Foreign Branch Incorporation

The United Arab Emirates being a popular business destination, has always impressed people around the globe. After the country’s independence in 1971, a growth rate of 231 times has been recorded. The up-gradation of economic policies and regulations has led to the establishment of branch/ representative offices of a large number of entities. This office acts as a UAE extension of the parent company in another country. While branch office can market, promote and perform all the activities as per the main license, it still needs a separate license as per UAE regulations. The difference between a branch and representative office is that the former is allowed to generate profits, while the latter can only carry out the marketing activities of the parent company and hence is not allowed to perform business operations and profits generated thereby.

Documents required for the incorporation of branch or representative office in UAE

Parent company documents:

Incorporation certificate

Memorandum and article of association

Certificate of good standing/incumbency certificate

Power of attorney to appoint the general manager

Audit statements of the company for last two years

Other Documents

Passport copy of all shareholder/s

Passport copy of the general manager

UAE local agent's passport & emirates ID copies

Tenancy contract and EJARI for the office

Board resolution to open the branch/ representative office and to appoint a general manager

Documentation process for the license

Step 1

Review Incorporation details of the parent Company

Step 2


Step 3

Attest all documents from UAE Embassy in Home Country

Step 4

Legal translation
to Arabic

Step 5


Step 6

Trade Name
& Initial Approval

Step 7


Step 8

Office Facilitation

Step 9

Final Submission
& Obtain Trade License

Step 10

& Labour file Opening

Step 11

Obtain Investor/partner
/employee visa

Step 12

Bank A/c &
VAT registration

Except Dubai all other jurisdictions, E-channel registration is mandatory for immigration works

Prime Global Business Services can help you guide through the formalities pertaining to foreign company incorporation in Dubai. We, as a registered agent can act on your behalf, dealing all the paperwork hassle-free. Prime Global handles business formalities and support services required for your business set up. Our well-experienced team will study your requirements and help you achieve your goal so conveniently. Contact us today for a free walkthrough through the entire procedure!

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