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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Virtuzone Corporate Services

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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Aun Chaudhary
Aun Chaudhary
Great experience and very humble & kind staff.
Анна Ивашкевич
Анна Ивашкевич
Great company! 🔥 3 days were issued all the documents and put a visa. I flew to the UAE, gave the completed documents and passport, the next day I had a medical examination, and on the second day I already passed the biometrics and received a visa! I am very grateful to the manager Mujeeb 😀who accompanied me everywhere, thanks to his help I did not sit in line even once. everything was very fast and without any questions!
Alexandra susanu
Alexandra susanu
They make it so easy and fast. Charles helped me through all the process. He was really kind and went beyond the deliverables to help me. I would really recommend their services.
Sarah Kanj
Sarah Kanj
So happy i worked with Virtuzone, i got the support and help of Yuliya Kireeva and Hammad Naeem, and everything was done perfectly and very quick. Thank you!
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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


  • 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.

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.