Here are the four types of trade licenses issued by the Department of Economic Development in Dubai:
- Commercial Trade License
- Industrial Trade License
- Professional Trade License
- Tourism Trade License
These are the prevalent trade licenses in Dubai. In other places in the UAE, you may come across two more trade licenses recently introduced by the government. These are the new licenses:
- Agriculture Trade License
- Craftsmanship Trade License
If you are looking to start a company in the mainland, you must select from one of these trading company licenses in Dubai. Even if a specific type of trade license allows a wide range of business activities, you can only perform the ones you selected when registering for the license. So, take your time and establish the business activities you mean to pursue first.
There are several free zones in the UAE that allow only a selected few business activities to be performed inside their jurisdiction. Those free zones offer one or two choices of trade licenses at max.