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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We take care of your business,
while you take care of your customers.

We make sure your company is equipped with everything you’ll need to scale and succeed at a faster pace. From accounting, payroll and business bank account opening, to mail management, virtual receptionist and VAT registration, we provide a host of corporate services at a more affordable price.

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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 company.

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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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445 reviews on
Francesco Palma
Francesco Palma
2022-02-07
Verified
Excellent service! I personally thank Joana who with her kindness was truly incredible! She's the number one in VZ ❤️
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Quentin Audebert
Quentin Audebert
2022-02-04
Verified
Amazing, quick & efficient service! Thanks a million for your agility and professionalism. I definitely recommend your services! Quentin
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Mark Harrison
Mark Harrison
2022-02-04
Verified
Setting up my business with Virtuzone made the process so easy and seemless! Not only just the initial process but the constant, ongoing customer support they provide is what really makes them amazing.
Read more
Mahi
Mahi
2022-02-03
Verified
I have been working with Virtuzone for the past 11 years and I am happy to say their services have been outstanding. I have just renewed my trade license with the help of Andriy, and he was extremely helpful, punctual, transparent and professional. Additionally my previous experience with all of Virtuzone's relationship managers has been excellent. I have always trusted that my company is in good hands with Virtuzone and you will not regret doing business with them.
Read more
Gustav Sletten Larsson
Gustav Sletten Larsson
2022-02-02
Verified
Nice and easy process with friendly employees. Joana kept me in the loop every step of the way and gave me the option to communicate via WhatsApp instead of email which made it easier to get quick responses if I ever had a question. Kelly made the medical check easy and stress free.
Read more
Lonneke Hendrikse
Lonneke Hendrikse
2022-02-02
Verified
I really appreciate the way Virtuezone has helped me, their staff is very friendly and really think with you into solving any issues or needs you might have. Especially Andriy and Hiba at Virtuezone stand out with their prompt responses and answers to all of my questions. I highly recommend Virtuezone 🙏🏼
Read more
Michael Fatboyslim
Michael Fatboyslim
2022-02-02
Verified
I am a very high profile entrepreneur who is constantly on the go with many projects, so when I decided to move to Dubai I needed a company I could trust and depend on to take all the hassle away from me! Cristina was my point of contact throughout and she made it completely stress free, I had done loads of research before selecting Virtuzone and they were miles ahead of other companies in terms of simplicity, I am a very needy client who expects perfection with zero complications and that is exactly what they managed to achieve for me, Cristina is a person who I found trust thoroughly and reliable, time is money and if I am investing in a service I expect them to know exactly what to do without adding me extra stress or workload! Any questions I ever had everything was answered even after the money was paid which is a great sign of a companies reputation towards their clients! I highly recommend Virtuzone The difference between Mikey and all others is you can tell the passion he has for cooking and his business which means customer satisfaction is always at the forefront of his mind, “simplicity” is the best word I could use to describe his meal prep company everything runs smooth never no stress or problems!
Read more
Ben Heron
Ben Heron
2022-01-28
Verified
Virtuzone have been excellent with helping me get set up. I worked with a guy called Erzhan and he went over and beyond to make sure that I had every question answered and the process was done in a fast and effective manner. I've recommended virtuzone to several individuals and they've had nothing but positive reports too. Thank you guys!
Read more
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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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445 reviews on
Francesco Palma
Francesco Palma
2022-02-07
Verified
Excellent service! I personally thank Joana who with her kindness was truly incredible! She's the number one in VZ ❤️
Read more
Quentin Audebert
Quentin Audebert
2022-02-04
Verified
Amazing, quick & efficient service! Thanks a million for your agility and professionalism. I definitely recommend your services! Quentin
Read more
Mark Harrison
Mark Harrison
2022-02-04
Verified
Setting up my business with Virtuzone made the process so easy and seemless! Not only just the initial process but the constant, ongoing customer support they provide is what really makes them amazing.
Read more
Mahi
Mahi
2022-02-03
Verified
I have been working with Virtuzone for the past 11 years and I am happy to say their services have been outstanding. I have just renewed my trade license with the help of Andriy, and he was extremely helpful, punctual, transparent and professional. Additionally my previous experience with all of Virtuzone's relationship managers has been excellent. I have always trusted that my company is in good hands with Virtuzone and you will not regret doing business with them.
Read more
Gustav Sletten Larsson
Gustav Sletten Larsson
2022-02-02
Verified
Nice and easy process with friendly employees. Joana kept me in the loop every step of the way and gave me the option to communicate via WhatsApp instead of email which made it easier to get quick responses if I ever had a question. Kelly made the medical check easy and stress free.
Read more
Lonneke Hendrikse
Lonneke Hendrikse
2022-02-02
Verified
I really appreciate the way Virtuezone has helped me, their staff is very friendly and really think with you into solving any issues or needs you might have. Especially Andriy and Hiba at Virtuezone stand out with their prompt responses and answers to all of my questions. I highly recommend Virtuezone 🙏🏼
Read more
Michael Fatboyslim
Michael Fatboyslim
2022-02-02
Verified
I am a very high profile entrepreneur who is constantly on the go with many projects, so when I decided to move to Dubai I needed a company I could trust and depend on to take all the hassle away from me! Cristina was my point of contact throughout and she made it completely stress free, I had done loads of research before selecting Virtuzone and they were miles ahead of other companies in terms of simplicity, I am a very needy client who expects perfection with zero complications and that is exactly what they managed to achieve for me, Cristina is a person who I found trust thoroughly and reliable, time is money and if I am investing in a service I expect them to know exactly what to do without adding me extra stress or workload! Any questions I ever had everything was answered even after the money was paid which is a great sign of a companies reputation towards their clients! I highly recommend Virtuzone The difference between Mikey and all others is you can tell the passion he has for cooking and his business which means customer satisfaction is always at the forefront of his mind, “simplicity” is the best word I could use to describe his meal prep company everything runs smooth never no stress or problems!
Read more
Ben Heron
Ben Heron
2022-01-28
Verified
Virtuzone have been excellent with helping me get set up. I worked with a guy called Erzhan and he went over and beyond to make sure that I had every question answered and the process was done in a fast and effective manner. I've recommended virtuzone to several individuals and they've had nothing but positive reports too. Thank you guys!
Read more

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