Dubai Development Authority issues licenses by industry cluster, allowing companies to operate in their respective sector according to the nature of their business activities.

Click here to view the business activities permitted in each cluster.

Businesses can choose from several legal structures at the time of incorporation. These are as follows:

A Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ-LLC) is formed as a separate legal entity, with shareholders as individuals and/or corporates. The minimum capital requirement for incorporation depends on the business activity.

A Branch of a Foreign or a UAE company is not a legal entity separate from its parent but is considered a place of business that forms a legally dependent part of the parent company and conducts all or some of the operations inherent in the parent’s business. No share capital is required to set up as a branch.

The Freelance License offers the ability to operate as a freelance professional. The License identifies you as a sole practitioner and enables you to conduct your business in your birth name as opposed to a brand name.

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