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The beauty industry is booming in the UAE. In fact, the cosmetics market is one of the largest in the region with Dubai leading the list. Because of this, starting a beauty salon in a free zone in Dubai would undoubtedly be one of the best business decisions an investor can make.

You will need to take the various rules and regulations for setting up a salon into consideration. However, starting your company in a free zone is an easy and quick process.

Continue reading to find out more about starting a beauty salon in a free zone.

A guide on starting a salon business in a free zone

It is often misunderstood that it is not possible to open a salon in a free zone. However, contrary to popular belief, there are certain free zones that allow you to conduct this business. These free zones are the ones that are also residential units.

The various free zones that allow you to open this business include Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC). Free zones in Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah also permit you to start a salon.

In order to start a salon business in a free zone, the investor will need to obtain a professional license. You would also need to get approval from the Municipality.

There is one main difference between mainland and free zone for starting this business. When it comes to mainland, you will need to obtain permission from the Department of Economic Development (DED). This means that the company can start its business anywhere on mainland.

On the other hand, free zone companies would only be able to conduct their business in the premises of the free zone. These premises being the jurisdiction that the company opened the company with.

Salon business setup costs in a free zone would start from approximately AED 40,000.

Steps to start a salon business in Dubai

Setting up a salon in a free zone is a relatively easy process. It requires minimum paperwork and the process is as follows:

1. Selecting the preferred jurisdiction

The first step in starting your business is to select your preferred jurisdiction. As mentioned earlier, there are about four jurisdictions that permit you to open a salon in a free zone. You can pick one depending on which available activities are the most suitable for your business.

2. Submit application forms and required documents

The next step is to submit your application form. During this process you will also have to finalise your location.

3. Proceed with the process for your visa

Once you have submitted all the necessary documents, you can apply for a visa. You can also submit the application to sponsor your dependents in this process. Depending on the free zone and your chosen activities, you will have a certain visa eligibility, exceeding that limit would require you to pay additional charges.

4. Open a bank account

A free zone bank account would enable the investor to track their company’s expenses, calculate tax liabilities effortlessly, and regulate cash flow more effectively. It is important to find a bank that offers the solutions most suitable for your company. This is so that you would not need any additional assistance and your bank can be a one-stop solution for all your business’ financial needs.

Documents required to start a beauty salon in a free zone

  • Blueprint/layout of the salon (only applicable for certain free zones)
  • Passport copy of the investor.
  • Visa copy of the investor
  • 2 coloured passport sized photographs.
  • Business plan

There may be a requirement of additional documents depending on the free zone that you opt for.

Requirements of opening a salon in a free zone

In order to get your salon approved, you will need to do the following:

  1. Location of the salon needs to be approved by the license authority.
  2. Adhere to the inspections from relevant authorities.
  3. Ensure your layout is in accordance with the specifications laid down by the relevant authorities.
  4. Ensure that the space is well lit and the furniture meets the specifications provided.

Start your company with Shuraa now!

If you want to obtain your trade license for a salon in Dubai, look no further. Shuraa will help you get started with your business and ensure that the entire process runs smoothly.

Shuraa has been one of the leading business setup companies in the UAE for over 20 years. Furthermore, our goal is to help entrepreneurs build a foundation in the UAE’s thriving economy, from start to finish.

Our expert consultants will guide you through the entire process — from registering your business, under cost of opening a salon in Dubai, and helping you understand the entire process.

To get in touch with our expert business consultants, call us on +97144081900. Send a WhatsApp message for a chat query on +971507775554. You can also email us at [email protected].

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