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We help you select the right entity type

  • UAE Mainland Company Setup

  • UAE Freezone Company Setup

  • UAE Offshore Company Setup

Your search ends here. The right expertise to help you set up your UAE company in the right jurisdiction, at the right price, in the fastest time-frame possible.

The right emirate to suit your preference

  • Dubai Company Setup

  • Abu Dhabi Company Setup

  • Sharjah Company Setup

  • RAK Company setup

  • All other emirates

Why work with Gulfvakil?

  • 15+ years of market experience

  • A trusted family consulting business

  • The best prices and offers guaranteed

Our Company Incorporation and Visa Services

Your one-stop shop for the entire company set up process.

1. Preliminary Advisory and Consultation

(1-2 days)


Preliminary consultations to vet your requirements propose various suitable options for you to set up your company, based on your requirements, budget, timeframe.

2. Misc. Approvals and Clearances

(4-5 days)


Assisting you with your trade name approval, immigration security clearance, background checks and more before the company incorporation process can begin.

3. Company Incorporation Process

(3-30 days, depending on jurisdiction)


Guiding you with all the required documents, due diligence processes and other steps of incorporating your entity in the United Arab Emirates. 

4. Incorporation Documents

(1 day)


Ensuring that all your incorporation documents (trade license, MOA, chamber of commerce certificate, share register and certificate of incorporation) are delivered to you.

5. Visa and Immigration Processes

(21- 28 days)


Assisting you with the necessary immigration processes to obtain your visa. These include medical tests, entry permit, EID application, visa issuance and visa stamping.

6. Corporate Bank Account Opening

(20- 60 days)


Making introductions to our valuable network of bankers in the region to help open a corporate bank account and avail other banking services for your business.

7. UAE Office Space and Flexi Desk Rentals

(1 day)


Helping you select the right office space, flexi desk, share office or coworking space solution for your business. We make the process simple, transparent and easy.

8. 24/7 Customer Support Available

For all our companies


For as long as you keep your company open with us, we guarantee you constant support on all corporate and administrative matters pertaining to your company.

6. Corporate Advisory and Consulting Services

For all our companies


Discounted rates and guaranteed high quality of service on all our corporate advisory and consulting services.

Frequently Asked Questions

We like making the process easy and transparent for you

How long does it take to set up a UAE company?

Depending on the jurisdiction this could take anywhere from 3 days to 30 days. Some freezones like SHAMS, Sharjah can setup an LLC in under 3 days, whilst some jurisdictions like DIFC can take upto 30 days for the complete process.

How long does it take to get my UAE visa after company setup?

Depending on the emirate you are applying from a UAE visa could take anywhere from 3-4 weeks. Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah have the quickest and most preferred visa procedure although it is very similar in all emirates.

How much does a UAE freezone company cost?

This greatly varies based on which freezone you consider. An LLC in SHAMS, Sharjah can cost you as little as 10,000 AED whislt a DIFC, Dubai setup may cost your about AED 60,000. It is advised that you ask us for a formal quotation for complete clarity.

How much does a UAE mainland company cost?

This greatly varies based on which emirate you consider. On average we recommend clients be willing to invest at least 40,000 to 50,000 AED for a mainland company in the UAE.

Can I own 100% of my UAE company?

In the case of freezones, yes, you are free to own 100% of your entity. In the case of mainland companies, 100% ownership may only be acquired under certain criteria. Contact us for details.

Do I have to be in the UAE to set up my company? Can I setup a UAE company remotely?

While some jurisdiction may require you to be in the country, most freezones can set up your company entirely remotely. We can help clients setup their UAE business 100% remotely.

How many visas can I get with my UAE company?

This depends on the visa quota you select. Generally most setups come with 2-6 visas readily available which you can use to sponsor yourself, your business partners, employees and all dependents (spouse, children, parents).

Start discussing your incorporation requirements

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Our hands-on approach to consulting and customer service sets us apart from our competition. We work closely with our clients to ensure that we help them get great ventures off the ground and love being part of their success.

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Popular Jurisdictions

The various jurisdictions and agencies we work with closely with to incorporate our clients' companies 

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Additional Resources

Articles, FAQ's, videos and more to help inform your company set up decisions

Mainland, Freezone, Offshore- Understand your options

What are the differences between mainland, freezone and offshore setups in UAE?

Mainland Company Setup

Commonly referred to as an 'onshore company', mainland companies in the UAE are licensed by the Department of Economic Development (DED) in the respective emirate. This is one of the most common setup choices for entrepreneurs and founders in the UAE.

  • Requires 51% local partner

  • Requires an office on mainland

  • Considered to be a credible setup with good substance

  • Convenient bank account opening process

  • Recommended for doing business with government and bidding on government tenders

  • More expensive than freezone setups

  • Subject to taxation and commercial law applicable on a federal level

Freezone Company Setup

Economic free trade zones, commonly referred to as just 'freezones' are jurisdictions that allow for more flexible trading terms and special incentives often for specific industries such as DTEC for technology companies and JAFZA for trading activities to encourage trade and entrepreneurship in these areas. These are still UAE entities and liable to abide by commercial laws applicable on a federal level.


  • Usually the cheapest and quickest option for setting up UAE companies

  • Allows 100% foreign ownership

  • 100% repatriation of profits

  • No mainland office required

  • Selection of the right freezone is important as not all freezones are perceived to have enough substance and credibility

  • All taxation and commercial laws on a federal level still apply to freezone companies

Offshore Company Setup

Offshore companies are entities set up with the intention of operating outside its registered jurisdiction. Such companies are subject to an entirely different legislation with various benefits and limitations. Such companies cannot have physical offices or residency visa quotas for owners and employees.


  • Various benefits for asset protection

  • 100% foreign ownership

  • 100% repatriation of profits

  • Cannot have an office in the UAE

  • Cannot do business in the UAE

  • Cannot sponsor visas in the UAE

  • Separate legislation that apply for such entities

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