A Mainland company is a company registered in one of the UAE DED (Department of Economic Development).
It means that if you choose to conduct business in UAE Mainland, you will need to register a business entity with the DED, which will then provide you a business license to start doing business in UAE.
Mainland companies can practice any industrial, commercial, trading, professional, or tourism activity.
Some professional activities are excluded as per DED’s business regulations, and others require approvals from authorities that regulate these activities.
Foreign investors may start their business in a partnership where 51% ownership of the company belongs to UAE nationals or choose a Sole Establishment company formation to own 100% of shares.
However, some business activities are reserved for UAE nationals only.
Shareholders must fulfill the formation documents and processes, which is included the appointment of a manager by the Memorandum of Association (MOA) or Service Agreement, for a limited or an unlimited period.
Mainland must appoint a minimum of one manager and up to a maximum of five managers for the business.
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