How to get an engineeringbusiness license in the UAE
Engineering consultancy and contracting services are in-demand and highly paidbusiness areas in the UAE. Licensing is mandatory and can be complex to navigate.
Large scale construction and engineering projects remain a core driver of the UAE economy and across the entire Gulf region. Demand outstrips supply for qualified personnel and competent suppliers, and this shortage is driving the attractiveness of the country for foreign companies. SORP Group experience and expertise in the sector is your key to unlocking the rich opportunities in this market.
Main engineering licenses available for businesssetting up in the UAE to work there and abroad
Range of engineeringworks abroad
Consulting, design and developing plans, taskexecution and commissioning - end-to-end from fleshing out concepts to topping out finished projects and all tax-free.
Designing structuresof all types
Elaborating on engineering plans andblueprints and providing support at all stages from design to implementation of residential, commercial, industrial and social facilities.
A full range of services for the development,justification as well as implementation of the project, as well as the supply of equipment on a turnkey basis.
Consulting at the stage of design andinstallation of low-current electrical systems, electrical and telecommunications networks, and other electrical installation work.
Engineering systemsfor buildings
Installation and design work for ductsystems, ventilation, heating, drainage, sewerage, fire extinguishing systems and other structural works.
Commercial landscaping to shape spaces forconstruction and infrastructure projects from multi-story urban developments to cottage settlements.
The state regulates engineering activities to ensure quality control and excellence. Some engineering activities require multiple approvals from different authorities, often with minimum qualification levels specified for managerial roles – all checked and verified. To fast-track registration of your engineering company SORP Group consultants and experts have developed solutions that will save you time, money and hassle.
SORP solutions for licensing and support ofengineering businesses in the UAE
We will choose the right type ofcompany and most suitable place of incorporation for the best fit
Fast processing through the legalprocedures based on of our trusted status with DM and DED
Local partneror agent
Nominee service from SORPInvestment LLC with a waiver of rights in the Dubai court
SORP Business Centre provides ourclients with the opportunity to rent an office under Ejari / Estidama license, rent flexi-desks or E-office
Opening abank account
Cooperation with UAE banks,understanding of compliance procedures and assistance in passing KYC and interviews
PRO - businesssupport
Representation of interests at theMinistry of Labor and other state authorities for visas and licenses with support always available 24/7
What’s involved in obtaining business licensesin the UAE for different engineering activities
Service, repair, buildingsystems engineering and landscape works
- The process of obtaining licenses for these fields of activity is controlled by the Building Department. Additional specialized permits are required from the Road Transport Authority (RTA) or DEWA.
- Some licenses do not have categories, meaning work permitted under the license can be carried out at any site
- There are no requirements regarding owner's qualifications, education, or professional experience.
- Likewise, managers are not obliged to possess specific levels of education or experience.
- Availability of suitably qualified and accredited engineering and technical employees with the appropriate specialization license is a pre-requisite of obtaining engineering and service, design, and landscape licenses.
Architectural designand complex engineering works
- A permit from the supervisory authority of the Building Department is mandatory. Additional approvals are also required from other regulatory authorities, such as Civil Defense, RTA or DEWA.
- There are four categories that depend on or limit the height of the structure under design or proposed construction.
- G+1 - design up to a height of 2 floors, G+4 - up to 5 floors, G+12 - up to 13 floors, UL - no restrictions.
- Both the foreign owner and local partner must have minimum education qualifications and relevant professional experience.
- The license class governs the education and qualifications requirements for managers. The availability of qualified architects and engineers must be demonstrated, the number of which depends on the field of activity and the license class.
Facts you should know when starting anengineering business
Place of incorporation
If you are doing business inside theUAE, you need to incorporate a local (mainland) company. These can freely provide services within the UAE and abroad, and participate in all tenders.
FTZ company incorporation
A company set up in one of the FreeTrade Zones (FTZ) can only be used for doing business in international markets outside the UAE. Only a limited number of these are issued.
A local company to perform repairs,major engineering, design or landscape works requires a local sponsor who has 51% share ownership (can be nominal). 49% can be owned by a foreign investor.
Incorporation of a company with 100%foreign ownership suits carrying out of design and architectural works, and providing consultancy. You must assign a local agent to carry out all interactions with the relevant government agencies.
Legal entity of incorporation
Mainland (local) companies are usuallyincorporated as LLCs. Liability is limited to the amount of issued share capital. Professional licenses can be formed as Civil Company or Sole Establishment (sole proprietorship) types of entities.
Comprehensive SORP support servicesfor doing business in the UAE
Defining yourindividual business model
We integrate ideal developmentstrategies for you based on the competition and the law. Then we choose the right operating license for doing local or global business.
Companyincorporation and licensing
New companies are registeredquickly and to very high quality standards by SORP Group specialists in close cooperation with the registration authorities.
It makes sense to use SORP’sexpert professional administrative, recruiting, accounting and tax competencies, saving the cost of employing highly paid personnel.
Obtaining taxresidency status
Enjoy tax resident (domicile)status shielding you from CRS requirements for sharing your tax details and preventing double taxation.
We design optimized tax solutionsfor international business within the full scope of UAE legislation, drawing on our wide experience and successful cases in this field.
Confirmation ofeconomic substance
We help fulfil proof of economicsubstance based on the registered location of your company, with its localized decision making as well as management, tax compliance
SORP Group will become your reliable long-termpartner in supporting your UAE business
SORP offers comprehensive support for acquired companies and their shareholders: from licensing, maintaining Bank accounts to obtaining the status of a tax resident of the country
Your requirements are unique. That is why 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
Assistance in choosing a bank that is suitable for your purposes, support with bank accounts opening and passing KYC procedures (know your customer).
Get an engineeringlicense in the UAE
SORP Group experts will help you determine the appropriate types of activities, choose the optimal place of incorporation and type of legal entity.
Take the first step today towards creating your business in the UAE!