Real estate business license
in the UAE

Carry out real estate activities, open an agency, manage properties, all serving the $100
billion growing market of the United Arab Emirates.

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The UAE market shows constant demand for provision of professional and thorough real estate purchase and sale transactions, lease and management, as well as technical and general maintenance. SORP Group, as experts in business licensing procedures, will ensure a quick entry into this highly profitable and thriving niche and support on each stage of your business incorporation in the UAE.

Main types of UAE real estate business licenses

Real estate

The activities of a real estate broker or agent
/ realtor in every phase of purchase and sale
of real estate between owners and buyers,
leasing to third parties.

Third party property

Management of business centers,
commercial shopping malls and centers,
guest houses or hotels; management of
third-party facilities.

Own property

Acquisition, maintenance, administration,
operations and management of commercial
and residential real estate property for rent to
third parties.

Property development

Full cycle of real estate projects including
purchase, lease of land, hiring designers,
general contractor, construction & marketing.

Property maintenance

Operation and management activities, facility
security and cleaning services, building
repairs and maintenance.

Real estate consulting

Expert feasibility assessment and planning
for buying, selling, renting, lending of
commercial or residential real estate.

Government authorities regulate all areas of real estate activity, which guarantees market stability and the absence of speculation. Therefore, an entrepreneur who decides to obtain a license in this industry can turn to SORP experts to minimize risks and complete the setup process quickly and easily.

SORP Group expert solutions
for real estate activities in the UAE

Business model

We will find the best solution for
what you want to achieve, the most
suitable license and type of legal
entity to incorporate.


Guaranteed speed in company
formation and licensing in RERA
and DED of the Emirate of Dubai.
Agents for a number of FTZs also.

Local partner or

Professional nominee service from
SORP Investment LLC with a waiver
of rights in Dubai court, to fulfill
corporate roles without interference.

Dubai business address

SORP Business Centre provides
cost-effective ways to rent an office
under Ejari / Estidama license,
rent flexi-desks or get an E-office.

Opening bank accounts

We know the compliance processes
of UAE banks and we provide help in
passing KYC for onshore corporate
structures and their shareholders.

PRO business support

Representation of interests at state
immigration authorities and the
Ministry of Labor with 24/7 support.
Legal, tax and accounting services.

When choosing a license, you need to consider
the following factors

State control

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Your activities in the UAE are regulated by the state, which supports the development of the real estate service sector, monitors the stability of the market and prevents speculation.

Almost all activities fall under the control of the Real Estate Department, namely the so-called Real Estate Regulatory Agency, as well as other departments depending on the type of activity.

Ownership conditions

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A range of Real Estate activities are available for 100% foreign ownership. These business activities include the activities of commercial complexes, malls, cleaning, consulting, property maintenance, as well as direct purchase and sale of real estate.

The provision of a local nominee partner with a 51% share is still required for development licensing, and a brokerage or trusteeship requires 100% local ownership.

Place of incorporation

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To conduct business in the field of real estate maintenance, incorporating a local company is required, since only such legal entities have the right to freely operate in the UAE domestic market.

The UAE’s free trade zones do not provide a licensing option to conduct activities in the field of real estate, with the exception of certain consulting areas, real estate investments and the creation of portals for the sale or lease of real estate, etc.

Basic requirements of UAE government bodies
when licensing a company

Government authorities strictly regulate all areas of activity related to real estate, which guarantees market stability and the absence
of speculation. Therefore, any entrepreneur who decides to obtain a license in this industry must meet a number of requirements.

Bank guarantee

The state requires a bank guarantee in the
amount of $ 27,000 to $ 2.2 million for
a number of licenses. Developers must
open an escrow account.

Owner qualifications

The owner must demonstrate existing
specialized knowledge. In some cases,
the owner must take training courses and
pass an exam at the Real Estate Dept.

Management qualifications

The knowledge of the company's
management must be confirmed, or
managers sent on specialized courses
conducted by the Real Estate Dept.

Employee training

Proficiency accreditation and courses
may also be required for employees who
perform a range of financial functions,
such as operations managers.

Additional approvals

In addition to basic permits (RERA), some
types of activities require approvals from
the police, the Tourism Department, and
the Construction Department.

SORP solutions for real estate
business support

SORP Group are business experts and provide comprehensive solutions for licensing the main lines of business in the United Arab Emirates. Licensing can be carried out in the local territory (Mainland) and in the territories of the Free Trade Zones of the UAE.

business analysis

Analysis of the business concept
to choose the optimal licensing,
which will allow activities to be
conducted in the Emirates as well
as international markets.

Consulting support

Handholding through all stages of
formation, setting up and starting a
business. We build relationships
with government agencies that are
involved with those activities.

Outsourcing services

Outsourcing your administrative,
HR, accounting and tax functions
to SORP specialists slashes
overheads compared to
hiring highly paid employees.

Registering tax

Obtaining the status of a tax
resident provides protection from
the exchange of tax information
allowed under CRS and applies
treaties that avoid double taxation.

International tax

Tailored solutions to improve the
efficiency of tax optimization
schemes for international business
based on UAE legislation and our
proven expertise.

Confirming economic
presence in the UAE

Proving that the center of control
and management actually exists at
the UAE business address and that
the company is affiliated to the
UAE tax regime.

SORP provides a full range of services for
incorporation and business management

Comprehensive services

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

Individual approach

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

Banking support

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

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