Professional license / Instant License

The UAE has a two-tiered licensing system for businesses: professional licenses and general licenses. Professional licenses are issued to businesses that provide specialized services, such as accounting, law, and engineering. General licenses are issued to businesses that engage in a variety of activities, such as trading, manufacturing, and construction.

Benefits of Professional Licenses in the UAE

To start a business in Dubai, first, explore the benefits of a Professional license:

Benefits of Instant Licenses in the UAE

To open a business in Dubai in activities such as trading, manufacturing, and construction, you require an instant license. Here’s what you get out of it:

Requirements for Obtaining Professional Licenses in the UAE

The requirements for obtaining a professional license in the UAE vary depending on the type of business you are operating. Some of the common requirements include:

How to Apply for a Professional License or Instant License in the UAE?

To apply for a professional license or instant license in the UAE, you can visit the website of the Department of Economic Development (DED). The DED has a comprehensive online application system that makes it easy to apply for a license.
Once you have submitted your application, the DED will review it and approve or deny it within a few weeks. If your application is approved, you will be issued a license.

Get a Professional/Instant License for your Company Setup in Dubai

A company setup consultants in Dubai, such as A&A Associate, can help you through the entire process, from choosing the right type of license to filing the necessary paperwork. We can also help you with marketing and branding, so you can hit the ground running once your business is up and running.

Professional license - AED 12,500

A Professional Service License is granted to professionals who offer professional services in the United Arab Emirates, such as an architect offering architecture services, a product design expert or an interior designer offering his/her services, a web designer or UI/UX designer offering his/her professional services, and so on. Sometimes, it may be possible that a group of professionals want to offer their services jointly, such as two attorneys wanting to open a law firm together. In such a case, the company would be known as a civil corporation.
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What can you do?

Generally speaking, a professional is someone who is trained to offer a service. In other words, he/she is a specialist offering specialized services.
Some of the common business activities / professions which require a Professional Service License are as follows


License renewal – AED 12,500
This package does not include any residence visa.
However, you can get up to 6 visas by paying additional fees for each quota approved.

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