How to get Professional License in Dubai?

Dubai provides countless opportunities to establish your business. Its strategic location, stable economic growth, and flexible taxation make it a magnet for professionals and entrepreneurs for setting up a company in Dubai.

You must obtain a license before setting up a business in Dubai. The different types of licenses available in Dubai are trade license, professional license, commercial license, industrial license, tourism license, etc.

In this write-up, let's delve into the details of a professional license in Dubai and how you can obtain it.

What is a Professional License?

A professional license is a legal document that allows individuals to engage in specific professional activities (e.g., artisanship, business services, consulting services, digital marketing, etc).

Benefits of Obtaining a Professional License for Setting up a Business in Dubai

Obtaining a professional license provides the following advantages to proceeding with your business setup in Dubai.

  • Tax Benefits
  • Brand Recognition
  • Business Flexibility
  • Legal Authorization
  • Access to Opportunities

Who Needs a Professional License in Dubai?

Individuals interested in offering professional services such as consulting, auditing and accounting, designing, tourism guidance, and research must obtain a professional license from the Department of Economic Development. The license will ensure that only authorised personnel carry out the business.

Procedure to Get a Dubai Professional License

The process of obtaining a professional license in Dubai typically involves the following steps:

The primary step is to choose the business activity you will conduct. Also, ensure that you obtain a professional license which covers the chosen business activity.

Choose a trade name for your business. The name must be reserved through the Dubai DED's online portal or authorized service centres. 

Prepare all the required documents ready and submit them along with the license application through the DED's e-services portal.

The following documents need to be submitted in this process:

  • Copies of the passports of owners or investors
  • Application form
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC)
  • Copy of visitor transit visa for the foreign partners

Once you submit the application, the Department of Economic Development will review your application. If everything is in order, the application will be approved, and the professional license will be issued for the individual.

You will be required to pay the license fees upon review and approval. Contact Business Setup Worldwide to learn more about the cost of a professional license in Dubai.

Upon successful payment of the Dubai professional license fee, you can collect your license from the DED (Department of Economic Development).

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1) Name the list of activities covered under a professional license in UAE.

The list of activities covered under professional license in the UAE is as follows:
Ø Artisanship
Ø Business services
Ø Carpentry
Ø Cleaning services (All types)
Ø Consulting services (All types of consulting)
Ø Computer Graphics Design services

2) Who issues a professional license in Dubai?

The Department of Economic Development issues a professional license in Dubai.

3) What is the primary thing you need to consider before applying for a professional license?

Before applying for a professional license, prepare a list of activities you plan to undertake.

4) What are the different types of licenses used in Dubai?

The types of licenses used in Dubai are
Ø Commercial license
Ø Industrial license
Ø Professional license