About Offshore:

Offshore companies are permitted to open a bank account in the UAE, however, they cannot issue work visas or have a physical office within the country. Offshore licenses are typically used as holding companies and are mainly incorporated for operations in foreign countries with financial, legal and tax benefit purposes. Offshore companies under free zones such as JAFZA and RAKICC can own real estate in the UAE.


  • Low startup cost
  • Speedy incorporation process
  • 100% tax-free
  • 100% foreign ownership permitted
  • No paid-up share capital or audit requirement
  • Multiple bank accounts

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Key Features:

Given below are the key features of an offshore company in the UAE:


A minimum of one shareholder is required and corporate shareholders are permitted. International corporate shareholders are required to have company documents attested.


A minimum of one director is required and corporate directors are permitted. Details of directors are not available on the public register.


Every company must have a secretary. A company director may also act as a company secretary.

Share Capital

No minimum share capital is required.

Annual Reporting

Every company must keep accounting records for 7 years from the date of inception. The accounts do not however have to be filed with the RAK authorities.

Process for offshore license

  • Choose business activity
  • Finalise company name
  • Complete incorporation paperwork
  • License issuance
  • Open company bank account