Another major aspect of planning for and starting a new business in Dubai is finding an appropriate location. If you are planning on operating within one of the several free zones, you will need to consult with the corresponding free zone authority to determine if your business is authorized for that area. Many free zones also allow businesses to buy land within the free zone in order to build their own offices.
If your future business is within a freehold development, the master developer will most likely have a say in the types of businesses allowed. For example, if you would like to open a shop in International City, you will need to submit an NOC from Nakheel to Dubai Department of Economic Development when you apply for your trade licence.
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