How to start a beauty salon business in Dubai

How to Start a Beauty Salon Business in Dubai

Corporate and modern lifestyles demand a clean-cut appearance. Besides, Dubai flaunts the latest in fashion in beauty since people from all over the world flock to Dubai for a glamorous life. Since there is a constant need for this service, opening a beauty salon in Dubai is highly profitable. In Dubai, where the average person has a considerable amount of disposable income, people take great care of their appearance, which benefits the city’s salon industry. Moreover, with new townships of largely populated communities being introduced every year, the demand for quality beauty salons is on the rise.  If you are wondering about How to Start a Beauty Salon Business in Dubai, A&A Associate is here to assist you in the beginning stages of your endeavor. Call us for a free consultation.


Steps for Opening a Beauty Salon in Dubai

You must consult with several government officials and submit numerous papers in order to open a beauty salon in Dubai. The following is a summary of the steps involved in establishing a beauty salon in Dubai.


  1. Make copies of your business partners’ passports and visas.
  2. Choose a name for the salon and get approval from the Department of Economic Development (DED)
  3. Obtain preliminary approval from DED as well and sign the agreement
  4. If you are hiring a Local Service Agent, draft and sign the LSA and MOA (Memorandum of Association)
  5. Lease a salon shop, and get a tenancy contract and Ejari number for a salon.
  6. Obtain approval from the planning, health, and safety divisions of the DM Dubai Municipality.
  7. After submitting all required paperwork, you can obtain a beauty salon license from DED to function on the mainland

Dubai Beauty Salon License and Approval Requirements


  • The Dubai Municipality’s Planning Department must approve the location
  • There should be a name board in front of the beauty salon
  • Adequate lighting, as well as clean and appropriate furniture
  • Dressing chairs must be at least 3.0m wide and 3.5m long  
  • The distance between the ceiling and floor of the beauty salon must be higher than 2.30m
  • Beauty treatments such as pedicure, manicure, hair removal, and henna design require separate areas larger than 2.50m x 1.50m with proper partitions.
  • A washbasin close to the facial treatment area
  • In the preparation area for hair removal materials, fireproof materials must be used
  • An efficient heating facility for water
  • Cosmetics and towel storage cabinets and drawers

Salon Activities & Their Descriptions

Women Salon

Activity Description of ladies’ salons involved in beautification and hair care, including, hair trimming, setting, dyeing, washing, waving, straightening, henna services, and hair fixing. Also includes cosmetic treatments, which involve skin cleansing, makeup, skin hair removal, foot care, facial aesthetic, nail manicures and treatment, and micro-blading, such firms are allowed to sell the activity-related materials in non-commercial quantities. Call us for a free consultation.


Ladies Massage & Relaxation Center

Activity Description Includes firms licensed to provide physical care and massage of body and feet and how to take care of females. Also includes other massage-related services for relaxation purposes without providing medical treatment where service providers must be females.


Ladies Health Club

Activity Description Includes firms specialized in a wide variety of water therapy and relaxing activities for women, such as steam baths, Jacuzzi, and saunas. Such firms are not allowed to conduct massage.


Ladies Orient Bath

Activity Description Includes firms engaged in providing ladies with sauna type rooms heated by a continuous flow of hot air which allows the bather to perspire freely, and then follow with a full body wash to enable bodies to go relaxed and clean, such firms are allowed to sell the activity-related materials in non-commercial quantities.


Ladies Cosmetics & Personal Care Center

Activity Description Includes firms dealing with cosmetic treatments for women, including skin hair removal, makeup, facial aesthetic, skin cleansing, foot care, mud baths, nail manicures, and treatment. Also includes supporting hair strength, and teeth whitening. It’s not allowed to use this activity to practice massage. Moreover, internal doors should remain unlocked as well as bearing glass to allow revealing the interior of the rooms.


Ladies Hair Fixing Center

Activity Description Includes salons involved in fixing human hair for ladies to avoid damaging their natural hair due to the continuous hair styling process. Call us for a free consultation.


Can a Non-resident Open a Business in Dubai?

Yes, in the vast majority of cases. If you are looking for a business setup in Dubai, there are a few things to keep in mind. Non-residents can take advantage of the company formation in UAE with a 0% corporate tax rate. Personal income is taxed at a different rate and is determined by your country of residence. Consultation with A&A Associate is all it takes to get an answer to your queries. Contact us now.


100% Foreign Investment and Local Agent Option in Dubai

Setting up a business in Dubai is a great dream for anyone who wants to start a business in the Middle East. As a result, full ownership in the United Arab Emirates will no longer be restricted to the free zones. Most businesses in the mainland United Arab Emirates require a local sponsor (a UAE national) with 51% of the shares to form a majority stake in the company. But with the new Companies Law amendment, all that changes.

According to the Positive List, UAE entrepreneurs can own 100% of a few trading activities. A positive list is a record of economic sectors and activities that are eligible for foreign direct investment, as well as the percentage of ownership in each. The List also specifies the conditions that must be met, as well as the minimum share capital, for a foreign national or company to fully own a mainland company.


We can hire a local service agent who will act as our representative in all government dealings and will not own any stock in the company. An annual fee is all that is required to appoint a local agent. That being said, foreign entrepreneurs can own 100% of their company and exercise complete control over its operations.


Business Locations Available in Dubai

Foreigners can have a business set up in Dubai in three places. Business on the mainland has many advantages such as the ability to rent commercial space in any location, carry out a variety of business activities, trade anywhere in the UAE and around the world, and have no currency restrictions. Simple employment visa processing helps bid on government projects, and opening a corporate bank account is easy.The best locations to start a salon business will be in new crowded community locations where foreigners and citizens can have access to the salon. With the influx of tourists and foreigners wishing to settle in the commercial hub of Dubai, a salon business is best set amidst the crowded areas of the UAE. Call us to discuss the best locations for your business.


Where to Start a Beauty Salon?

Dubai Mainland is an excellent place to open a beauty salon since you can attract the greatest number of clients by taking advantage of Dubai’s local market. On the Dubai Mainland, the Department of Economic Development (DED) regulates all types of businesses. The department has outlined some of the most essential requirements for starting a beauty salon business in Dubai. The best areas on the mainland to set up a beauty salon is Sheikh Zayed Road, Deira, Business Bay, Al Quasis, and Bur Dubai.


Where you start your salon also matters. All UAE businesses need a physical address. The business premises and location must meet the requirements set forth by the Department of Economic Development of the respective emirate, as well as the land planning regulations of the local municipalities. A rental agreement for an office and a warehouse must be provided. Some emirates require attestation of agreements. The agreement must be registered with Ejari in Dubai.



In conclusion, a beauty salon business in Dubai is pretty rewarding provided you have the right guidance. Even for those who have a sufficient amount of knowledge about these things and the necessary amount of experience, the procedure will still prove to be very challenging and time-consuming. A&A Associate is a well-respected company that has professionals on staff who can lead you to success, help you achieve your goals, and get you to the point where you can realize your dreams. Contact us now and start your journey. We have worked with every government department in the UAE that is relevant to the approval process for a variety of businesses, including beauty salons, over many years. We offer a diverse selection of consultations, and you can get in touch with us at any time. Send us an email at [email protected] if you have any questions or need any additional information about starting a salon business in Dubai or anywhere else in the United Arab Emirates. Contact us now for more information.

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