Obtaining a licence for your company is an important first step. The basic requirement for all business activity in Dubai is one of the following three categories of licences:
- Commercial licences covering all kinds of trading activity
- Professional licences covering professions, services, craftspeople and artisans
- Industrial licences for establishing industrial or manufacturing activity
These licences are issued by the Department of Economic Development (with the exception of licences for hotels and other tourism-related businesses, which are issued by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing).
Also, licences for some categories of business require approval from certain ministries and other authorities, for example:
More detailed procedures apply to businesses engaged in oil or gas production and related industries. In general, all commercial and industrial businesses in Dubai should be registered with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.