Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.
Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in United Arab Emirates. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.
This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business
Time to Complete
Reserve a company's name and submit the company registration application to the Department of Economic Development (DED)
AED 110 for initial approval + AED 210 for name reservation
Notarize the company’s Memorandum of Association in DED
0.25% of the capital (for 3 copies of the Memorandum of Association), AED 5 for each page of the additional copy
File company documents with the Department for Economic Development (DED) and obtain trade license and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) membership
5 % of the value of the lease agreement + AED 1,000-3,000 waste fees + AED 480 for company registration + AED 350 fees for nameboard + AED 1,200 for Chamber of Commerce membership registration
Apply for establishment card at the Ministry of Labor
Register native workers with the Ministry of Labor
Register native workers with the General Authority for Pension and Social Security
1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure)
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.