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Professional license

Professional license

The Department of Economic Development (DED) offers different licenses for several business types. If you want to trade, you will need a commercial license, an industrial license for manufacturing and a professional license, if you want to offer professional services.

Dubai Visa and Investment Centre will provide the necessary assistance to get a DED professional license in Dubai.

Dubai attracts professionals and providers from different parts of the world, and getting a professional license allows you to have full ownership of your service business. The professional license permits a sole proprietorship company structure, making it popular for investors and entrepreneurs.

What is a DED professional license?

A DED professional license is a license issued by the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai, UAE. It is specifically for companies and individuals engaged in professional services, such as engineering, legal services, healthcare and other specialised fields.

Getting a DED professional license allows companies and individuals to offer professional services in Dubai legally. It also ensures compliance with local regulations and shows credibility to customers and clients.

You will need to tender educational certificates and prove your area of expertise to get a professional license in Dubai. This is important because the professional license is given based on the level of education and expertise on the subject.

Who needs a DED professional license?

Companies and individuals engaged in professional services, such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, and consultants need a DED professional license. The license is specifically for those who offer professional services as their main business activity in the Emirate. The license is mandatory for operating legally and offering professional services.

The following are professional services requiring a professional license in Dubai.

  • Carpentry
  • Artisanship
  • Healthcare and medical services
  • Consultancy services
  • Printing and publishing
  • Consultancy services
  • Security services
  • Repair services
  • Beauty salons
  • Internet and web design services
  • Inventive engineering
  • Entertainment artists
  • Advertising professionals
  • Auditors, accountants and financial advisors
  • Document clearing
  • Services in information technology
  • Legal advisors and lawyers
  • Teachers and educational technology
  • Architectural consultants
  • Teachers and educational professionals

These are only the popular professionals. Several other sectors have professionals that need a professional license.

Types of license


Process for getting a professional license in Dubai

The professional license is popular for investors and entrepreneurs in Dubai, so it is relatively quick to get. However, if you want to start a business, you need professionals to assist you, and we can help you.

The following are necessary to start a service business and obtain a professional license.

  • Fill out the local service agreement form and have the form attested by the public notary service.
  • You need a legal translator seal if the agreement is in Arabic
  • Draft a Memorandum of Association (MOA) with the sponsor
  • Include the sponsor’s early fee in the agreement
  • If you want to get a professional license for a civil company, you will fill out one more application form and have it attested.
  • Get your tenancy contract approved by the municipality
  • Submit all the forms with attestation
  • Submit the passport copies of the partners or owners and NOC for expatriate partners at any DED branch.
  • Pay at the counter and get the license – you will get a payment voucher immediately.


The DED in Dubai needs a few documents from businesses for regulator purposes. These documents will vary depending on the business activities, but some documents are common to all businesses.

These documents include

  • Copies of the shareholders’ passports
  • Copies of the shareholders’ visa pages
  • Filled application form
  • Tenancy agreement and EJARI
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) if any of the shareholders have a residency visa

Documents for tenancy contract submission to Dubai municipality

  • Initial approval from the DED
  • A prescribed application form (BR1 form)
  • Ejari registration
  • Rental contract

Cost of professional license

A professional license costs about AED15,310. This fee covers different charges, including the professional license itself, service agent fees, trade name registration, market fees (depending on the tenancy amount), local fees, government cultural fees and administrative service fees.

The cost may vary depending on the specific requirements and circumstances of the professional license application.

Benefits of a professional license in Dubai

Starting a business that offers a service in Dubai has several advantages due to the population, which has lots of expendable income. Getting a professional license to run a service-related business in Dubai has the following benefits.

  • Full ownership for foreigners
  • No personal taxes
  • Lenient tax laws for corporations
  • Wide range of business activities
  • Wide range of business structures
  • Attractive market with a growing customer base

If you want more information on how to get a professional license in Dubai, call Dubai Visa and Investment Centre on 971 544563095. You can also locate us at office No. 4108, 41st floor, Churchill Tower, Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


A popular benefit of getting a DED professional license in Dubai is it allows 100% ownership of the business. Unlike other trade licenses requiring you to partner with a UAE national who will have 51% of the shares, the professional license allows you to have full ownership with no local partner.

You only need an agreement with a local service agent with whom you will pay an agreed amount yearly. The agent handles government-related procedures for you while you maintain 100% control of your business.

You will decide on the business activity you want to perform, then hire a local agent to handle the legal formalities on your behalf. You also need to make important decisions for your business. For example, you will decide on the trade name, company structure, and office address, amongst others.

Different types of business trade licenses are available for specific purposes. Each of the business trade licenses allows several business activities. The professional license allows business activities in the service industry.

For example, a business that wants to provide healthcare services will need a professional licence to render their services legally.

You can check your professional license on the official UAE website. This website has different links for various areas of your business. For example, you can check the business activities allowed, the options for business trade licenses, and if a trade name is available. You can also check your professional license through the business trade license link.

You can contact us if you want to set up a business that offers services in Dubai and doesn't know how to start. We will assist you in getting a professional license to ensure you legally render your services.