Foreign companies can open either a branch office or a representative company in Mainland UAE.

Below points are to be considered to establish a branch office or representative company:

  • A branch or representative company of a foreign company is an extension of its parent company; therefore, it is not an independent company.
  • A branch can conduct all activities of its parent company other than trading on Mainland UAE.
  • However, a representative company cannot conduct all activities of its parent company. It can only promote and advertise the products or services of its parent company.
  • In both cases, it is required to obtain approval from the Ministry of Economy.
  • In both cases, it is required to have a UAE national service agent that will not be a shareholder of the company.
  • Bank guarantee of AED 50,000 in favour of the Ministry of Economy is required to process the license.

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