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8 Steps to start a business in Dubai

Starting a business in Dubai should not take you more than a week once you've sorted all your legal procedures. But before you start your legal formalities, there are several steps you must follow in order to obtain a trade license:

  • Select a business activity.
  • Select a legal form, such as:

Sole proprietorship, Limited liability company, Civil company, Public shareholding company, Private shareholding, Partnership company, Simple limited partnership, Branch of a foreign company/Representative office…etc.


  • Select a Trade Name.
  • Apply for initial approval.
  • Prepare memorandum of association, articles of association and local service agent contract where applicable.
  • Business location.
  • Select the approval, and payment order.
  • Get the license and commence your business.




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