Based on the regulations of the UAE, when starting a business in the mainland, the investor can choose between three types of license, based on the activities required for the business. Those three types are:


When setting up a mainland company, a business owner may gain some of the following benefits:

  • Doing business anywhere within the UAE.
  • Having an office or retail space in any area within the mainland jurisdiction.
  • Holding a stronger reputation compared to the free zone license.
  • Availing widespread business activities.
  • Having capacity to obtain licenses for certain regulated activities within the UAE.
  • Meeting more convenient requirements for banking.