UAE National Partner for Starting Business in Dubai.

Business Setup in Dubai - Finding a suitable UAE National as local partner or local service agent is very important to setup and grow your business in Dubai.

UAE Nationals are permitted to have 100% ownership in all legal forms.

Expatriate investors are not allowed to have 100% ownership except in specified professional activities.

Where 100% ownership is not allowed for expatriate investors, a UAE National should be the majority (at least 51%) share holder .

The expatriate investor can own up to a maximum of 49% shares.

Where 100% ownership is permitted for expatriate investors, they should appoint a UAE National as Local Service Agent.

An LSA is appointed for a fixed remuneration as specified in the LSA agreement.

In an LLC, the profit sharing ratio may be different from share holding ratio.

Maximu 80% profit share for expatriate investors are permitted.

So, it is inevitable for expatriate investors to find a suitable UAE National as local partner or local service agent as the case may be.

For some activities, if you want to include a UAE National as partner, he must possess the specified qualification.

The major considerations while selecting a local partner is his reliability, dependability, qualification, reputation, ability and networking skills.

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