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Setting up a business in Dubai

All the information you need to start your new business in Dubai.

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Foreign ownership

Both mainland and free zone companies can be 100% owned by non-Emirati investors – but mainland companies operating in strategically significant sectors cannot have 100% foreign ownership.

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Free zone tax

Free zone companies are exempt from the UAE's 5% VAT and 9% Corporate Tax.

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