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


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

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

I would like to take this opportunity to thank BIZ for all their efforts in insuring a smooth and easy flow when it comes to handling anything related to my company. The staff are friendly and courteous and always go out of their way to ensure that anyth...

Dhruv Bahri

BIZ Customer Care Executives,  Sandrea Smith (Customer Service Executive) and Kiran Dodeja (Senior Office Manager), took care of all our queries very efficiently. They provided timely and helpful advice, whenever needed, regarding any issue and/or any Pr...

Ahmed Hameed

Sandrea Smith (Customer Service Executive) has always given me great support and I really appreciate it. I wish her good luck and to keep up her good work as well. I would also like to give special thanks to Howaida Asghar (Senior Customer Service Execut...

Upul Amarasinghe Arachchige
MaxPro Marketing Communications FZE

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

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.