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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Business Setup in Dubai | Virtuzone – Company Formation in Dubai Specialists
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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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693 reviews on
Leo McAllister
Leo McAllister
2022-09-05
Verified
I highly recommend Virtuzone for setting up business in Dubai and they are great at joining the dots between a variety of disparate tasks. Laura was great at onboarding me and the set up and trade license part was a breeze. Aaqib took care of the residency part, which was also straightforward and nicely organised e.g. health test > Covid test > biometrics > ID card > residency done in 7 working days. On the other hand, UAE business banking is a very difficult process and don't attempt it alone! Thankfully Eugene is very adept at this and provided all the documents necessary to open my account stress free. However, for the bank itself, note that: - It will take around a month for the bank to open your account as they will ask a lot of follow up questions - Do NOT use an overseas phone number when applying! You will NOT be able to receive activation texts later on and you cannot change the phone number during the application (it will simply be cancelled). Just wait until you have a UAE number before applying so you can receive all SMS and phone calls. I can honestly say Eugene was a lifesaver in the banking process - I highly recommend him. Overall, I'm really pleased with Virtuzone process and it represents great value for money.
Read more
Deepika Rajani111
Deepika Rajani111
2022-09-05
Verified
I’ve been with Virtuzone for many years now. They deal with our trade license and visa applications. They’ve always been thorough, professional and extremely helpful throughout. What’s great is their team is very approachable, Kristine is my go-to and always happy to help, she makes it all much easier and knows her stuff! Hoping to continue being with them for a long time… thanks to the team at Virtuzone.
Read more
Ramcharan Balanarasimhan
Ramcharan Balanarasimhan
2022-09-02
Verified
Kudos to Virtuzone and Team. The process of getting the visa, emirates id is very very streamlined and most of them are visible to us. Have got the process completed in a month’s time and for the dependents too in a month. A very big thanks to Jocel Osea. Nice & polite person, who took care of my entire process.
Read more
mithun nambiar
mithun nambiar
2022-08-31
Verified
Virtuzone helped us in the process of opening our corporate bank account which was challenging as we had a corporate shareholding. Thank you Eugene for your quick support!
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Nikolay Vasilenko
Nikolay Vasilenko
2022-08-25
Verified
Virtuzone did a great job, everything is smooth. Special thanks to Nissar for guiding through the process here in Dubai!
Read more
Jaspreet Singh
Jaspreet Singh
2022-08-25
Verified
Nissar Sahib (PRO) came on time to pick me up and got things done, very swiftly. He treated me very nicely and with immense patience.
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Pat Ramaros
Pat Ramaros
2022-08-24
Verified
Virtuzone is very procative and efficient in the UAE. Eugene knows how to negotiate business deals.
Read more
Nicolai Starup Lee
Nicolai Starup Lee
2022-08-18
Verified
Great service. Virtuzone helped us setup our company in Dubai and they’ve been excellent. If we have any questions or concerns, they are there to help 24/7. I want to give a special thanks to Visa specialist Hammad, Driver Kelly and Driver Mohammad.
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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693 reviews on
Leo McAllister
Leo McAllister
2022-09-05
Verified
I highly recommend Virtuzone for setting up business in Dubai and they are great at joining the dots between a variety of disparate tasks. Laura was great at onboarding me and the set up and trade license part was a breeze. Aaqib took care of the residency part, which was also straightforward and nicely organised e.g. health test > Covid test > biometrics > ID card > residency done in 7 working days. On the other hand, UAE business banking is a very difficult process and don't attempt it alone! Thankfully Eugene is very adept at this and provided all the documents necessary to open my account stress free. However, for the bank itself, note that: - It will take around a month for the bank to open your account as they will ask a lot of follow up questions - Do NOT use an overseas phone number when applying! You will NOT be able to receive activation texts later on and you cannot change the phone number during the application (it will simply be cancelled). Just wait until you have a UAE number before applying so you can receive all SMS and phone calls. I can honestly say Eugene was a lifesaver in the banking process - I highly recommend him. Overall, I'm really pleased with Virtuzone process and it represents great value for money.
Read more
Deepika Rajani111
Deepika Rajani111
2022-09-05
Verified
I’ve been with Virtuzone for many years now. They deal with our trade license and visa applications. They’ve always been thorough, professional and extremely helpful throughout. What’s great is their team is very approachable, Kristine is my go-to and always happy to help, she makes it all much easier and knows her stuff! Hoping to continue being with them for a long time… thanks to the team at Virtuzone.
Read more
Ramcharan Balanarasimhan
Ramcharan Balanarasimhan
2022-09-02
Verified
Kudos to Virtuzone and Team. The process of getting the visa, emirates id is very very streamlined and most of them are visible to us. Have got the process completed in a month’s time and for the dependents too in a month. A very big thanks to Jocel Osea. Nice & polite person, who took care of my entire process.
Read more
mithun nambiar
mithun nambiar
2022-08-31
Verified
Virtuzone helped us in the process of opening our corporate bank account which was challenging as we had a corporate shareholding. Thank you Eugene for your quick support!
Read more
Nikolay Vasilenko
Nikolay Vasilenko
2022-08-25
Verified
Virtuzone did a great job, everything is smooth. Special thanks to Nissar for guiding through the process here in Dubai!
Read more
Jaspreet Singh
Jaspreet Singh
2022-08-25
Verified
Nissar Sahib (PRO) came on time to pick me up and got things done, very swiftly. He treated me very nicely and with immense patience.
Read more
Pat Ramaros
Pat Ramaros
2022-08-24
Verified
Virtuzone is very procative and efficient in the UAE. Eugene knows how to negotiate business deals.
Read more
Nicolai Starup Lee
Nicolai Starup Lee
2022-08-18
Verified
Great service. Virtuzone helped us setup our company in Dubai and they’ve been excellent. If we have any questions or concerns, they are there to help 24/7. I want to give a special thanks to Visa specialist Hammad, Driver Kelly and Driver Mohammad.
Read more

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