A business license is required in Dubai to open a business. The most common types of business licenses are three. Offshore, Free Zones, and the Mainland. Each license category has a different application process.

In Dubai, business setup primarily entails the following:

  • Initial approval from the competent authority, for initiation of the business.
  • After carefully examining the documents, the authority grants their legal and official approval. This comprises the investor’s name, credentials, place of residence, financial stability, and other details.
  • The AOA and MOA, the basic organizational structure, the official and commercial space, and other factors will be examined by the authorities to determine the business’ viability.