Foreign companies wanting to have an established presence in Dubai without undertaking separate commercial activities can opt for branch offices or liaison offices, also known as representative offices. While the branch office is allowed to carry out the same activities as the parent company, the representative office will only act as a communication channel between the parent company and its partners or customers in Dubai. The main activities of a Dubai liaison office are:
Foreign companies are required to appoint a local agent when opening a liaison office in Dubai.
If you are interested in opening a representative office in Dubai, this video presents the steps and requirements to do so:
Once appointed the local agent, the representative office registration procedure can begin. The first step is to submit an application with the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), which is the equivalent of European commercial registers and obtain a business name for the liaison office. The second step is to file an application with the Ministry of Economy for the settlement of the liaison office. Once the Ministry of Economy allows the registration of the representative office, the local agent must return to the DED and submit several documents.
The documents the local agent must file with the DED and the Ministry of Economy are related to the parent company. These are:
The notarized agreement between the foreign company and the local agent together with the agent’s identification documents must also be submitted. It must also be taken into consideration that a liaison office may have up to four employees.
If you need assistance in drafting the documents required to open a representative office, do not hesitate to contact our company registration agents in Dubai.