If you ever wanted to do business in Dubai but always struggled to find time to move here and get a company license, then this article is for you.
The Dubai virtual business license allows entrepreneurs to do business in Dubai digitally – without the need to reside in the emirate. License holders can carry out a range of business-related activities, such as signing and submitting documents, electronically. These electronic signatures will be accepted as legally binding within the UAE.
What is Dubai Virtual License?
To be eligible for a virtual license you must reside outside of the UAE and be a national or tax resident in an approved country.
Eligible countries include:
Non-eligible countries include:
How to apply for a Dubai virtual license?
The process of applying for a Dubai virtual business license consists of three simple steps:
Step 1: Select your business activity
The full list of permitted activities under a virtual license is as follows:
Computer Systems & Communication Equipment Software Design
Electronic Chips Programming
Social Media Applications Development & Management
Cyber Security Architecture
Public Networking Services
Cyber Risk Management Services
Auditing, Reviewing and Testing Cyber Risks
Managed Cyber Security Services Provider
Marketing Services Via Social Media
Design Services (Interior Design, Garden Design)
Calligraphers & Painters
Color Separation Services
Design & Artwork Services
Greeting Cards Production & Distribution Services
Promotional Gifts Preparing
Step 2: Pick your company name
There are a few things to keep in mind when making this decision. You must abide by a strict, yet easy to follow, set of naming conventions. We recommend you work with Business Incorporation Zone (BIZ), a Dubai company formation specialist to help you in the process.
Step 3: Your license application
Once you are ready with the above steps, you will need the blow documents to complete the registration process.
- Passport copy (with more than 3 months till expiry)
- Proof of address (any utility bill or official letter, not more than 3 months old)
- Proof of tax residency (if you are not from the approved countries)
- A recent photo on white background (not more than 3 months old)
- Completed application including your name in Arabic script (if your current or past nationality is that of an Arab country, information on your experience with Dubai (have you visited or lived in UAE before? Have you owned a UAE company? Or acted as director at a UAE company?)