Dubai is an excellent place to start a business as an entrepreneur, or business leader who has the drive to selling products, services beyond borders, the Emirate of Dubai is very keen on attracting international investments in the region by allowing foreign individuals to set up their business operations in the United Arab Emirates. The laws and policies in Dubai regarding foreigners operating company in the Emirate are pro-business, transparent and clearly defined as per the type of business activity, investment and partnership requirements, visa regulations, tax rates, type of the business structure and its location which is defined as (i.e., The Dubai Free Zones, Dubai Mainland and Offshore).
Before starting a business in Dubai you might need approvals, certain types of licenses, permits and visas to qualify your business operations according to the UAE regulations legally. Dubai offers three different categories of licenses for individuals and businesses; they are segregated according to the type of activity. Besides the three categories, there are numerous licenses for specific business purpose depending on the nature of business or operation or service offered. The list of licenses is given below on this page.
A professional license is an authorized license issued by the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) for individuals who wish to practice any profession legally in Dubai, where they rely upon their physical, and mental skills to earn profits. Earning of capital through professional efforts is accomplished by individuals by working in industries such as engineering consultancy, independent auditing & accounting, other consultancy services, studies, designing & crafting products such as furniture or decorative items, business set up, company formation, educational & medicinal services and other similar services.
Individuals interested in offering professional services such as consulting, auditing & accounting, designing, tourism guidance, research and other professional service based on skill or talent or experience in Dubai must obtain the professional license from the DED. As a professional license holder, you are legally authorized to work or offers your services to any customer, client or employer in the United Arab Emirates, and you are entitled to undertake the activities as per your qualifications/area of expertise.
Performing professional services in Dubai requires talent, skills, intellectual abilities and experience to execute the tasks or projects independently while maintaining quality and adherence to standards which are set by the government agencies and authorities in Dubai. Although the professional license allows you to undertake most of the tasks under the category, certain special tasks require approval or permit or authorization from the respective governmental agencies. The governmental agencies in Dubai are established to manage the industry standards according to the sector, enforce regulations, maintain health & safety and ensure that business is carried out only by authorized professionals who adhere to the rules, regulations and compliances set by the respective Ministry.
If you want to acquire a professional license in Dubai, then you need a local sponsor or national service agent who can sponsor your professional license application to the DED. Nevertheless, the local sponsor has no equity participation or liability in business nor can the local individual can represent the office or participate in the management of the professional license holder’s profitable activities.
First thing you need to do before applying for a professional license is to prepare the list of activities that you or your business is planning to undertake. Then appoint a local sponsor who can support your professional license application as per the judicial requirements, next complete all the legal formalities in order to acquire the license. As the final step, you need to prepare all the documentation and submit it to the Dubai DED by paying the processing fee.
The professional license can be obtained by an individual or a registered firm or company in UAE. Further, the license allows the holding company to perform the professional activities mentioned in the license. In the case of the company acquiring the license there is no requirement for the local sponsor if the business entity is registered in UAE.
However, not all the companies can carry out professional services without a local partner as the law requires specific important business sectors to have a UAE partner or a major investor who's share capital is no less than 51 per cent, this is according to the UAE investment laws which prevent foreigners from owning core business sectors. (i.e., before getting a professional license for civil construction consulting your company must have a UAE local business partner with a share of a minimum of 51 percentage and must have experience in the same civil construction industry.)
The professional license cost in Dubai includes; the professional license fees, service agent fees, trade name fees, market fees (depending upon the tenancy amount).
Moreover, you need to know that the professional license has an expiry after which the license is considered null or void to avoid going through all the procedures again you can renew your professional license from the respective authorities allowing you to continue your business. In terms of profit, professional licensing can help your business in undertaking high-paying projects which require specialized skills and talent or offer services and do business activity in Dubai as per your area of expertise. Contact us for acquiring a professional license. We shall help you in obtaining the professional license by handling all the legal and judicial requirements according to the Dubai laws.
The professional license in Dubai include all the below mentioned activities but not limited to it;