Retail is one of the most powerful industries in Dubai thanks to the huge purchase power of the people living here. From shopping malls to supermarkets and smaller shops, the establishment of a business which sells merchandise from various categories of food and beverages, clothes and other items is very profitable.
Foreign investors interested in opening companies can successfully open companies that sell food, beverages and tobacco in Dubai’s neighborhoods and free zones and thus cater to the requirements of small communities living there. Our Dubai company formation agents can help those interested in opening a business for the sale of food, beverages and tobacco products.
Registering a shop for selling food, beverages and tobacco in Dubai
Food, beverages and tobacco are some of the most sold products in the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) industry in Dubai. Those who want to open shops and sell these products can open small or larger businesses depending on the niche and the community they address.
The registration of a company that sells food, beverages and tobacco starts with choosing the type of structure, which usually is the limited liability company and its registration with the Department of Economic Development or Trade Register in Dubai. In the case of companies registered in Dubai free zones, the company must be registered with the authority of the respective free economic zone.
Our company registration advisors in Dubai can help those interested in opening shops and selling food, beverages and tobacco.
Licenses for food, beverages and tobacco shops in Dubai
Once the company is registered and the Dubai shop is ready to open its doors, one last step must be completed: the licensing phase. The company must obtain approvals from the Dubai Municipality and the Food Control Department. If the shop will sell imported food and beverages, import licenses must be obtained with the Customs Authorities.
The business owner must pay attention to the sale of tobacco, as special advertising procedures apply in this case. Also, it is strictly forbidden to sell tobacco to minors in Dubai.
For assistance in setting up a business for the sale of food, beverages and tobacco in Dubai, please contact our local advisors.