Start a Branch Office in Dubai

Expand Globally: Start Your Foreign Branch Office in Dubai Today! Tap into the thriving business landscape of the UAE and access new markets with ease. Benefit from Dubai's strategic location, investor-friendly policies, and world-class infrastructure to propel your international presence to new heights. Let's embark on this journey together and unlock the boundless opportunities awaiting your business in Dubai.

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Embark on a journey of global expansion by establishing your foreign branch office in Dubai, the beating heart of the Middle East’s economic landscape. With its strategic location, unrivaled infrastructure, and investor-friendly policies, Dubai serves as the perfect gateway for companies looking to extend their reach into the dynamic markets of the UAE and beyond. Setting up a foreign branch office in Dubai not only provides access to a vibrant business ecosystem but also opens doors to diverse opportunities for growth and collaboration across industries.

Benefits of Setting up a Foreign Company Branch in Dubai


Great Location

Dubai is in a perfect spot, connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa. This makes it perfect for businesses wanting to reach customers in these areas.

Tax Advantages

Dubai has really good tax rules with no personal income tax and low corporate tax rates. This attracts businesses looking to lower their taxes.

Easy Setup Process

Dubai has rules that make it easy for businesses to start up, with simple processes and lots of support. There are also many free zones for businesses.

Modern Infrastructure

Dubai has top-notch facilities like modern transport, advanced communication systems, and excellent logistics.

Skilled Workers

In Dubai, there are smart and educated candidates, including many from different countries, making up a skilled workforce.

Global Access

Dubai's strategic location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa provides unparalleled access to key markets, facilitating trade and business expansion opportunities.

Business-Friendly Environment

Dubai's pro-business policies, investor-friendly regulations, and efficient government services make it an ideal destination for foreign companies seeking to establish a presence in the region.

Vista Business Setup can assist you in setting up your foreign company branch in the UAE. Contact us for a free consultation!

Steps for Setting up a Foreign Branch Office in Dubai


setting up a foreign branch office in Dubai

Trade Name Reservation

Reserve Your Trade Name for Your Foreign Branch in Dubai. Ensure your unique brand presence in the vibrant market of Dubai.

Submit Owner's passport copy

Submit passport copies of the branch office owners to the relevant authorities.

Submit your Visa or Emirates ID

If you are a UAE resident you can submit your ID otherwise you have to submit your Visa.

Get Initial Approval

Obtain Initial Business License Approval for Your Foreign Branch in Dubai.

Get Tenancy Contract (Ejari)

Tenancy contract or Ejari is the proof of your physical address in the UAE.

Sign a Memorandum of Association (MOA)

Sign the Memorandum of Association (MOA) for Your Foreign Branch in Dubai.

Pay the Fees

After submitting all the documents you have to pay the fees.

Get your License

After completing all the steps you can receive your foreign company license.

Proceed with Your Visa

Apply for residence visas so that you can legally stay in the UAE.

Documents Required to Open a Branch Office in Dubai

While setting up your company as a foreign company branch, the following documents are required to be submitted to the concerned authority:
  • Visa Copy or Emirates ID
  • Passport Copies
  • Incorporation Certificate
  • Certificate of Continuity or Existence or Good Standing
  • MOA and AOA of Parent Company
  • NOC from External Authorities (if required)
  • Power of Attorney (if required)


A branch office is a business entity established by a foreign company to conduct business in Dubai. Unlike subsidiary companies, a branch office operates as an extension of the parent company and does not have separate legal status.

The minimum requirements typically include obtaining initial approval from relevant authorities, appointing a local service agent, submitting necessary documents (such as a board resolution, memorandum of association, and certificate of incorporation), and complying with regulatory requirements.

Branch offices in Dubai can engage in activities that are similar or complementary to the parent company's core business activities. However, certain activities may require specific licenses or approvals from regulatory authorities.

Advantages include leveraging the parent company's reputation and expertise, having direct control over operations, avoiding the need for a separate legal entity, and benefiting from Dubai's business-friendly environment and infrastructure.

The timeline for establishing a branch office varies depending on factors such as the completeness of documentation, regulatory approvals, and processing times. On average, it can take several weeks to a few months to complete the setup process.

Yes, branch offices in Dubai can open bank accounts and conduct financial transactions, subject to compliance with banking regulations and requirements set by financial institutions.

Ongoing compliance requirements include renewing the trade license annually, filing annual financial statements, maintaining proper accounting records, and complying with regulatory requirements set by relevant authorities.