All mainland (also termed as onshore) UAE legal entities are governed by the UAE Commercial Companies Law (CCL). The main advantage for foreign investors establishing a business in mainland UAE is that, unlike the Free Zones, there is no territorial restriction on business activities or also for opting of location for offices/premises. A mainland company therefore has the freedom to trade anywhere in the UAE or wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, including all the Free Zones.

One of the main characteristics of onshore companies is that they can only be formed in association with a UAE national, who must be either a company shareholder (holding 51% stake in the company) or shall act as a local service agent.

Why invest in the Mainland?

  • Fewer restrictions on the activities

  • Liberty to rent office anywhere in UAE except free zone designated areas

  • To establish a long-term presence in the UAE and easy reach out to the UAE market

  • No minimal capital requirements

  • Opportunity to Work along with government bodies of UAE


Choosing a legal form of the business in the UAE’s mainland depends mainly on the nationality of investors and type of activity. You can set up one of the following company types:

  • Joint Liability Company

  • Simple Commandite Company

  • Limited liability Company (LLC)

  • Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC)

  • Private Joint Stock Company (PrJSC)

Other types of companies are:

  • Sole establishment

  • Civil company

  • Local Company Branch

  • Foreign Company Branch

  • GCC Company Branch

  • Free zone company branch

  • Foreign companies’ representative offices

Description and List of the Mainland:


Why Choose ABU DHABI?

Abu Dhabi is the federal capital of the United Arab Emirates and the largest of the seven emirates. The Emirate lies on the borders with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. The emirate comprises 200 islands and has 700 kilometers coastline.

Abu Dhabi is one of the fastest growing markets in the world by investing heavily in the industrial development, real estate, retail, and tourism. For an entrepreneur wishing to start a business in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi is a viable location of choice. The corporate norms and business procedures in the Emirate are transparent, and it takes only a few days for setting up a company in Abu Dhabi making this emirate the viable option to choose.



The team of TRCpamco is well aware of the Sharjah’s laws and its regulations and we would end to end guide and assist you in the licensing and visa requirements, review and submission of legal documents. We help ensure the task of company formation is completed smoothly and without any unnecessary hassles.

Our Business Setup team will facilitate the company formation process, from the acquisition of a valid tenancy contract up to the review and submission of legal documents to safeguard your investment


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