Nowadays, Emirates has become the preferred business destination for all those who want to start a business in the MENA region
Out of the seven emirates, Dubai has the lion share in tourists and investors interests, due to its central location, rich investment market, and fast-paced growth, besides the limitless opportunities it offers with many privileges and credit for investors and business owners
Business is a legal entity that is registered in Dubai DED, which is subject to The UAE Federal Law No. 2 of 2015 on Commercial Companies.
So, if you want to start your own business in Dubai, whether it is a small or a big business, many steps need to be taken first.
Such as how to set up your business in Dubai, business investment opportunities and …etc.
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Key Steps To Start A Business In Dubai
- Determine business type/business activity
- Get pre-approvals
- Choose an office space
- Approval/ Permit of all concerned parties
- Register Trade Name
- Get The License
Let’s delve into more details…
Key steps to set up a business in Dubai
The UAE government offers many concessions and facilitation to help investors start an investment activity on its land, but some steps need to be followed carefully to start your own business properly.
This process can be broken into several phases.
Determine business type/business activity
Talking about determining the business type or business activity, enterprises can be classified into 3 types according to their business activities:
Identifying the activity of the business, in turn, helps in determining several things, the most important of which is the type of business, its legal form, and the bodies from which Permission needs to be obtained. The following are the legal forms of the companies and the activities allowed in the Emirates:
Determine the legal form of the business:
Your business’ legal form must be determined to register your commercial activity in the relevant authorities, such as the authority of Economic Development.
According to the legal form, businesses are divided into five types:
A Limited Liability Company. (LLC.) –
Limited Partnership (LP) –
Public shareholding company-
A public works company-
Private Joint Stock-
After completing the initial steps in the process of starting a business, you can get pre-approvals to help you get the approvals of all parties involved when necessary.
But foreign investors must get the approval of the directorate of residence and foreign affairs before getting the pre-approval.
Choose an Office Space
This step is so crucial in starting a business in Dubai, as all businesses must have an actual and physical location in the city, besides a certified lease accredited by the Emirate of Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority to receive a license. ITQAN will help you deal with all legal procedures and finding rental offices in Dubai.
When picking a place for your business many things should be considered
- The owner of the new license or the partner, who is a citizen must be the owner or partner of the site-based license.
- Total number of licenses owned by a citizen should not exceed 10 under a multi-license system on the same site.
- The company should be At least 200 square feet
Approval by stakeholders
The different activities of the company require the approval of some concerned parties, such as the Ministry of Economy for the insurance business, Ministry of the Interior for transport-related business, Ministry of Justice for legal advisory business, and The Civil Defense for the activity of selling firefighting equipment
Trade Name Registration
The business name of the company plays an essential role in determining the type of license to be granted to it, many standards and norms should be taken into consideration when picking a name for your business the suitable name
Void of inappropriate words or any form of public morals violation.
Not used by another company.
Reflects the business activity.
Getting The License
When all the previous steps have been completed, you can get the license after just a few more simple steps:
Annex documents required for previous steps and submit them to the Economic Development Service
– Payment of commercial license fees
– Registration of membership in the Chamber of Commerce
Finally, after getting a membership of the Dubai Emirate Chamber of Commerce, you can launch your business and start your business operations.
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