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Start a Tourism Business in Dubai

Tourism Industry is one of the best and profit-making industry in Dubai, UAE as is becoming a tourism hub for global tourists. Last 2 decades UAE government has established many projects for developing tourism in Dubai including beaches, Burj Khalifa, Malls, Night Safari, Dubai Park and Resorts, Ferrari world, Palm Jumeirah etc. so, Dubai Tourism growth inspires many of the serial entrepreneurs to start a tourism business in Dubai.

Overview Of Tourism Business in Dubai

The city of Dubai is well known as a shopping destination from the past 1 decade which brings more tourists in UAE. All of these encourages investors who plan to open a travel agency in Dubai.

Dubai became the second home for many investors because of its strategic location, ease of doing business, less visa requirement, great infrastructure, political stability in the country which shows higher growth in the tourism.

With a rising number of international Tourists annually. Consequently, planning to join Tour Operator in Dubai, investing in tourism sector requires to comply with certain formalities to easily setup a tourism company in Dubai with 100% foreign ownership.

Dubai hosts above 14 million visitors annually which make it a major touristic city in the Middle East and world in general that hugely contributes to the UAE Economically due to its beautiful infrastructures, luxury shopping, skyscrapers, seven-star hotels, and famous buildings like Burj Khalifa and other fancy architecture.

Process of Starting a Tourism business in Dubai?

Before tourism was among in-demand businesses where many investors wanted to start a tourism business in Dubai therefore, after June 1, 2021, the UAE Government took a good decision to amend the law no 2 of 2015 of commercial Companies which allows foreign nationals to become 100% owners of the company. So, by implementing the law specially Department of Economic Development, Dubai has changed the legal type of tourism company from commercial to professional type where foreign nationals can become 100% owner of tourism business in Dubai. it was a mandatory requirement before in UAE if any foreign national wants to open a tourism company then they had to hire UAE national as 51% shareholder of the company but that requirement is removed and now foreign national can form a tour operator company in Dubai without partnering with a UAE national, however a foreign national had to appoint a UAE national as an agent of the company again to fix the sponsorship.

The Following Are The Steps to Open a Tourism Business in Dubai

  • Take name approval and Preapproval from the Department of Economic Development (DED)
  • Take Tourism department NOC.
  •  Rent an office or shop Premises
  • Sign the MOA /LSA agreement at Notary public or DED itself.
  • Take liability insurance up to 2 million Dirhams.
  • Get in touch with Avyanco consultant before starting a tourism company for the new rules and regulations to avoid any misunderstanding or penalties.

The experience business setup advisors like Avyanco Business Consultancy will help you in different procedures, such as the preparation of the application, fulfilling the requirements and regulations as per the tourism authorities, and guiding you towards the best choices of each step and through any phase!

What Kind of Activity Can Be Done Under A Tourism License in Dubai?

A tourism license in Dubai will allow you the below listed activities to tourism agencies or companies

  • To Sell tourism packages offline
  • To Sell tourism packages online
  • To Issue travel insurance
  • To Provide accommodation or stay choices
  • To Cater visa-related supporting services
  • To Sell transportation tickets including flights, railway, etc.
  • To Avail car rental services

All the above activities can operate in Dubai impeccably under the same license.


What are the Types of Tourism Companies in Dubai?


Inbound Tour Operator License will allow your company or agency to offer services such as local travel, Visa Issuance, events, and also transportation requirements for the locals, the residents, and foreign nationals and any Dubai tourists. Learn More


Inbound Tour Operator License will allow your company or agency to offer services such as local travel, Visa Issuance, events, and also transportation requirements for the locals, the residents, and foreign nationals and any Dubai tourists. Learn More

Travel Agent License

Travel Agent License will permit your company or agency to do vendor’s activities for tickets and booking and other related services. Those services include and they are not limited to flight ticketing, and transportation ( using buses, trains, etc.) hotel accommodation, any vacation-related bookings, car rental business services. Learn More

Required Documents to Get A Tourism License in Dubai.

The documents required to get a tourism business license in Dubai are:

  • Passport Copy, Visa Copy of Foreign National
  • If residence visa then Emirates ID and NOC from the current sponsor is required
  • Complete Tourism License Application
  • Work qualification certificates
  • No Objection letter for Travel agent activity from Civil Aviation Authority

A tourism company formation in Dubai could only be a mainland business setup for business’ purposes. As per the new rule license would be professional and foreign nationals can become 100% owners of the company.


Cost of Tourism License in Dubai

Tourism License Cost in Dubai UAE
License Registration and Approval Fees AED 12,000*/-
Local Agent Fees AED 15,000*/-
Immigration and MOHRE registration AED 1,500*/-
Office or Shop Rent As per Requirement
Visa for Investor AED 5,000*/-
Each Employee Visa Fees AED 6,500*/-
Insurance Premium Fees AED 5,000*/-

Note: *Terms and Condition Apply

How Avyanco helps you start a Tourism Business in Dubai

Avyanco is a business setup consultancy company based in Dubai, UAE that provides professional services and we can guide you on how to start a Travel and Tourism agency at a low cost.

Setting up a Tourism Business in Dubai is hassle-free when you choose to hire Avyanco to help you open a Tourism Company related businesses. Let us ease the process for you and make it faster so that you can open a profession Touristic empire in one of the most visited cities in the world.

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