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How to Get Started with a Salon Business in Dubai

how to get started with a salon business in dubai

Dubai offers a vibrant market for a variety of businesses, including hairdressing and beauty salons. With a growing population and a high demand for grooming and beauty services, starting a haircutting and hairdressing salon can be a lucrative opportunity. To set up your salon in Dubai, you will need a Dubai mainland license, specifically a license for a Haircutting & Hairdressing Salon. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process.

Gents Haircutting & Hairdressing Salon

  • Hairdressing and beauty treatments such as trimming, cutting, dyeing, waving, straightening, and hair fixing.
  • Cosmetic treatments including skin cleansing, hair removal, facial aesthetics, foot care, and hair strength support.
  • Selling activity-related materials in non-commercial quantities.

Women Haircutting & Hairdressing Salon

  • Beautification and hair care services including washing, trimming, setting, dyeing, waving, straightening, hair fixing, and henna services.
  • Cosmetic treatments such as makeup, skin cleansing, hair removal, facial aesthetics, foot care, and nail manicures.
  • Selling activity-related materials in non-commercial quantities.
  • Note: Microblading requires a permit from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
Licensing and Regulatory Requirements

To start a hairdressing and beauty salon in Dubai, you must adhere to the rules and regulations set by the Dubai Municipality (Department of Health and Public Safety). An external approval from the Dubai Municipality is mandatory before the license issuance.

Step-by-Step Licensing Process

Choose Your Company’s Legal Form

Decide whether you want to establish your business as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or another legal form that suits your business needs.

Ensure Compliance with DED Guidelines

Confirm that your business activities align with the guidelines provided by the Department of Economic Development (DED).

Submit Required Documents for Initial Approval

Gather necessary documents including the application form, business plan, and passport copies of the owner(s). Submit these documents to the DED to obtain initial approval.

Appoint a Local Service Agent

For businesses owned by foreign nationals, appointing a local service agent is mandatory.

Draft a Memorandum of Association (MOA)

Prepare and sign the MOA, outlining the partnership terms and conditions.

Acquire Physical Office Space

Rent an office space in Dubai mainland and secure a tenancy contract (Ejari).

Submit Documents for Final Approval

Submit the MOA, tenancy contract, and other required documents to the DED for final approval.

Pay Required Fees and Obtain License

Once you receive final approval, pay the necessary fees to obtain your Dubai mainland license.

Register with Government Authorities

Register your company with the Ministry of Labor and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.




Additional Considerations
  • Insurance: Ensure you have adequate insurance coverage, including Professional Indemnity Insurance if necessary.
  • Compliance: Adhere to all Dubai Municipality regulations, including health and safety standards.
  • Marketing: Develop a marketing strategy to attract customers, including a strong online presence and local advertising.


How Can Choose UAE Help

At Choose UAE, we streamline the process of obtaining your Dubai mainland license for a haircutting and hairdressing salon. Our expert team assists with all steps, from initial document submission to securing approvals and finalizing registrations. With our support, setting up your business becomes efficient and straightforward. Contact Choose UAE today and let us help you establish your hairdressing and beauty salon in Dubai.

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