Interested in venturing into the world of e-commerce? Read on to learn how you can start a dropshipping business in the UAE.

How to start a dropshipping business in the UAE?

Interested in venturing into the world of e-commerce? Read on to learn how you can start a dropshipping business in the UAE. This can easily be your side hustle as it requires minimum investment and is quite easy to carry out.

What do dropshippers do?

Basically, dropshippers mediate between suppliers and customers. These merchants get products shipped from third parties to buyers.

The only investment you need to make is get your dropshipping license in the UAE, and perhaps, a website to showcase the products. You do not need your own inventory of products, storage spaces or arrange any supply logistics. Neither do you have to bear any staffing costs.

You, however, will be answerable to clients. Therefore, communication is key. You will have to track the orders, follow-up, deal with inquiries, grievances, and return requests.

How to start a drop shipping in Dubai, UAE?

Dropshipping in the UAE is quite simple. The following steps should help you get started:

Decide what to sell

Target unique goods. You will need to figure out what products will the expats residing in the UAE will be willing to pay for. These could be specific to their countries or even textiles, food, handicraft, jewellery found / produced only in your country.

Choose the source of your products

You have to find reliable suppliers as they will be solely responsible for the inventory of products and shipping. Moreover, you can even have multiple suppliers for various products.

Where to sell?

  • Online stores

You can reach potential customers by creating online store on existing e-commerce websites such as Shopify and Alibaba. These platforms provide marketing, payment gateway, client engagement and shipping facilities. They can accommodate sellers from all across the world.

  • Social media

Create an attractive profile for you brand and start putting up pictures and product information on popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Market your products on social media and lead them to your online store.

Do I require a dropshipping license in the UAE?

Yes, you do. However, it is possible to conduct business on social media by obtaining a business license from the Department of Economic Development (DED).

Although, there is not specific activity listed by DED, you have to get the relevant license to dropship in the UAE to conduct business legally. More importantly, for your peace of mind.

DED is not only the license issuing authority in Dubai, but also, regulator of any import and export of goods in the UAE. Therefore, any product you bring into the country or ship out of the UAE, you need a trading license.

Cost of starting a dropshipping business in the UAE

Here is a package that will get you not only a dropshipping license in the UAE, but also much more. Shuraa Business Setup’s exclusive commercial license package worth AED 21,500 includes:

  • Free business setup consultation
  • Commercial trade license
  • Name and initial approvals
  • MoA notary fees
  • Stamp of the company
  • Tasheel fees
  • Corporate service fees
  • PRO services
  • Complete documentation
  • Dedicated consultant

Start dropshipping in the UAE now

To learn more about how to start dropshipping in the UAE, connect with us. Book a free consultation with the company formation experts at Shuraa. Call us on +971 44081900. You can also chat with our experts over WhatsApp on +971 507775554 or drop us an email on

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