Business license in the UAE

Types of UAE business licenses

  • IT (information technology) business
  • marketing services
  • legal services;
  • medical services;
  • educational services;
  • auditing services;
  • consulting services.

Professional License

This type of license is required if your company plans to conduct the following activities:
This type of license is required for companies whose activities are related to the purchase and sale of goods in the UAE and beyond. A commercial license gives its holder the right to engage in the following activities:

The UAE and, above all, Dubai attract millions of tourists from all over the world, it is one of the most popular tourism destinations on the planet. More than 15 million tourists come to Dubai alone every year, and their numbers continue to grow.

Tourism business in the UAE attracts many investors and entrepreneurs. To open a company in the tourism industry in Dubai and other emirates, it is necessary to obtain a tourism services license. This license is mandatory for travel agencies, tour operators and other companies whose activities are related to tourism in the UAE.

Companies that plan to conduct industrial activities in the UAE need to obtain an appropriate license. An industrial license is required for organizations that are engaged in manufacturing of any kind or packaging of goods.

There are a lot of peculiarities, legal requirements and other subtleties to be aware of when obtaining a license to set up a business in the UAE. At DUWAY Consult, we will make sure that your company obtains the correct license for your chosen type of activity – quickly, reliably and with a guarantee of the best price

If you want to open a brokerage company, a car rental or a store in Dubai, you need a commercial license.

There are more than 2100 types of business activities available for entrepreneurs, which are categorized by groups and classes. There are only 4 groups of licenses for different types of businesses, however:

Commercial License
Tourism license

Industrial License
  • offline and online trading (stores, etc.)
  • brokerage activities
  • work in real estate
  • rental and leasing
  • export and import
  • logistics activities
Obtaining a license for operating a business in the UAE is a prerequisite for the existence and functioning of any company. The license is the most important document of any company, it is the legal basis for the company’s activities in the UAE and abroad.

The procedure of obtaining a license, its cost and requirements depend on the type of activity of company and the place of registration. DUWAY Consult is versed in all the intricacies of opening and running a business in the UAE, as well as obtaining the necessary licenses in each of the emirates. We will ensure comfortable and fast licensing procedures, assist with license renewal and provide legal support in managing your company and conducting business activities in the UAE.


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