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Starting a business in Dubai is becoming easier with the Department of Economic Development’s (DED) vision to quickly assist new businessmen and women process documentation, registration and licensing.
• Legal form - It is a description of the business you are starting including the business type, business activities, the nationality of owners and the ownership options.
• Trade name - Following the trade name guidelines, apply for a trade name online or go through an authorized document clearing office or law firm. The certificate is valid for 60 days and can only be renewed once.
• Initial approval certificate - This proves that the Dubai Government has no objection in you starting a business and you can take the next steps to getting a license.
• Memorandum of association - You will sign a local service agent (LSA) agreement with an Emirati who will represent your business for licensing and compliance.
• Business location - Get the approval from the Dubai Municipality Planning Section. Your chosen location must comply with the public health and safety requirements.
• Obtaining a license - Your food business will require licensing approvals from the Food Control Section (Dubai Municipality). Book an appointment with the Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) and pay the relevant fees. The license will be issued after one to seven days.
Congratulations! You can now start managing your business.
• Get a local sponsor when setting up in mainland
• Professional consulting firms can assist in setup
• Renew the trade name one week before it expires
Source: Cleofi-Krita Capili, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer