A branch of a Foreign 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 representing their company in other locations as well. The Branch of a Foreign Company can be established in two jurisdictions; namely, Mainland and Free Zone.
However, it is now allowed for foreign professional and service companies to open their Branch in Dubai without Ministry of Economy registration whereas foreign companies registering their presence as a Representative Office must obtain registration with the Ministry of Economy. The main condition for opening a representative office or a branch of a foreign company in the UAE is to appoint a Service Agent who should be a UAE national. Standard Documentation Requirements for registering a Foreign Company Branch A foreign company is required to submit the following documents (standard) to the concerned authority(s) and obtain the necessary approvals for registering the branch in Dubai.