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Selecting a location

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.

Another option for small businesses is to lease a serviced office. The lease for a serviced office will often include value-added services including communication utilities, administrative support and concierge services. Some organizations, such as the art-focused Shelter, tend to cater for specific fields and provide business facilities as well as networking opportunities and a community atmosphere.
When applying for the formal trade licence, you will be asked to show a rent agreement for the proposed location of your business. This is agreement is called an MOU by most real estate agents and acts as a precursor to the official lease. The Dubai Municipality has strict zoning rules for businesses, so be sure your business is legally allowed to operate before signing any agreements. To be sure your proposed location is within the city’s zoning regulations, call the Planning Department Office within the DED (04 202 0105) and tell them the exact location and plot number of the proposed location; they will inform you whether or not it is acceptable.

 
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Establish a company in Dubai Internet City - Dubai Technology & Media Free Zone Authority
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Published Date : 06/07/2015Back

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