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Interior Design Business Setup in Dubai

The UAE is home to a wide array of booming industries. From technology and travel to healthcare and hospitality, there is always a new story of a sector in the ascendance. Essentially, if an industry is gaining ground on the global stage, you can be sure it’s making waves in the Emirates.

One such sector is that of interior design. The global interior design industry is in great shape. Estimated to be worth around USD 93.3bn in 2016, the market is expected to grow to USD 121bn by 2021. The picture in the UAE is just as promising. According to the INDEX Interiors Market Report by Ventures Onsite, the UAE’s interior fit-out market is one of the GCC’s fastest growing industries. By 2022, the market is expected to be worth USD 973 million.

Naturally such a thriving industry is going to catch the eye of entrepreneurs from around the world. The good news for those looking to get involved is it’s incredibly easy and affordable to get started.

 

Why start an interior design company in the UAE?

 The UAE is home to the largest design market in the Middle East with interiors taking up a considerable part of that.

All estimates suggest the market is only going to get bigger. With huge events on the horizon in the region such as Dubai’s Expo 2020 and the Qatar World Cup in 2022, governments and businesses alike are spending billions to create breath-taking interiors that stick in the memory.

 

All estimates suggest the market is only going to get bigger. With huge events on the horizon in the region such as Dubai’s Expo 2020 and the Qatar World Cup in 2022, governments and businesses alike are spending billions to create breath-taking interiors that stick in the memory.

 

The easy setup and incorporation process is another great reason to start your interior design company in the UAE. You will usually only require a professional services license to get started, along with any visas you may need.

There is also the option to become a freelance interior designer. As a freelance interior designer, you’ll require a freelance license or permit to trade.

Whichever setup you choose, the application process is not overly complex provided you go into it armed with the right information. That’s why it’s a good idea to work with a business setup expert who can manage the entire process for you, ensuring your application is both complete and correct.

If you are looking to get your company license in Dubai, Dubai free zone visa, or the cheapest trade license in the UAE. Then our team can help.

 

How to start an interior design business in Dubai

If you’re looking to set up an interior design business, the first step is to choose a company name. Keep in mind when doing this that the UAE has a rather idiosyncratic set of naming conventions that you’ll need to adhere to. For example, your company name should not include any offensive or blasphemous language or make reference to known organisations and corporations. If you are going to include your personal name in your business name, it must be in full – no abbreviations or initials. You must also check that your chosen business name is available to be registered. A company formation expert can do this for you as part of the license application process.

With your company name decided upon and your activities chosen, you can now apply for your trade license. But first you must decide whether you are going to opt for a free zone or a mainland setup. There are advantages to both options. Set up in the mainland and you are free to trade directly with the local market place and take on government contracts – something which can prove lucrative in this part of the world.

Opt for a free zone setup however, such as Fujairah Creative City, and as well as no tax on income, you’ll also benefit from 100 percent exemption from customs tax. What’s more, unlike in many other countries, UAE free zone business owners also have full freedom to repatriate all invested capital and profits. There are also no foreign exchange controls or currency restrictions.

Should you wish to set up in the mainland, you can make your application to the Department of Economic Development (DED) or municipality of the emirate that you are setting up in. If you wish to establish your company in a free zone then you simply submit your application to the relevant managing authority.

 

Should you wish to set up in the mainland, you can make your application to the Department of Economic Development (DED) or municipality of the emirate that you are setting up in. If you wish to establish your company in a free zone then you simply submit your application to the relevant managing authority.

 

Whichever setup you choose, a company formation expert can help you with this step, even going so far as to manage the entire application process on your behalf.

Whether making your application yourself, or through a company formation agent, you are usually only required to provide a few details and some basic documentation, including:

 

  • Completed application form.
  • Passport copy of the proposed owner or owners.
  • Two colour passport size photos.

 

As well as forming a company, you can also conduct your interior design business as a freelancer. The application process here is much the same –  you can either apply directly to the Department of Economic Development or Municipality in the emirate you are setting up in, or apply to a free zone. Many free zones, including Fujairah Creative City, allow you to apply online.

Freelance permits offer a very cost effective way for entrepreneurs to get started in the UAE and many also offer other benefits such as the use of desk space and office facilities as required. You also have the option to apply for a full business license at a later date, allowing you to grow at your own pace.

 

Should I start my own interior design business?

If you’ve got the requisite knowledge then what’s stopping you? It’s incredibly easy and affordable.

 While applying for your interior design license is not overly complex, it does require a level of prior knowledge of the process. What’s more, it is important to note that the application process is only straightforward if your trade license application is complete at the time of submission and free from errors.

We are BIZ, the official Dubai representative office of Fujairah Creative City Free Zone. If you are looking to open your company in Dubai, get a free zone license, or start a small business in Dubai, then we can help. From visa applications (including UAE investor visas) to all the necessary admin tasks, we handle it all – leaving you free to get on with your business.

 

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