If you are someone who takes keen interest in making people look their best, here’s how you can legally fulfill your passion by simply incorporating a business in Dubai, UAE. Investor-friendly policies, reduced government fees make it even easier for entrepreneurs to own businesses. In this article, I’ve particularly mentioned the procedure, requirements and approximate cost to open a beauty salon in Dubai.

The ideal zone to start your salon business or barbershop is Dubai Mainland as you can attract the maximum number of customers by making the most of Dubai’s local market. Having the salon incorporated within a mall or hotel premises can be an added advantage. Furthermore, location, interior, cleanliness & customer service plays a major role in the success of this business.

Department of Economic Development (DED) is the governing body for all types of business in Dubai Mainland. They have also outlined additional requirements to start beauty salon license in Dubai. The activity of salon license is subject to Dubai Municipality rules and regulation, Dubai Municipality holds a right to regulate it. They have set requirements which needs to be fulfilled in order to start the business.

The company will be registered as a Professional license (Sole Establishment) wherein 100% of shares will be held by expat and a local service agreement will be executed. In case, there are more than one expat shareholders the company will be registered as a “Civil Company” and the shares will be distributed between the shareholders. Further, a partnership agreement will be executed at the notary public.

Types of Salon License in Dubai

Gents Haircutting & Hairdressing Salon

Category – Gents Salon

License Type – Professional or Civil License (100% Owned by Expat Partner/s) andappointing a Local Service Agent is mandatory

This business activity requires Additional Approvals from Dubai Municipality (Department of Health and Public Safety) for the business license to be issued.

Women Salon

Category – Ladies Salon

License Type – Professional or Civil License (100% Owned by Expat Partner/s) andappointing a Local Service Agent is mandatory

This business activity requires Additional Approvals from Dubai Municipality (Department of Health and Public Safety) & Dep. of Economic Development (Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection Sector).

Hair Fixing Center

Category – Gents & Ladies Salon

License Type – Professional or Civil License (100% Owned by Expat Partner/s) andappointing a Local Service Agent is mandatory

This business activity requires Additional Approvals from Dubai Municipality (Department of Health and Public Safety)

Requirements by Dubai Municipality

The Dubai Municipality shall inspect the salon premises and make sure the salon will follow the standard guideline of public safety and maintain hygiene control. Dubai Municipality will ensure the commitment of all Beauty Salons with the public health requirements. Below is the list of requirements you need to keep in mind whilst executing the interior of the salon.

  • The planning department of Dubai Municipality must approve the location of the salon.
  • A signboard must be placed in front of the beauty salon.
  • The lighting used in the salon must be sufficient and the furniture used must be clean and proper.
  • As far as dressing chairs are concerned, they should meet the specified guideline by Dubai municipality which is 3.5m in length and 3.0m in width.
  • The height between the ceiling and the floor of the beauty salon must be more than 2.30m.
  • A separate area must be designated for beauty treatments like a pedicure, manicure, hair removing, and henna designing.
  • Washbasin is a must near the facial treatments area.
  • Fireproof materials must be made use of for preparation area for hair removing materials.
  • The beauty salon must have a water heater in place.
  • Cupboards and drawers must be available to store cosmetics and towels.

Procedures to Register a Beauty Salon/ Barbershop License

The procedure to register a salon License is quite similar to other licenses in Dubai. The following steps to be followed:

  • Obtain NOC from DED
  • Reserve the Trade Name of the Company
  • Choose a Local Service Agent.
  • Choose a premise for the Salon.
  • Apply for No Objection Permit for Public Health and Safety related Activities
  • Make an agreement with all partners in the notary public or DED.
  • Submit all the documents in DED and pay the Trade License Fee
  • The Trade license will be issued
  • Apply for the company Establishment card
  • Apply for the company Labor card
  • Apply for Quotas under the company to be eligible to hire employees
  • Apply for employment visas.

Cost Analysis

The approximate cost to establish a Salon typically divided into following:

License Registration Cost including all formalities: AED 22,000 (Approximate)

Rent of the Shop: it may vary as per the location and size of the shop.

Interior work and furniture and other accessories cost, the cost depends on the quality and quantity you choose.

Employment Visa costs excluding insurance and health card: Approximately AED 5,000 to AED 6,500 depending on the labor category of the company and if the applicant is inside or outside the country.

If you like this article and interested to start up a salon in Dubai, we can assist you in the complete registration process including the execution of the entire project. Please feel free to contact Mr. Faisal Khan on +971 50 708 4596 or drop an email to faisal.khan@adamglobal.com

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