Top 6 things you need to know about trade licenses in Dubai



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    One of the first stages in realizing your ambition of starting a business in the world’s most renowned economic metropolis is to obtain a trade license in Dubai. The business setup services in Dubai give people a variety of possibilities, including free zone company setup in Dubai, mainland, and offshore company formation in Dubai.

    It is required to go through the entire procedure before opening a business in Dubai, beginning with registering your trade name in Dubai and finishing with the launch of your enterprise. To complete the process, you must get a General Trading License in Dubai based on your selected company structure and business operations. However, let’s start by understanding what a General trade license in Dubai is.

    Trade License in Dubai: A Quick Rundown

    You must have the necessary permissions for undertaking commercial operations while establishing a corporation in Dubai. A trade license in Dubai permits you to engage in the majority of activities. The Dubai Economy & Tourism (DED) issues the trade license. It also goes by the name “general trade license” and permits the following actions:

    • This license acts as the entry point for importing and exporting goods into and out of the UAE for companies formed in Dubai’s mainland or free zone.
    • You can sell goods and services in Dubai’s several emirates if you have a license.
    • Professional services like hospitals and art galleries also require it.

    Authorities for Trade License in Dubai

    The Dubai Economy & Tourism with institutional assistance from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is the statutory authority that oversees and controls the licensing procedures for an organization in Dubai. However, ministries and other authorities must approve licenses for some types of businesses, such as

    • The Central Bank of the UAE for financial institutions and banks.
    • The Ministry of Economy and Commerce for insurance companies and related agencies.
    • The Ministry of Finance and Industry for manufacturing.
    • The Ministry of Health for pharmaceutical and medical products.
    • Businesses involved in the production of oil, gas, and associated products are subject to more thorough processes.

    Types of trade license

    • Commercial licenses encompass all types of business activities.
    • Professional licenses include a wide range of professions, services, craftspeople, and artisans.
    • Industrial licenses are for starting a manufacturing or industrial operation.
    • Dubai cherishes tourism so much that it maintains a special license for enterprises in the tourist industry. As a result, this industry has its laws, regulations, taxes, compliance, and permits.
    • Additionally, under specific conditions, the Authorities provide various special licenses, including business operation permits and entrepreneurial business licenses.

    The Advantages of a DED Trade License

    As the UAE strives to attract more foreign direct investment, the DED trade license offers significant benefits to investors and business owners.

    Import duty is minimal
    Paid-up capital is not required
    Profit and capital are both fully repatriable
    A wide range of banking advantages
    Tax-Free zone
    Provides a portal for both domestic and international trade


    What are the procedures for acquiring a trade license?

    Before starting any business in Dubai, the processes listed below must be followed to fulfill the legal requirements of all relevant government authorities and to ensure maximum commercial profit for the business owner.

    • Choose the appropriate category for your company: commercial, industrial, or professional.
    • Determine all of the associated business operations that are covered by each business license (Maximum 10 per license).
    • Choose your company’s legal status in the UAE.
    • Choose an acceptable trading name for the company.
    • Send an application to the Department for preliminary approval.
    • After gaining first approval, register your trade name (if you haven’t already registered).
    • Lease commercial premises and obtain permission from the Authority.
    • Prepare the appropriate documentation, such as memoranda of association and permits from other relevant government agencies, as applicable to each case.
    • To receive the last license, submit one further application to the Department.
    • Pay the required amount.

    Renewal of Trade License

    Without renewing the trade license, one cannot conduct business in Dubai. HLB HAMT provides all the help you need to renew the trade license in whatever form you require. We’ll email you a reminder when it’s time to renew your license.

    HLB HAMT to Assist!

    Our extensive experience and in-depth local knowledge enable us to understand your company’s requirements. As a result, we are in a position to provide the best options and guarantee that your firm is set up with the least amount of difficulty and work. We take care of the technicalities so you can focus on the essential things, especially your business.


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