A virtual licence lets foreigners start a business in the UAE without having them to live in the UAE. Learn about the requirements and the process to apply for a virtual licence.
As a foreign investor, you can apply for Abu Dhabi Virtual Licence from any location outside the UAE, to obtain an economic licence for doing business in the emirate of Abu Dhabi before proceeding with your residency permits.
Scope of business
You can obtain a licence to conduct business in any of the following 13 economic sectors:
Type of company
You can choose to set up either a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a Sole Proprietorship LLC and own 100 per cent of your business.
Fees for applying is AED 1,000, in addition to federal fees which are determined according to the activity selected and the legal form.
How to apply?
To apply for your virtual licence, visit Abu Dhabi Business Centre’s website and select ‘Abu Dhabi Virtual Licence’.
Find out steps to obtain the Abu Dhabi Virtual Licence.
Dubai Economy along with other Dubai government entities launched the Dubai Virtual Commercial City programme (VCC) which will enable entrepreneurs and freelancers across the world to start a virtual company in the UAE even if they do not live in the UAE. That means a person without a residence visa or permit can conduct a business in the UAE. He just needs to apply for the Virtual Company Licence.
Who can apply for the Virtual Company Licence?
Businesspersons and investors worldwide can apply for the Virtual Company Licence through the VCC website.
For an individual to get a virtual company licence, he must:
Find out more provisions relating to getting a virtual company licence.
Read how to register your company in Dubai’s Virtual Commercial City.
All virtual companies will automatically get access to DubaiStore.com, an online marketplace which caters to all companies registered with Dubai Economy.
The Virtual Company Licence is a joint initiative of:
Virtual Commercial City is in line with Article 3 of the 50 Year Charter declared in 2019 by H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.