Get your e-commerce license in Dubai

Dubai’s e-commerce marketing is expected to reach a value of 8 million by 2025. The time is ripe for investment now!

E-commerce businesses have a low level of entry barriers and have enabled a lot of people to build their business empires. If you are interested in setting up your e-commerce business in Dubai, then here’s the only guide you will need.

Choosing between a Free Zone or Mainland for your e-commerce license.

One of the first things you would need to do is to choose where you want to set up your business; in a free zone or mainland. There are around 10 free zones in the UAE that will either offer you an e-commerce license or an equivalent that will allow you to conduct your business.

Mainland jurisdictions in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and RAK also allow you to get an e-commerce license.

List of free zones that offer e-commerce licenses in Dubai

  • DMCC
  • DWTC
  • Dubai South
  • Sharjah Media City
  • RAK Economic Zone
  • Fujairah Creative City
  • Sharjah Research Technology & Innovation Park

Apply for an e-commerce license in UAE

Prepare for your application:

  • Choose a company name
  • The business activity
  • Passport copy and/or visa
  • Contact information of all shareholders (phone number, email, and address)
  • Share ratio

Start the process with the chosen jurisdiction

  • Submit the documents according to the requirements
  • Pay the application fees for initial approval
  • Once you get that initial approval you will be issued your license. It can take anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days depending on your chosen jurisdiction.

Cost of getting your e-commerce license

Getting an e-commerce license in Dubai will start from AED 5,750.

Register for VAT

If the value of your imports exceeds AED 375,000 then you would be required to register for a VAT. The Exillium team can help you with the VAT registration, get in touch.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch with our expert consultants. 

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