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When setting up a business in the UAE, there is a lot to consider – free zones or mainland, specific licence and business activity criteria, naming conventions and so on. We advise you against trying to do it on your own by going straight to the free zone. Instead, utilise the services of a trusted company setup consulting firm. There are many to choose from, and CSU has built up a network of the UAE’s best. Fill out the below fields, and we will then put you in touch with the partner best suited to meet your needs.





STEP ONE: Choose a business activity

Your chosen business activity will have a bearing on where you can set up and the type of licence that is required to establish your business. That’s why this should always be the first step. A UAE company formation specialist can help you choose from the thousands of permitted activities to find the one that is right for your business.

STEP TWO: Decide where to set up

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when establishing a business in the UAE is whether to set up in the mainland or in one of the many UAE free zones. There are advantages to both. Having assessed your specific requirements, a company formation specialist can advise on the most suitable setup.

STEP THREE: Pick a company name

This may not seem like a pivotal step, but in the UAE, a poorly chosen name can cause lengthy delays to your business application. All businesses in the Emirates must adhere to a strict set of naming conventions. Working with a company formation specialist is the easiest way to ensure your chosen name is compliant and your licence application runs as smoothly as possible.

STEP FOUR: Make your application

Your chosen business activity will have a bearing on where you can set up and the type of licence that is required to establish your business. That’s why this should always be the first step. A UAE company formation specialist can help you choose from the thousands of permitted activities to find the one that is right for your business.

STEP FIVE: Apply for visas and open your bank account

With your business licence in hand, you can now apply for visas for you, your employees, and your dependants. Once again, a company formation specialist can handle both of these processes for you, making visa applications on your behalf and advising on the best local or international bank to suit your needs.