How to start an online tutoring consultancy


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The UAE’s education sector has long fostered an impressive reputation around the globe. With every passing year, increasing numbers of students are flocking to our shores to learn.

But while prestigious universities may be behind the UAE’s impressive enrolment figures, there is plenty of room in the education sector for smaller businesses. A large student population increases the demand for supplemental tutoring, which almost always takes place online.

And that’s not the only market for any aspiring online tutors out there. The UAE is also home to broad, international, and affluent population, many of whom are looking to add to their skill set.

So, if you have a solid knowledge of academic subjects, languages, or any other sought-after skill such as bookkeeping or web development, there has never been a better time to start your business in the UAE.

What are the benefits of starting an online tutoring business in Dubai?

There are plenty. For one, you are likely to be in high demand. With the coronavirus pandemic sending the world online, virtual learning has boomed. In the next few years, the GCC e-learning market is expected to be worth USD 493m, growing at 10% per year.

Besides trading directly with individuals looking to learn, you could also start an education consultancy business. In this instance, you would work with institutions to create learning plans and offer advice and guidance on curriculum.

Whether you’re looking to become an online tutor or start an education consultancy business, when you trade in this part of the world, you’ll benefit from the UAE’s 0% tax rate on personal and corporate income. Set up in a free zone, and there are plenty more advantages, including capital and profit repatriation, and zero currency restrictions.

Starting an online business also carries minimal overheads. All you really need is a trade license, a computer, and a reliable internet connection.

How to start an online tutoring business in Dubai

The UAE company formation process is not particularly complicated, but mistakes can prove costly, potentially leading to delays and rejection. That’s why, before starting any business in the UAE, you should first consult with a business setup expert.

Set Hub can help you start an online tutoring business in just five steps, managing the entire process on your behalf.

Step 1: Business activities

First, you’ll need to specify precisely what you wish to do with your trade license. Are you planning to write lessons and learning plans? Or will you offer online tutoring?

Your chosen activities must be clearly stated on your application and align with one or more on the pre-approved activities list. We can take care of this step for you to save you searching through thousands of potential activities.

Step 2: Company name

There are several naming conventions to abide by in the UAE.

You should: Avoid any offensive or blasphemous language. Avoid names of well-known organisations. Avoid abbreviations if naming your company after yourself – i.e., Dave Mann Consulting, rather than D Mann Consulting.

Once you have made your decision, we can register your name with the relevant authorities.

Step 3: License application         

You can now apply for your trade license. When starting an online tutoring business, it is usually best to do via a free zone.

Each free zone offers its own unique set of advantages. For example, Fujairah Creative City allows you to establish your business from outside the UAE and offers a range of business services to help you get up and running. The free zone’s on-site concierge can also assist with visa applications, document attestation, and bank account opening.

When making your application, you are required to provide a few details and some basic documentation, including:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy of the proposed owner or owners
  • Two colour passport size photos.


Depending on the nature of your business, you may also be required to apply for an Educational Service Permit or teaching permit and gain approvals from the relevant industry bodies. Once again, Set Hub can help you manage this process.

Step 4: Visa application

Finally, unless you already have a valid UAE residency visa, you’ll need to apply for one.

Just like applying for your business license, the visa application process can be incredibly straightforward with the right guidance.

As the holder of a UAE business license, you can also sponsor others for their visas. This could be a spouse, parent or child, or a domestic worker such as a housekeeper.

Start an online tutoring business with Business Incorporation Zone

If you’re armed with the right knowledge, starting an online tutoring consultancy in Dubai doesn’t have to be overly complicated.

That being said, it does require a level of prior knowledge of the process. What’s more, it is important to note that the application process is only straightforward if your license application is complete at the time of submission and free from errors.

To help you ensure that this is the case, it’s a good idea to work with a company formation specialist such as Set Hub when establishing a new company in the UAE.

We are a team of company registration professionals who are passionate about bringing the dreams of aspiring entrepreneurs and SMEs to life.

As well as handling your license application, Set Hub can also assist with the opening of corporate bank accounts and advise on the most appropriate financial institution to suit your specific needs.

We also offer visa and immigration services, and can handle all government formalities, permissions, work permits, and visa applications required to trade in the UAE.

In short, our experts can establish your company on your behalf, make your license and visa applications, and take care of all the necessary admin – leaving you free to get on with running your business.