There are different ways of creating an establishment in the UAE, depending upon the activity to be carried out.
A Limited Liability Company registered with the Department of Economic Development, is the most common way of registering a company and it’s recommended where the purpose of the entity is to make sales within the region.
Please note, that 100% foreign ownership of such an entity is not yet permitted and in some cases (for example for real estate brokers) the company has to be owned 100% by a citizen of a GCC country (Gulf Cooperation Council).
In most cases you require a 51% GCC shareholder. Majority foreign ownership for LLCs is not permitted.
The main types of companies are:
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