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VAT in the UAE

12 February 2017

As announced in February 2016 by the UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs, His Excellency Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, the UAE will introduce a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 5% beginning January 1, 2018. The six other states that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region will also be implementing a VAT during this time and/or by January 1, 2019 at the latest [...]

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UAE Free Zones – The Key for Fulfilling Economic Substance Requirement

1 September 2016

Incorporating in the UAE offers the leverage to foreign businesses to keep up with the requirements of tax authorities for economic substance through its free zone (FZ) structures. Businesses of any size can now take the opportunity to locate their business functions in the UAE and benefit from substantial tax savings, while satisfying the criteria for economic substance. [...]

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Experts in company formation

We are

Experts in company formation

UAE  company formation

A global company, with offices in 4 countries, and over 50 dedicated staff.
SFM traces its origins back to the Swiss banking and finance sector. With the Swiss indoctrinated “client comes first” attitude, SFM offers incorporation services to the world. With this extensive experience and in depth incorporation knowledge, SFM now brings its client-focused expertise to the incorporation market of the United Arab Emirates. Our clients can rest assured knowing that we have over 15 years of experience and are professional in our handling of the incorporation process. A dedicated account manager, specialised in the field of company law and administration, will be your point of contact during the year and will assist you with your company administration, bank account opening and any other services that we offer. Our professional team of public relation officers on the ground are up-to-date with new laws and formal incorporation requirements by the various authorities. We commit to always reply to our clients' concerns within one business day.

SFM Quality Charter

What we offer!

We offer

The most competitive prices

competitive price

SFM's pricing commitment is derived from the fact that we always use our own personnel to initiate, follow up and process the necessary procedures, ensuring competitive prices and efficient operations. We are able to offer prices that are transparent, intermediary-free and among the most competitive. Because we do not use intermediaries or third party personnel to process any of our work, we have our ear to the ground and are up-to-date with the latest requirements to incorporate, establish residency and other related matters. Our professional team has had many years of experience in the processing of company and personal documentation here in the United Arab Emirates and we are happy to be able to put all of that experience and professionalism at your disposal.

One-stop shop and Single point of contact

We offer

One-stop-shop / Single point of contact / Turnkey solutions

UAE Company Formation fast and easy
  • Company formation;
  • Immigration formalities;
  • Accounting and auditing needs;
  • Bank account formation;
  • Advice on relocating; and

SFM will assign you your own dedicated Account Manager, who will be your only point of contact during the entire process of incorporation and visa affairs.


executive and implementation teams

We have

Professional executive and implementation teams

 Professional executive team

With our reputation for outstanding customer service and overall client satisfaction, we will guide you through the process of setting up your corporation in the UAE and then, at your instruction, assist in the formalisation of your residency in the country. You will be kept up-to-date and advised about all the ongoing processes and be kept abreast of the next steps to be taken to reach your desired outcome.

Confidentiality, integrity and due diligence

We keep

Confidentiality, integrity and due diligence


Confidentiality is one of the most important aspects of our work. We guarantee the privacy of our customers through three key components:

  • Our website is completely secure. The data entered by our customers on our websites is encrypted using SSL 128 bit certificate encryption.
  • Our IT infrastructure at our offices is fully secure in order to prevent any intrusion.
  • Our customer database cannot be printed, copied or exported. Thus, all confidential data or personal data of our customers is strictly confined to our offices.

In addition, SFM has been certified by TRUSTe, which confirms that our privacy policy meets all the relevant standards of the highest level. SFM's corporate standards ensure integrity in all our business dealings with our clients. We go to great lengths to ensure that a due diligence process is applied fairly but meticulously, all the time, protecting our clients and ensuring the processing of their requests with care and professionalism.

international association

We are

Member of leading international associations


SFM is a member of several reputable associations, such as the International Fiscal Association, the International Tax Planning Association, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services and more.
List of our different associations

We are also a member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.