Do you need a trade license in Dubai to sell on social media?

Yes to sell on any online platforms a trade license in Dubai as well as across the UAE is mandatory. The commercial law is also applied on various channels of social media.

Recent reports state that UAE residents may be penalised up to AED 500,000 for selling products or services online. The report said, without a proper trade license in Dubai heavy penalties could be levied. The report further stated that Facebook, Instagram and Whats App are the major channels used to sell products and services.

In the UAE social media channels are monitored and regularised by the UAE authorities. The aim is to practice a fair trade and protect consumers from uncertain online commercial frauds.

In 2018, the UAE Ministry of Economy along with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority had a massive shut down. The authorises shut down unauthorised commercial websites and social media pages selling without a proper trade license in Dubai.

The reports said the DED had ordered over 13,000 social media accounts to close in 2018 due to unlicensed selling. The social media accounts also sold huge number of counterfeit goods the reports mentioned.
Because of which the DED and the Dubai consumer protection took action against such social media pages.

Increasing number of unauthorised selling and online commercial frauds the Electronic Media Regulations law was launched in March 2019. The law stated that online activities carried out for commercial purposes must have a trade license in Dubai. The trade license in Dubai must be sanctioned from the Department of Economic Development and the National Media Council (NMC). The activities include selling of commodities, services or otherwise commercial use of any other online platform. The law does not highlight but includes commercial use of social media used by sellers, vloggers as well as influencers.

How to get a social media license in Dubai or sell on social media?

The Department of Economic Development DED provides business license in Dubai for companies willing to do business in the region. Any type of business be it online or offline must get a license from the DED.

To sell on the social media an entity must have a trade license in Dubai by DED and the NMC. The license will allow you to freely post and promote content related to products and services. The license will provide you freedom on creative level and allow you to run a full-fledged business.

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