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.

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Sorp Group expert solutions
for real estate activities in the UAE

Prepare your business
We will find the best solution for what you want to achieve, the most suitable license and type of legal entity to incorporate.
your business
Guaranteed speed in company formation and licensing in RERA and DED of the Emirate of Dubai. Agents for a number of FTZs also.
Your local partner
or agent
Professional nominee service from SORP Investment LLC with a waiver of rights in Dubai court, to fulfill corporate roles without interference.
legal address
SORP Business Centre provides the opportunity to rent an office under Ejari / Estidama license, rent flexi-desks or get an E-office.
Opening of
bank accounts
We know the compliance processes of UAE banks and we provide help in passing KYC for onshore corporate structures and their shareholders.
Public Relations
Officers (PRO)
Representation of interests at state immigration authorities and the Ministry of Labor with 24/7 support. Legal, tax and accounting services.

Requirements of UAE government regulators

Some investment and financial licenses must be approved for business activities by the Central Bank of the Emirates (the UAE Central Bank, CB UAE) and the Committee for the Management of Financial and Commodity Markets (Securities and Commodities Authority, SCA).

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.

Local partner

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You need to be prepared for the fact that a business related to real estate in the UAE requires a mandatory local sponsor who owns at least 51% of the shares in your company, and 100% of the shares in highly controlled sectors.

It is important to understand that such a local sponsor is nominal, does not interfere with the business and has no executive or management function. Only a few sectors related to consulting, maintenance (cleaning, security of facilities) and management (business center activities) do not require a local partner. Companies providing this kind of services can be 100% owned by a foreign investor.

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.
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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.

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Comprehensive SORP support services for doing business in the UAE

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.

Comprehensive 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.
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 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 incorporation, support and management services in the UAE

Range of services

The company offers comprehensive solutions for businesses and shareholders from incorporation to obtaining UAE tax resident status.

Examination of documentation

Checking your company's concept for strategic and legal errors

15 years of successful work

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

Integrated solutions

We carry out turnkey works - we will draw up a development plan for your company, help you obtain all permits and find qualified personnel that meets the requirements of financial regulators

Protection and confidentiality

We will ensure the security of your investment, compliance with current legislation and confidentiality of information

SORP Business Center

The SORP group of companies has its own Business Center - 54000 sq. ft of modern office space for licensing in the UAE and meeting the requirements of KYC and Economic Substance

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