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
agency

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

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

Own property
management

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.


SORP Group expert solutions
for real estate activities in the UAE

Business model
preparation

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

Company
incorporation

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
agent

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.
  • 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.

  • 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
    residency

    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
    planning

    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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