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When establishing a computer services business in Dubai, choosing the right legal structure is crucial. The legal structure you select will affect aspects such as ownership, liability, and taxation. Here are some common legal structures for businesses in Dubai:

1. Free Zone Company:


100% foreign ownership.

Full repatriation of profits and capital.

No import or export duties within the free zone.

No personal income taxes.


Limited ability to operate outside the free zone.

Some restrictions on the type of business activities.

2. Limited Liability Company (LLC):


Allows foreign ownership but requires a local sponsor (UAE national) who holds at least 51% of the shares.

Flexibility in terms of business activities.


Profit distribution is based on the ownership structure.

Local sponsor involvement is required.

3. Branch of a Foreign Company:


Allows foreign companies to establish a presence in Dubai.

Full control by the parent company.


Requires a local service agent (UAE national) to act as a liaison.

Must conduct activities similar to the parent company.

4. Professional License:


Suitable for professionals providing services.

100% foreign ownership.


Limited to specific professional services.

Requires a local service agent (UAE national) or partner.

5. Joint Venture:


Collaboration with a local partner.

Shared investment and risks.


Requires a detailed partnership agreement.

Profit distribution is based on the agreement.

6. Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC):


Allows public offerings.

Suitable for larger enterprises.


Compliance with regulatory requirements.

More complex structure.

It's important to note that the specific legal structure suitable for your computer services business depends on various factors such as the nature of your business, the scale of operations, and your long-term goals. Additionally, legal structures and regulations may evolve, so it's advisable to seek advice from legal professionals or business consultants familiar with the current laws and regulations in Dubai.

business/dubai_computer_services/business_plan/legal_structure.txt · Last modified: 2023/12/21 16:09 by wikiadmin