in the United Arab Emirates.

Here are some of the main differences:

  • RESIDENCE VISA
  • LICENSE
  • SHAREHOLDING 
  • ALLOWED ACTIVITY 
  • REGISTERED OFFICE 
  • OFFSHORE
  • NO
  • NO
  • 100% foreign shareholder allowed
  • Annually renewable offshore company that cannot operate in the UAE
  • Agent’s Registered Office
  • FREE ZONE
  • YES
  • YES
  • 100% foreign shareholder allowed
  • Onshore company with license issued by the Free Zone Authority. Restrictions in the area where you can carry out your activity
  • Flexi Desk is allowed (with exceptions) or can rent a physical space
  • MAINLAND
  • YES
  • YES (DED)
  • The presence of a UAE citizen is mandatory as a local partner or service agent
  • Onshore company with license issued by the Department for Economic Development (DED). Activity permitted in the local market and outside the UAE without any restrictions
  • Flexi Desk is not allowed, mandatory to rent a physical space

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    Office no. 4EA-720, PO Box 54562,
    Dubai Airport Free Zone,
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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