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Penthouse 1, Level 5 & 6
Gate Village 6
Dubai International Financial Centre

+ 971 4248 5300

United Arab Emirates


With its relative ease-of-doing business, well developed infrastructure, mature free zones and logistics base, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers a well-regulated and secure environment to do business in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Dedicated to the development of financial services, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a leading financial hub with an independent regulator and judicial system based on English Common Law.

Ocorian in UAE operates from our office based in the DIFC as a Corporate Service provider and a Fund Administrator regulated by the DFSA. We are also licensed in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to deliver a full suite of corporate services, management consultancy, accounting and tax consultancy services.

Our Corporate related offer includes company formation, corporate administration and secretarial services. Ocorian can also assist individuals, families and multi-national businesses wishing to establish a presence and/or structures in the UAE, including the provision of a registered office address. 

Ocorian Dubai is a fully-fledged operational office with services ranging from corporate structuring advice to company formation and secretarial services. We have also developed specialist expertise for a host of support services, including visa services and administration services in connection with running a UAE-based business.

Our services include:

  • Company formation services (Free Zone Companies, Offshore Structures, UAE Mainland Entities, DIFC and ADGM Entities)
  • Full range of fund administration and supporting services for DIFC Funds
  • Company secretarial services
  • Corporate structuring advice
  • Management consultancy
  • Fiduciary services (including provision of Resident Manager, Resident Director and acting as Registered Agent for UAE offshore structures and UAE foundations)
  • Opening of bank accounts
  • Accounting services
  • Tax advisory services
  • Human capital services - including visas, relocation and recruitment services
  • Tax compliance services

Absence of corporate and personal tax.
5% VAT introduced in 2018


Well-regulated and secure environment

Relatively fast and easy to set up a company, with approx. 45 free zones

2,000+ active registered companies in the DIFC

No currency risk, as the UAE Dirham is pegged to the US Dollar

Politically and socially stable environment



Office Location
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Rising numbers in the DIFC funds regime
2019 | 11 Mar 2019

Manager of Alternative Investments - UAE, Kathryn Miller, adds colour to recent statistics revealing the increased popularity of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) as a destination for fund establishment.

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Ocorian to attend Global Financial Forum, Dubai, 11th March
2019 | 07 Mar 2019

Managing Director of our UAE office, Nina Auchoybur is attending the Global Financial Forum on Monday 11th March in Dubai and is available for meetings.

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Introducing: Jersey International Savings Plans
2019 | 05 Mar 2019

The new International Savings Plan (ISP) vehicle is a welcome addition to the employee benefits market, serving multinational and international companies wishing to establish a flexible savings arrangement.

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8 ways good corporate governance creates company value
2019 | 04 Mar 2019

Regional Head of our AMEA Business Development, Nousrath Bhugeloo, examines the key benefits of good corporate governance.

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Ocorian's UAE corporate services team wins 'Top Performing Consultant' in DMCC Consultant Awards
2019 | 26 Feb 2019

We are delighted to announce that our UAE corporate services team has been awarded the 2018 'Top Performing Consultant' accolade at the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) awards.

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Ocorian to attend Private Client Dining Club Mumbai launch
2019 | 13 Feb 2019

The inaugural Mumbai event will be held on 15th February at the St Regis Hotel, with both Nina Auchoybur and Leevyn Isabel attending for Ocorian.

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Changing times - How foundations are changing private wealth management in the UAE
2019 | 07 Feb 2019

Wealthy families in the UAE now have local solutions for managing their wealth, assets and succession plans.

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New UAE domestic fund agreement shows promise for global investors
2019 | 24 Jan 2019

It will soon be possible to license and promote a domestic fund that is regulated under one jurisdiction, across the UAE. Kathryn Miller explores the benefits...

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Going places: Dubai announces largest ever fiscal budget and triples the size of its financial centre
2019 | 15 Jan 2019

In another move to augment Dubai as a financial centre of choice, it has revealed plans to triple the size of the existing Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) free zone and allocate a record budget for expenditures.

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Ocorian launches Dubai-based fund administration service
2018 | 10 Dec 2018

Ocorian is now regulated by the DFSA (Category 4 licence) to provide a full range of fund administration and accounting support services for domestic funds in UAE.

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Long-term visa system approved in UAE
2018 | 28 Nov 2018

In a bid to engineer a more attractive investment environment, the UAE Cabinet has approved a long-term visa system for a range of disciplines including investors and entrepreneurs and has provided the criteria that need to be met for in order to qualify.

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Change of Leadership at Ocorian
2018 | 21 Nov 2018

After nearly 15 years as CEO of Ocorian (formerly Bedell Trust), Nick Cawley will stand down from his position on 31 December 2018. He will be succeeded by Stuart Layzell, who is currently Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

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Explored: The Role of a Facility Agent
2018 | 19 Nov 2018

Following the recent introduction of Ocorian's Facility Agency capabilities to accompany our existing suite of corporate trust products, Ocorian's Director of Transaction Management, Chris Wilson, examines the key elements of the role in the evolving loan m...

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Ocorian licence extends Middle East service to give clients access to ADGM financial free zone
2018 | 15 Nov 2018

In a further expansion of its Middle East offering, Ocorian is now licensed in the Abu Dhabi General Market (ADGM) to deliver a full suite of corporate services, management consultancy, accounting and tax consultancy services.

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Why is now the time to invest in Dubai real estate?
2018 | 14 Nov 2018

It is now increasingly easier and affordable to own real estate within the Emirate of Dubai...

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Ocorian to attend STEP Arabia Conference in Abu Dhabi, 11th November
2018 | 08 Nov 2018

STEP Arabia seeks to address key issues that are faced by private investors of the United Arab Emirates when conducting personal investments and educate investors on the significance of careful estate and trust planning.

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Family governance in the UAE - DIFC Foundations
2018 | 06 Nov 2018

In March 2018 the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) introduced the Foundations Law DIFC Law No. 3 of 2018, for the establishment of foundations in the DIFC.

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10 reasons for setting up a Family Office
2018 | 05 Nov 2018

There are an ever increasing number of Family Offices being set up by wealthy families. Below we take a quick look at some of the main reasons these offices are being set up...

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Both Mauritius and the UAE enter global top 20 in World Bank's Doing Business 2019 Report
2018 | 01 Nov 2018

Following the release of World Bank's Doing Business Report 2019, both Mauritius and the UAE have risen to 20th and 11th respectively in the 'Ease of doing business' global rankings.

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Explained: UAE Free Zones
2018 | 30 Oct 2018

As a result of it being a federal requirement to have at least 51% of the shares of a company held by a UAE national, free zones were established in order to attract foreign businesses to the region wishing to have full control of their business.

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How import substitution is transforming the African manufacturing industry
2018 | 24 Oct 2018

In an effort to decrease their dependence on developed countries, numerous African nations are employing a strategy of 'Import Substitution Industrialisation' (ISI) to increase their self-sufficiency in the manufacturing industry and stimulate domestic prod...

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Why do business in the UAE?
2018 | 23 Oct 2018

As trade tensions and security issues continue to stunt corporate growth within the developed world, increasing amounts of foreign investors are looking towards the UAE as a destination in which to conduct business.

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Ocorian extends AMEA offering with full range of investment and expansion services
2018 | 02 Oct 2018

Following its acquisition of African and Middle East business services provider ABAX in April 2018, Ocorian launches a new package of services tailored specifically for those wishing to invest and operate into or out of the burgeoning AMEA region.

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NYC appointment gives US investors access to and from European and African funds market
2018 | 20 Jun 2018

US private equity and real estate fund managers can now access a full range of specialist European and African fund structures and SPC investment vehicles with the appointment of investment specialist, Nicolas van Heule, as Director of North America operati...

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RAMADAN: How to do business in the Middle East during the holiest month
2018 | 05 May 2018

Cultural awareness is recommended whenever you’re doing business outside of your home country - even small things can make a big difference to your relationships - but when it comes to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, knowing the culture is essential if y...

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The Future of Private Equity and Real Estate Fund Adminstration: a market insight
2018 | 23 Apr 2018

Ocorian's Alternative Investment team review the current trends in Private Equity and Real Estate Fund Administration.

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Ocorian's newly acquired ABAX Corporate Services wins 'Top Performing Consultant' in DMCC Consultant Awards 2018
2018 | 06 Apr 2018

For the second year running, Ocorian's newly acquired ABAX Corporate Services has been awarded the accolade of 'Top Performing Consultant' in the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre's (DMCC) annual 'Consultant Awards' - recognising the work and value of consulta...

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