Registering for a professional license differs from other licensing in the UAE, such as a
commercial or production license. With such a diverse professional sector, state professional
licensing standards and requirements often vary. That said, all professional licenses do share
some common features:
It is standard for company shareholders to be physical persons. Should a company be
established on the local market, only an affiliate status is available. When a company is
established as a legal entity in one of the free economic zones, company branches or
subsidiaries may also be established.
100% foreign ownership
Companies may only be established with 100% foreign ownership when they work in the
professional activities sector and are thereby excluded from general laws and standards on
licensing for local companies, which require at least 51% local ownership.
A legally established company with professional licensing covers 100% of its owners’ and
managers’ liability- in practice, it is a guarantee of their professionalism, and the success of
their business itself. There are two types liability- a sole establishment, with one owner, and a
civil company, which is owned collectively.
Education and qualifications
The personal qualities of your staff are the lynchpin of your company’s professionalism.
Companies established on the local market usually need to verify founders’ qualifications, any
diplomas submitted, as well as other documents, depending on the relevant department.