costs-involved-for-starting-a-business-in-dubai

Cost of starting a business in Dubai

Dubai is a popular destination among entrepreneurs and investors all over the world. As the Middle East’s business hub, the city boasts of excellent global connectivity and offers entrepreneur-friendly commercial laws. Therefore, starting a business in Dubai is highly profitable, also for its demographical advantage. However, when it comes to company formation in Dubai, understanding the costs for business startup is an essential criterion. Lack of information can lead to undesirable overheads.

Here are some questions that may arise regarding company formation in Dubai:

  1. Where should I setup a company in Dubai?
  2. How do I estimate the funds required for setting up a business in Dubai?
  3. Is there any way to establish a low-cost business in Dubai?
  4. Which is the cheapest free zone in Dubai for business?
  5. Will I have to pay the Dubai trade license cost in advance?
  6. Are there any affordable business solution providers in Dubai, or cheap business setup services in the UAE?
  7. What is the cost of limited liability company (LLC) formation in Dubai?
  8. What are the various charges levied by the Dubai government for starting a business?

Here’s what the experts say:

Dubai company registration cost is altered from time to time, so a fixed rate for various approvals and documentation is unlikely. Therefore, it is best to reach out to a well-informed and affordable business setup consultancy in Dubai. Corporate advisors help entrepreneurs get familiar with the charges levied at initial stages, provide update on fluctuation in judicial prices and other governmental services, and advise on probable expenditures saving them from unwanted incurring disbursements.

The cost of setting up a company in Dubai also depends on the type of business activity, the opted jurisdiction, the approvals and certifications involved and so on. To make things simpler, Shuraa Business Setup has curated a list of the latest standard costs of business setup in Dubai. The prices are listed under three categories – Mainland, Free Zone and Offshore.

Mainland business setup / LLC company formation costs

Dubai Commercial License CostDubai Professional License Cost
Initial Approval (one time gov’t fees) – AED120Initial Approval (one time gov’t fees) – AED 120
Name Approval (one time gov’t fees) – AED 620Name Approval (one time gov’t fees) – AED 620
Tasheel Fee (one time gov’t fees) – AED 230Tasheel Fee (one time gov’t fees) – AED 230
Notarization of MOA (one time gov’t fees) – AED 15,00Notarization of MOA (one time gov’t fees) – AED 900
License Fee (yearly gov’t fees) – AED 10,000 (Approx.)License Fee (yearly gov’t fees) – AED 5,600 (Approx.)
2.5% of the premises annual rent levied as market fees (now exempted) (yearly gov’t fees) – AED 500 Foreign name charges (If you take an Arabic name the charges can be avoided) (yearly gov’t fees) – AED 2,000

*Cost may vary in accordance with current government regulations

Services included in the cost of LLC business setup in Dubai, UAE

Initial approval from DED

The Department of Economic Development (DED) provides initial approvals to start the business operations. A nominal fee lets you begin operations for maximum six months, so that you have enough time to complete your other documentations. This is a one-time expense involved in Dubai the costs for business startup.

Approval for trade name

The trade name is basically the name under which you will be managing your company. In some instances, there is a possibility that the price will fluctuate based on the name you choose. Trade name includes charges such as – reservation fees, commercial name fees, foreign company name fees, and so on. It may further extend as per your mandate. Approving a trade name is also a one-time cost.

Renting office for LLC

Renting an office space for a mainland business setup in Dubai is mandatory as it helps authorities to ensure companies are legitimate. This allows officials to conduct inspections, monitor operations and ensure immigration are laws adhered to by your company. Getting an office space for rent could be a yearly or a termly cost.

Attestation of MoA (Memorandum of Association)

Attestation of an LLC’s Memorandum of Association (MoA) is done between the partners or the shareholders of the company. The attestation cost may further differ depending on the share capital although it is just a one-time expense.

Drafting the contract of LLC in Arabic and English

The contract of an LLC 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 one-time cost.

Department of Economic Development charges (DED fee)

The Ministry of Economy, under every Emirate, charges a nominal one-time fee to register LLCs. However, there are other yearly fees varying from business to business.

Mainland trade license fee (Included in the DED fee)

Acquiring a trade license is a one-time expense, although depending on the business activity, the cost may vary. Sometimes, a security deposit is also required to be made while applying for a trade license. Licenses and other viable activities are under regular scrutiny from the departments and could involve probable cost on intervals.

Commercial license fee / Tejari

The commercial license fee, also called Tejari, needs to be paid every year for engaging in commercial activities.

Dubai Chamber of Commerce fee

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce needs to be paid annually. The amount mentioned is for a general trading company. For an industrial or a manufacturing company, the cost may differ.

Commercial services improvement fee

This is a yearly amount paid for the improvement of works done by the governmental departments.

Administrative services fee

There is also an administrative fee charged for all the paperwork done by the department, however, it is a one-time expense.

Other important expenses –

  1. One-time general trading company formation
  2. One-time contracting license fee
  3. Economic department charges real estate brokers company fee
  4. The government charges a small percentage of the amount of the premises rented. In case of an office or a shop, 5% is payable, while for a warehouse it is 20%
  5. Additional charges may be levied depending on the nature of the business setup

Free zone company formation cost

The free zones across the UAE are governed by their own set of rules and regulations and thus, the procedures and charges for setting up a company also differ. While some aspects such as having a local sponsor, rental costs and visa fee are similar, other components such as smart desk, office units, warehouses, license fee, registration fee, shared capital requirements, visa fee and bank guarantee may differ based on your choice of area.

Here are the three most popular Dubai free zone license cost, according to Shuraa experts:

International Free Zone Authority (IFZA)
AED 17,900
(cost includes provision for one investor visa) and AED 11,900 (without a visa).
These prices, however, vary based on the type of company such as FZE or branch office.

Services included in the costs of free zone business setup in Dubai

Free zone company registration fee

This is a one-time payment made to the free zone authority at the initial stage of registering a business. The cost differs according to the company type – such as FZE or branch office.

Free zone license fee (included in company registration)

This is a yearly charge applicable to companies under a free zone jurisdiction. The licensing fee is applicable to trading companies, services companies as well as industrial companies. The licensing is done by the free zone authority of a particular jurisdiction, which is a single window procedure.

Rental cost (included in company registration)

Office rent cost in Dubai free zones is among the first charges involved in a free zone business setup cost. This provides you with 100% ownership of assets and liabilities in the company. However, with convenience and control, there is also flexibility available while renting an office space. Free zone rental costs could be monthly or yearly or even a lease of several years. Also, the cheapest option for setting up company in a free zone depends on its jurisdiction and the renting choices offered. Furthermore, the rented place states the number of visas that can be obtained or the business activities that can be conducted by your company.

Renting options available in majority of free zone business setups:

  1. Smart desk: The most inexpensive way to start a free zone business setup is through smart desk service, which, as the name suggests, means having only a desk for yourself. This is best for suited for freelancers and small-time businesses.
  2. Office units: These are small areas created into a self-sufficient office space. The cost of an office unit under a free zone jurisdiction, again, depends on the area selected.
  3. Permanent office / warehouses: A permanent office is a full-fledged office space. The cost of a permanent office is comparatively more than a smart desk or office unit, nevertheless, it also offers more perks. The same goes for a free zone warehouse.
  4. Share capital requirements: Establishing a free zone company requires investment by either the shareholders of the company or the sole proprietor. If you decide the share capital at an initial stage, the proceedings get easier. The amount may either be equally divided among the shareholders or may be a total investment within the company. Most of the free zones in the UAE have a minimum share capital requirement for starting a company.
  5. Free zone visa fee: A free zone company has limited employment visa entitlement, that depends according to the area of office space acquired by the owner. Visa fee can be levied yearly and requires renewal. For a new employee outside of the UAE, expenses involve a residency stamp, medical fitness certificates and an ID Card. Whereas, for a new employee inside the country, the  expenses include a residency stamp, medical fitness certificates, ID card, issue of visa without leaving the UAE.
  6. Bank guarantee for free zone: Another expenditure for free zone companies is the prerequisite of having a bank guarantee. A free zone company needs to show a certain amount of bank guarantee for every employee.
  7. Registered agent fee: Unlike LLCs, a UAE local agent is required in case of a free zone, 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.

Depending on the free zone of your choice, some of the other important expense to note are:

  • Name approval charges
  • Notarization charges
  • Insurance expenses
  • Premium bank account in Dubai
  • Typing and shipping fees
  • Medical check
  • Police clearance
  • Emirates ID card

Offshore company formation costs

Offshore company formation fee – AED 15,500
Standard share capital – No deposit required
Offshore registered office fee – N/A
Nominee services –  Included in formation fee
Maintenance / renewal fee (not levied in the first year) – AED 12,000

*Cost may vary in accordance with current government regulations

Services included in the costs for offshore business setup in Dubai, UAE

Offshore company formation fee

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

Standard share capital

An offshore business is a flexible instrument to conduct commercial activities 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

Having a local presence is essential for incorporating an offshore company in Dubai. However, there 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

Having a bank account is essential to operate commercially in the UAE. This is a one-time, preliminary expense.

Nominee services

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

Just like mainland and free zone companies, offshore business setups also require a local agent. This local agent needs to be paid on yearly basis for his services, whenever the company engages in any governmental procedures.

Offshore business maintenance fee

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

Important note

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 differ, with aspect 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 for free today!

Start your Business with Shuraa Business Setup

Our business setup service providers can help you establish a business in Dubai or anywhere in the 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 Dubai business set up cost or to find out the low-cost business setup in Dubai or in any other Emirate, contact Shuraa, as we offer you the best prices in the market.

121 Comments
  • Anowar Hossain
    Posted at 13:28h, 14 July

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 13:31h, 14 July

      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.

  • Anowar Hossain
    Posted at 17:56h, 01 February

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 10:15h, 02 February

      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
    Posted at 13:28h, 14 July

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

  • Roderick
    Posted at 10:59h, 12 April

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

  • Ahmed Nasr
    Posted at 13:28h, 14 July

    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 ?

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 13:31h, 14 July

      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.

  • Ahmed Nasr
    Posted at 00:14h, 23 April

    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 ?

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 09:30h, 24 April

      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
    Posted at 13:28h, 14 July

    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.

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 13:31h, 14 July

      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.

  • Zahidq
    Posted at 13:03h, 16 May

    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.

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 13:23h, 16 May

      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.

  • Khalid khan
    Posted at 10:24h, 19 July

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 10:40h, 19 July

      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.

  • Muhammad Munzir
    Posted at 09:52h, 16 August

    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.

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 10:06h, 16 August

      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
    Posted at 08:14h, 12 September

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 09:31h, 12 September

      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.

  • Sunil Shahzad
    Posted at 10:59h, 17 September

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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 11:14h, 17 September

      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.

  • Asif Mahmood
    Posted at 07:25h, 23 September

    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.

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 14:27h, 23 September

      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.

      • Asif Mahmood
        Posted at 18:00h, 23 September

        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

        • Shuraa Business Setup
          Posted at 09:55h, 24 September

          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
    Posted at 10:43h, 29 September

    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 ?

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 14:43h, 30 September

      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
    Posted at 17:37h, 02 November

    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?

  • Mallesham Korepu
    Posted at 00:27h, 12 December

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 10:46h, 12 December

      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.

  • Faheem Fazil
    Posted at 03:46h, 06 January

    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.

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 15:09h, 06 January

      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

  • Krsity Glenn
    Posted at 14:18h, 15 January

    Very helpful article.

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 15:14h, 15 January

      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
    Posted at 13:41h, 29 January

    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.

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 10:36h, 05 March

      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.

  • Adli aljabery
    Posted at 20:57h, 29 January

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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 10:20h, 30 January

      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.

  • Mohammed Husain
    Posted at 11:33h, 04 February

    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.

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 17:08h, 06 February

      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
    Posted at 00:59h, 22 February

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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 14:25h, 24 February

      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!

  • Jafar Karzai
    Posted at 01:31h, 23 February

    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?

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 15:05h, 24 February

      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
    Posted at 05:05h, 03 March

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 15:50h, 03 March

      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.

  • Rafeek khan
    Posted at 16:43h, 03 March

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

  • Han
    Posted at 02:03h, 05 March

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 10:41h, 05 March

      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.

      • Han
        Posted at 18:31h, 05 March

        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.

      • Shuraa Business Setup
        Posted at 11:43h, 06 March

        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.

  • Charisse
    Posted at 10:40h, 05 March

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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 10:43h, 05 March

      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.

  • Shahab
    Posted at 12:16h, 05 March

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 15:19h, 05 March

      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
    Posted at 01:27h, 11 March

    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.

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 11:09h, 11 March

      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
    Posted at 23:00h, 11 March

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 10:04h, 12 March

      Good Morning, Mr. Han, We have received your contact information, we will send you a detailed email along with the quotation on the following.

  • ABDUL RAHMAN KHAN
    Posted at 04:01h, 20 March

    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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 11:53h, 20 March

      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.

  • Jabir Shaikh
    Posted at 02:52h, 07 April

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

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 15:11h, 07 April

      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.

  • Kiran G
    Posted at 15:11h, 02 June

    I am planning to start a eCommerce site for selling Electronic goods in UAE Market. What type of licence is required what I want to do can you please suggest?

    • Shuraa Business Setup
      Posted at 11:05h, 03 June

      Dear Mr. Kiran, before I advise you about the trade license, I would like to know if you would be selling your own products in the market through the e-commerce website or is your website just going to be a middle-man between the buyer & the seller? We can talk this over personally as well. Just call 043510078 to speak to any of our business setup representatives or simply reply your contact details to this message & our consultants will call you back to solve your queries.

  • Bello Wee
    Posted at 20:22h, 26 July

    I want to start a dropshipping business selling mobile/prefabricated homes in one of uae freezones. Is it possible? If yes, what will be cost/minimum share capital. I need the cheapest estimates. thanks

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 06:08h, 30 August

      Ya surely you can start but you will have to opt for a jurisdiction such as Dubai South that allows you to club two different business activities. If you can provide me your contact number I would be able to personally help you with the details.

  • robin hood
    Posted at 19:41h, 29 August

    Hi, I want to start a E-commerce business on an UAE freezone but whithout any facilities as office or warehouse. it’s dropshipping. I’ll be alone and I sell only from an online shop. My website is going to be a middle-man between the buyer & the seller. How much it costs and how long time it takes to have a license please? Thanks

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 05:37h, 30 August

      Hi Robin Hood – we can offer your multiple free zones in Dubai as well as across the UAE. Depending on the region you choose the cost of business setup will fluctuate. Also, if you start a business in a free zone you will only be able to do business on the B2B basis. I would also like to know what mode are you considering to deliver the goods as this may differentiate your license. To discuss it in detail I would request you to please provide me your contact number and we could personally talk over it.

  • Arshad
    Posted at 19:42h, 07 October

    I want to start a Dropshipping business. What kind of Trade License should i apply for ? Please help me with this, it would be really helpful

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 05:56h, 08 October

      As per your inquiry, a commercial broker’s license can be an ideal way to start your dropshipping business. We can help you with all the details and recommend you the best over the phone or in person. Please send us your email or mobile number and we can provide you with all the details.

  • John Levy Pio
    Posted at 12:07h, 10 October

    I want to start an online advertising (no tangible products) business – job listing websites like indeed and more.what are needed and initial cost?smart desk is applicable?

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 12:23h, 10 October

      You can start an online business with a portal license, but if you intend to get involved in the business activity through offline mediums as well then you may require a different license accordingly. Thus, it could be better if one of our business setup consultants speak to you in person. If I may have your phone number and understand your requirement more specifically, I will be able to help you better. You can rent a smart desk in mainland or free zone and start your business as well as get visas under the business, however, with a smart desk, you will not be able to have a bank account. If you do not require a bank account for your company then you can go ahead with the smart desk.

  • Super Bright
    Posted at 10:36h, 18 October

    Superb article and I would really like to thank for your article it’s really helpful.

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 11:57h, 22 November

      Thank you for commenting. Please keep following our blogs for more updates.

  • gaurav
    Posted at 05:54h, 30 October

    Nicely written , Our mission is to provide cost effective but efficient professional services to the business community and support them to attain the optimum result they can achieve under the prevailing economic conditions.
    How can we start working together please let know.

  • smart shine
    Posted at 09:45h, 18 November

    Wonderful information, thanks a lot for sharing kind of information.

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 11:47h, 22 November

      Thank you keep reading and following our blog for more details.

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 11:30h, 22 November

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    Posted at 06:13h, 06 December

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    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 05:21h, 11 December

      Thanks for commenting and keep following our blogs.

  • Sheikh Sadiq Ali
    Posted at 10:19h, 01 February

    Great post team Shuraa,
    This post really brief me about cost for starting a business in Dubai.

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 12:26h, 02 February

      Thanks for commenting on our blogs. For more information about company formation in Dubai or costs of business setup in UAE keep following our blogs or speak to one of our business setup consultants in Dubai. Follow the link to get in touch with us https://www.shuraa.com/contact/

  • adnan
    Posted at 11:29h, 13 March

    can you please show amount of every single s no service
    in free zone company formation instead of total amount or send on my email address

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 12:11h, 13 March

      Surely sir, we would be more than to assist you with the same. I would request you to please send us your email address and mobile number so that we can help you better.

  • Surendra Raj Karki
    Posted at 08:29h, 21 April

    Hi Good Afternoon

    I want to start Restaurant & Hospitality business in Dubai . Please advise procedure & Licence i required ?

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 08:37h, 21 April

      Thank you for sending the enquiry Mr. Surendra Raj Karki. In order to start a restaurant or a hotel in Dubai there are a few documentations and requirements that you need to fulfil. To advise you in detail, we need to understand more about your business prospect. Please send us a WhatsApp on +971507775554 or call us on +97144081900. You can also email us your contact details on info@shuraa.com and a business setup expert will personally get in touch with you.

  • Amro
    Posted at 01:41h, 20 May

    Thanks alot for all those valuable info , encase i wanna open small construction business with free trade zone ,Could you give me estimate if you can do this for me it will be great? also am starting with 5 workers and 2 supervisors?

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 05:41h, 21 May

      We can surely help you out with the needful. I would request you to please send us your contact number so that a business setup consultant can personally call you and assist you on the same. You may also use this link to submit your enquiry https://www.shuraa.com/contact/

  • Creative Dxb
    Posted at 08:28h, 21 May

    Hello,

    This is a very informative article. Thank you for the same.

    I am planning to start up a gold jewelry B2B business, can I know from you the most suitable company formation & the most economic one.

    Would not require any office space but if need be for legal formatilies a flexi desk would be more than enough.

    How about capital is there particular slabs or tiers or can it be as low as any amount.

    I would be needing 1 visa & would sponsor my spouse and we both would work for this setup.

    Please advise.

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 09:56h, 21 May

      Dear Sir,

      Yes you can start a B2B business in Dubai Mainland or Free zones, however, we will further need to analyse you business activity to understand which business setup in Dubai suits you the best. The other variables such as office space and added requirements yet again can be only suggested once you pick between mainland or free zone. You could book a Free Consultation with us here https://www.shuraa.com/book-free-appointment/ or send us a quick enquiry https://www.shuraa.com/contact/ and a business setup consultant can personally call and give you the details.

  • Hoda
    Posted at 08:26h, 15 June

    i want to start an import business in dubai freezone..is there a limit for the number of employees that i recruit ? and what kind of visa should i provide for them?
    thank you so much

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 08:02h, 02 July

      Thank you for commenting on our blogs. With regards to your enquiry, you can get an employee visa depending on the type of business activity and the freezone you decide to register you business in Dubai. To get bespoke answer I would request you to please send us your mobile or email address so that we can we can help you better.

  • toukir
    Posted at 06:31h, 21 December

    asslmkm , i want to start a partnership business in restaurant freezone sharjah . can you tell me the tottal procedure with cost ?

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 06:18h, 18 October

      Dear Toukir,

      Kindly drop in your contact number to info@shuraa.com or ping us on WhatsApp +971 50 7775554 or call us at +971 4 4081900. We’ll have a business consultant call you ASAP.

  • toukir
    Posted at 06:31h, 21 December

    i want start a restaurant business in freezone sharjah

  • Noor Zein
    Posted at 05:35h, 18 October

    Hello, may I also know your fees for DED & Freezone license renewal and visa renewal.

  • shrusti
    Posted at 11:36h, 19 October

    I want to start a freight forwarding company with custom clearance, and other shipping services with approx 4 to 5 partners in Dubai Main land. kindly share the total cost approx and documentation required to proceed.

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 08:01h, 26 October

      Dear Shrusti,

      Kindly drop in your contact number or email info@shuraa.com or ping us on WhatsApp +971 50 7775554 or call us at +971 4 4081900. We’ll have a business consultant call you ASAP.

  • Jazram
    Posted at 20:36h, 21 December

    What is the minimum cost for setting up IT company in dubai mainland? how many visa included? p

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 13:39h, 27 December

      The approximate cost involved in setting up an IT trading company is AED 22,000. Meanwhile, the formation of a company providing IT services would be around AED18,000. The visa quota is decided by labour department based on business activity, designation and office size. Visa and commercial space charges are additional. for more info check>>>> https://www.shuraa.com/blog/2020/12/setting-up-an-it-company-in-dubai.html

  • ana chikmezova
    Posted at 08:13h, 19 January

    what is the minimum cost for setting up Auto Import company in Sharjah or in Dubai?

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 08:32h, 19 January

      Thank you for your query. Setting up a new auto import company is possible only for local Emiratis like Galadari or Al Futtaim. For used auto trading license the cost is 24k AED for license and sponsor with registration charges.

      For further information please contact us at info@shuraa.com

  • Afrianto Aiyubi
    Posted at 00:06h, 07 April

    Hello, how much would it take to open up a representative in a financial sector business (e.g. Bank) in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi? Thank you

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 15:58h, 18 April

      Thank you for your query. Firstly, in order to open up a representative office in financial sector you will require an external approval from the central bank. This can take up to 2-3 months depending on the profile of bank. Approximately AED 50,000 refundable security deposit in Ministry of Economy is required for branch of a foreign company or a representative office. Initial approval fees is AED 15,000. License cost from DED will cost AED 12,000. If its a bank representative office, approval from central bank will be required.

  • CPAY
    Posted at 03:31h, 11 April

    I am a freelance trainer and I would like to know the best visa option for doing professional and corporate training workshops in Dubai. What is the best visa option and how much does it cost to get it for 1 year?? Will it include a residence visa or just a work permit? knowing that I don’t have a sponsor.

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 15:45h, 18 April

      Greetings from Shuraa Business Setup. In order to legally offer your services you can register your company as a coach or service provider. You can opt for lifestyle coaching activity as well. Once the company is registered either on the mainland or in the free zone, you can apply for the investor visa. Visa is valid for 3 years and license for 1 year respectively, this will approximately cost AED 16,500 (all inclusive – mainland license) for lifestyle coaching. Second option is you can opt for freelance permit provided by a free zone, this will cost approximately AED 16,000.

  • Asaad J
    Posted at 08:31h, 26 May

    Hi,
    We are an EU based recruitment firm and are looking to set up a branch in Dubai. We specialise in placements of senior level positions within financial services and Information technology.
    Can you please advise on what type of a company formation we should go for and what costs will be involved including 2 visas and the activity needed to operate legally.
    Thanks in advance.

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 10:05h, 26 May

      Greetings from Shuraa Asaad. Thank you for writing to us. Could you please provide us with your contact details so that we can have a business advisor call you to discuss your requirement further?

      • Asaad J
        Posted at 08:52h, 27 May

        Thank you for your reply,
        My mobile number is +968 98292500

  • Mahesh
    Posted at 06:52h, 05 June

    What would be cost to setup LLC company in Dubai Free Zone ? We are looking to register IT Company in free zone, Can you share approx cost for one time registration and yearly maintenance cost ? Also do we personally need to visit for registration initially or it can be done remotely ?

  • Mahesh
    Posted at 10:07h, 05 June

    Hi,
    What is cost of setting LLC Company in Dubai free zone ? We would like to setup IT Firm in Dubai Free zone, would like to know initial cost and yearly cost for same.

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 09:23h, 06 June

      Greetings from Shuraa Business Setup. It is possible to have an LLC company in UAE free zone. However, we would like to know more about the nature of your business. If your IT services will cater to Computer Programming & Consultancy or Digital Marketing, you can have a company in Sharjah Media City. To learn more you can call us on +971 44081900 or drop a WhatsApp message on +971 507775554. You can also email us at info@shuraa.com.

  • Royalmech Engr
    Posted at 02:17h, 30 November

    Hi,
    How much cost for setup a building maintenance (like technical contracting company) company in Dubai mainland? what will be the Initial cost and yearly renewal for activities AC works, electrical works, plumbing, painting, carpentry and tile works? And how much will it cost for investor and 10 employment visas?

    • shuraabusinesssetup
      Posted at 03:17h, 07 January

      Hey Royalmech,

      Thank you for your query. To start your facilities management company with the above offering, you will need a professional license. For all setting up formalities, the cost will be AED 18,500. To apply for 10 visa quota, you will have to avail an office space so this will cost you another AED 6,000. Therefore, you will be sorted in AED 24,500.