Apart from the license you need to choose which business activity or activities you are going to conduct. Where do you start? Let’s see. Each registration authority maintains a business activity list, which you may find either on their official website or specifically request from one of their representatives.
In the past each registration authority had their own list and one and the same activity could be called differently by various authorities. Since recently this system was unified for Dubai, but in northern emirates you can still find business activities, which are broad in nature, and which do not have equivalents in Dubai system. Regardless of existing differences, still each registration authority has its own business activity list.
Based on our practical experience working with many registration authorities in the UAE, we can conclude the following. Different authorities – different rules with respect to adding several business activities on the license. There are authorities, which apply extra charges for additional activities in the first year only but not at the time of license renewal. There are also those, who allow many activities from the same group with no additional fee. Others are very strict and allow only a few of them to be stated on the license. Now that you know that there is no universal rule, always request a list of business activities from the authority and enquire, how you can combine several activities and on what terms.
You should also know, that certain activities you will not be able to conduct. The Cabinet may, based on the proposal made by the Minister in coordination with the competent authorities, issue a Decision setting the class of activities to be exclusively exercised by UAE nationals. Today among activities, which are restricted to UAE nationals and companies wholly owned by UAE nationals are real estate agency and brokerage activities, certain educational activities and some others.