Do I need a trade license to open an e-commerce store in Dubai?

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Do I need a trade license in Dubai to be able to open my store and start selling? And if yes how do I overcome this?

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To legally operate an e-commerce business in Dubai, you would need a trade license. The type of trade license required would depend on the nature and size of your business.

To obtain a trade license, you would need to register your business with the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai. You can either apply for a commercial license if you are planning to sell physical products or a professional license if you are offering services.

The requirements for obtaining a trade license in Dubai may vary depending on your business activity, but some of the general requirements include:

  1. Business plan and feasibility study
  2. Proof of ownership or tenancy agreement for a physical business location
  3. Passport copies and visa copies of the business owner/s and staff members
  4. No-objection certificate from your sponsor (if you are a foreign investor)
  5. Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association
  6. Approval from relevant authorities (such as the Dubai Municipality and the Dubai Civil Defense)
  7. Payment of fees and charges

It is recommended that you seek professional advice from a business consultant or a legal expert to help you navigate the process of obtaining a trade license in Dubai.

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Hi! Yes, you will need a trade license in Dubai to open your store and start selling legally. To overcome this requirement, you should follow the proper process and fulfill the necessary requirements, especially if you want to start doing your business in the UAE.