General Trade License in the UAE – Dubai Trade License

by / Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Published in Business
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General Trade License Dubai UAE

One of the most popular business activities in the UAE is General Trading as many clients wish to take advantage of Importing and Exporting with no taxes.  A General Trade license gives you the freedom and flexibility to trade in just about any commodity allowable under the DED Activity List.  There are certain commodities that are not permitted to be traded with a General Trading license and those are the type of products that require special approvals or clearances from different UAE Municipalities. Examples of these type of products are medical products, guns, alcohol and cars as they all need special approvals and cannot be traded under a General Trade license. These products are allowed to be traded however under a specific Commercial Trade license and with the proper approvals.

Some of our clients, who setup a General Trading company, had their first activity as trading in garments.  After time, they realized that they could make more money trading in computer products as the UAE advances in technology and cities like Dubai are moving closer to a Smart City.  Because this company had a General Trading License, they did not have to apply for a completely separate license in order to start trading in computer products.  If they had a specific Trade License in Garments only, they would have to pay more money and go through a process of adding the activity to trade in computer products.  Like this company, it is wise to choose a General Trade license from the start because it allows you to shift in business practices in the future.

General Trade License

Setting up a General Trading Business in the UAE is not difficult. Many free zones offer the license as do various local departments of economic development in all the Emirates.

But with all of the choices, which option is the best for you?  If you are looking to have 100% ownership of your company, a free zone is your only option and some would say it’s the best.  I would recommend the Ajman Free Zone or the Hamriyah Free Zone are the best options and are highly recommended, that is due to their low costs, strategic locations and ease of doing business.  You can get a General Trade license in Ajman Free Zone for 27,150 AED with an added perk of 2 visa allotments and a Smart Office.  A General Trade license in Hamriyah Free Zone costs 35,000 AED with 5 visa allotments and an E-Office.  Both free zones offer deep water ports, warehouses and are located near the Sharjah Airport.

If you would like more information on setting up a General Trading Company in one of these free zones, feel free to contact me at I can provide you with all of the necessary information including costs, steps/procedures, estimated timeline and how our company will assist you.

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Written by Business Setup Consultants

Business Setup Consultants provide a genuine 'customer focused' experience for it's clients. YOUR premier business setup provider or company setup provider in Dubai, Ajman Free Zone, Hamriyah Free Zone, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and RAKIA.


14 Responses to “General Trade License in the UAE – Dubai Trade License”

  1. Muhammad shahzad says : Reply

    I want to open general trade license in Ajman or Hamriyah Free Zone I want to know about all requirement an process my mobile number is 0556700870

  2. Dr Andrew says : Reply

    am interested in registering a company in any of the two free zone recommended in your site.
    i need you to give me the details requirements for registration including the actual cost for each.

  3. Mr John Ose says : Reply

    i am interested in registering a company through you.
    i need you to give me the details of the two free zone requirements including the actual cost.

  4. dear sir.
    We are to plane make general trading license in ajman. So please help to our company to make license including the package and also we will reach 1st july (2015) at uae. Contact me.

    I have to mistake at first message with email id so please take this email is correct . Thank you.

  5. Saleem Vasudevan says : Reply

    I have Spices Trading Licence Limited Liablity company Dubai completed two years and due for renewal by August 10th for transfer to interested parties. If you have any clients please let me know.

  6. syed hashim says : Reply

    I am intrested in starting new business and i need general tradeing licence pls inform me all requirments and total payments

  7. syed hashim says : Reply

    I am intrested in starting new business and i need general tradeing licence pls inform me all requirments and total payments my cell no

  8. Mohsin says : Reply

    Please write me in detail for having general trading license in Hamriya free zone.

  9. Razali says : Reply

    need advise. my phone 055 966 0243, staying in JLT area

  10. kailash kumar says : Reply

    I want know general training licence cost NOC require bank account I want to do fruit & vegetable import & sell in uae market please let me know

  11. mehdi says : Reply

    Hi dear
    am interested in registering a company in any of the free zone recommended for import and reexport foods items please let me know the details requirements for registration including the actual cost for each.

  12. Imran Buyy says : Reply

    Assalam o Alekum !!!

    I am looking for General Trading License . would appriciate if you share details of Expenses which will occured for the business setup .

    Your prompt response would be highly appricited

    Thanks & Regards

  13. Ahmed says : Reply

    I need to know the steps, costs, estimates and procedures for establishing a Trade license in Ajman Free zone for ‘Textile Trading’. Basically selling fabrics for quilts and quilting accessories in addition to Sewing Machines (specific partner brands will be required: such as Brother, Bernina… Sewing Machines) and Sewing Machine Accessories.

    Please contact me on: 0509198806

  14. Faisal says : Reply


    I want to know about the registration process regarding formation of Limited liability company in Sharjah, actually the required information is what are the laws & regulation for doing business in the aforesaid region, what business can we do being LLC, further what are the restriction, benefits, cons by law for doing business in Sharjah being a trading limited liability company.

    Need your help in this regard on urgent basis.!


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