A Dubai Mainland or DED (Dubai Economic Development) license is a legal entity that can conduct business operations and transactions throughout the UAE and in other countries without restrictions. UAE Companies Law dictate that expatriate shareholders must nominate a local service agent or a local partner (sponsor) to setup a mainland company. In the case of a Limited Liability Company LLC (i.e Commercial Trading entity), the local partner must hold the majority equity share – a minimum of 51%.

A favourable and legal alternative to a local partner acting as the 51% local sponsor, is to choose a corporate nominee partner. This provides expatriate shareholders with 100% financial and operational control and stronger legal rights. The obvious benefits of corporate nominee partnership include complete control of the business operations, 100% of financial benefits, and of course stronger legal contracts aimed at protecting the interests of the business owner and respective shareholders.

The Business Incorporation Zone‘s Dubai Mainland advisory team will provide you with transparent and concise advice on all aspects of mainland company formation covering structures, licensing and business activities. Our customer service management team provide efficient ongoing advice and support ensuring you can simply focus on the day to day operations of your business.

Why Setup in Dubai Mainland

  • Flexibility to trade either within the UAE (with private, local and government authorities) or overseas
  • No limit on number of visas (depending on the size of the office space)
  • Office premises anywhere in mainland Dubai
  • More options for business activities
  • Fewer nationality restrictions in ownership and visas compared to other jurisdictions

Main DED Licensing Options

  • Professional License (Provision of non-physical services e.g. Consultancy)
  • Commercial License (Provision of physical services or trading activities)
  • Branch or Representative Office


Trade License Packages

Corporate LLC Sponsorship/Local Service Agent + BIZ PRO Fees
Local Sponsorship + PRO (annually) AED 23,625 per year
Installment Plan Initial Payment AED 5,250
Monthly Payment 11 PDCs x AED 2207 = AED 24,277
Total on Installment AED 29,527
Government Costs Name Reservation: AED 660
Initial Approval: AED 160
Notary Fees: AED 2,016
Trade license AED 8,000 – 10,000 + 5% of Annual Rent

A Selection of Business Activities

Accounting and Bookkeeping

Animal Feed Trading

Building Material Trading

Cargo Loading Unloading

Coffee Shop

Cosmetic Trading

Hourly Car Rental

Events Management

General Trading

Ice Cream Shop

Yacht and Boat Rental

Interior Decoration

Meet some of our team members

Thomas Lumby
General Manager
Mahima Sharma
Business Setup Manager
Jaypee Martinez
Customer Service Manager


Our experience with BIZ was very good. I would like to thank Mahima Sharma (Business Setup Manager), Mr. Abdullah Mousa Younis (Customer Service Executive) and entire BIZ team for their effort in setting up the business, hassle free. I do appreciate your...

Arundeep Singh Matharu

As a shrewd young entrepreneur, my wallet is my company’s life-blood and time is an expensive commodity. I interacted with many business set-up companies that came up with fancy offers, gifts, fat expensive add-ons and complicated hidden service charges ...

Nevin Lewis
Black & Grey HR

My business licensing, renewals, visa matters, and all other operations related to my business services are very well taken care of by the team at BIZ. They are dealing and taking care of the things very professionally. I recommend BIZ’s services t...

Mohsin Ikram Mughal

I recently made the transition from corporate employee status to entrepreneur and BIZ was a great support. Mahima Sharma (Business Setup Manager)​ ​helped in taking the right business decision at the right time. The process was transparent and hassle-fre...

Loredana Matei
Jensen Matthews FZ LLC

BIZ gave me a master key to open my business with less funding. My account manager Ms. Sandrea Smith (Customer Service Executive) offered the best customer service.

Sriram Chinta
SiAM Management Consultancy FZE

I have dealt with BIZ for almost 3 years, from July 2015 to May 2018 and my experience has been extremely satisfactory throughout. All information given has always been accurate and helpful. Processes I’ve gone through from my registration to wrapp...

Mario Stephan
Arabian Perspectives FZE

We use BIZ for all of our company registrations and compliance. They provide a very efficient and customer-centered service fully focused on delivering the required results. Polite and timely advice, follow up and delivery. We received great service and ...

Ian Francis Lyne
Place Dynamix ME FZ LLC

Abdullah Mousa Younis (Customer Service Executive) has provided excellent customer service to me. He is well informed, knowledgeable and very organized. He has been very helpful; takes utmost care of his clients. I hope he will continue to provide the sa...

Prabirendra Mohan Ghosh

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the support Ray Vano (Admin Executive) has provided me when I faced an issue that needed to be resolved. Ray has been consistent in delivering the utmost customer service and has gone above and beyond t...

Salata Maya

We are currently very happy with the services provided by BIZ and Creative City in terms of managing my company FlowDXB, from the services provided regarding the company set up and providing us with all necessary documentation and information. We always ...

Fred E. Litsheim

We thank Abdullah Mousa Younis (Customer Service Executive) for his great services. He was very authentic while dealing with us. His experience at work was way above our expectations and for every question or concern he had a comforting answer. He is ver...

Anas Yahya

The staff at BIZ are very responsive and helpful. They’re always available, for emergency visa situations even at night. I really like working with BIZ and will recommend their services to anyone in a heartbeat.

Sebastian Dietzel

I was looking through various business advisory firms to assist me with setting up the business in Fujairah. Mahima Sharma (Business Setup Manager) gave me a call back the quickest, to clarify all my queries. The following day, the driver arrived to drop...

Alessandro Massimiliano Gasparini
Sixlumens FZ LLE

Sandrea Smith (Customer Service Executive) deserves more than a pat on the back for a job well done and the rapport she has built with me. She kept up the good work. I can see the big thank you ‘cakes’ pouring in. She deserves them!

Merwyn Rosario Martins
Different Angles FZE

I am happy to say that my experience with the team at BIZ has been very positive. I was guided and ably assisted through all the processes required to be completed for the renewal of my trade license, establishment card, medical fitness test, Emirates ID...

Saeed Ul Haq

We benefit greatly by the services offered by Business Incorporation Zone, a variety of opportunities have unfolded ever since we started woking with BIZ. In fact, the location that was provided to us has improved our business reach.

Moncy S Cherian’s
Net Biosmea

Our first point of contact, Mahima, was extremely helpful in providing information on BIZ services, outlining the different levels of incorporation, explaining the costs involved and guiding us towards choosing the right options for our business. From th...

Ken Campbell
Puma Campbell Creative Services - Co-owner and Executive Director

I would like to take this opportunity to thank BIZ and Mahima in particular for the support and quick response regarding any enquirers. Am so impressed to be one of your clients.

We are specialists in the field of digital marketing. And through ou...

Nisreen Akkad

I have been very happy with our experience at BIZ and very happy with Mahima and Howaida who we were referred to afterwards. Everything has been done with extreme efficiency and politeness which has made the process of establishing our business unexpecte...

Lulie Fisher
Design Studio

BIZ has selected the finest professionals to be part of their team and they are committed to making the whole experience of setting up your company enjoyable and hassle free. You can always rely on them for some enlightening advice regarding your busines...

Zeenat Beebeejaun
Pearl Legal - Executive Director

Establishing our company with the Fujairah Business Incorporation Zone was one of the best business decisions we have made. The support received has been invaluable in setting up our company, obtaining the needed publishing and distribution licenses, and...

Souha Abbas
Oryx Gulf Media - Director

Business Incorporation Zone have done a wonderful job of taking care of the Licensing and Visas for my Company so I can concentrate on my business.

Tim Carnie
Entertainment Media Professionals - Director

BIZ is one stop solution for hassle free most effective and efficient way to start up a new company. We have been dealing with them for over two years and must compliment them on their professional approach.

Chetan Sethi
Diverse Hospitality Solutions - Executive Director

As a shrewd young entrepreneur, my wallet is my company’s life-blood and time is an expensive commodity. I interacted with many business set-up companies that came up with fancy offers, gifts, fat expensive add-ons and complicated hidden service charges ...

Nevin Lewis
Black & Grey HR - Executive Director

I was trying to get the license for the last 6 years from Creative City. I finally got lucky. Thank you very much for all your support. It was a very nice experience I had at the time of my license process with your Sales Executive. Keep it up!

Ashwin Pernakar
LEAD - Founder

Our experience with BIZ was very good. I would like to thank Mahima (Sales Executive), Sandrea (Customer Service Executive) and entire team for their effort in setting up the business, hassle free. I do appreciate your cooperation and high quality of ser...

Chanika Gamage
Centric Consultants - Partner

All the work was handled diplomatically, fairly and best of all, on-time. I’m glad that that I have chosen such an efficient company to work with now and in the future. Definitely would and will recommend to anyone who requires such services. Great job g...

Rohael Nj

I would definitely recommend using the medical and Emirates ID sevices provided by BIZ. Asif (Company Driver & PRO) was very professional and helped the process happen very smoothly. Jaypee (Senior Customer Service Executive) kept me informed at all ...

Jonathon Pinkney
Hexagon Productions

I really appreciate your efforts. Your service providers have appropriate manner and nice behavior. Since I started my business setup with BIZ, all staff members have been very professional, dedicated and well behaved. I am glad and satisfied to work wit...

Nouman Yousaf
Grey Goose HR Consultancy

I want to say thank you to Jaypee and all members of the BIZ team. A big thank you for getting a visa for our newest member, Shan. Shan’s visa was completed in a month as promised and I wanted you to know how happy we have been with being completed...

Damion Lock

Why choose Business Incorporation Zone?

  • Dedicated Account Manager and efficient PRO Services - With our dedication to personalized and efficient customer service, we will assign you an account manager as soon as you become a BIZ client, who will be your single point of contact and will regularly update you on the status of all your applications, and always be on hand to answer your queries. Together with our efficient team of PROs constantly striving to complete your applications in a timely fashion, we remove the stress and hassle usually associated with setting up a new company and obtaining your UAE residency visa.
  • Business Support Services of the highest caliber - at BIZ, we have thought of everything to help you launch and grow your new business and make it a success from the very beginning. We will provide you with Real Estate contacts for your commercial office space. Furthermore, we hold regular networking events providing you with access to fellow BIZ clients and our network partners, where you will be able to explore mutual business opportunities and forge new alliances that will give your new business a valuable head start.
  • Corporate Sponsorship - BIZ can provide you a UAE Corporate Sponsor as a Nominee partner in your business. All relevant legal agreements pertaining to the Incorporation process will be prepared by our team.