Finding an appropriate location for a new business in Dubai is easy, but planning will vary depending on the type of property and locale. If you’re planning on operating within one of the Free Zones, you’ll need to consult with the corresponding Free Zone Authority to determine if your business is authorised for that area. If your future business is within a freehold development, the master developer will most likely have a say in the types of businesses allowed and you might have to submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC). Another option for small businesses is to lease a serviced office. The lease for a serviced office will often include communication utilities, administrative support and concierge services. Some organisations focused on creative or other specific fields also provide networking opportunities and a community atmosphere.

When applying for the formal trade licence, you’ll be asked to show a rent agreement for the proposed location of your business or a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This acts as a precursor to the official lease. The Dubai Municipality has strict zoning rules for businesses, so be sure your business is legally allowed to operate before signing any agreements. To be sure your proposed location is within our city’s zoning regulations, call the Planning Department Office within the Department of Economic Development

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