About E-commerce License:

Online shopping is now a big part of our everyday lives. This is going to grow further in the coming years with the upsurge of e-commerce businesses that are promptly capitalizing on the soaring number of online shoppers every day.

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry forecasts that e-commerce will generate $8 billion in sales by 2025 as almost 100% of the UAE population has access to the internet and mobile phones.

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Key steps to get your e-commerce license in Dubai, UAE :

Choose Jurisdiction

There are two jurisdictions you can choose to establish your business – Mainland and over 50 Free Zones. Both offer different benefits based on the business type and activity.

Choose Legal Structure

The next step is to choose a business structure. It can be a sole establishment, LLC, civil company, branch or representative office. We can guide you on the best choice for you.

Register Trade Name & Get Initial Approvals

Choose a name for your e-commerce business after reading the dos and don’ts of naming a company here for approval.

Get Final Approval

Submit all the documents with the Tenancy Contract and Ejari to the relevant authority for final approval. Open a corporate bank account after receiving the license.

Cost for e-commerce license

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Why choose Decisive Zone as your UAE business setup specialists?

  • We help you choose the right jurisdiction, structure and type for your business activity.
  • We guide you on possibilities of the online business activities.
  • We provide you with the right business setup guidance.
  • We provide solutions to all your UAE e-commerce license queries.
  • We can help you set up a business in the UAE remotely.

General requirements

  • Sponsor’s passport with residence visa and Emirates ID
  • Dependents’ passport copies
  • Dependents’ passport-size photo
  • Attested marriage certificate (MOFA, country attestation, Arabic translation)

Minimum salary requirements:

  • For male expatriates: AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation.
  • For female expatriates: AED 10,000 or AED 8,000 plus accommodation.
  • The minimum monthly salary to sponsor parents and parents-in-law is AED 20,000.

Proof of relationship and dependency:

  • Marriage certificate (attested & translated copy).
  • Birth certificate for children (attested & translated copy).
  • With a non-objection certificate from the biological parent for stepchildren.
  • With legal adoption papers for adopted children.
  • Sponsor’s birth certificate for parents.
  • Additional documents to show proof of parents’ dependency may be required.

A sponsor may also apply for dependent visas for parents-in-law by submitting a marriage certificate and the spouse’s birth certificate. In this way, a connection between the sponsor and the parents-in-law can be established.

Proof of domicile:

The sponsor must be able to show that the dependent will have a decent place to stay while residing in the UAE, that the domicile will have enough rooms for the number of dependents, and that the domicile actually has active utilities.

  • Tenancy contract or title deed.
  • At least 1 bedroom for immediate family – spouse and children.
  • At least 2 bedrooms for extended family – parents or parents-in-law.
  • Recent utility bills (DEWA, SEWA, ADDC, etc.)

In addition to this, family members over 18 years of age have to pass the medical fitness test from a health centre approved by the UAE government.