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Dubai Mainland Professional License


What is a Professional License?

A profession is a vocation that requires knowledge of some sphere of activity or science. A professional license (or certificate) certifies that you have qualification to perform a certain job. In the UAE it is the license granted by business licensing authorities to provide intellectual, advisory, or artistic services, such as carpentry, accounting and auditing, web design and development, information technology, beauty, consultancy, artisanship, photography and videography, and the like, to customers or clients. 
Professional trade licenses offer foreign investors 100% ownership of their businesses.

How can I get a Professional License in Dubai?

First, you need to decide on the type of business activity or activities, the type of legal entity and number of shareholders.
You also need to prove that you (or your partner/another shareholder) have the required skill or educational certificate specific to the activity applied for.
Other requirements can be delineated as follows:

  • Notarized and legalized documents (such as educational or professional certificates)
  • Approval of the proposed business activity and company name, in addition to approvals from other authorities (if applicable)
  • Copies of the shareholders’ passports and visas
  • An MOA
  • A contract with a Local Service Agent who may assist in the license, visas, labour card acquisition and renewal procedures
  • A lease agreement for office space

Though the investor is permitted 100% ownership rights, appointing a local service agent is mandatory to carry out the legal formalities. Nonetheless, the local service agent cannot file any claims or reserve any rights to possess or operate the company, thus having no other involvement in the company than the registration and renewal formalities. The investor is to pay an annual service charge to avail the company of the local agent’s services.
Be it a beauty centre, printing and publishing business, a professional tuition centre, a law firm or an art centre, your business has to be authorized by Dubai DED to legally carry out the said activities officially.
Make sure you are in accordance with Dubai DED’s requirements for business licensing. Otherwise, you are likely to end up facing fees that could have easily been avoided. The cost of the license varies depending on what and where you operate, but the need to have one remains constant throughout the UAE.

What type of activity do I need to apply for?

Do you want to start a new business in Dubai but are wondering how to? Do you want to know how to start a company that provide some service(s)? Doculand can get you started!
To get details about the type of activity of activities you need to apply for to incorporate your business and provide your service, simply speak to our experts to get all your questions answered.
Apply for a professional license with Doculand and get added support:

  • Required documentation and approvals from the concerned authorities
  • Visa application, labour quotas, translation services, etc
  • Local service agent with low, fixed annual fees
  • Assistance with office Ejari and opening of a corporate bank account

Advantages of choosing Doculand

We at Doculand help you contract a local sponsor and walk you through the process of getting you license issued. Whether it is a commercial license, an industrial license, or a professional license you need to be aware of the rules and laws of the relevant authorities’ procedures.

Dubai business registration process is basically easy. However, it is better if you get professional help from advisors in this field. As some business categories need prior approvals, it is extremely important to choose a proper consultancy to assist you in a successful onshore company setup.

Our Value Propositions

  • Customer-centric approach and value-for-money strategies
  • Commitment to timely and streamlined delivery of cost-effective and high-quality services
  • Credibility and reliability
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