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General Trade License in the UAE – Dubai Trade License

April 16, 2014

General Trade License in the UAE – Dubai Trade License

Knowing the essentialsacquiring a Dubai trade license

General Trade License Dubai UAE

Before a company can start doing business in the UAE, it must produce documentation proving it has obtained a general trade license as well as all the legal permits and qualifications to operate locally. This involves a long and extensive process of submitting applications and producing proper documentation. Moreover, the requirements vary based on the type of business you are trying to establish.

For companies in the health, food, and industrial sectors, requirements are likely more extensive and standards more stringent as compared to companies involved in general trade. This is because companies in these industries are required to meet safety and health standards before being allowed to operate. If you are unfamiliar with these requirements, you will likely spend a longer time trying to navigate the process.

Make sure you are not mired by the bureaucratic process with the help of fast, efficient, cost-effective business solutions from Business Setup Consultants – the leading corporate services provider in the UAE today.

Helping clients acquire the right license for their business at the shortest time possible

In Dubai, there are three license types an entity must choose from in order to operate within the legal boundaries of the city. Acquiring the right type is essential for a company to be given permission to conduct business locally. The three types are as follows:

  • Commercial – this type is provided to companies that are structured to engage in any kind of local trading of goods or services.
  • Industrial – this type is given to entities that are looking to engage in any type of manufacturing or industrial operation.
  • Professional – this type is issued to professional service providers, artisans, and craftsmen.

Our setup specialists in Dubai will help you identify which license is most applicable for your trade. After we have determined the most appropriate option, our professional consultants will guide you through the process of applying and qualifying for a license.

Complete support for every trade and business from our comprehensive range of solutions

Licensing is performed by specific governing Dubai trade license authorities for various industries. These are the following governing licensing bodies and their particular industries:

  • UAE Central Bank – Banking and financial institutions
  • Finance and Industry Ministry – Manufacturing
  • Economy and Commerce Ministry – Insurance and related businesses
  • Health Ministry – Medical and pharmaceutical sector

For companies whose trade is in the oil and gas sector of Dubai, additional approvals and endorsements are required by other Dubai government agencies. These special requirements must be fulfilled before a company can proceed with business establishment and operations.

Expedite your license acquisition process today

Why waste your valuable time working with mediocre service providers? If you want truly proficient trade license acquisition solutions, partner with the leading specialised business service providers in the country today –  Business Setup Consultants. To find out more about our services, feel free to get in touch with us today.

You can call us through our contact no. +971 4 430 1245. You can also visit our office at suite 2508, Jumeirah Business Center 1, Cluster G, Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

Henri Hazougi

Henri was born and raised in Lebanon and studied at University of Saint Joseph. He is an avid fan of extreme sports and RC car racing. He is fluent in French and Arabic, he has traveled extensively throughout the region and Europe for both for leisure and business.

Comments (36)

  1. Muhammad shahzad

    18 Mar 2015 - 2:14 am

    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

    02 Jun 2015 - 2:36 pm

    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.


      13 Aug 2016 - 4:47 pm

      call me

  3. Mr John Ose

    02 Jun 2015 - 2:40 pm

    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. mohmad yasin abdulla

    22 Jun 2015 - 12:56 am

    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.

    • Chaminda Jayarathna

      22 Dec 2016 - 12:48 am

      Dear Sir,

      I like start my own restaurant in Dubai and I needs your help and advice abut the procedures to be follow.

  5. Saleem Vasudevan

    20 Jul 2015 - 11:47 am

    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.

    • Omar

      24 Oct 2016 - 12:54 pm

      Pls contact

  6. syed hashim

    21 Jul 2015 - 12:31 pm

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

  7. syed hashim

    21 Jul 2015 - 12:32 pm

    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

    16 Aug 2015 - 2:12 pm

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

  9. Razali

    04 Sep 2015 - 3:13 pm

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

  10. kailash kumar

    20 Sep 2015 - 12:20 pm

    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

    01 Oct 2015 - 8:15 pm

    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

    27 Oct 2015 - 9:46 am

    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

    • muneer

      02 Jun 2016 - 12:22 pm

      i have general trading licence please contact

  13. Ahmed

    29 Nov 2015 - 10:37 am

    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

    09 Dec 2015 - 4:52 pm


    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.!


  15. Philip Mathew

    13 Jan 2016 - 1:26 pm

    hi ,

    i have a general trade licence at the ajman free zone . I’m planning to import and sell skin care products in the UAE .

    Pls let me know what are the licenses and other duty payments regarding the above .

    kindly help

    thanking you .

  16. Atif

    04 Feb 2016 - 8:00 am

    I want to make general trading company in ajman free zone plz make a contact.

  17. Sajid Aslam

    06 Jun 2016 - 3:19 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I am interested in opening an engineering services office in Dubai. I want to know the difference in limited liability company and general trading company. I would appreciate if you could give me advice please. also I would like to meet in person to discuss in detail. thanks


  18. Faizan Sultan

    12 Jul 2016 - 6:03 pm


    I wanted to inquire if i can do auto spare parts business as i have general trading license LLC
    Please contact me

  19. Moreza

    19 Jul 2016 - 8:04 am

    Can I have list of the activities which is not permitted in General Trading LLC?

  20. shahid

    30 Jul 2016 - 11:05 am

    Dear Sir
    We are interested to open an Branch office / Trading office in dubai like Import & Export of Tobacco & Cigarette selling. Please be inform us that you will be help us for license in dubai. whats the required documents and cost of it.
    Best regards

  21. M. Najmul Haque

    16 Aug 2016 - 11:43 am

    I want to open Maintenance company in dubai Please call me

  22. kabir

    17 Aug 2016 - 7:07 pm

    i want to start buisnes in free zone


    18 Aug 2016 - 4:06 pm

    I want to start a business of import and export of Vegetables and fruits from INDIA to Dubai or Sharjah. Kindly let me know the procedure for that. the documents that we require and how much the cost for all these procedures.

  24. Riyaz ahmad

    18 Aug 2016 - 7:10 pm

    Hiiiii iam interested for company registration in uae so please all of them roll and terms and condition explain me for actual rate

  25. saif

    26 Aug 2016 - 11:01 am


    I am interested, please can you call me

  26. Harshad Basheer

    26 Sep 2016 - 5:21 pm

    I have a general trading LLC in Dubai. Last month was the renewal of the company but I was unable to renew because of some financial problems. What is the next procedure? Is there any problem for the sponsor? I have a plan to renew after two months is it possible?

  27. Imran Patel

    27 Sep 2016 - 8:28 pm

    I needed information regarding Fruits n vegetables supply to restaurants and cafeterias, buying from Al aweer market and selling to restaurants and cafeterias. What license is required for that, is it necessary to have a kafeel ?? and also the cost please . Waiting for a positive reply frm yur end

  28. Anna

    05 Oct 2016 - 9:27 am

    I would like to know more details about the packages you are offering with regards to Ajman free zone general trading license. What are the costs involved, the steps needed to take etc. Please contact me via email. Thank you.

  29. zahir

    15 Oct 2016 - 12:34 pm

    If I get DED general trading license can I also sell same products on line?

  30. Ravi

    21 Nov 2016 - 2:24 pm

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

  31. Livinus Yakubu

    14 Dec 2016 - 2:11 am

    I want to know the procedure to open a liqua (alcohol) license in ajman free zone or in ajman and the cost approximately. thank you

  32. mohamed ibrahim

    17 Dec 2016 - 3:54 pm

    Hi ,

    i want to know Dubai General trading llc company can buy and sale property in Dubai ?

    Thank and best regards,

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