Stable jurisdiction located in a solid and fast-growing economy.
No influence/control from US or European watchdog organizations.
Tax exempt from all UAE taxes / DTAA with many countries.
International Company (Limited or Incorporated)
Corporate legislation source
Ras Al Khaimah International Companies Registry Regulations
No similar names permitted. Certain sensitive words such as Royal,
Imperial etc. that implies patronage of the United Arab Emirates
are not permitted
Time taken to incorporate
2 to 3 days
Are shelf companies available?
Usual minimum capital
No capital requirement
Minimum number of shareholders
Are bearer shares/shares of no par value possible?
Directors: minimum number/corporate: directors allowed/location
Secretary: mandatory/corporate Resident: secretary allowed/location
Is there a requirement for a Registered Office/Registered Agent?
Is any information required by the authorities prior to incorporation or prior to tax status being granted?
Basic identifying documentation is required on behalf of actual
persons incorporating (passport copy, bank statement, etc) or legal
persons (certificate of good standing, bank statement, etc)
What information is available on the public file?
What documents must be kept at the Registered Office?
List of bearers of bearer shares, basic company formation
documents (copy of formation certificate, Articles of Association,
Corporate books & seal
Corporate books and Seal required (but largely customary)
Are accounts required/filed?
The directors of every company shall prepare accounts for a period
of not more than 18 months beginning on the date the Int.
Company was incorporated or, if the International Company has
previously prepared a profit and loss account, beginning at the end
of the period covered by the most recent account.
Is an annual return required?
Where are meetings to be held?
Annual fees payable to the government: Tax/Annual Return Filing Fee
Renewal fees for the company are payable after a period of one (1)
year after the date of incorporation
Are there any exchange controls?
Double tax treaties
Restrictions on Activities
No International Company, which is incorporated under these
- carry on business with persons in the Zone; or
- carry on any other business which may, by regulations made
by the Authority, be prohibited by the Authority;
- carry on banking business in the UAE or the Zone; or
- carry on business as an insurance or reinsurance company,
insurance agent or insurance broker in the UAE or the Zone.
An International Company shall not be treated as carrying on
business with persons in the Zone by reason only that:
- it makes or maintains professional contact with legal
consultants, accountants, management companies or other
similar persons carrying on business within the Zone;
- it maintains books and records within the Zone;
- it holds within the Zone meetings of its directors or
- it holds a bank account in the Zone for the purpose of
conducting its routine operational transactions; or
- it holds assets in areas of the Zone designated by
If an International Company wishes to conduct trade or other
business outside the Zone but elsewhere in the UAE, it must obtain
the appropriate licence to conduct the trade or other business
activity from the competent authorities in the UAE.
An International company shall be permitted to hold a bank
account in the UAE for the purpose of conducting its routine
If an International Company wishes to conduct banking or
insurance business outside the Zone and the UAE, it must ensure
that it is appropriately licensed by the competent authorities in the
relevant jurisdiction. Neither the Authority nor the Zone shall have
any liability in respect of its failure to do so.