What is a civil company?
Qualified foreigners can setup a civil company in Dubai to carry out professional activities. A civil company is a business partnership that is owned by two or more than two partners to practice a professional activity such as consultancy, marketing, management, IT, beauty salons, tailors, doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers or training, etc.
Who is eligible to setup a civil company in Dubai?
UAE nationals can conduct any of the businesses that are falling within this legal form, given that all the conditions are requirements are met.
Two or more than two GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) nationals can setup a civil business company for practicing a particular profession without appointing the local service agent. Although, if any of the partners is not a GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) national, it is required to appoint a UAE local service agent and/or entered as a partner with any percentage.
In case if the partner is a legal person (organization), its business activity should be the same as the new company looking to setup.
Two nationals of other countries can together setup a civil company in Dubai, provided a UAE local service agent must be appointed or entered as a partner with any percentage.
The appointed local service agent can be an organization (legal person), provided that all its partners must be UAE nationals.
What are the documents required to register a civil company in Dubai?
- Business registration form
- Passport copy
- Residence permit/visa (for non gulf cooperation council national)
- NOC from the applicant’s sponsor (for non gulf cooperation council national) for practicing a business activity (not applicable for investor or partner)
- 3 proposed trade names
- Tenancy contract attested
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