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United Arab Emirates (Links Group) overview

Equiom United Arab Emirates

Links Group, an Equiom company, supports foreign organisations who wish to set up a business in the UAE, whilst safeguarding their status as business owners. Links Group can provide a number of solutions to suit your business needs should you already have a presence or be looking to expand into the Middle East. Equiom Group acquired Links Group in September 2016, allowing it to expand the geographic reach of both companies and broaden their respective service offerings.

There are many ways to enter the market in the UAE; from company formation, setting up or transferring sponsorship of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), establishing a branch, creating a market entry agreement or setting up in a free zone. Links Group is able to guide you through the process, helping you decide the most appropriate entry method, as well as support you with the administration that goes alongside setting up a business in the UAE; from Ministry of Justice approved translation services, notarisation & attestation, visa processing or payroll support.

Although many entry methods exist, the most popular entry method into the UAE is as a limited liability company (LLC). To form a LLC in the region, a foreign business is required to have a majority local shareholder - Links Group provides a UAE-owned National Company as the local partner ensuring clients are protected at all times.

By having a UAE-owned National Company as opposed to an individual local partner, clients have 100% owner control during market entry or exit, M&A activities or corporate restructuring. Clients are therefore able to build a business which they fully own and control, with no interruption.

Links Group pioneered a model in 2002 whereby a Links Group controlled corporate entity is able to act as the local partner, national service agent, shareholder or sponsor, thereby minimising the risks associated with appointing an unknown individual while also satisfying Commercial Companies Law. Partnering with Links Group means you will work with a highly structured board as your local partner as opposed to an unknown individual.

The first company of its kind to be endorsed by the Government of Dubai through a strategic alliance with the Foreign Investment Office (FDI) of the Dubai Economic Department, Links Group has an untarnished track record with over 300 clients, complies with the UK Bribery Act and is also Trace and ISO9001 certified, which means the high quality of its services are recognised worldwide.

Why choose United Arab Emirates?

  • Stable Financial Climate
  • Excellent infrastructure and telecommunications
  • Zero percent tax and import/export facilities
  • Global trading hub - stable trade relations with all countries
  • Ranked 26 in the World Bank's ‘Ease of doing business’ 2017 survey
  • Politically stable
  • Will host World Expo in 2020

  • Middle East Markets - UAE Business Awards​
    • Best for Foreign Business Safeguarding - 2018
    • Foreign Business Safeguadring Specialists of the Year - 2018
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    • Middle East Markets - UAE Business Awards - 2017

United Arab Emirates (Links Group) Services

Links Group, an Equiom company, supports foreign organisations who wish to set up a business in the UAE, whilst safeguarding their status as business owners. Links Group can provide a number of solutions to suit your business needs should you already have a presence or be looking to expand into the Middle East.

  • Company Services

    Our corporate insight gives you valuable foresight

    For clients thinking of setting up a new business or branch of a foreign company, or of consolidating the ownership structure of an existing company in the UAE, Links Group simplifies the process by providing an appropriate solution and structure for the company.

    Links Group has been providing its market-leading corporate services for over 15 years, helping clients to meet their business needs. Links Group has helped to incorporate, restructure and transfer sponsorship for hundreds of clients, protecting their ownership and controlling interests every step of the way.

    Once established in the UAE, it is vital to maximise the safety and security of your company’s assets. Many foreign companies choose to hold the local equity shareholding of their onshore UAE business outside the local jurisdictions through an offshore company establishment and corporate administration. Links Group can also support you with your offshore company formation, acting as your registered agent, and can support you with incorporating and managing these holding companies under the English Common Law jurisdiction of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) or Cayman Islands, amongst others. For clients, this translates into expert service, competitive fees and a quick turnaround time.

    We offer the following company services:

    • Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) - this entity must be majority owned by an Emirati local partner. A Links Group controlled corporate entity is able to act as corporate local partner thereby minimising the risks associated with appointing an unknown individual while also satisfying Commercial Companies Law
    • Establishing a branch of a foreign company in the region. This is, however, subject to market restrictions which Links Group is able to guide you through
    • Change of local partner to a Links Group corporate partner
    • Corporate restructuring to consolidate foreign party beneficial ownership and control
    • Offshore company formation
    • Free zone set up
  • Cybersecurity

    As a business or individual, we understand that your assets are important. SureCloud is an international provider of cybersecurity services which has worked with Equiom for a number of years to ensure the highest level of cybersecurity throughout our business. To pass on this invaluable expertise, we have engaged SureCloud in a referral agreement for SureCloud to help you remediate risks to assets, networks and data posed by cyber-attacks.

    SureCloud’s cybersecurity experts identify threats and vulnerabilities from a cyber perspective and help individuals and businesses to better understand how to protect their digital assets.

    The services offered by SureCloud encompass a range of preventative measures in cybersecurity for clients across the globe.

    SureCloud can offer private and corporate clients the perfect mix of technical expertise, service excellence and global reach. The cybersecurity services are offered by SureCloud, and Equiom receives a commission for referred business.

    SureCloud’s cybersecurity services include:

    • Online identity reconnaissance exercises to determine and demonstrate what information about you and your family is available online
    • Remote and local testing to identify vulnerabilities in your home networks
    • Ongoing support including face-to-face consultation, formal delivery, debrief session and liaison with your IT provider
     

  • Free zone setup

    Setting up a company or branch of a foreign company in a free zone can be a great way to start or expand your presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, an SME or even a multi-national corporation (MNC), Links Group can help you set up your business.

    Links Group provides an end-to-end free zone set up solution for individuals or companies and will guide you through the entire process. Links Group will help you choose the most appropriate free zone for your business activity, incorporate your business name, ensure your trade licence is issued quickly and even process the residency visas for your employees.

    With 45 free zones to choose from, Links Group will ensure your company’s needs are catered to every step of the way.

    You will benefit from:

    • 100% foreign ownership
    • 100% repatriation of profit
    • 100% exemption on import and export duties
    • Tax efficiency
    • Cost effective solution
    • Fast incorporation process
  • Notorisation & Attestation

    Links Group can assist companies and individuals with the notarisation and attestation of a variety of documents from over 70 countries worldwide.

    We are experts in getting your essential documents attested quickly and efficiently so you can concentrate on your business. Delivering an end-to-end attestation service across the UAE and working within a large, trusted global network to obtain the correct stamps from the relevant government departments whilst safeguarding the integrity of your documents. Where documents need to be presented in Arabic, Links Group’s in-house Ministry of Justice approved translators will ensure your documents are translated accurately and quickly.

    What documents can be attested?

    • Qualification documents; including degree certificate, high school certificates, professional awards and certificates
    • Registrar-issued documents; including birth, marriage, death and adoption certificates
    • Company documents: Memorandum of Association, Power of Attorney and Board Resolutions
    • Police Reports
  • Payroll

    Payroll Services

    Links Group, an Equiom company, can provide a complete payroll management and processing service in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that can be tailored to suit any company, regardless of its size or the number of employees.

    Our highly trained team can support your organisation’s needs, whether you are looking to reduce your operational costs or simply do not have the in-house expertise or resource available to support your business requirements. Links Group will ensure that it is up-to-date with all regulations in the region, so that you can rest assured your staff are taken care of both during their employment and long after they leave, including taking care of their End of Service Gratuity.

    Links Group provides an unrivalled level of service with a fully dedicated client relationship team on hand 24/7 to answer your questions.

    Our payroll services include:

    • Provision of a secure UAE complaint monthly wage protection system (WPS)
    • Assistance in obtaining mandatory UAE medical insurance
    • Introduction to Relocation Services
    • HR Consultancy Services
    • HR On-boarding & administration services
  • Translation Services

    At Links Group, the integrity of the source document is always safeguarded.

    A team of in-house UAE Ministry of Justice certified translators will work on your documents whilst ensuring that they all comply with local regulations.

    Links Group’s specialist translation service means that your documents will be officially authenticated and stamped as required by the UAE Ministry of Justice. The highly experienced in-house translation department can translate from English to Arabic and Arabic to English. With a wealth of experience working with a wide range of documents across all industries, you can rest assured that the translation service is professional and confidential. Links Group is an ISO-certified company (ISO 9001:2015), which means the high quality of its services are also recognised worldwide.

    Documents that can be translated in the UAE include:

    • Memorandum & Articles of Association
    • Certificates
    • Law cases, appeals, disputes and arbitrations
    • Police reports
    • Immigration documentation
  • Visa Processing

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has an established expat community where each individual must have a valid employment visa to work and reside. Links Group offers end-to-end visa services for any company in the UAE, whether you need employment visas, family visas, visit visas, tourist visas, short-term visas, mission visas or even visa cancellation.

    The multi-national, highly trained Labour & Immigration team can handle all PRO and visa formalities from start to finish. Links Group provides an unrivalled level of service with a fully dedicated client relationship team on hand 24/7 to provide clients with real time notifications.
     

United Arab Emirates (Links Group) Team

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