About General Trading License

Dubai, known for its rapid growth and iconic skyline featuring the world’s tallest building, stands out for global development. With a thriving population and robust economy, the demand for construction continues to soar, making it an opportune time to venture into the industry in Dubai.

The construction sector stands as a cornerstone of the Middle East’s economic landscape, positioned for further expansion. Landmarks like the Burj Khalifa and Marina 101 highlight the region’s architectural skill, drawing global attention.

Recent governmental approvals for substantial projects, including the USD$7.8 billion in expanding airspace and airport capacity at Dubai International Airport over a 10-year period, signal sustained investment in infrastructure.

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Activities of Construction & Building Materials

Activities Under a Construction & Building Materials Trading License in Dubai

A construction & building materials trading license in Dubai allows a company to engage in a wide range of trading activities. These activities may include:

  • Wholesale trading of building and construction materials to retailers


  • Wholesale distribution of building and construction materials to industrial, commercial, and professional users


  • Exclusive activity for firms intending to engage in wholesaling from warehouses.
Benefits of Construction & Building Materials

Benefits of Starting a Construction & Building Materials Trading in Dubai:

Starting a construction & building materials trading business in Dubai offers a plenty of advantages for entrepreneurs. Here are some key benefits:

  • Dubai’s construction industry is thriving, presenting ample opportunities for businesses in building materials trading. With numerous infrastructure projects, there is a consistent demand for construction materials.


  • The city boasts a robust and diversified economy, driven by various sectors including real estate, tourism, and trade. As the economy continues to grow, so does the demand for construction and building materials, offering sustainable business prospects.


  • Dubai is known for its innovation and adoption of advanced technologies. Businesses in the construction sector can leverage this innovative environment to introduce new products, processes, and solutions, staying ahead of the competition.


  • With the correct strategy and execution, a construction and building materials trading business in Dubai can yield substantial profits. The combination of market demand, government support, and favourable business environment creates a conducive setting for financial success.

How to Start a Building Materials Trading Company in Dubai:

Here are some steps to obtaining a Construction & Building Materials Trading License:

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  • Step 1: Choose a legal structure for your business. You can set up your business as sole proprietorship, a partnership, a limited liability company (LLC), a Free Zone company (FZCO) or a branch of a foreign company.
  • Step 2: Choosing the right freezone for your business activity is very important. It is crucial to determine the specific trading activities to define the business scope and then select the right freezone.
  • Step 3: Select a trade name. It is important to ensure that your business name should not be offensive or violate any trademarks or intellectual property rights and must comply with the guidelines set by the Department of Economy and Tourism (DET). An initial approval will be required from DET, after which you can reserve your trade name.
  • Step 4: Prepare and sign the Memorandum of Association (MOA). If you are setting up an LLC, you will need to prepare and sign the MOA.
  • Step 5: Obtain necessary approvals and licenses. Depending on your business activities, you may need to obtain additional approvals and licenses from various government authorities.
  • Step 6: License Issuance. A soft copy is sent via email, and the original license is available for collection from the office upon request.
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What are the documents needed for a Construction & Building Materials Trading License?

Here are some documents that one might need:

  • Application form: A completed application form from the Department of Economy and Tourism (DET).
  • Passport copies: Passport copies of all shareholders, managers, and directors of the company.
  • UAE residence visa copies: Copies of UAE residence visas of all shareholders, managers, and directors of the company.
  • Emirates ID copies: Copies of Emirates IDs of all shareholders, managers, and directors of the company.
  • No-Objection Certificate (NOC): A No-Objection Certificate from the sponsor or current employer of the UAE resident shareholders, managers, and directors (depending on the jurisdiction).
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA): The MOA is a legal document that outlines the company’s objectives and the responsibilities of its shareholders. It must be signed by all shareholders and notarized by a public notary in Dubai.
  • Trade name reservation certificate: A certificate proving that the trade name of the company has been approved and reserved by the DET.
  • Lease agreement: A copy of the lease agreement for the office space where the company will operate from.
  • Bank reference letter: A reference letter from the bank stating the shareholders’ financial standing.
  • Business plan: A detailed business plan outlining the nature of the company’s activities and how it plans to generate revenue.

How can IFZA help?

IFZA creates easy access for companies to establish their business and enables Dubai as a global hub to drive future growth of the economy as well as attract investment.

IFZA Dubai provides fast and easy Free Zone company establishment with world class access to global markets.

IFZA provide numerous Free Zone company establishment benefits such as:

  • 100% ownership of commercial enterprises
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profit
  • Low taxes
  • No physical presence of the business owners is required during the company set up(incorporation) process
  • No mandatory office requirement under 4 visa allocation
  • All processes executed remotely (except medical test and Emirates ID biometrics)
  • IFZA offers a multicultural and multilingual team who can advise on business activities
  • It offers transparent and competitive pricing
  • Professional and Commercial activities can be combined under one IFZA license
  • IFZA offers a competitive General Trading License
  • IFZA does not publicly disclose shareholders of licensed companies
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Frequently asked questions

01. What types of building and construction materials can I trade under this license?

You can trade a wide range of building and construction materials, including but not limited to cement, steel, bricks, tiles, wood, electrical fittings, plumbing fixtures, and insulation materials.

02. Are there any regulations or requirements for wholesale trading from warehouses?

Yes, firms intending to engage in wholesaling from warehouses must adhere to specific regulations set by Dubai authorities. These may include obtaining proper licensing, complying with warehouse safety standards, and adhering to zoning regulations.

03. Can I import building materials from other countries for wholesale distribution in Dubai?

Yes, you can import building materials from other countries for wholesale distribution in Dubai. However, it’s important that you comply with import regulations, customs procedures, and quality standards set by relevant authorities.

04. Are there any restrictions on the geographic scope of wholesale distribution activities?

Generally, there are no specific restrictions on the geographic scope of wholesale distribution activities within Dubai. However, businesses may need to obtain additional permits or licenses if they intend to distribute materials to other Emirates or internationally.

05. Are there any tax implications or duties associated with trading of building materials in Dubai?

While Dubai offers a favourable tax environment with low corporate and income taxes, businesses engaged in importing or trading may be subject to customs duties, value-added tax (VAT), and other fees. It's essential to consult with financial advisors or legal experts to understand tax implications fully.
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