In UAE when setting up a new business it's compulsory to have a local sponsor (UAE national) involved. A trading company must have legal documents to show that a national Emirati is a shareholder. Somewhat similar local business sponsorships apply in other GCC countries.
When setting up a new business in UAE, it is important to have local support (UAE national) involved. A national Emirati shareholder should be there when opening a trading company in UAE. A local sponsor is a UAE national/Emirati who acts as a service representative of your business when you set up a locally licensed company and do direct business in the UAE. A partner closely aligned to your goals and, supportive in every aspect of the business makes all the difference when doing business in the UAE, GCC and wider Middle East region.