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How to start a pet grooming business in Dubai, UAE

The UAE has seen considerable population growth over the past few decades, and it’s not just people flocking to our shores. As residents from around the world start new lives in Dubai, they often bring their furry friends with them.

It is now a common sight to see domestic cats prowling the residential areas of the emirate or dog walkers on early morning or late evening strolls to beat the heat. Of course, more pets means more opportunities for pet businesses like grooming. So, if you’ve got the skills to offer a fresh cut, keep reading to find out:

    • • Why start a pet grooming business?


    • • Steps to start a pet grooming business in Dubai, UAE


    • • Documents needed to start a pet grooming business in Dubai, UAE


    • • Cost of starting a pet grooming business in Dubai


    • Working with Creative Zone

Why start a pet grooming business?

Demand is perhaps the most obvious reason to start a pet grooming business out here. Around 15% of Dubai’s 3.4m population own either a cat or a dog – a significant increase on a decade ago. And with the pet boom following the pandemic, we can expect this figure to continue to rise.

Dubai is known for its high standards and love of aesthetics, and this stretches to pooches and pussies, too. So, the demand for pet grooming services is high and rising.

On top of this, there are many great reasons to start a business in Dubai. The emirate still levies 0% on both corporate and personal income while VAT is flat at just 5%. When you set up here, you’ll also benefit from a quick, simple and affordable company formation process with minimal barriers to market entry.

When you set up in a free zone, the benefits keep coming. Free zone businesses can take advantage of 100% customs tax exemption, zero currency restrictions, and capital and profit repatriation.

Steps to start a pet grooming business in Dubai, UAE

Before embarking on the process of starting your pet grooming business in the UAE, you should first speak to the expert team at Creative Zone. We will take the time to get to know your business before guiding you through the following steps:

1 – Registering your company name
First things first, we will help you choose and register your company name. There are a few naming conventions to keep in mind here, but most are common sense. For example, you may not include any words that could be considered offensive or blasphemous in your company name. Your name must also not contain any similarities to existing businesses or institutions.

Finally, your name must be unique to your business and available to register in the UAE. For this reason, it is a good idea to put forward a few options in case your first choice is already taken. Once you have made your decision, we will submit your trade name registration on your behalf.

2 – Choosing a setup and location
The next major decision is to decide between the mainland and a free zone. When you start a mainland company, you are free to set up anywhere in the UAE. When you start up in a free zone, you must set up in designated zones.

3 – Acquiring a business licence
With these early decisions made, you can begin the process of applying for your pet grooming business licence. If you are setting up in the mainland, this application is made to the Dubai Department of Economic Development. If you are setting up in a free zone, you should apply to the relevant managing authority.

4 – Completing the visa process
As well as your trade licence, you will also need a visa to live and work in the UAE. This is a slightly more involved process than applying for your licence. You will be required to undergo a medical and fitness test, a chest X-ray and blood test.

The visa application consists of four steps: entry permit, status adjustment, medical test, and Emirates ID registration. Once again, Creative Zone can guide you through every step to ensure and quick and straightforward application.

As a UAE residency visa holder, you can also sponsor dependants through their applications. Dependants can include your children, spouse, parents and any domestic staff.

5 – Opening a bank account
Finally, you’ll need a UAE corporate bank account so you can start making and taking payment for your services. While this is not always a straightforward process, the team at Creative Zone will make it easy. We have relationships with many banks in the UAE and can advise on the one that is most likely to offer the banking services you require.

Documents needed to start a pet grooming business in Dubai, UAE

When making your application for your UAE pet grooming licence, you will be required to submit some or all of the following documents, along with your completed application form.

    • • Trade name registration


    • • Articles of incorporation (if necessary).


    • • Passport copies for all shareholders.


    • Brief descriptions of intended business activities.

Cost of starting a pet grooming business in Dubai

There are many costs to consider when starting a pet grooming business in Dubai. First, you will need to account for around AED 10,000 to AED 12,000 to secure your trade licence. On top of this, there is the cost of premises, equipment, staff and any additional approvals required if setting up in the UAE mainland.

Get in touch with Creative Zone for a detailed and personalised breakdown of all the costs involved.

Working with Creative Zone

The process of business setup in Dubai, UAE, has been tested and honed over decades. For that reason, it is usually fast and straightforward. However, this is only the case when you closely follow the company formation process and ensure that all documents and applications are clear, complete and correct.

To make sure that’s always the case, it pays to partner with the expert team at Creative Zone. We offer a range of solutions designed to help entrepreneurs get up and running in the UAE. Our dedicated team give you fast, reliable and unbiased advice on your specific requirements.

Whether you need support with a mainland, offshore or free zone company setup, or visas and bank account opening, Creative Zone is here to help. So, let us deal with the hassle of registering your company while you focus on your business. Get in touch today to find out more.

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