BRANCH OFFICE

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    Overview

    Foreign companies wishing to establish a company in Dubai can apply for Branch Office.

    Legally a Branch Office is regarded as part of its parent company and not a separate legal identity. Activities are limited to those of its parents, as stated in its parent’s objects Articles of Association.

    It is required to be registered with the UAE Ministry of Economy and to provide a bank guarantee in the amount of AED 50,000 that is payable in favor of the Ministry of Economy (MOE).

    Obtaining a name and naming requirements
    For the Branch it is the same as the LLC but the Branch should have the same name as its parent, followed by the name of the Emirate in which the branch is established – for example, a branch in Dubai will have the suffix “Dubai Branch.”

    Officer requirements

    One general manager to be appointed by the parent company who will operate pursuant to a power of attorney issued by the parent company. It is required by law to appoint a Local Agent, who must be a UAE national or a company wholly owned by a UAE national and who has no entitlement to the business or the management of the Branch Office.

    Annual company returns

    There are no taxes payable, so no filing of tax returns (except for VAT) for both the Branch, however, annual audited reports need to be submitted to the Ministry of Economy (MOE) while renewing the license every year.

    Business registration filing requirements

    For opening a Branch Office, the board resolutions and corporate documents of the parent company have to be notarized and legalized in the country of origin including attestations by the relevant UAE Embassy. Passport copies of the general manager together with a copy of his/her last UAE visa is needed. The passport copy and Emirates ID card of the Local Agent will also be required.

    Local office lease requirement

    An owned or rented physical office space is required to set up a business for a Branch Office in Dubai.

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