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Costs Involved for Starting a Business in Dubai

Last Updated on 12 October 2017 Posted on 14 January 2017 Author: Published in: Business Setup Published by: Shuraa Business Setup

Starting a business in Dubai can be a progressive decision as well as a challenging experience. When it is about company formation, the cost of setting up business in Dubai becomes an essential criterion. Comprehending with the business setup cost in Dubai as well as in various other parts of Emirates is vital, however, unawareness and lack of knowledge can lead to extreme undesirable overheads.

Nevertheless, while starting a business in Dubai, UAE here are a some of the questions that may arise:

  • Where to setup a company in Dubai?
  • How to estimate a business startup cost?
  • Is there any way to establish a low cost business setup in Dubai?
  • Which Dubai freezone company setup cost would be the cheapest?
  • Will I have to pay the Dubai business license cost in advance?
  • Are there any affordable business solutions in Dubai or cheap business setup services in UAE?
  • What are the charges or cost of LLC company formation in Dubai?
  • What are the charges allocated by the Dubai Government for setting up a business?

If you are also wondering or questioning yourself these things, then here is the answer to all your queries;

Government alters the business setup cost in Dubai from time to time and having a fixed cost or fees is unlikely. Hence under such instances, well-informed and affordable business setup services in Dubai

let entrepreneurs know the charges included at an initial stage, keep them updated with fluctuating judicial prices, alert them about the instability in the governmental expenses, advise them on probable expenditures and save from incurring unwanted disbursements.

Cost of setting up a company in Dubai also depends on the business activity, the opted jurisdiction for setting up the business, the approvals and certifications involved and so on. Nevertheless, to make things simpler Shuraa Business Setup has listed the current and the standard costs of business setup in Dubai. The costs are separated in three categories - Mainland Business Setup, Freezone Business Setup and Offshore Company Formation.

Cost for Mainland Business Setup / LLC Company Formation:

COST OF FOR COMMERCIAL LICENSE, DUBAI (LOCAL+1 EXPAT)

License and Sponsor Fees

SR.NO

FEE

TYPE OF FEE

PERIOD

AMOUNT(AED)

REMARKS

1

Initial Approval + Tasheel

Gov't Fees

One time

220

 

2

Name Approval

Gov't Fees

One time

620

 

3

Typing of MOA

Typing centre

One time

575

 

4

Notarization of MOA

Gov't Fees

One time

1800

Approx.

5

Sponsorship Fees

Sponsor/PRO services

Every Year

15000

 Onwards.

6

License Fee

Gov't. Fees

Every year

7960

Approx.

Additional fees as per the requirement

1

Market fees 5% of Premises annual rent to be paid to Economic Department.

Gov't. Fees

Every Year

 

To be added once the annual office rent is determined.

2

Foreign name charges (If You take an Arabic Name the charges can be avoided because the /Arabic Name is Free)

Gov't. Fees

Every Year

2000

    

 

QUOTATION FOR PROFESSIONAL LICENSE, DUBAI (SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP)

License and Sponsor Fees

SR.NO

FEE

TYPE OF FEE

PERIOD

AMOUNT(AED)

REMARKS

1

Initial Approval + Tasheel

Govt. Fees

One time

220

 

2

Name Approval

Govt. Fees

One time

620

 

3

Typing of MOA

Typing centre

One time

575

 

4

Notarization of MOA

Govt. Fees

One time

1800

Approx.

5

Sponsorship Fees

Sponsor/PRO services

Every Year

15000

Onwards. 

6

License Fee

Govt. Fees

Every year

5600

Approx.

Additional fees as per the requirement

1

Market fees 5% of Premises annual rent to be paid to Economic Department.

Govt. Fees

Every Year

 

To be added once the annual office rent is determined.

2

Foreign name charges (If You take an Arabic Name the charges can be avoided because the Arabic Name is Free)

Govt. Fees

Every Year

2000

 

Terms and conditions are applicable to the costs as they may vary depending on the activity, business type, number of partners, judicial approvals, external permissions, etc.

Costs of LLC business setup in Dubai and UAE described briefly: (Please follow the price chart above to see the costs license-wise)

  • Initial approval from DED – 220 AED

The department of economic department DED provides initial approvals to start the business operations right away.  A nominal fee lets you start your operations for maximum 6 months, until then you can complete your other documentation as well. This is a onetime expense included in Dubai business setup costs.

  • Approving the Trade name – 720 AED

The trade name is basically the name under which you will be managing your company. In some instance, there are possibilities that the price may fluctuate on the basis of the name you demand. Trade Name includes fees such as – reservation fees, commercial name fees, foreign company name fees, and so on. It may further extend varying as per your mandate. Approving a Trade name is also a onetime cost.

  • Office on Rent for LLC Business Setup – Starting from 45000 AED (Per Annum)

Renting an office space for a Mainland Business Setup in Dubai is a mandate as it helps authorities to ensure companies are legitimate. Rented office locations allow officials to conduct inspections, monitor operations and ensure immigration laws adhere. Getting an office space for rent could be a yearly or a termly cost.

  • Attestation Memorandum of Association MOA – 1800 AED

Attestation of the Limited Liability Company’s Memorandum of Association is done between the partners or the shareholders of the company. The attestation cost may further differ depending on share capital although it is just a onetime cost.

  • Drafting the contract of LLC in Arabic and English – 575 AED

The contract of a limited liability business setup in Dubai is typed under the mutual consent of the partners. It is essential that the contract is drafted in Arabic as well as in English for better understating between all the shareholders. The translation cost may be incurred apart from the drafting of the contract. This again is a onetime cost.

  • Department of Economic Department Fee (DED Fees) – Starting from 9960 AED

The ministry of the economy also known as the department of economic development under every emirate charges a nominal onetime fee to register the limited liability company. However, there are other years’ fees that include this cost and depends on business-to-business.

  • Mainland Trade License Fee (Included in the DED Fees)

Acquiring a trade license is a onetime expense although depending on the activity of the business the trade license fee may vary. Sometimes it is also needed to show a security deposited while Trade License Fee. Licenses and other viable activities are under regular scrutiny from the departments and could involve probable cost on intervals.

  • Commercial License Fee / Tejari Fee (Included in the DED Fees)

The commercial license fee is also called as a Tejari fee that needs to be paid every year for engaging in commercial activities.

  • Chamber of Commerce Fee (Included in the DED Fees)

The chamber of commerce needs to be paid every year. The amount mentioned is for a general trading company. For an industrial or manufacturing company the cost may differ.

  • Commercial Services Improvement Fee (Included in the DED Fees)

A yearly fee paid towards the improvement works done by the governmental departments.

  • Administrative Services Fee (Included in the DED Fees)

There is also an administrative fee charged for all the paperwork by the department however it is a onetime expense.

  • Other important expense noted are –
    • General trading company formation one-time fees are applied – Starting from 25000 AED
    • Contracting license one-time fees are charged – 12000 AED
    • Economic department charges real estate brokers company fees – 10000 AED
    • The government charges a small percentage of the amount of the premises rented. In case of an office or shop, 5% is payable while for a warehouse 20% is payable.
    • Further additional charges may vary depending on the nature of the business setup.

Cost for Freezone Business Setup:

Cost for Freezone Business Setup

Sr.No

Service

Fees

1

Freezone company formation (FZ company formation)

Starting from 17500 onwards

2

Rental Cost

(Included FZ company formation)

3

Smart Desk

(Included FZ company formation)

4

Office Units

(Included FZ company formation)

5

Permanent Office / Warehouses

(Included FZ company formation)

6

Freezone License Fee

(Included FZ company formation)

7

Freezone Registration Fee

(Included FZ company formation)

8

Share Capital Requirements

(Included FZ company formation)

9

Freezone Visa Fee

From 5000 AED to 7500 AED

10

Bank Guarantee for Freezone

(Included FZ company formation)


Costs of Freezone business setup in Dubai and UAE described briefly:

  • Freezone Company Registration Fee - Starting from 17500 AED onwards

A registration is a one-time payment made to the freezone authority at the initial stage of registering a business. The cost differs according to the company type – such as FZE or Branch Office.

  • Freezone License Fee (Included FZC Registration)

This is a yearly charge functional to companies under a freezone jurisdictions. The licensing fees are applicable to trading companies, services companies as well as industrial companies. The licensing is done by the freezone authority of a particular jurisdiction – this is a single window procedure

  • Rental Cost (Included FZC Registration)

Office rent cost in Dubai freezones is among the first charges involved in a Freezone Business Setup – that provides you 100% ownership of assets and liabilities in the company. However, with convenience and control, there is also flexibility available while renting an office space. Freezone rental costs could be monthly/ yearly or even a lease of several years. Also, cheapest option for setting up business in free zone depends on the freezone jurisdiction and the renting choices the jurisdiction offers. Further, the rented place states the number of visas that can be obtained or the business activities that can be conducted.

Renting options available in the majority of the Freezone Business Setups:

  • Smart Desk: The most inexpensive way to start a freezone business setup is through Smart Desk service – which as the name suggest means having only a desk for yourself. This is best for freelancers or small-time businesses.
  • Office Units: Office units are small units created into a self-sufficient office space. The cost of an office unit under a freezone jurisdiction again depends on the jurisdiction selected.
  • Permanent Office / Warehouses: A permanent office is a full-fledged office space. Cost of a permanent office is comparatively more than a smart desk or office unity, nevertheless, it also offers more perks, same goes for a Freezone Warehouse.
  • Share Capital Requirements (Included FZC Registration): Establishing a freezone company requires investment by the shareholders of the company or the sole-proprietor. Decide the share capital at an initial stage as it makes the proceedings easier. The amount may either be equally divided among the shareholders or may also be a total investment within the company. Most of the freezones around Dubai, UAE have a minimum share capital requirement to start a freezone company.
  • Freezone Visa Fee – Starts from 5000 AED to 7500 AED: A freezone company has limited employment visa entitlement, that depends according to the area of office space acquired by the owner. Visa can be a yearly fee and requires renewal. For a new employee outside of UAE, expenses involve; Residency Stamp, Medical Fitness Certificates and ID Card. Whereas, for a new employee inside UAE has expenses such as Residency Stamp, Medical Fitness Certificates, ID Card, Issue visa without leaving UAE.
  • Bank Guarantee for Freezone (Included FZC Registration): Another expenditure for freezone companies is the prerequisite of having a Bank Guarantee. A freezone company needs to show a certain amount of bank guarantee for every employee.
  • Registered Agent Fee – Starts from 6000 AED: Unlike Limited Liability Companies, in a freezone a UAE local agent is required to mandate all the governmental procedures. This register agent needs to be paid for his assistance, it is an initial cost that can be repeated during the renewal of licenses and so on.
  • Other important expense noted are – (Depends on freezone-to-freezone)
    • Name Approval Charges
    • Notarization Charges
    • Insurance expenses
    • Premium bank account in Dubai
    • Typing and shipping fees
    • Medical check
    • Police clearance
    • Emirates ID card

Cost for Offshore Company Formation

Cost for Offshore Business Setup

Sr.No

Service

Fees

1

Offshore Company Formation Fee

Starting from 11000 AED onwards

2

Standard Share Capital

(Included in offshore company formation fee)

3

Offshore Registered Office Fee

(Included in offshore company formation fee)

4

Charges for Opening Bank Account

(Included in offshore company formation fee)

5

Nominee Services

15000 AED (Per Annum)

6

Offshore Business Maintenance Fee

7000 AED to 10000 AED (Per Annum)


Costs of Offshore business setup in Dubai and UAE described briefly:

  • Offshore Company Formation Fee – Starting from 11000 AED onwards 

An offshore company registration fees is a yearly fee. The registration fee varies depending on the offshore jurisdiction opted by the owner of the company as well as the business activity that will be carried out.

  • Standard Share Capital – (Included in offshore company formation fee)

An offshore business is a flexible instrument to conduct commercial activity as well as make investments. However, some offshore jurisdiction might have a requirement of a standard share capital, while some do not have any such constraints.

  • Offshore Registered Office Fee – (Included in offshore company formation fee)

Having a local presence is essential for incorporating an offshore company in Dubai. It is no compulsion to have a fully operational office subject to the business activity. Yet, having a registered address is a must. This expense is payable annually.

  • Charges for Opening Bank Account – (Included in offshore company formation fee)

Opening up a bank account is essential to commercially regulate in UAE. This is a preliminary expense, that only occurs once. 

  • Nominee Services – 15000 AED (Per Annum)

Directors, shareholders or related nominees are appointed for decisive and signatory purposes during the absence of the owner. The nominees are given limited rights by the owner and their services are chargeable.

  • Agent Fee (Included in offshore company formation fee)

Alike freezone companies, offshore business setups also require a local agent. This local agent needs to be paid for his services, whenever the company engages in any governmental procedures. Moreover, the UAE local agent has to be paid yearly as well.

  • Offshore Business Maintenance Fee – Starts from 7000 AED to 10000 AED (Per Annum)

A maintenance fees is paid towards the jurisdiction authority of the offshore region. This is an annual fee for the first legal year after which, the second year onwards a fixed sum is paid towards the offshore authority.

Please note that the business setup costs specified in the article are to provide budding entrepreneurs and business aspirants an overview of the principal costs involved in setting up a business in Dubai or elsewhere in UAE. Whether you are planning on investing your Dollars or Euros, these costs will be calculated in AED and may totally be different, conditional to the company type, business setup jurisdictions, the legal structure of the company and so on. To get the best quotes and a tailored pricing structure for your business startup or company proceedings, speak to our business consultants today!

Our business setup service providers can help you establish a business in Dubai or anywhere in UAE with ease and efficiency. These services are chargeable and a nominal amount is applied to the facilities provided by them. Nevertheless, it is worth, as it saves a lot of time, effort and most importantly money!

To know more on the cost of setting up business in Dubai or to find out low cost business setup in Dubai or in any other Emirates contact Shuraa Business Setup Service Providers, as we offer you the best prices in the market. Shuraa is a leading business service consultancy in Dubai and proficiencies in all the formalities and obligation involved while starting business in Dubai or anywhere in the UAE.


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  • Kindly let us know about procedure to set up a company in Bangladesh for retail business as such computer peripherals, Networking Products related to ICT items. After company formation, we require a place in computer market or any super market to run the business. please advice in this regards about shop rent, advance, license from authority for retail shop. Kind regards

    • Thank for taking time and commenting on the blog post, Mr. Anowar Hossain. As per your inquiry, we would like to mention that we cater company formation and business related issues only across UAE. We are extremely sorry that we won't be able to guide you through company set up in Bangladesh. However, our associates will contact you with regards to business setup in UAE. Please feel free to revert.

  • Roderick says : Reply

    hi what is the procedure to set up company in Dubai for general service please advice in this regards Thanks.....

    • Thank You for your enquiry, Mr. Roderick. Business Setup in Dubai is a detailed process and can be done through swift ways with our assistance. If you would like to know what is the exact procedure, you could refer to this link - https://www.shuraa.com/blog/2016/08/basic-guide-on-how-to-setup-a-business-in-dubai.html or call us for a free consultation! We have also forwarded your enquiry to our consultants and they will get in touch with you, with regards to your queries.

  • Ahmed Nasr says : Reply

    kindly let me know how much will it cost me if i want to start a transportation company in UAE as of free zone without local partner ship ? please i need to know all the details about how many bus required for opening ? should be there an account with minimum amount in the bank as of guarantee or not ?

    • Thank you for enquiring with Shuraa Business Setup. Mr. Ahmed Nasr, with reference to your query, we understand that you require a detailed consultation. Thus, we have forwarded your concern and a business consultant from Shuraa Business Setup will get back to you at the earliest.

  • Zahidq says : Reply

    Hello there, I have a small training business and I would like to register my company in Dubai to organise some of the trainings in Dubai and other parts of GCC.. What would be the basic cost.. I will be registering in few weeks so kindly be quick in replying so that we can take this to the next level.

    • Thank you for enquiring with Shuraa Business Setup. Mr. Zahid, with reference to your query, we understand that you require a detailed consultation. Thus, we have forwarded your concern and a business consultant from Shuraa Business Setup will get back to you at the earliest.

  • Hi sir how r u i wanna open llc licence for auto repairing and service station so plz can u send me the full details and quotations of licence

    • Thank you for your inquiry, Mr. Khalid Khan. We have forwarded your request for a quotation and a business setup consultant is working on the same. We will email you the related details at the earliest. If you have any other questions please book a free appointment with us or just send us a quick inquiry with your contact details and we will call you back.

  • Hello, I have a small e commerce website that is expected to be launching soon. As a start up business , please advice me the most economical way to register an advertising company for my website to start business in UAE market. We need a small office unit where 3 to 4 people can work. Should i go with free zone or LLC. Please advice.

    • Thank you for inquiring with Shuraa Business Setup Mr. Munzir. We understand your concern and have forwarded your inquiry to our business consultant, they will get back to you at the earliest.

  • S.A Raheem says : Reply

    Sir, I have an proposal from a Singapore based company to establish there company in UAE, primarily in Dubai. They want me to work from home office in the UAE for the 1st year with the primary objective of promoting their name and products and quoting projects and winning some contracts. The products they have are widely used in UAE similar to Sun Shades, small and large scale and upon winning the contracts it involves project management and sub contract all manufacturing and installation works to any local company. Kindly advise the licensing options with visa and company package fees. Thanks, S.A Raheem 052 2965067 Email: syedraheem69[AT]hotmail[dot]com

    • Dear S.A Raheem, thank you for a detailed enquiry on your prospective business venture. A business consultant is working out on your request and will contact you to summarise the legalities and requirements involved to start a business in Dubai.

  • I want to know an estimate cost of starting a saloon in Dubai or Sharjah including license cost and VISA cost

    • Dear Mr. Sunil Shahzad thank you for enquiring with Shuraa Business Setup. In order to tell you the specific cost, we would like to know which jurisdiction are you planning to start your saloon. Also, the costs vary for Dubai and Sharjah. Thus, we could advise you to book a free appointment or send us your contact details through a quick enquiry, in order to help you better.

  • I'd asked about canteen or small cafeteria business in Dubai, complete cost . How much amount is reauired . But no reply yet from Shuraa. Please tell me complete cost of licence llc or free zone, visa cost, place setup etc. How much minimum amount is required. Please reply me soon. And if possible contact me through urdu or hindi speaking consultant.

    • Dear Mr. Asif Mahmood, we have received your inquiry on Friday 22 Sep 2017 (which was an off day), however, we are extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused to you. To provide you the right answers to your concern, it is important for us to know which region are you interested to start a canteen/cafeteria in Dubai and what would be your specific requirements. A business consultant will call you at the earliest and solve all your queries.

    • Any where in Dubai. Both quotations are required llc as well as free zone. Which one will affoardable for me I go for that. I would like to know both cost llc as well as free zone. Preferable site us alqoze. I know not much well about Dubai

    • Sure, Mr. Asif Mahmood, we are working on your requirements and a business consultant has your contact details. He will email you the quotations and contact you with the suggestive locations that are affordable in Dubai.

  • alihasan says : Reply

    hello sir I want to start a small business in dubai which is called shuraa in dubhai can you please tell me how much it will cost ?

    • Hello Mr. Ali Hasan, Please let us know what kind of business setup are you looking for so that we can estimate and suggest you a certain cost accordingly. However, I have forwarded your concern and a representative will reach you shortly.

  • SHABIN says : Reply

    Hello, I would like to start a professional accounting firm any ware in UAE, with only 2 staffs (total 3 visa including me). Kindly advise me with minimum cost required to start this firm. Is it possible to start a professional firm in a freezone area?

    • Thanks for enquiring with Shuraa Business Setup Mr. Shabin. For a professional accounting firm in any of the free zones in UAE, the minimum sum for the license would be 20,000 AED to 30,000 AED. This will be costlier in Dubai, while other Emirates would be comparatively affordable. Also, each visa would cost up to 5,000 AED. Your cost of business setup largely depends on the free zone you choose. To get the exact cost, please speak to our business consultants at 971 4 4081900 or just send us a quick inquiry, with your contact details and we will get back to you.

  • Hi, I would like to register a Tax Consultancy ( professional services) company in UAE. Please tell me the minimum cost to be incurred for setting up of this company. Regards, Mallesham

    • Dear Mr. Korepu, thank you for enquiring with Shuraa Business Setup. As of this date, to start a Tax Consultancy in UAE, the License + Sponsorship + Setup costs would be around 30,000AED nominally. Whereas the visa and any additional approvals would be separate. Please note that you would also need to hold a degree in accounting with minimum 3 years of experience to start a tax consulting firm. For a tailored cost structure please feel free to call us at 043510077 | 044081900.

  • i need to ask about two setup. tell me complete amount included at lowest office rent price also. 1)- i want to setup Facility Management Company. 2)- i want to open cafeteria in dubai, in short word how much amount i required to do above.

    • Mr. Fazil thank you for enquiring about your business plans with Shuraa Business Setup. I would like to tell you that your business activities depend on the jurisdiction (area) of business setup that you may choose. The cost of business also fluctuates on the terms of the area; the scope of your business; the number of employees you may like to hire; so on. Thus, I would advise you to visit us for a free consultation or call us to get a tailored quote as per your requirements. For more information, contact us +971-44081900 or 050 7775554

  • Very helpful article.

    • Thank you for the appreciation, Krsity Glenn. For any queries related to business setup please feel free to speak to our representatives on +97144081900 or Whatsapp on +971507775554.

  • persy says : Reply

    Hey .i would like to open up a branch of language school or an institute in dubai. Could you guide me through the procedure of it and also the costing comes to open it? also recommend me the good location to start at and the rent per month??/ thanks will be waiting for your response.

    • Thank you for inquiring with us. To start a language institute under mainland jurisdiction, areas such as Sheikh Zayed Road, Bur Dubai or Business Bay would be an ideal option whereas if you are considering freezone jurisdictions then you can go for Knowledge Village. The rent of these place completely depends on the prominence of the area and the area space required as per your preference. Nevertheless, the main costs will include - KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority) sanction - 30,000 AED; Sponsorship costs will be 20,000 AED and License costs will be 10,000 AED. For tailored cost details please visit us or speak to our consultants. You may also leave us an inquiry along with your email address and phone number and we will get back to you with the best prices.

  • Hi. I want to open a painting and decorating company in dubi and start contracting projects. I wonder about the cost and visa requirements.

    • Thanks for inquiring, as per you query there are two activities from the DED that you can get a license for 1) Interior Designing or 2) Painting Contracting – under both cases the governmental obligations and fees are regular. But, the most crucial aspect that you must take a note of would be the local sponsorship fees which would range from 30,000 AED to 35,000 AED. The local sponsorship fee is so high compared to other businesses as one UAE national can sponsor only one such business under his name. Moreover, as most UAE nationals already have such businesses registered under their name, finding the ideal partner could also take some time. Nevertheless, if you have a known person who could sponsor you we can work on the mutual terms or else would also find an apt partner for you. I would suggest you to please visit us or leave us your email address with your contact number on https://www.shuraa.com/contact/ and we will get back to you with the best quotes for the same.

  • Wishing a good day sir, I need to know the complete procedure and minimum cot to set up business in Dubai mainland. I would like to start Book Keeping and VAT consultancy services in Dubai. Kindly let me know 1) how much cost involved, 2) how many days required 3) do I need to apply for seperate visa 4) I will the only investor and no employees 5) is it possible to set up business from Business Executive Centres. If yes, minimum rent payable for the same. Kindly assist me in setting up this service activity.

    • Dear Mr. Husain, Sorry for the delay in reply but we were trying to get the most up-to-date information for you. Firstly, Book Keeping and VAT Consultancy are distinguished as two separate business activities by the DED, thus the procedures will be done as accordingly. However, for Dubai Mainland, all the application for TAX or VAT related industries have been stopped as they are updating the process for the same. Likewise, there are a very few free zones all over UAE offering business setup for both of the services. Sharjah Media City or Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) could be your next option. For further details, please visit us or call us on +97144081900

  • Jojo Jose says : Reply

    How to start a business in Dubai or anywhere in Uae without any sponsor ?

    • If you want to start a business in Dubai or anywhere in UAE, a free zone would be an ideal option to have a 100% ownership of your company. However, if would like to start a business in Dubai mainland then you can make use of Investors Rights and Protection Contract with Shuraa Business Setup. To know the actual process on how to have complete control over your business contact Shuraa Business Setup right away!

  • Hi. I have a running services company in RAK (Freezone and Mainland), I have licenses under the same name from both the economic department and RAKEA. I'm planning on providing the same services in Dubai, do I need to obtain another license from DED or any other free zone in Dubai to do so? if yes, should it be a branch license, or a new company under the same name?

    • Thank you for enquiring Mr. Karzai. The best and affordable way to start a company in Dubai would be by getting a commercial permit from the Economic Department at RAK and start a company in Dubai on the same license from RAK. Because, if you own a mainland company, you can do business anywhere in UAE. However, if you are keen on getting an exclusive branch license or a new license, you can also go ahead and get it for the same business activity. For more details please contact Shuraa Business Setup

  • Shahab says : Reply

    Hello dear sir, Hope you are fine and doing well. Thank you for the very very helpful and full article. Thumbs up, I have a question as i have searched all over net, your article and concern was of much a help, so i would be glad if you could help me. I want to start a very small business like a freelancer but as a START UP, in animation and trailer and digital advertisemnt in social media, tv,web..... how can i do that.? What are th costs? Visa and.... also is it possible to start the business remotely? Work from home? In dubai. And licnese being for another emirate city like abu dhabi? In total what would the process and costs be for starting a small business not company, Thank you very very much in advance, for taking a look at my comment,شکرا

    • Dear Mr. Shahab Thank you for your inquiry. To start a digital marketing business you will need a permission from the National Media Council which will cost you 15000 AED yearly (as per current rates). Apart from that, the entire business setup costs along with documentation, registrations, sponsorship and business license would come up to 30000 AED. Working from home is not allowed for most of the businesses in UAE, thus you will have to rent an office space. If you are willing to start a business in Abu Dhabi we can only help you with sponsorship, however, if you want a business set up in Dubai or any other Emirates, we can surely help you with all the business setup procedures. For more details, please feel free to call us or visit Shuraa Business Setup for a free consultation.

  • Hii Hows you I’ll open my new restaurant businesses in Dubai how much total cost to start my business

    • Mr. Khan, thank you for the inquiring with us. As per your query - to start a cafeteria business in Dubai business license, permissions, name registration including the sponsorship fee will cost around 30,000AED (approximately). Further costs depend on the location of your restaurant, you can pick a location of your choice and suitability and get the standard fit-outs within your budget. To discuss your restaurant business setup and offer you affordable solution suiting your needs, I would request you to please send us your contact number on the quick inquiry or email at info@shuraa.com and Shuraa Business Setup representatives will be more than happy to help you.

  • Han says : Reply

    Hi we would like to check the cost of starting a company to distribute soft ice cream machine and also cafe drinks ingredients such as ice cream powder, latte powder and other beverage powder for coffee shop use in Dubai. Can this be done if we register the business in the free zone? Please advise us the necessary costs and licenses involved. Thank you

    • Dear Mr. Han, as per your query, you can go for a Food Trading License in UAE, which can be combined with another license (for selling soft ice cream machines) if you opt to start a business in Freezone. However, please note that business in the free zone will only allow you to trade on a B2B basis and not B2C basis. Nevertheless, before I tell you the precise cost, I would want to know which free zone would you like to opt for? Are you looking for something in Dubai itself or are you considering free zones outside Dubai - which would be a cheaper option? Also, the other variables in the cost would be the number of visas required by you and if you are willing to rent an office space or are ok with a flexi-deck? To help you better, I request you to please provide me with your contact number and our representative will call you, to thoroughly study the requirements and offer you the best price in the market.

  • Charisse says : Reply

    Thank you for this information. i learned a lot about Cost of Starting Business in Dubai

    • Thank you for the appreciation. We at Shuraa Business Setup guide you with the best and most up-to-date information in the market. For more information, please keep following our website and blogs.

    • Han says : Reply

      Hi. Thank you for your email. Trading B2B is fine for us. May i check with you other than the costs involved in selecting the free zone in Dubai itself or outside, are there any restriction for trade such as we are only allowed to trade within the free zone area or the whole of UAE and GCC? May i know the difference between an office space and flexi-deck? We are fine with either. For the visa, it would be for myself and one more staff. We will be starting small for starters. For the small warehousing for our powder and machine, we are thinking of probably renting a storage space with one of the storage providers. Is this allowed? Or it would be cheaper to rent a small warehouse space within the free zone? Thank you.

    • You may trade outside the free zone as well, but this will be limited to B2B basis only. An office space is an entire office that you may have it for yourself, whereas a flexi-desk allows you to have only one desk to work within a shared office exclusively offered by freezones in UAE. Flexi-desk would be ideal for small startups and yes you can also get a storage space. I would suggest you to please send me your number at sandhya@shuraa.com and we can talk about this, in order to help you better.

  • Shahab says : Reply

    Hello again sir how are you? hope you are fine and doing well. Thanks for getting back to me. Per conversations we had about nationalities, and being blocked and onhold.i have another question; what if the Person is somehow different. i mean with having a very good social media, good experience in work(animation),logo designer for special brands, and lots more.a very powerful resume,history in media ads and .... I mean what if being different from others with having such a good experience and resume. is there any exceptions for such a person? Or are they still blocked with that nationality. Many thanks

    • It is our pleasure to help you. In terms of nationality, I would like to know which specific nationality are you talking about because nationality does matter on various levels of UAE business setup. For instance, several nationalities in UAE are not given resident visas. However, there are times when good records and strong backgrounds do make a difference. The only way to check this is to apply for the same and wait for the authorities to provide an exception based on your achievements and background. There are mainly two levels of checking done - 1) while applying for the business license; 2) while applying for your Visa - if you pass out on these two processes, you can start a business in the UAE.

  • Sameer says : Reply

    Hi I am a healthcare professional working in Abu Dhabi. I am interested in starting my own Business in Uae preferably Abu Dhabi and dubai only. I am looking for a gen trading liscence or an llc. Please guide me with the process on how to start and also the cost. Trading with hospital supplies and items. Regards.

    • Mr. Sameer thank you for enquiring. As per your inquiry, you may acquire a Medicines Trading Commercial License - it will include trading of certain hospital supplies. Our representatives have already sent you a quotation with the best prices for the needful. If you need any further clarification, please feel free to reply to us and we will guide you with the needful.

  • Han says : Reply

    Hi Can you kindly let me know the cost for setting up our B2B business with the following requirements Food Trading License (Beverage Powder) combine with License to Sell Ice cream machine Free zone outside Dubai. Sharja 2 Visa Flexi Desk Optional: Cost of smallest storage space. Thank you

  • HI Plz send me queries report I start building materials business in dubai and autoparts.how much cost will spend in my business in UAE

    • Auto parts and building material business cannot be done in a single license. You will have to apply for two-licenses, which will cost you around 85,000 per license which includes registration, license, sponsorship, and office on rent. To understand the specifications please drop us an email on info@shuraa.com or send us a quick inquiry and we will call you back.

  • What will be the cost to start a donut or some cafe in any of the malls in Dubai

    • Starting a cafe in a mall would require you to get a professional license which may cost 30,000 AED approximately with all the governmental charges. You will also have to rent a place in the mall, which will be an additional cost. The cost depends on the mall where you would like to start the cafe. To understand the process call us on + 97143510077, +97144081900 or WhatsApp on +971507775554. You can also email all your queries on info@shuraa.com and our business consultants with help you with the needful.

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