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How to Obtain a Restaurant,cafe or Cafeteria License in Dubai

Dubai's vibrant culinary scene offers a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to start a restaurant, cafe, or cafeteria. However, setting up a food business requires navigating a series of regulatory steps and obtaining the necessary licenses. This guide will walk you through the process of obtaining a restaurant, cafe, or cafeteria license in Dubai.


How to Obtain a Restaurant, Cafe, or Cafeteria License in Dubai
How to Obtain a Restaurant, Cafe, or Cafeteria License in Dubai

Steps to Obtain a Food Establishment License in Dubai

1. Choose Your Business Location

The first step is selecting a suitable location for your restaurant, cafe, or cafeteria. This location must comply with Dubai Municipality regulations regarding health, safety, and hygiene. Popular areas include Downtown Dubai, Jumeirah, and Business Bay.


2. Business Plan and Concept

Develop a clear business plan and concept for your establishment. This includes deciding on the type of cuisine, target market, and overall theme of the restaurant, cafe, or cafeteria. A solid business plan will help you navigate the licensing process more smoothly.


3. Trade Name Registration

Register a unique trade name for your business with the Department of Economic Development (DED). Ensure the name is not already in use and adheres to the naming conventions set by the DED.


4. Initial Approval from DED

Apply for initial approval from the DED. This approval indicates that the government has no objections to you starting your business. The required documents include:

  • Completed application form

  • Passport copies of the owner and partners

  • Copy of the reservation receipt for the trade name

  • Initial approval receipt


5. Food and Safety Requirements

Comply with the food safety requirements set by the Dubai Municipality. This includes designing the kitchen layout and ensuring it meets health and safety standards. You may need to submit the following:

  • Detailed layout plan of the premises

  • Equipment list

  • Food safety management plan


6. Commercial Lease Agreement

Secure a commercial lease agreement for your business premises. The lease must be registered with Ejari, which is the official tenancy contract registration system in Dubai.


7. Final Approval and License Issuance

Submit all required documents, including the initial approval and food safety compliance documents, to the DED for final approval. Once approved, you will receive your business license, allowing you to legally operate your restaurant, cafe, or cafeteria.


8. Additional Permits and Approvals

Depending on your business activities, you may need additional permits and approvals, such as:

  • Signage Permit: Approval for your business signage from the Dubai Municipality.

  • Liquor License: If you plan to serve alcohol, you must obtain a liquor license.

  • Entertainment Permit: If you plan to have live entertainment, you need an entertainment permit from the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).


Cost of a Restaurant, Cafe, or Cafeteria License in Dubai

The cost of obtaining a food establishment license in Dubai can vary depending on several factors, including the size and location of your business, and any additional permits required. Here are some estimated costs:

  • Trade Name Registration: AED 600 - AED 800

  • Initial Approval: AED 1,000 - AED 2,000

  • License Fee: AED 10,000 - AED 12,000

  • Commercial Lease: AED 20,000 - AED 50,000 per year (varies based on location and size)

  • Additional Permits: Costs vary depending on the type of permit


Comprehensive Support for Your Food Business Setup

At Amazon Documents Clearing, we provide A-Z support for all your restaurant, cafe, or cafeteria licensing needs in Dubai. Our services include:

  • PRO Support: Handling all paperwork and government liaison.

  • Visa Processing: Assistance with employment and residency visas.

  • Business Setup Solutions: From initial planning to final license issuance.

  • No Hidden Fees: Transparent pricing for all our services.

  • Fully Furnished Services: Comprehensive support for a hassle-free setup.


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