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Procedures of establishing business in Ajman:

These procedures are very similar in any other emirate.

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This guideline summarizes the basic procedures with which a business can be established in Ajman, whether industrial or professional.


Conditions and Requirements:

  • Licensee must be eligible and qualified according to the law pertaining to trading licenses.
  • Apply to the municipality to obtain the necessary application forms and make sure you complete all that is required for the business or the license.
  • The place of business is to be set up in an industrial or commercial location based on municipality approval.
  • Payment of applicable fees.
  • Some activities require an approval from certain official authorities according to the federal laws as per the following list :

Document Required for Approval:

  • Passport photocopy
  • Leasing contract or copy of the location ownership.
  • Schematic drawing of the business location.

Official Authorities

Licence Type

Ministry of Education Private Schools, Kindergartens, Educational Institutions, Gymnasiums
Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs & Awqaf Organizing Hajj and Omrah Campaigns, Quran Recital Centers, Law Firms
Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries Plant Nurseries, Farms, Cattle & Bird Trading , Fish Trading, Seeds & Fertilizers Trading
Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs Babysitting Services, Labor Services
Ministry of Finance & Industry All Industrial Licenses
Ministry of Health Hospitals, Private Clinics & Practices, Medical Laboratories, Pharmacies
Ministry of Economy Accounts Auditing, Foreign Companies Branches
Ministry of Information & Culture Advertising & Publicity Office, Drawing & Scripting, Organizing Event &shows, Computer Trading, Digital TV & Cable Services
Central Bank Banks, Money Exchange & Transfer, Financial Consultancies.


  • Submit the application form at the Customer Services Center in the municipality for initial approval.
  • Follow up with the Inspection Unit in the municipality for inspection of the business location in real terms.
  • Obtain the approval of the specialized departments inside the municipality if applicable.
  • Check with the AJCC in the municipality on how to obtain the approval for the trade name and issuing of business register and membership certificate.
  • In case of establishment a new company, submit attested copy of (content missing) along with all the necessary approvals, in addition to receipts from the ministry of trade as acceptance into the register of the companies.
  • After all fees are paid, submit the application to the Customer Services Center in order to get the receipt.
  • Receive license is on the following day.