Individual Establishment

It is an establishment owned by a sole proprietor to operate an economic activity (commercial, professional, industrial, agricultural or real property). An establishment’s financial liability is linked to the proprietor who shall be responsible for all its financial obligations.

The ownership in UAE resident companies have to be held at least 51% by a UAE National. This implies that an expatriate cannot have 100% ownership in a UAE resident company. However there are certain business activities that are classified as Professional Activites (Business Consultancy, Enginnering Consultancy etc.) for which 100% ownership are allowed to the foreign investors.

Civil Company

Civil Companies are formed to practice business activities that require utilization of intellectual faculties. The shareholders of Civil Companies are professionals who have substantial experience in the profession the company gets licensed to practice. The following are basic details on registering a Civil Company