Dubai Offshore Company

A Dubai Offshore Company is a reasonable choice to benefit from the stable economy, tax exemption and excellent banking facilities, as well as the favourable regulatory framework of the United Arab Emirates. The UAE comprises of a federation of seven emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al-Quwain and Ajman. Although the whole country offers the ideal environment for your offshore business, GWS Middle East is convinced that Ras Al Khaimah offers significant advantages.

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Formation and Dubai Offshore company comparison


  • A RAK company requires only 1 shareholder
  • No personal attendance required for the formation
  • Significantly lower formation fees
  • Both, a RAK offshore company and a Dubai offshore company are exempted from all corporate and income tax (including VAT)

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  • Dubai requires a minimum of two shareholders
  • The shareholders’ physical presence is required in Dubai for the formation
  • Auditing is essential for a Dubai offshore company
  • Cost of Dubai formation is significantlyhigher


An important aspect for foreign investors and global companies is the use of a UAE Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in establishing a UAE presence. Benefits of the double tax treaties will also apply to free zone entities established by foreign investors.