Ras Al Khaimah, close to Dubai, is one of the fastest growing emirates in the United Arab Emirates. The emirate has also gained a reputation for being a transparent, tax free, corruption free, no red tape and inexpensive to do business jurisdiction. Ras Al Khaimah is the most popular offshore jurisdiction, with favourable business regulations, a prosperous economy and a stable political situation.

Ras Al Khaimah IBC, is a limited liability company which conducts its trading and business outside the Ras Al Khaimah and is intended for offshore activities. It takes up to 2 days to incorporate a company in the Ras Al Khaimah.

The Directors of the company may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere. At least one director is required and there is no requirement to appoint a local resident director.

The Shareholders of the company may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere. At least one shareholder is required, this can be the same person as the director. There is no upper limit to the number of shareholders and a shareholder can be a person or a corporation

The standard share capital of a Ras Al Khaimah is $1,000 USD. However, only one share of the share capital must be issued and paid up. Your company's share capital can be issued in any currency.

Company Secretary / Registered Office / Registered Agent

The company must have a registered agent and registered office in the Ras Al Khaimah. There is no requirement for local secretary.


The details of shareholders do not appear on public record compared to Directors details which are fully accessible.

Company Records

The company must maintain accounting records, however it does not have to keep records in the Ras Al Khaimah and there is no requirement to file accounts or a financial statement. There is no requirement for having audited accounts or a corporate tax return.

Corporation and other taxes

There are no corporate taxes for a Ras Al Khaimah IBC, except for annual government levy of approximately US$700.

Why use a Ras Al Khaimah Company.

The modern offshore legislation provides maximum flexibility in global asset protection and privacy protection.

Ras Al Khaimah offshore companies are commonly used for

  • Holder of bank accounts, fixed deposits, investment plans and any other financial or commercial title;
  • Owner of the shares of other companies or legal entities;
  • Owner of real estate and any other movable or immovable property or goods;
  • Manager and promoter of international business transactions;
  • International leasing of aircraft, vehicles, machinery and others;
  • Borrowing or lending money, paying or receiving commissions, royalties or others;
  • Marketing and promotion of products and services;
  • International trade of products and services
  • Adding an extra layer of confidentiality of UBO's identity

Our Formation Package

  • Registered Address and Agent
  • Company Secretarial Maintenance
  • Government fees
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Appointment of First Directors
  • Consent Actions of the Board of Directors
  • Share Certificates
  • Register of Directors and Members
  • Company Seal

We also offer Nominee and Management Services (Substance requirements) along with bank account opening and international tax planning.

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