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Offshore Company Registration in Dubai (JAFZA) - Business Starting & Setup

Want to set up a offshore in Dubai? We can assist you in starting a business or in buying a shelf offshore company in Dubai (JAFZA Free Zone) with a full package of necessary documents, legal advice and follow-up support. Incorporation of a offshore in Dubai includes provision of a registered office (for at least 1 year in any of our service plans), an apostilled set of constitutional documents, secretarial services and assistance with compliance fee and pre-approval for opening an account in banks of the UAE. The total price of offsgore company formation in Dubai includes all necessary fees and charges for the first year of operation, as well as full one-year nominee service (package Optimum).

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Registration of an offshore company in Dubai (JAFZA)

Emirate of Dubai

The Emirate of Dubai is the UAE’s second largest emirate and has a high reputation both within the UAE and in the world at large. The formation of offshore companies became possible in 2003 after special Regulations were adopted.

Company Name

  • Can be in English or Arabic.
  • Must not be identical or similar to the name of an existing company.
  • Must have an ending indicating the legal form.

Company Registration

Offshore company registration in Ajman includes the following steps:

  1. Select a company name to be checked for availability and the structure of the company (directors, members, secretary);
  2. Pay fees for services;
  3. Provide the documents for directors/shareholders/secretary (documents must be translated into English, certification of translation by a notary or professional translator is not currently required, documents should not be older than 3 months);
  4. Prepare and submit a set of documents for company registration, get the documents signed by the officers and shareholders of the company;
  5. Receive the certificate of registration, articles and seal in the specified address.

Confidentiality

The UAE does not have public company registries that would contain details of shareholders or directors. Information about free zone companies can only be obtained at the request of a local court.

The register of shareholders and directors of the company is not accessible to third parties.

Local Registered Office

An offshore company cannot rent an office in the UAE and, unlike a resident company, cannot be used to obtain visas for its employees or directors.

Dubai offshore company can own real estate in this Emirate.

Seal

Сompanies are required to have a common seal.

Redomicile

The redomiciliation of companies either to or from the UAE is permitted.

Company structure

Directors

The director can be an individual of any nationality.

Corporate directors can only be appointed out of those approved by the Registrar.

Secretary

The company must also appoint a secretary (may be the same person as director).

The secretary can be an individual of any nationality.

Corporate secretaries can only be appointed out of those approved by the Registrar.

Shareholders

The shareholders can be individuals or legal entities (except foundations and trusts) irrespective of their country of nationality/incorporation, and the company is not required to have local shareholders.

Beneficiary

Despite that many jurisdictions consider creating a public register of beneficial owners, the UAE does not have one yet. This means that there is no open access to the beneficial ownership information. It is stored by a service provider, namely a company registration agent, trustees, lawyers, accountants and other professionals, subject to strict confidentiality. Information about the beneficial owner can only be disclosed to regulatory authorities (for example, during inspections for its availability) or by court order.

Share Capital and Shares

There is no minimum share capital requirement, but there is a requirement to pay the share capital upon issue of shares.

A company can have par value or no par value shares, and can issue different classes of shares.

Core Services

— Incorporation

Price9 500 USD

— Annual government fees

Price5 800 USD

— Assistance with bank account opening

Price2 500 USD

Irrespective of the outcome of application

—Delivery of documents by courier mail

Price160 USD

DHL or TNT, at cost of a Courier Service

Nominee Director

Price1 140 USD

Paid-up “nominee director” set includes the following documents

Nominee Shareholder

Paid-up “nominee shareholder” set includes the following documents

Compliance fee

Compliance fee is payable in the cases of: renewal of a company, liquidation of a company, transfer out of a company, issue of a power of attorney to a new attorney, change of director / shareholder / BO (except the change to a nominee director / shareholder)

Basic

Price150 USD

simple company structure with only 1 physical person

For legal entity in structure under GSL administration

Price50 USD

additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

For legal entity in structure not under GSL administration

Price100 USD

additional compliance fee for legal entity in structure NOT under GSL administration (per 1 entity)

For client with high risk Status

Price250 USD

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