Pet Grooming License Dubai, UAE


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While traditionally a cat-loving nation, dog ownership has risen significantly in the UAE in recent years. Driven mainly by the ex-pat population, Dubai is now home to its fair share of pampered pooches.

For any cat or dog lover with an eye for business, this presents an opportunity in the world of pet grooming. The last thing owners want is a dirty pet traipsing through their modern apartment. And among the dust and dirt of city life, it’s easy for them to get more than a little dishevelled.

There’s more good news too. When you work with a local company setup expert, starting a pet grooming business in Dubai can be quick and easy.

What are the benefits of starting a pet grooming business in Dubai?

Let’s start with the benefits of starting any business out here. There’s the easy incorporation process, low barriers to entry, and incredibly welcoming business environment. Next, you have the sizeable affluent population who are happy to spend for the right quality services.

Of course, there is also the nation’s tax rate – still 0% on corporate and personal income.

When you start a pet grooming business, you’ll also benefit from low startup costs and overheads. There are no formal qualifications required, and you’ll only need minimal space to get started.

What are the steps to getting a pet grooming license?

There are three simple steps to take before applying for your pet grooming license. First, you need to seek out a local company setup expert such as Set Hub. We can manage every other step of the process for you, ensuring a smooth and speedy service.

Next, you’ll need to outline your business activities. This should be fairly straightforward when starting a pet grooming business, but if you intend to offer any other services, you must stipulate them at this stage.

The final step before making your application is to choose a company name. Be aware that you must abide by a strict set of naming conventions. You should avoid any offensive or blasphemous language. Avoid names of well-known organisations and avoid abbreviations if naming your company after yourself – i.e., Dave Mann Consulting, rather than D Mann Consulting.

Set Hub can check that your chosen name is available before registering it for you.

With these steps take care of, you can now apply for your pet grooming license. You can make this application yourself directly to the Department of Economic Development (DED) or equivalent Municipality if you wish to set up elsewhere in the Emirates.

The process is much more straightforward, however, if you work with Set Hub. We can make and manage the application to ensure an easy incorporation process.

What documents are required to start a pet grooming business in Dubai, UAE?

In most cases, we’ll usually ask you to provide:

  • A completed application form.
  • Articles of incorporation (if necessary).
  • Passport copies for all shareholders.
  • Brief descriptions of intended business activities.


Do I require a visa to run a pet grooming business in Dubai?

Yes, you do. As well as applying for your visa, you can also sponsor visas for company employees, family, and domestic staff such as housekeepers or drivers.

The maximum number of visas you can apply for will depend on the size of your company, your chosen setup and, for dependant visas, your personal earnings.

In all cases, the visa application process follows the same five steps:

  • Apply for an entry permit.
  • Status adjustment.
  • Medical and fitness test.
  • Emirates ID registration.
  • Visa stamping.


You’ll need a bank account to trade out here too. There are various local and international banks to choose from. However, opening an account can be a complicated process for overseas entrepreneurs.

Before making your application, you should first familiarise yourself with several financial institutions to find one that is best suited to your business needs and most likely to offer you corporate banking services. Again, Set Hub can help you with this process.

How much does a pet grooming license cost?

A DED pet grooming license will cost in the region of AED 10,000-12,000, depending on several factors.

As well as your license, you’ll also need to account for the cost of premises, equipment, and any additional approvals that you may require.

For a full breakdown of all costs involved in starting a pet grooming business in Dubai, get in touch with Set Hub.

Are you ready to start your pet grooming business in Dubai?

Hopefully, this guide has made clear that if you’re armed with the right knowledge, setting up a pet grooming 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 company formation specialist such as Business Incorporation Zone 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 Hubcan 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 visas 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.