Free zone branch onshore

For companies based in a designated free zone but who wish to contract with clients in the mainland, you may be able to register a branch of your company onshore with the Department of Economic Development (DED).


This will enable you to conduct business activities outside the borders of your free zone without the need to maintain additional office space in mainland Dubai.

Applying for a dual licence has many benefits:

  • It’s simple, cost effective and quick to establish an onshore entity in Dubai
  • Improves levels of governance
  • No additional office space is required on the mainland
  • It opens up new market opportunities.


If your company is currently based in a free zone and would like to learn more, please get in touch with a member of the team who will be able to assess your company and guide you through the necessary steps of the process.

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