Polestar assists you in acquiring all types of business licenses in Dubai saving your time so that you can focus on the other aspects of your business.


A professional license is issued to a person or a corporation for practicing any career based on talent and intellectual ability. It enables foreign investors to own 100 percent of the business, granting them the privileges of a sole proprietorship. However, for judicial formalities, it is mandatory to appoint a UAE national as a local service agent. For obtaining a professional license, one must contact the Department of Economic Development (DED), which is responsible for all license-related activities in Dubai. After obtaining a professional license, you can freely engage in activities that are related to your qualifications or area of expertise:

Activities permitted under professional license in Dubai

  • Artisanship
  • Carpentry
  • Consultancy services
  • Medical services
  • Printing and publishing
  • Beauty salons

  • Computer graphic design service
  • Repair services
  • Security services
  • Documentation
  • Inventive engineering
  • Information Technology Services


A commercial license permits you to trade, import and export products into, out, and throughout the UAE. If your company wishes to participate in trading relationships, the strategic location of Dubai with easy access to international airports and seaports is an added advantage. Commercial License in the UAE is issued from 3 jurisdictions: Mainland, Free Zone, and Offshore. An investor can select from any of these three based on feasibility.

Activities permitted under commercial license

  • Import and export activities
  • Selling electronic products
  • Offering brokerage services
  • Real estate-related services
  • Sale of construction materials


Getting an industrial license in Dubai permits manufacturing and industrial businesses to produce semi-manufactured or fully manufactured items. The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) issues this license in general. However, approval from Dubai Municipality, as well as other ministries and authorities are also required. The activities under industrial license in Dubai include production, segregation, collection, packaging, etc.

Activities permitted under industrial license

  • Bread manufacturing and food industries
  • Textile manufacturing
  • The casting of metals industries
  • Equipment and engines manufacturing
  • Manufacture of petroleum products
  • Paper manufacturing


The flourishing tourism industry makes Dubai a perfect destination for investors to set up a tourism business. For setting up a tourism business in Dubai, one needs to get the business registered with the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Dubai tourism and commerce marketing. Tourism Licenses in Dubai are of three types:

  1. Inbound tour operator license: This license will allow a company to manage travel within the city, help in attending the events, visa service and offer transport services to tourists.
  2. Outbound tourist license: This license will permit a company to sell tourist packages outside the country or hire offline agent workers who can deal with such processes.
  3. Travel agent license: This license will allow a company to perform the functions of the vendor to offer flight, railway, bus ticket booking, hotel, and car rental services for clients.

Each location and license has its own advantages and every business is unique. Therefore, we suggest you speak to one of our business setup advisors, who will provide prompt guidance and customize an ideal setup plan for you.

If you wish to set up your company in UAE, contact us for a free consultation. Our experts will be happy to assist you with all the details.