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UAE RAK and Dubai Free Zone Company Formation

UAE RAK and Dubai Free Zone Company Formation, Establishment or Branch Formation / Setup

Formation – Establishment Procedures

Note: This varies From Free Zone To Free Zone partly accommodating features / requirements specific to each Free Zone but the below is a good guide on what type of work is involved)

Overall summary of tasks that typically have to be completed for free zone companies:

  • Trade Name Reservation
  • Initial Approval
  • Business Plan Approval
  • Resolution & Certification
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Approving Tenancy Contract
  • Submission & Getting the License
  • Residence VISA and Emirates ID issue

The Company Formation Process in Detail

  1. Consultancy on Company Incorporation Procedures or International Tax and Corporate Structuring, Asset Protection or Wealth Management Guidance. After this stage we will send you a quotation to agree and subject to agreement we will issue an invoice for payment. On receipt of payment we will begin the work, as described below.
  2. Trade name reservation & approval
  3. Legalization and Initial Approval
  4. Renting out Commercial Facility (i.e. Shop, Office, Warehouse)
  5. Drafting of Legal agreements and applications
  6. Documentation, Legalization and Submission of Final Approval Application
  7. Followup and Collection of Trade License from JLT
  8. Company Stamp
  9. Introduction to Banker for opening Bank Account
  10. Documentation, Legalization and Submission of Investor Visa Application, Documentation, Legalization and Submission of Emirates ID Application of Investor
  11. Processing and Biometrics of Investor (Client) for Emirates ID
  12. VISA Costs

 Licensing documentation, as required:

After registering a Free Zone Company with the relevant Free Zone Authority, you can then proceed to obtain a License by completing the relevant forms detailed below and presenting the following documents:

  1. Application for License.
  2. Title Deed (Copy) / Lease contract under the name of New Free Zone Company.
  3. Original Certificate of Ownership Confirmation from the Developer (The owner of the Building).
  4. Proof of Deposit of the minimum capital in the bank and a confirmation letter from the bank addressed to The Free Zone Authority.
  5. Memorandum & Article of Association.
  6. Office Fit-out approved by The Free Zone Authority
  7. NOC from EHS & Civil Engineering Department
  8. License Fees payment
  9. Payment of charges for Memorandum and Articles of Association

Time Line:

The pre-approval which normally takes 15-25 days – from date we have all documents and information from you – and the whole process may vary between 60-75 working days, depending on the free zone and the current workload. Reminder: to be honest the UAE is extremely advantageous but things move a bit “slowly” at the set up stage and things may not be as efficient as in the EU or the US BUT … it has such significant other advantages (0% tax, FULL 100% beneficial owner confidentiality with banks and authorities PLUS+ no information exchange treaties with any country!).

Popular structure for Free Zone Companies

A very popular structure is to first set up offshore co (e.g. in RAK) and then use THAT to be the holding co of a free zone onshore co in any free zone of choice. Result: anonymity PLUS 3 year investor visa PLUS onshore tax resident status with access to tax treaties and issue of certificate of tax residence.

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