Civil company formation in the UAE require a minimum of two shareholders and while there is no official upper limit, the generally accepted cap is 50 – these can be either individual or corporate entities. Civil companies do allow for 100% foreign ownership, there is still a requirement to work with a Local Service Agent (LSA) in the UAE in order to service from the mainland. Unlike local sponsors, LSAs do not hold a stake in business. The role of the LSA is simply to liaise with government departments on your behalf – assisting with Licence approvals, work permit and visa applications and the like – for which they are paid either an agreed fee or a percentage of company profits. Incorporation of UAE civil company is an only possible by a certified professional from a specialized field. For e.g. Doctors, Auditors, Lawyers, Certified Consultants, Engineers, etc.