Whether you’re hoping to run a 100-strong marketing agency, set up alone as a consultant, or sell handmade jewellery – if you’re doing it in the UAE, you’ll need a license.
That’s why one of the first things to do before setting up out here is to get to know the country’s licensing types and processes. The type of activity you undertake will determine the license that you need. For example, if you are going to manufacture goods, you’ll need a manufacturing license. If you are going to sell goods, you’ll need a commercial license, and so on.
Then there are more specific types of license, which brings us to the one I’m going to cover today. The technical services license is only suitable for certain commercial activities such as plumbing, maintenance work, and similar.
But while it is a specialised license, there is no specialised application process. With the help of a UAE company formation expert, you can obtain your license and be ready to trade within days.
Technical Services License cost in Dubai
The cost of your technical services license will depend on numerous factors. It is usually more cost-effective to set up in a free zone than in the mainland, for example.
Whether you have employees, the number of visas you apply for, and whether you require additional approval from industry bodies will also impact the total price to pay.
As a guide, you should expect to pay in the region of AED 15,000 for a free zone license, rising to AED 40,000+ if applying for a mainland license.
Starting your technical services business in Dubai
By following the steps above, it is possible to obtain your trade license and establish your business in Dubai.
However, it is always advisable to undertake the steps with the assistance of a registered company formations agent to eliminate any potential hassles that might arise.
With more than 15 years of experience in company incorporation, Worldwide Formations can help you get your business up and running within a week or two. We’ll manage your license and visa application and correspond with all relevant authorities for you. All you need to do is wait for the green light to start trading.
Every business in Dubai must list a business activity, or activities, on its business license. And it’s important that you list every activity that applies to your business when making your application. Failure to do so can lead to fines or even license revocation.
A step of the business incorporation process that takes on more importance here in Dubai is choosing your company name. That’s because as well as the need for a name that’s catchy and captures the essence of your business, you’ll also need to stick to the UAE’s clearly defined naming conventions.
In short, UAE company names must not contain any blasphemous or offensive language, any references to well-known institutions or any abbreviations of your name – though your full name is acceptable.
Your name should also have a legal entity attached to it, such as FZE or LLC. It must also relate to your business activity, not resemble the name of any other company and be available to register.