Mainland Companies in UAE Part (1)

Onshore/ Commercial Company:

Mainland companies are regulated by the UAE legal structure and government policies and are located within the limitation of commercialized geographical areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Emirates government.

The main feature of an onshore company registered outside FTZ is partial ownership of a foreign entity, at least 51 % shall belong to a citizen of the United Arab Emirates. And as a rule, an additional agreement is signed with him that actually he does not own shares of such company, except in the following cases:

  • Activities with 100% GCC ownership Businesses located in the Free Zones
  • Instances where GCC companies (wholly-owned) enter into a partnership with UAE national
  • Where the law requires 100% local ownership.

Commercial companies and Establishments (Onshore) can be of following types:

  1. Individual Establishment (UAE national or GCC national)
  2. Civil Companies
  3. General Partnership
  4. Limited Partnership
  5. Private Shareholding Company
  6. Public Shareholding Company
  7. Joint Venture Companies
  8. Partnership Limited with Shares
  9. Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
  10. Foreign Companies (Branch / Representative office)

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