Business setup in Dubai - how to start?


The Middle-East is a very attractive region for doing business. Due to the favourable trade environment and the absence of income and corporate tax, Dubai has become a real international trading hub.

However, many entrepreneurs wonder how to start a business in Dubai. How should one incorporate a company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? What are the different options for a company setup: should I choose for a setup in a UAE Free Zone or Dubai mainland?

It is very important to examine all the different possibilities but more than that, it is valuable to gain the correct information before venturing in to the UAE. This is where our knowledge and expertise comes in handy: The Watermill Consultants (

Our permanent presence in Dubai guarantees up-to-date knowledge of the latest developments and procedures. This is a critical point, as procedures regularly change, which is why the information provided on the internet may no longer be up to date. For example, bank institution regularly amend their policies which can affect opening bank accounts for new business setups in the UAE.

We have attended to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding business setup in the UAE:

Dubai is a place where you can settle in easily as an international entrepreneur. In terms of living and working, it is considered to me the most western place of the Middle-East. Some also refer to it as the “New York of the region”.

But even so, practical questions often remain. Therefore, please feel free to contact us for any questions. We are happy to assist you during your new venture into the UAE market!

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