Branch of a company is an extension or the additional presence of the parent company where the company can operate with the same name and carry out the same line of activities. The parent company can also establish the branch for the purpose of representation of their company in other locations as well.
In UAE, the branch of Indian Company can be established in two jurisdictions; namely, Mainland and Free Zone. In this article, we will discuss- “How to open a Branch Office in UAE” or more simply the formalities, approvals and requirements to establish the Foreign Branch in UAE Mainland and Free Zone.
Establishing the branch of Indian Company in Mainland is a complex process which requires drafting and authentication of legal documents at the country of origin. A local agent needs to be appointed to open the Indian Branch in the mainland; however 100% ownership of the company shall be retained by the parent company.
A service agent’s responsibility is to render labor and immigration services for the company. They hold no financial liabilities or obligations related to the company inside and outside the Emirate. In UAE mainland, the branch of Indian Company can be established as:
An Indian Company can establish its Branch in the UAE Mainland where the office here can operate the same activities of the Parent Company, however, Indian branches in the mainland are not permitted to perform commercial and industrial activities
An Indian company can also establish its Branch in the UAE Mainland as a Representative office. The main objective of setting up a Rep Office is to act as a marketing and communication office in the Middle East. Under this setup, the branch office cannot commercially trade or sign contracts in UAE.
The process of Indian branch registration in the UAE Free Zone is hassle-free; the registration process might take between 3 days to 30 days based on the Free Zone jurisdiction and the line of business.