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Setting up a Branch of a Foreign Company in Dubai

International Branch Office Setup in Dubai

One of the reasons why foreign business owners come to Dubai is because they plan to expand their business here. With that, there are a lot of international companies in Dubai that are branches of established organizations outside the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and their branches set up a representative office in Dubai as well. Since they think that they can cater to potential and existing clients more by having a presence here, they go forward with setting up a branch of a foreign company in Dubai. However, even though it’s a known activity that businessmen do, there is still a bit of confusion between a branch and representative office.

Difference between branch and representative office UAE

Another entity can be established by a parent company in another city, state, or country and still be part of that parent company. This is called “branch”. This new entity is still fully owned by the parent company and should operate under the same name and with the same business activity.

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  • Following industries you can setup in UAE

    We covers all the following industries, even if your industry not in list you can consult with us we can help you setup.

  • Benefits of Setting up Branch of Foreign Company in UAE

    Branch setup and company formation in Dubai have advantages that come with them. Business owners who come here in the UAE have their organizations formed in their countries of origin and would like to be within easy reach to their clients. It is an advantage in itself to not spend more money in delivery and trading when a branch is set up here that ensures more effective communication with the clients and cost-effective way of dealing with the business at hand.

    This is why more and more international companies in Dubai are swarming the country. It’s because doing this venture brings advantages to their enterprise.

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  • Business Setup Requirements & Procedure

    Requirements for Dubai Company Registration

    • Proof of tradename reservation (our firm’s task)
    • Proof of initial approval for the activities (our firm’s task)
    • Passport copies of the shareholders
    • Passport copy and CV (resume) of the manager
    • Personal information sheet of each shareholder and manager (template will be forwarded by our firm)
    • Lease agreement (documents)—having a physical address for your business/office is mandatory in the UAE. The rent in average within the free zone area is USD 25 up to USD 45 per sq. ft. (USD 225 up to USD 400 per sq. m.). Our firm can assist you while searching for your physical address. You can learn more about leasing and rental cost here. (This item will be required only after we obtain the initial approval from the authority.)
    • Notarized and attested Power of Attorney appointing our firm as your legal representative, so that we can act on your behalf and/or on behalf of the shareholders (template will be forwarded by our firm).
    • There are some activities which might require third-party/authority pre-approval—accordingly, additional cost and professional fees might be applicable.
    • Also during the process, the authorities might require a few other documents.
  • The procedure of processing the company setup would range from 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Support Services Offered in Dubai

    FAR Consulting Middle East is one of the leading consulting companies in Dubai that deal with corporate business services Dubai. We assist people who have questions on how to open a business in Dubai.

    We can provide the following services when you let us handle your affairs when it comes to company setup in Dubai:

    • Applying and following up on behalf of the client until the collection of the Certificate of Business Registration (Trade License)
    • Representing the client in front of the authorities
    • Assisting the client in bank account opening
    • Assisting the client in account opening with the Ministry of Labour
    • Assisting the client in account opening with the UAE immigration
    • Assisting the client in leasing a premise as an address for the business
  • Business Setup Cost in Dubai

    Below is the estimated Dubai business setup cost with our own assessment of the fees. You can contact us for further information regarding this table of estimation.

    UAE Mainland Estimated Official Cost for Study Case/New Business Setup
    Fees/Cost/ReceiverNarrationCycleCost (AED)PaymentComments
    Trade Name ReservationGovt. AgencyOne Time610100% Adv.View
    Initial Approval for Your BusinessGovt. AgencyOne Time110100% Adv.
    Local Citizen – Sponsorship FeeYour Business’ Local SponsorYearly15,000100% LaterView
    MOA – Legal Translation ServicesTranslation ServicesOne Time1,280100% Adv.View
    Notarization of MOAGovt. AgencyOne Time960100% Adv.View
    Licensing & Certificate of Incorporation Fees (For Specific Business Activity)Govt. AgencyYearly7,000100% Adv.View
    File Opening – Immigration (Establishment Card)Govt. AgencyOne Time860100% Adv.
    File Opening – Ministry of Labour (Establishment Card)Govt. AgencyOne Time2,053100% Adv.
    E-Signature Card – Ministry of LabourGovt. AgencyOne Time1,000100% Adv.
    Farhat Office & Co.’s Fees – Your Business Registration Consultant’s Professional Fees
    All Following Services are Included:
    » MOA drafting – Arabic / English
    » Power of attorney Drafting – A/E
    » Side Agreement Drafting – A/E
    Professional Fees/Farhat Office & Co.One Time15,000100% Adv.


    All fees for government and related authorities are an estimation only. The exact government fees will be determined at the time of submission of the applications. We are obligated to provide our clients with all receipts of government and related agencies against the amount that will be paid. Every amount that will expense for your business registration will be supported by documents. In case of shortage, the client has to repay us. In case of excess, we have to refund the client.

    Our professional fee covers consultation, drafting of legal documents, introducing reliable local citizen service-agent when required, assisting in document notarization from the local notary public, assisting in local bank account opening, and applying to the concerned authorities on your behalf.