Business Types and Activities in Dubai UAE


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There are three types of trade licenses in UAE that you can apply for, depending on your business activity. Businesses involved in providing services need a professional license, and those involved in buying or purchasing goods will need a commercial license. Any company that wants to undertake manufacturing activities in UAE needs an industrial license. While applying for a trade license, you must clearly define all the activities you wish to undertake under the main company license. To know how to apply for your trade license in Dubai, please contact Shuraa Business Setup.

Dubai economic department (DED) trade license activity list in the UAE

According to the DED Dubai trade license activities list, commercial, industrial and professional activities are the following:

Commercial License

Advertising Aircraft and Train Spare Parts Trading Amusement Equipment and Supplies Trading
 Animal Skin Trading Art Production Auto Spare Parts Trading
 Bags, Packaging Materials and Paper Trading Banks, Finance and Credit Group Beauty and Baby Care Requisites
 Broadcasting and Communications Building Maintenance Building Materials Trading
 Car Rent and Passenger Transport Chemicals Trading Cinema and Theaters
 Cleaning Equipment Trading Commercial Brokerage Consumer Stores Group
 Contracting and Building Works Cooperation Societies Domestic Gas Distribution
 Electricals Trading Electronics Group Exchange and Financial Services
 Facility Management Filling Station Fish Trading
 Flour Mills Flowers and Plants Fodders and Animal Food Trading
 Foodstuff Supply Foodstuff Trading Fuel and Petroleum Products Trading
 Fuel Supply Furniture Trading Home Appliances Trading
 Insurance Investment Jewellery Trading
 Leather Trading Livestock Trading Machinery and Equipment Rental
 Mechanical and Engineering Equipment Trading Medical Eye Glasses Trading and Eyes Testing Services Medicines Trading
 Metals and Its Products Trading Office and Electronic Equipment Rental Other Personal and Trading Services
 Other Rental Services Other Trading Activities Packing Services
 Perfumery Pets Nursery and Trading Postal Services
 Poultry Trading Ready-Made Garments Group Real Estate
 Roastery Separate Trading Activities Ships and Boats Trading
 Sport Equipment Rental Sports Equipment Trading Stationary and Books Trading
 Supermarket Surveillance and Cleaning Services Tents and Tarpaulin Trading
 Time Sharing Tobacco and Smoking Accessories Trading Trading in Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
 Transport, Shipping and Storage Used Articles Trading Used Auto Spare Parts Trading
 Used Electronics and Furniture Trading Used Heavy Equipment Trading Vending Machines Trading
 Veterinary Equipment Trading Video and Recordings Waste Trading

Industrial License

 Appliances and Machinery Manufacturing  Block and Building Stones Industry  Bread Manufacturing
 Carpet and Mat Manufacturing  Casting of Steel and Iron  Charcoal Production
 Coating, Insulations, Seals and Protection Materials Manufacturing  Cotton and Metal Nets and Ropes Manufacturing  Equipment and Engines Manufacturing
 Fish Canning and Freezing  Fodder and Fertilizers Manufacturing  Food Industries
 Foodstuff Mills and Packaging  Glass and Chinaware Manufacturing  Glass Industries
 Goldsmith and Gold Repairing  Lenses Cutting and Glass Repairing  Light Aircraft Manufacturing and Maintenance
 Lighting Equipment Manufacturing  Manufacture of Batteries  Manufacture of Eyeglasses
 Manufacture of Gold and Precious Stones Cutting  Manufacture of Mats and Rugs  Manufacture of Medicines
 Manufacture of Motor Vehicles  Motorcycles and its Spare Parts  Manufacture of Petroleum Products
 Manufacture of Tyres and Rubber Products  Manufacturing of Bags, Shoes and Leather Products  Manufacturing of Chemicals
 Manufacturing of Garments and Rugs  Manufacturing of Paper and Paper Products  Manufacturing of Tobacco and Cigarettes
 Manufacturing of Wood, Wood Products and Furniture  Meat Processing  Metal Containers and Boxes Manufacturing
 Metal Home Appliances Manufacturing  Other Metal Industries  Oven and Stove Manufacturing
 Paper Home Appliances Manufacturing  Personal Requisites Manufacturing  Petroleum and Metal Extraction
 Pipes and Wires Manufacturing  Plastic Home Appliances Manufacturing  Plastic Industries
 Power Generation and Transmission  Separate Industrial Activities  Ship Building and Repairing
 Stationary Manufacturing  Steel Tool Manufacturing  Steel Workshop
 Structural Steel Manufacturing  Textiles and Products Manufacturing  Waste Collection and Treatment
 Water Manufacturing and Bottling

Professional License

Accounts  Agricultural  Animal Welfare Organization
 Applied Studies  Business and Professional Organizations  Business Aviation Association
 Business Council  Businessmen Forum  Car Registration and Transfer Services
 Charity Market  Charity Society  Cleaning Services
 Combing and Upholstery  Commercial Library  Consultancy -A- Agriculture and Soil
 Consultancy -B- Engineering  Consultancy -C- Petrol and Water  Consultancy -D- Management
 Information and Marketing  Documents Destroying and Storage  Education
 Event Organizers  Exhibition Organizers  Facilities Management Group
 Finance Consultants  Fishing and Fish Farming  Fishing Cages and Net Manufacturing
 Gents Salon  Gents Tailoring and Design  Government Liaison office
 Halls and Exhibition  Handicraft Workshops  Hospitals and Recovery Houses
 Institutes and Education  Insurance Consultants  Key Duplicators and Stamp Making
 Kids Salon  Laboratories  Labour Supply and Employment Agency
 Ladies Salon  Ladies Tailoring and Design  Laundry
 Legal Services  Livestock Farming  Medical Clinic
 Medical Laboratories  Motor and Motorcycles Driving Institutes  Motor Vehicle Repairing
 Not Grouped  Nursery  office of International Organization
 Other Engineering Services  Outlet Group  Personal Requisites Repairing
 Printing and Publishing Services  Recreation Halls  Regional Liaison office
 Repairing of Electrical and Electronic Appliances  Repairing of Equipment  Representative office
 Restaurants and Coffee Shops  Separate Professional Activities  Sewage and Cleaning Services
 Social Club  Social Work Activities  Special Purpose Firm
 Studio – Professional License  Studio – Trade License  Technical and Professional Workshops
 Translation Group  Typing and Translation  Veterinary Clinic and Women Clubs
 Sport Club
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