Procedures to Setup a Business in Dubai

You must fulfil some procedures and legal requirements for setting up a business in Dubai. Our team is well aware of the formalities required to set up a business in the UAE and can help you take care of all the below-given steps.

1. Determining and Identifying the Type of Business Activity:

Legal procedures to be followed and the fee structure may vary depending on the nature of your business activity. We help you understand your intended business activity before initiating the procedures so that there are no changes later.

2. Finding and Meeting a Local Sponsor:

As per the UAE jurisdiction, foreign companies or individuals opening a business entity need a local sponsor (service agent/company comprising UAE nationals) to open an office in Dubai, who will facilitate necessary licenses for the office without bearing any liability to capital contribution or losses.

3. Determining the Legal Form of Business:

Rules and regulations are different for different ownership types and business establishments. We serve the clients to determine and understand which type of legal/business activity is appropriate for their business formation.

4. Trade Name Registration from DED:

The company’s trade name distinguishes businesses and represents their nature and legal type. We serve the clients in starting a business in Dubai and registering the trade name from the list of available trade names provided by the Department of Economic Development Dubai (DED).

5. Obtaining the Initial Approval from DED:

An initial approval certificate is required to continue with the business license formalities that permit foreign nationals to practice desired business activity in Dubai. Approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai (GDRFA) is compulsory for foreign investors before getting the initial support. We help clients get all required approvals from the concerned authorities, including DED, and help them pay a legal fee for issuing a business license.

6. Fulfilling Licensing Requirements

Various types of licenses issued by the Dubai licensing authorities are:

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  • Agricultural License
  • Commercial License
  • Industrial License
  • Professional License
  • Tourism License
  • Vocational License

The Process of Birth Certificate Authentication

For us to get your birth certificate attested, we will require you to present us with the following documents:

7. Getting Approval for license submission from DED.

8. Obtaining Establishment Card from Dubai Immigration office.

9. Obtaining Labour computer Card from the Dubai Ministry of Labour.

10. Visa Processing Partners and Employees.

We serve the clients to get all the licenses, avail No Objection Letter from the deemed authority, and legal Arabic translation of documents by the legal translator. We provide the whole spectrum of PRO and government liaison services. Below is a selection of services that may be particularly relevant to you:

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  • Applying for visas (visit visas, short-term mission visas, long-term ones, etc.)
  • Company registration with Department of Naturalization and Residency Department
  • Work Permit applications, amendments, and cancellations
  • Setting up accounts or liaising with banks, Etisalat, Du
  • Arranging newspaper advertisements
  • Visa applications for maids and other domestic staff
  • Visa renewal application
  • Company registration with Ministry of Labour
  • Health insurance applications and renewals
  • Residence Visa applications and cancellations
  • Attendance at Notary Public with you for the signing of official documents
  • Arranging for documents to be translated into Arabic (please note that an official legal translator will handle translation at additional cost)