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With the cosmopolitan and vibrant environment of the UAE, home to more than 200 nationalities, the country has attracted many foreign entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe. The UAE has become a global hub for financial services, logistics, hospitality, and trading is steadily growing in other sectors, including healthcare, technology, and renewable energy. Thanks to its modern facilities and excellent infrastructure, the UAE has become an ideal location for association conferences, corporate meetings, business events, and exhibitions. General trading license activities has a wide variation, many business persons are interested in trading a variety of goods and commodities to various countries or within the country. These operations and many other business activities require a general trading license in the UAE. 

With the cosmopolitan and vibrant environment of the UAE, home to more than 200 nationalities, the country has attracted many foreign entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe. The UAE has become a global hub for financial services, logistics, hospitality, and trading is steadily growing in other sectors, including healthcare, technology, and renewable energy. Thanks to its modern facilities and excellent infrastructure, the UAE has become an ideal location for association conferences, corporate meetings, business events, and exhibitions. General trading license activities has a wide variation, many business persons are interested in trading a variety of goods and commodities to various countries or within the country. These operations and many other business activities require a general trading license in the UAE. 

What are General Trading License Activities?

A General Trade License allows conducting activities of exporting, re-exporting, and importing products in the UAE such as:

Food Products

Clothes & Accessories


Electronics & Tech Supplies

Stationery & School Supplies

If a businessman is doing different products/goods trading, it is suggested to go for a general trading license in UAE to enjoy all these facilities in one license. Thus, it will not be mandatory to opt for separate licenses for each of these businesses. Trading of Alcohol, Medicine, Cars, Chemicals, etc., is not considered as general trading license activities and cannot be done through a General Trading License in UAE, which requires special approvals from Concerned government authorities or municipalities. However, these types of activities can be approved by DED under a commercial trade license.

Costs of a General Trade License in the UAE 

As per the Department of Economic Development (DED) Dubai, the holder of a General Trading License can do the business of importing, trading, and re-exporting any of the allowed goods and other related general trading license activities. The activities that need special approvals and arrangements can be formed under a sole establishment or an LLC or a Single Owner (LLC-SO). 

This type of license can be associated with a legal holding structure within the UAE and other licensing authorities. With this license, a businessperson can also use and rent storage and do warehousing. 

Ecommerce & Digital Activities
Standard Activity Package Free Zone
ANY Activity Package Mainland

Obtaining a General Trade License in UAE

Obtaining a general trade license is a straightforward procedure and can be done through the following steps:

Planning and Initial Approval

Begin with selecting a UAE-compliant trade name and outlining your business activities (up to 10 distinct activities per license). Submit your preliminary application, and if necessary, secure external endorsements relevant to your business type.

Passport Copy

Two Passport-size Photographs

Trade Name (3 possible options for a trade name or company name)

Residence Address Proof (UAE or home country)

Visa Copy (if you are a resident) or Entry Stamp (if you are on a tourist visa). Skip if you don’t have either of them.

Emirates ID (front and back) – If you are a UAE resident only, otherwise it’s not needed

Payment Proof


Documentation and Structure

Prepare foundational documents such as the Memorandum of Association (MOA). Determine the most fitting legal structure for your enterprise, ensuring both compliance and alignment with your business vision.

Finalizing Location and Licensing

Choose a strategic business location and authenticate your tenancy through Ejari. Submit the required documents to the Department of Economic Development (DED) for the final license. Conclude the process by paying the specified license fees.

Benefits of a General Trade License in the UAE

There are plenty of advantages to getting a General Trade license in the UAE, such as:

Limited Minimum Capital Requirement

It is not mandatory to show a bank guarantee nor is it compulsory to deposit the share capital in the bank. Also, 100% of capital repatriation is allowed for UAE companies.

Facile Establishment Process 

The process of setting up a company in the UAE is a straightforward process. The whole procedure can be concluded in 3-4 working days if all the documents are in place and prepared.

Excellent Infrastructural facilities

Availability of office spaces with flexible rent or lease plans with the best infrastructural facilities provide an ideal place and environment for businessmen to conduct their business in the most optimal way possible. 

Zero Tax Regime

Which includes no corporate or personal tax – In UAE, there is no corporate tax or personal tax for doing any business. A businessperson who is holding a license in UAE does not pay

Unlimited Availability of Employment Visas

Companies do not have any restrictions on applying for an employment visa from the Ministry of Labor. The employment visa eligibility is based on the size of the office and the selection of license activity. As a rule of thumb, a bigger office will allow entrepreneurs to apply for more visas. The investor visa or employment visa holder can also sponsor a spouse, parents, children, and maids.

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At Choose UAE, we provide a fast and efficient business setup for foreign investors and startups wanting to put up their business in a free zone. Our team of experts are dedicated in providing an optimal customer service experience, with a wide range of business support services to help you run your business– from Corporate Bank Account opening assistance, PRO services, Digital Marketing services, and many more.  

As official partners of UAE Government Authorities, we have the lowest prices in the market with no license processing fees and no hidden charges. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today. 

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