Are you looking to set up a business in the UAE and join thousands of entrepreneurs and businesspeople who have taken the step to become their own boss? Among 3,000+ business activities to choose from, here are some of the most popular ones that our clients are requesting. We will be happy to share our extensive experience with registering these licenses in a free, no-commitment consultation with you.

IT Consultancy
Real Estate
General Trading
(Import & Export)
Travel &
Event Management
Fashion /
Apparel Designing
Restaurant &
Electronics Trading
Business Management
Fitness &
Marketing Services


Discover the answers to the most commonly asked questions about setting up a business in Dubai. If you cannot find an answer to your question, submit your details in the contact form and our team will contact you right away.

Why should I register my business in the UAE through ExpressPRO instead of doing it myself?

With more than 65 jurisdictions to choose from, our experts will ensure that you choose the best option and register the most suitable business activities for your business plans. We will offer unbiased and transparent advice to ensure that you get it right from the get-go and will not face unforeseen difficulties down the line.

Furthermore, we have long-standing ties with the relevant government departments and will liaise with them on your behalf to save you time and hassle. Our team takes care of all your paperwork and applications, and your dedicated Account Manager will support you throughout the whole process.

Finally, as an official partner of all the most popular jurisdictions in the UAE, we ensure that we offer the best pricing and offer additional value such as bank account opening assistance, PRO services, VAT registration, shared PO box and much more.

What documents do I need to start my company in the UAE?

To start the process of registering your business, we only require your passport copy, a copy of your national ID card and a passport-sized photo.

How long does it take to set up a company in the UAE?

The duration of your company setup and visa issuance depends on the jurisdiction. On average, you will receive your company license between 1-7 working days, and your residency visa will be issued within an additional 7 working days.

What are the benefits of free zone business setup in Dubai and the UAE?

When you choose to set up your business in Dubai or UAE, a free zone company will provide you with 100% ownership. Free zone business setup is generally the most cost-effective option for your business launch in the UAE. Your free zone license provides you with maximum flexibility, allowing you to mix and match up to 7 business activities on the same license. Furthermore, you can sponsor up to 15 employees through your UAE free zone company.

What are the benefits of mainland business setup in Dubai and the UAE?

Certain business activities will require you to choose a mainland license. Any business activity that requires you to take a physical space (either a shop or a dedicated office) can only be legally operated with a mainland jurisdiction. Your Dubai mainland license will also enable you to trade anywhere inside Dubai and the UAE. The number of employees you can sponsor on your Dubai mainland license is unlimited.

What are the most popular free zone jurisdictions in the UAE?

Many people who are new to the UAE will search for a Dubai license, not knowing that all seven emirates offer very competitive advantages for business owners in the UAE. Currently, the most popular free zones that our clients are choosing are located in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.


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Mohsin Khan
Mohsin Khan
15:52 18 May 24
First of all thanks to Express PRO to have a man like Mr.Rohit I know he is giving me the right direction towards reaching my dreams. He is very professional, friendly, helpful and no matter how many... times I ask question they never failed to answer my concern and explained all the details that i need. I would strongly recommend their service if you want a better future here in Dubai. No words can explain how lucky I am to find a consultation company Expess Pro like this. All transaction were smooth and easy. Thank you again Mr.Rohit for all the help.They are truly knowledgeable, skilled and has empathy throughout the process. No doubt, the company’s success and the recommendations of their clients speaks for itself.read more
Sajjid Patel
Sajjid Patel
14:12 17 May 24
Rohit provided a very quick and efficient service to help us renew our company license. A big thanks to Rohit and the ExpressPro team for their thorough professionalism.
Muhammad sarfaraz uddin
Muhammad sarfaraz uddin
12:02 16 May 24
I recently contacted ExpressPRO to set up my business in Dubai and I couldn't be happier with their service. The entire process was smooth and efficient, thanks to their professional and... knowledgeable team. They guided me through every step, from company formation and trade license acquisition to opening a bank account.read more
Plat E
Plat E
07:51 14 May 24
This is the first time we setup business in Dubai. The business setup was done smoothly. When we moved forward to the visa processing, initially the information given to us was not been communicated... correctly by another department. Hassan had demonstrated his professionalism to make the process done in proper manner. Despite some delays in the process, which were entirely outside of Hassan’s control, he managed to navigate these challenges with grace and persistence. He helps us to solve all the problems and ensure everything was in order, his efforts did not go unnoticed. We highly recommend him for his outstanding service and dedication to his clients. Thank you once again for your helps!read more
Oriane International
Oriane International
08:00 07 May 24
Prompt reply and coordination and excellent services by Irshad Ismail. He assisted very professionally and helped me to get my license on time.
07:55 24 Apr 24
I am very lucky to met you, Hassan. Throughout the entire application process, I encountered issues like my name being written in reverse order, even during the medical check-up, you were online to... answer my questions in real-time. You were attentive to my worries even on weekends and during the Ramadan period. When Dubai faced its first major flood in 75 years, I still received your immediate response. Your dedication is truly commendable.The process for obtaining residency in Dubai is now longer due to the increasing population influx. Fortunately, applying through ExpressPro has been a breeze - fast, efficient, professional, and with prompt responses that provide peace of mind. I highly recommend this company. Once again, thank you, Hassan. May Allah bless youread more
Mj Tolentino
Mj Tolentino
13:45 23 Apr 24
As for my experience with the Express Pro company, they were very prompt in sharing updates of what is happening and the progress of documents.Double thumbs up to Mr. Paul's assistance on making... things happen at the promised certain time. We made the right choice coming to you and Thank you for your support. All the best to Express Pro.read more
Sheen Gurrib
Sheen Gurrib
10:02 22 Apr 24
I had such a smooth and quick experience. Hassan was so helpful, always keeping me updated and making sure it was done super fast! Strongly recommend!
Alessandro Nadalin (Alex)
Alessandro Nadalin (Alex)
13:06 08 Apr 24
Decided to process some of the visas in our family through them, they were extremely helpful and got everything done easily 🙂 I would gladly recommend Mahmoud Hafez, who we worked with
Erika Matullano
Erika Matullano
12:05 03 Apr 24
I recently had the pleasure of utilizing the exceptional services of ExpressPro for my business setup in Dubai, and I must say, it was an outstanding experience from start to finish.Professional and... Knowledgeable StaffI want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Paul Pasumbal, whose exceptional patience and dedication made the entire process smooth and hassle-free. His prompt responses to all my queries, unwavering support, and expert guidance were truly commendable. His in-depth knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile exemplify the professionalism at ExpressPro.I also want to acknowledge Mr. Hassan and Ms. Girlie for their efficient handling of all my documents. Their expertise and attention to detail were instrumental in ensuring a seamless process.Efficient Business Setup and Legal ExpertiseExpressPro.ae demonstrated a remarkable level of efficiency and expertise in navigating the legal and administrative procedures related to business setup in the UAE. Mr. Hassan for emailing me all the forms needed for the processSeamless Company Formation ProcessThe entire team at ExpressPro, especially Paul Pasumbal, Girlie, and Hassan Ali, delivered nothing short of professionalism, helpfulness, and extensive knowledge throughout the company formation process. Their dedication and support were instrumental in making my entrepreneurial journey in Dubai a reality.Expert Advice and Exceptional SupportI cannot thank Mr. Paul Pasumbal enough for his unwavering commitment to addressing all my concerns and providing expert advice at every step of the company formation process. His wealth of knowledge and genuine willingness to assist made a significant difference in my experience with ExpressPro.In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend ExpressPro to anyone seeking business setup services in Dubai. Their exemplary team, led by individuals like Mr. Paul Pasumbal, Ms Girlie, and Mr. Hassan Ali, sets a benchmark for professionalism, expertise, and customer-centric approach. Thank you for making my entrepreneurial journey a seamless and gratifying experience.read more
13:02 19 Mar 24
very efficient and knowledgeable about procedure and how-to of the legal and administrations procedures in the UAE. Hassan and Rohit have provided me with excellent guidance for my company set-up and... employee legislation process. I clearly recommend them with no reserve.read more
Umair Khalid
Umair Khalid
09:57 19 Mar 24
It’s been a good experience.
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