How to start your sanitisation and cleaning company in Dubai


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There will likely never be a higher demand for cleaning services than in the year ahead.

As offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, and more look to open their doors to pre-pandemic levels of visitors, they need to instil confidence. And expert sanitation and cleanliness is a sure-fire way to do that these days.

Such services are likely to see increased demand in places such as Dubai where trust in tourism, socialising, and hospitality is so vital to the economy.

And there are plenty more good reasons to set up out here too. As well as the UAE’s welcoming business environment and low tax rate, it’s also quick and easy to incorporate a business.

With the right support, you could be running a cleaning company in Dubai in a matter of days. Here’s how.

How to start a sanitisation and cleaning company in Dubai

When starting any business in Dubai, you should always engage the services of a company setup agent. Local experts, like Set Hub, can take care of all the paperwork, managing every stage of the process on your behalf.

We can help you save time, effort, and complications by ensuring your application is present and correct at the time of submissions.

Start your sanitisation company in 5 easy steps

Step 1: Activities

One of the first tasks your setup agent will help you undertake is outlining your business activities. You will need to be a little more specific than “cleaning company”, as the exact nature of your business will determine the license and setup type that you require.

There are three common types of cleaning companies in Dubai:

Industrial cleaning: These companies usually clean large office blocks and other corporate buildings. This is usually not a one-person job and requires a team of cleaners.

Commercial cleaning: Commercial cleaning companies tend to be specialised and highly skilled. As such, commercial cleaning contracts can be hard to secure.

Residential cleaning: Residential cleaning focuses on households. Starting a residential cleaning business in Dubai is a popular choice, as it can be taken on by an individual or a small team.

Any of these businesses can be licensed in a UAE free zone or in the mainland. Here, we are going to look at the latter.

Step 2: Company name
We can also help you decide on your company name, guiding you through the UAE’s somewhat idiosyncratic set of naming conventions.

For example, your company name should not include any offensive or blasphemous language, or reference known organisations and corporations.

If you are going to include your personal name in your business name, it must be in full – no abbreviations or initials. You must also check that your chosen business name is available to be registered.

Step 3: Trade license

Mainland license applications are made directly to the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED). Once again, a company formation expert such as Set Hub can help you with this step.

Depending on the nature of your business, you will require either a professional services license or a commercial license. The application process is similar for both.

Whether making your application yourself or with Set Hub, you are usually only 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.


Step 4: Visas

You will also require a visa to work in the UAE. As the business owner, you are responsible for your visa as well as those of your employees.

It’s also possible to sponsor the visa applications of your dependants or any domestic staff that you may have.

Whatever type of visa you require, the process is usually straightforward with the right guidance. You will be required to undergo a medical examination, fitness test, blood test, and biometric capturing.

Step 5: Bank account

Finally, you’ll need to open a corporate bank account. Before making your application, you should first familiarise yourself with several financial institutions to find one best suited to your business needs and most likely to offer you corporate banking services. We can also assist with this process.
Keep in mind that:

  • You must have a UAE business license to open a corporate bank account.
  • Some banks require shareholders to have a residency visa.
  • Most accounts require a minimum balance of anywhere between AED 10,000 and AED 150,000.


If your application is successful, your account is usually opened within two to four weeks.

Start your cleaning company in Dubai with Set Hub

Hopefully, this guide has made clear that if you’re armed with the right knowledge, setting up a cleaning business in Dubai doesn’t have to be overly complex.

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 to ensure that this is the case, it’s a good idea to work with a Dubai mainland 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.