HOW MUCH DOES BUSINESS SETUP IN DUBAI COST?

That depends. What is your business activity? Free zone or mainland? How many visas or shareholders? From our experience with business setup in Dubai for over 60,000 entrepreneurs, we have created the Business Setup Cost Calculator to give you the answer.

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Should you undertake business setup in Dubai yourself?

Wondering if you can start a Dubai company yourself? You can. But there are some things you need to know.

1. There is a multitude of options.

With over 60 jurisdictions, how do you know which is the right one for your Dubai company? How do you make sure you’re choosing the right licence and business activity? Don’t let your business setup in Dubai be a trial-and-error process.

2. It is not easy. 

Liaising with the relevant authorities and government departments alone takes time and travel miles.  Lots of both.

3. There is a mountain of paperwork. 

Starting a Dubai company involves tonnes of paperwork. Think forms, applications, banking and legal requirements – and that is just the start.  

4. You might save money – but at what cost? 

What is your time worth?  Are you outstanding with detail?  Can you afford to hit pause on your business plans to fill out forms or attend more meetings?

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But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Before you do anything, talk to one of our experts at company formation in Dubai. We’ll show you how easy the Virtuzone process is and why we’re the partner of choice for more entrepreneurs choosing to start a Dubai comany.

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Business setup in Dubai – the Virtuzone way.

Our time-tested process saves you time and money, while removing the headaches of beginning your journey.  We know the game.  We have the networks.  We are the leaders in this space.

Since 2009, our company formation experts have helped more than 60,000 business owners and founders with business setup in Dubai.  We’ve done the heavy lifting and helped them navigate a myriad of options, while they focus on their exciting new Dubai company. Our process saves you time and money, while removing the headaches of beginning your journey.   Make sure you get set up the right way! 

 

Find out why over 60,000 entrepreneurs have entrusted their business with us.

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Bronwyn Le Roux
Bronwyn Le Roux
2021-10-07
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4 years later we are still using Virtuzone and they are still as amazing as ever! Janelle in Visa services always takes time to make sure you have everything you need and will go out of her way to help! Virtuzone is a fantastic company to work with, especially our relationship manager, Kristine Cura. Regardless of how small the query is, she is always ready to help and provide you with all the information you need. Highly recommended!
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Abdoul Bassit Sawadogo
Abdoul Bassit Sawadogo
2021-10-07
Verified
Ces très cool d'être parmi eux
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Chant Utukian
Chant Utukian
2021-10-06
Verified
I was tasked by a foreign company to register in DMCC and I had nothing but outstanding service and support from Virtuzone. Depending on what services you are opting for, you obviously will have to deal different departments and people. Some are more responsive than others but overall I had 0 issues with them. For the company license setup, Sharon went above and beyond and she was simply amazing, she continues to support me if I require clarifications. Janelle who was responsible for residency visas did an outstanding job as well, even on her week off, she didn't fail to reply to me and sort out my things. I would recommend Virtuzone to others.
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Invoice FairGreen Capital Partners
Invoice FairGreen Capital Partners
2021-10-06
Verified
Mohammad Harief has been an absolute pleasure to work with in the VIP visa processing. A lovely manner and energy and a credit to the VZ organization.
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A.K. Monla
A.K. Monla
2021-10-06
Verified
Professional and efficient company setup, we were assisted by Janelle who helped us quickly sort out residencies and all associated paperwork. It was great dealing with her and she made the process smooth and hassle free.
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Pranav Patel
Pranav Patel
2021-10-05
Verified
I wanted to register a business and have my residence visa done. I googled and came across several companies. I emailed about 4-5 of them and then waited to see who fits into my criteria. Hands down Virtuezone, they are responsive, they answered each question in a fast manner and most importantly executed everything as planned and expected. Value for money is what matters to me and VZ was on point. I would like to give a mention to Louise Paris and Hammad for being available and resourceful every time I needed them. I intend to continue my association with VZ and will happily recommend them to anyone looking to start their Day 1 in DXB
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Ziad Javed
Ziad Javed
2021-10-05
Verified
It was a great experience working with Virtuzone to setup my company. Thanks to Mouna for proactive help during the licensing phase and Janelle for facilitating the visa process. I was constantly kept updated with the status of various processes and all my queries were responded immediately. Thank you Virtuzone!
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Hendre Janse van Rensburg
Hendre Janse van Rensburg
2021-10-05
Verified
Virtuzone recently did our business license extension, including additional seats and residency applications for employees. The service received from all touch points within the organization was impeccable, and i have to give special thanks and kudos to Kristine Cura and Hammad Naeem for their professionalism and candid behavior that resulted in a turnaround time second to none to complete the full process. Thank you. Great job!
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Ariful Haque
Ariful Haque
2021-10-03
Verified
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What setup option is best for your business?

Business setup in Dubai (or anywhere in the UAE) can be complicated.
Decisions need to be made which can affect your journey and shape your success.
Jurisdiction? Free zone or mainland?

Free Zones

  • Retain 100% ownership of your Dubai company
  • 0% corporate and income tax rate
  • No custom duties
  • Option to repatriate 100% of your capital and profits

Mainland

  • Business activities not limited
  • Operate anywhere inside and outside the country
  • No limit on number of visas
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 The process of business setup in Dubai

With Virtuzone as your company formation partner, registering a company in the UAE is not only easy, but it’s the most cost-effective way to do it! In fact, the entire process can take as little as 24 hours! That’s right! All you have to do is supply us with the relevant information about your company and we do the rest.  Here’s our time-tested process:

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1. Prepare Documentation

If you’re an overseas entrepreneur starting up in a new country for the first time, the documentation process can be daunting. We help you to make the right decisions for your Dubai company and handle all of the complex paperwork.

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2. Business Licence

Choosing the right licence and applying for it are essential to getting your business setup in Dubai right. Having an in-depth understanding of the dos and don’ts around setting up your business licence will help you to avoid the common traps we see people fall into. For instance, some business categories require prior approvals from certain authorities. A company formation expert will guide you through the necessary requirements to start your business.

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3. Visa Process

Private companies can obtain new employment entry permits for their employees provided they apply for residence visa status within 30 days of the employee’s entry into the UAE.

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4. Bank Account

Setting up a corporate bank account in the UAE can be a little arduous for international entrepreneurs. It requires careful consideration and there are several boxes to tick to ensure you have everything in place before approaching your bank of choice.

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Make sure you hire the best in the business for your business setup in Dubai. With Virtuzone, you will fast-track your path to business success.

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390 reviews on
Bronwyn Le Roux
Bronwyn Le Roux
2021-10-07
Verified
4 years later we are still using Virtuzone and they are still as amazing as ever! Janelle in Visa services always takes time to make sure you have everything you need and will go out of her way to help! Virtuzone is a fantastic company to work with, especially our relationship manager, Kristine Cura. Regardless of how small the query is, she is always ready to help and provide you with all the information you need. Highly recommended!
Read more
Abdoul Bassit Sawadogo
Abdoul Bassit Sawadogo
2021-10-07
Verified
Ces très cool d'être parmi eux
Read more
Chant Utukian
Chant Utukian
2021-10-06
Verified
I was tasked by a foreign company to register in DMCC and I had nothing but outstanding service and support from Virtuzone. Depending on what services you are opting for, you obviously will have to deal different departments and people. Some are more responsive than others but overall I had 0 issues with them. For the company license setup, Sharon went above and beyond and she was simply amazing, she continues to support me if I require clarifications. Janelle who was responsible for residency visas did an outstanding job as well, even on her week off, she didn't fail to reply to me and sort out my things. I would recommend Virtuzone to others.
Read more
Invoice FairGreen Capital Partners
Invoice FairGreen Capital Partners
2021-10-06
Verified
Mohammad Harief has been an absolute pleasure to work with in the VIP visa processing. A lovely manner and energy and a credit to the VZ organization.
Read more
A.K. Monla
A.K. Monla
2021-10-06
Verified
Professional and efficient company setup, we were assisted by Janelle who helped us quickly sort out residencies and all associated paperwork. It was great dealing with her and she made the process smooth and hassle free.
Read more
Pranav Patel
Pranav Patel
2021-10-05
Verified
I wanted to register a business and have my residence visa done. I googled and came across several companies. I emailed about 4-5 of them and then waited to see who fits into my criteria. Hands down Virtuezone, they are responsive, they answered each question in a fast manner and most importantly executed everything as planned and expected. Value for money is what matters to me and VZ was on point. I would like to give a mention to Louise Paris and Hammad for being available and resourceful every time I needed them. I intend to continue my association with VZ and will happily recommend them to anyone looking to start their Day 1 in DXB
Read more
Ziad Javed
Ziad Javed
2021-10-05
Verified
It was a great experience working with Virtuzone to setup my company. Thanks to Mouna for proactive help during the licensing phase and Janelle for facilitating the visa process. I was constantly kept updated with the status of various processes and all my queries were responded immediately. Thank you Virtuzone!
Read more
Hendre Janse van Rensburg
Hendre Janse van Rensburg
2021-10-05
Verified
Virtuzone recently did our business license extension, including additional seats and residency applications for employees. The service received from all touch points within the organization was impeccable, and i have to give special thanks and kudos to Kristine Cura and Hammad Naeem for their professionalism and candid behavior that resulted in a turnaround time second to none to complete the full process. Thank you. Great job!
Read more
Ariful Haque
Ariful Haque
2021-10-03
Verified
The best
Read more

That is why we’re here.

We make it simpler and easier for you. Before you do anything, talk to one of our Company Formation Specialists.