Local Sponsor Services in Dubai

'Local sponsor' is a general term used in the UAE to refer to local service agents and nominee shareholders (sleeping partners) in mainland companies with foreign investment. A sponsor has to be an Emirati (UAE national) with a family membership card (Gincia). Operating a business in the Dubai Mainland area requires a local sponsor to be mandatorily appointed.

Nominee Partner (Sleeping Partner) in LLCs

As per the UAE Companies Law and UAE Civil Law, to start a company with limited liability in a mainland, that is, a non-offshore company in a non-free zone, a minimum of 51% local equity is a must. Despite foreign equity in such a company not exceeding 49%, the profit distribution from it can be mutually agreed upon by concerned parties. Complete operational powers can also be granted to the foreign partner(s) or a third party on the memorandum of association. Only UAE nationals or companies owned wholly by UAE nationals may be considered for being nominee partner and paid a lump sum amount per year.

Local Service Agent

The branch of foreign companies and civil companies (single owner of a partnership) with foreign investments needs to have a local service agent appointed to comply with the regulations. These agents do not have any share in the firm also are not normally involved in the operations of the company and are paid a lump sum fee per annum - see what the normal sponsorship fee is

Normal Market Practices

Sponsors normally do not interfere in any of the Company’s activities. Although operational powers are being vested with the managing director/manager; local sponsors still holds power to sign on Immigration and Labour related affairs of the company. As there is normally no limitation on the number of companies they can sponsor; some UAE company local sponsors are the sponsors of hundreds of companies.

The Misconduct in the Market

No Access to Sponsor

There are many business owners in the market who do not have access to the local sponsor directly but through and PROs/consultants/lawyers. In such cases, the relationship between the PROs/consultants/lawyers and the client is crucial.

Busy/Unavailable Sponsors

There are sponsors who works in busy schedules and not available when required.

E-Signature Card

Most of the company owners are not registered with the labour department thus sponsors e-signature card is required for applying for work permits.

Our corporate nominee sponsorship wipes out all the above issues.


Sponsorship Fee Calculator

We offer highly professional accounting services at a reasonable price in the UAE. Do try our sponsorship fee calculator on the right to get an estimate of the price of local sponsorship services.

Disclaimer: The rate is calculated not based on any official data but what we charge as a sponsorship fee and what we have learned from the market.

We also offer corporate nominee services sponsorship for the same rate.

Corporate Nominee Sponsorship

Corporate nominee sponsorship can be availed by all limited liability companies across the UAE. The sponsor in such a case should be a corporate entity instead of an individual.

Important benefits of the local partner being an entity and not an individual is that the difference of personal relationship based traditional sponsorship to agreement based new system. The entity that acts as the nominee is built with a board of directors and holds power of attorney to act on behalf of the Company.

Thus, from the standpoint of corporate governance, for transparency and other factors, this implies sundry benefits for a foreign party, one of the most important ones being succession planning. Companies, while entering the market, often worry about the accountability of a local partner – as to the ramifications of the local partner changing his/her mind. With a corporate entity, the contractual terms still hold, thus imparting more robustness to the arrangement vis-à-vis having an individual national as the local partner. A nominee arrangement shall be executed.

Note: Corporate nominee sponsors can work only for limited liability companies - and not for branches of foreign companies or civil partnerships.

Why Do You Need a Local Sponsor?

The importance of the local partner in Dubai can be measured by the fact that the government has mandated by law to have a sponsor for foreigners for doing any activity from entering into the country to end the business in UAE.

  • Sponsor is required for any new business in the UAE
  • If you are trying to set up a business in the United Arab Emirates you would need the help of a local sponsor
  • If you need professional services for your business then you need a professional Local Agent to handle all of your Governments Services

Importance of Selecting a Right Local Sponsor in Dubai, UAE

With businesses booming in the UAE, entrepreneurs from around the world are looking to make the most of the business boom. It is important to have the right partner, due to the local laws and restrictions in place for foreign-owned companies and investors in the UAE. Hence, you require a partner who can add value to your investment and protect your rights in the business and in the UAE. This partner should help in the smooth establishment of your business. He or she should inform you of local compliance and laws and provide connections. This will help you to make your business a success. Considering the diversity of the market makes it even more important to have a well-connected agent on the ground.  The Agent should add real value to support your company.

Finding a Local Sponsor in Dubai – Commitbiz can help you.

We, at Commitbiz, handle all your local sponsor related requirements proficiently, so you can concentrate on your business growth! Right from business incorporation to office space, we cover it all. Our business setup consultants in UAE have years of experience in this field and can make the process hassle-free.

Contact us today for our services in the UAE.