Includes license requirements for key professional services that are open to U.S. service providers.
Last Published: 4/23/2018
All businesses require a license, and licensing procedures vary from one emirate to another. Specific information is available through the following Chambers of Commerce and Industry: 
Abu Dhabi Chamber
Ajman Chamber
Dubai Chamber
Fujairah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Chamber
Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Umm Al Quwain Chamber
U.A.E. Ministry of Economy
Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
Dubai Department of Economic Development
Fujairah Department of Economic Development
Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development
Sharjah Department of Economic Development

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