How to Open and Set up a Cleaning Company in Dubai

How to Open and Set up a Cleaning Company in Dubai


Dubai is a global hub of trade and commerce, in addition to being home to more than 3.33 million residents. As such there is a lot of demand for the cleaning of both homes and offices. For residents, their requirements may include carpet cleaning, air conditioning duct cleaning, bathroom cleaning, kitchen cleaning, kitchen duct cleaning, or water tank cleaning. Offices may also require general cleaning which includes the entire premises.

With the threat of COVID-19 still prevalent, offices may require cleaning services on a daily basis. With cleaning services costing just AED 35 per person per hour or thereabouts, it makes sense to entrust office cleaning requirements to a professional agency that has experience in the field. Surfaces have to be cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized for use. Because of the demand, several entrepreneurs use the services of companies specializing in business setup in Dubai for starting their cleaning company.

There are also those who specialize in industrial cleaning services. This is a highly specialized field involving the use of industrial-grade cleaning equipment and industrial chemicals to clean industrial equipment and/or industrial buildings such as factories or warehouses. This may also involve industrial waste clean-up, which includes the safe disposal of hazardous waste. So industrial cleaning service providers need to be highly knowledgeable and their staff all well-trained in the use of industrial cleaning equipment.

This is the reason why a cleaning company needs a Professional License to operate in Dubai as well as the rest of the United Arab Emirates. Even those engaged in residential cleaning and office cleaning need to be well-versed in the use of cleaning chemicals, so as to avoid injuries to humans. They must also know how to operate cleaning equipment safely. All these require cleaning companies to impart regular training to their staff on the use of cleaning equipment and supplies.

How to Register a Cleaning Company in Dubai, UAE

You need to first establish your company by drawing up the company formation documents. These documents may be known better as Memorandum of Association if there is only a single owner, or as Articles of Association in case there are multiple owners. The company formation documents outline the name of the company, who the business owner(s) is / are, and the purpose it is being set up for. A business setup consultant experienced in matters of company formation can help you out with this aspect.

There are certain rules pertaining to company nomenclature in the United Arab Emirates, such as how religious names are not permitted. Terms like ‘Global’ or ‘International’ cannot be the first term of the company name. The names of countries and cities are not allowed, but nationalities and the names of geographical regions can be a part of the trade name. A first name is allowed to be part of the trade name only if it is the first name of one of the shareholders.

Prior to drawing up the company formation documents, a business setup consultant can also run a search to see if the name you have in mind is available. A business setup consultant can also reserve the trade name, so that when you apply for company registration, it will be granted to you and not anyone who applied for the same name before you. A business consultant can also get the company formation documents notarized by a Notary Public so that they become legally valid in the United Arab Emirates.

The next step involves identifying a suitable premises for your cleaning company. You must not only have office space, but also commercial space that has been classified as warehouse for the safe storage of cleaning equipment and supplies. The rule of thumb is that you need about 100 square feet of office space for every employee you plan to hire, so it makes sense to have a business plan ready and lease suitable commercial space, according to the scale of your planned operations.

A free zone company is not normally permitted to do business outside its jurisdiction, which is the same free zone, so you would have to establish your cleaning company on the mainland, since that is where most of your customers will be. If you open your cleaning company in a free zone, the workaround would be to establish a branch of your free zone company on the mainland. But this calls for twice the effort, which may not be worth it.

A Tenancy Agreement need to be entered into with the owner of the premises, and this Tenancy Agreement needs to be registered so that it becomes a legally binding Tenancy Contract or Ejari in Dubai. A business setup consultant can help you with this step of the process as well. You can then apply for company registration and a Professional License with the Department of Economic Development, Dubai. If everything is in order, company registration and a Professional License are granted in a few business days.

Steps to Open A Cleaning Company in Dubai, UAE

  1. Choose a name for your company, albeit one that will be approved.
  2. Draw up the company formation documents, allocating shares to each owner.
  3. Get the company formation documents notarized by a Notary Public.
  4. Select a suitable commercial space for your cleaning company.
  5. Enter into a Tenancy Agreement with the owner of the premises.
  6. Register the Tenancy Agreement so that it becomes a Tenancy Contract.
  7. Apply for company registration and a Professional License with Dubai Economy.
  8. Receive a payment voucher outlining the necessary fees to be paid.
  9. Make the payment, get company registration & Professional License.


Once you receive company registration and a Professional License for your cleaning company, you can commence operations immediately. You can also proceed to open a bank account, so that you are able to make and receive payments with ease. Owing to strict anti-money laundering regulations in the United Arab Emirates, it is not easy to open a bank account. But with the right business setup consultant in your corner, it could take as little as two hours instead of the whole day.

Why Choose A&A Associate LLC for Opening Your Cleaning Company in Dubai, UAE?

At A&A Associate LLC, we have years of experience with company setup in Dubai and the rest of the United Arab Emirates. We have been of assistance to clients from 100 countries around the world, and have an excellent client satisfaction rate so far. For more information on how you can start your cleaning company in Dubai, please call + 971 56 408 6728 or use the form below to send us a message.

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