How to provide services
in the UAE

Uncover the powerful opportunities provided by the Emirates to build a highly
successful business, not only in the Gulf region’s fastest growing market but also

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Successful entry for consumer or business services into this market needs a little prior preparation. You need to understand the relevant legislation and regulations, and validate your business concept against what the market needs. You must also check out what authorizations, permits and licenses are required to operate your chosen line of business. UAE legislation provides for a special incorporation process for professional services companies. It demands that business owners and employees possess certain educational or professional qualifications.

The most in-demand activities in the UAE’s
service sector

for the public

Cleaning, laundries, designers, beauty
salons, repair and craft workshops,
car services

for business

Translation bureau, bookkeeping,
secretarial services, data and call
center activities

Medicine and

Medical centers, private hospitals,
clinics, laboratories, pharmaceutical

Sports and

Preschool, secondary and higher
education, courses, training, sports

Catering and

Activities of restaurants, cafes, fast
food outlets, farms, crop production,

Recreation and

Organizing events, galleries,
entertainment centers, water
parks, circuses

Transport and

Courier activities, car sharing, limousine
service, yacht rental, storage and
packaging services

Management and

Management, tax and personnel consulting,
specialized recommendations, project


Information security, network setup,
office equipment maintenance,
software development

How to start a service business in the UAE

Business success in the United Arab Emirates starts with building an understanding of traditions as they apply to the business environment, in addition to a deep knowledge of local legislation and appreciating the region’s characteristics.

Choosing a working
business model

Analyzing the competitive business
environment and business development
strategies is crucial because business
models that work successfully in other
countries often flop in the UAE.

Choosing a place
of incorporation

The right jurisdiction for business
incorporation depends on the location
of your target audience. To provide
services in the domestic market of the
UAE, one should open a local company.

Choosing a license and
obtaining approvals

The need for the correct business
licenses, permits and authorizations
must be carefully assessed and should
be viewed together with the relevant
laws and regulations.

Providing quality support
to the company

The final stage will be the selection
of a service company that provides
high-quality administrative, legal and
PRO support, accounting and tax
accounting, and will also provide
support in opening bank accounts.

Obtaining permits for
the provision of services

There may be a further step in some
cases after obtaining a license to
operate. The regulatory bodies for certain business activities require
proof that employees possess relevant
qualifications before issuing permits.

Obtaining a license and
company incorporation

Once you have successfully received all
required approvals from the regulatory
departments, you need to fulfill the legal
requirements for incorporating the type
of legal entity you have chosen and
register its business address.

SORP expert solutions for organizing a business
in the field of services in the UAE

Business model

We will select a suitable
license and suggest the
type of legal entity


Fast incorporation through
close collaboration with the
licensing authorities

Outsourcing of core
business processes

Administrative, tax, accounting,
PRO and legal support from SORP

business address

Office rental in SORP business
center for accommodation and
licensing procedures

bank accounts

Using our close cooperation
with banks throughout the
UAE, assistance to pass KYC


Local agent that represents the
company’s interests with state
agencies and other authorities

Benefits of operating a Service Business
in the United Arab Emirates

Equal competition

Equal business opportunities for both
foreign and local entrepreneurs with equal
treatment in law

Ease of hiring

Availability of qualified personnel in the
market and the ability to attract foreign

Investment security

State support and international
agreements on mutual protection of


Strict confidentiality guarantees anonymity
of beneficiaries' data during incorporation
and doing business in the UAE

Preferential taxation

No corporate taxes or personal income tax
means earnings and dividends are tax free.
5% VAT on some domestic categories.

Financial freedom

No currency control; simplified bank KYC
procedure for transactions in the local

Success Factors for Service Business in the UAE

  • Favorable tax climate

    The absence of corporate tax and one of the lowest VAT rates in the world, coupled with a high standard of living and consumer demand, create an ideal business environment in the Emirates market for the development of service business, attracting hundreds of thousands of foreign investors and entrepreneurs to the country every year.

  • Developed banking system

    By September 2020, the assets of the UAE banking sector amounted to AED 3,252 billion, which is 7.6% more than in September 2019. There are 48 banks in the country, 27 of which are foreign. They offer a wide range of products and services, low rates, leasing and credit programs, the latest digital technologies, mobile and online banking.

  • High purchasing power

    The standard of living and the high level of per capita income ($ 43,103 in 2020) in the United Arab Emirates ensures high consumption and a constant demand for quality services in the domestic market. The UAE is included in the TOP 10 countries in the world in terms of welfare.

  • Governmental support

    The UAE government has initiated more than 30 strategies to support and develop the service sector in the country. By 2030, these programs will be implemented: The National Program for Advanced Training of Employees and the Quality of Services; Strategy for the development of the Innovation and IT sector; a number of initiatives to digitize services; Strategies for education, medicine, financial services and tourism.

  • Low level of bureaucracy

    Transparency of procedures, reduction in bureaucratic delays thanks to active digitalization and successful implementation of blockchain technology in the system for providing public services. In particular, the Blockchain Business Platform (UBRP) was created in Dubai in 2019, simplifying the processes of company incorporation and obtaining licenses.

  • Promising domestic market

    The volume of the service sector in the UAE in 2020 amounted to $ 74 billion. The population and number of consumers are constantly growing due to immigration and tourist flows counted in the millions. All of which contributes to steady market growth. Dubai is one of the ten most attractive cities in the world. In 2020 alone, it was visited by 16.73 million tourists from 233 countries, who spent about $ 40 billion in it.

SORP service package for professional business
support in the UAE

  • Business hypothesis

    We will look at and assess relevant
    aspects of law, help you choose
    the best place for incorporation,
    and assist with licenses, permits
    and approvals.

  • Comprehensive
    business analysis

    We will perform market and
    competitive research. We will
    select areas for doing business in
    the UAE and implement an
    effective strategy.

  • Consulting

    We ensure your project passes
    through all the steps to starting a
    business. We build relationships
    with state bodies and deal with
    them on your behalf.

  • International
    tax planning

    Individual solutions to improve the
    efficiency of tax optimization
    schemes for international business
    based on UAE legislation.

  • Tax residency

    Assistance in obtaining a tax
    domicile certificate as proof of
    compliance with the requirements
    of belonging to UAE jurisdiction.

  • Confirmation of
    economic presence
    in the UAE

    Proving that you conducti business
    operations at the registered
    address of your business and that
    it belongs under UAE jurisdiction.

Years of SORP experience is a guarantee of the
success of your business in the UAE

SORP Group is a leading consulting group of companies that provides a full range of services for incorporation, support and business management in the UAE and abroad. We have an impeccable reputation, many opportunities and significant assets:

Comprehensive Services

SORP offers comprehensive support for acquired companies and their shareholders: from licensing and maintaining bank accounts to obtaining the status of a tax resident of the country

Individual Approach

We understand that each client's requirements are unique. We treat every business individually to tailor the right services to achieve your priorities

15 Years of Successful Work

We have helped thousands of clients acquire, build and develop businesses in the UAE.

Banking Support

Assistance in choosing a suitable bank for your purposes, support with the bank account opening, and passing KYC procedures (know your customer).

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