Retail and wholesale represent the most important industry in Dubai thanks to the large number of foreign visitors coming to the emirate on a yearly basis. Most the products sold by Dubai companies come from the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector and are represented by foodstuff, cosmetics, and toiletries. A particularity of the FMCG sector in Dubai is that most of the cosmetics sold by retail stores here form the luxury market; therefore, if you are interested in setting up a business in the FMCG industry you have plenty of products to sell. Also, foreign investors are allowed to create companies in the FMCG industry in Dubai or one of its many free zones.
Our company formation agents in Dubai can offer more information on the legislation related to the FMCG industry.
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Registering and licensing of an FMCG business in Dubai
At the moment, the retail and wholesale sector employs more than 20% of Dubai’s workforce. Most of these employees work in small shops, supermarkets, but most of all in shopping malls. Starting a business in the FMCG industry in Dubai implies registering a company with the Dubai Department of Economic Development and applying for a commercial license.
In order to obtain the commercial license, a FMCG company must comply with several requirements related to the documents necessary for the permit but also related to the prices, discounts and advertising of the products intended for sale. Our company incorporation consultants in Dubai can explain more about the legislation regarding fair competition among retailers in the FMCG sector.
Special requirements for FMCG companies in Dubai
According to the International Standards Industrial Classification, tobacco and alcohol are also considered FMCG products, however, special requirements apply for the retails of this type of goods.
Foreign investors establishing companies in the FMCG sector in Dubai must be aware that alcoholic beverages can only be sold in special places and require a permit. Even if UAE is more permissive than other countries in the region, one must pay attention to the laws related to the sale of alcohol.
If you are interested in opening a company in the FMCG sector in Dubai or one of its free zones, you can contact our company formation consultants.