The United Arab Emirates has created a benchmark in every sector like tourism, business, architecture, state-of-art infrastructure; and many others. It has achieved a lot in very less time. Thanks to the pro-development policies and practices of the government. The Emirate’s charm lies in its pristine beaches, fancy buildings, stunning open spaces, rich culture, and top-notch flood infrastructure. Its galloping GDP makes it a favorable destination to set up a business or seek a quality life.
These advantages have resulted in an increased demand for office and housing spaces coupled with sporadic triggers like the Expo 2020. Investors have realized the potential of starting a construction business in Dubai, resulting in a flood of applications to the Department of Economic Development (DED). This authority handles the new business setup application in the UAE. You must know that the formation of a construction company requires you to get approvals, permits, and licenses from various departmental authorities in Dubai. So, coming to the main topic, the construction license should be on the top of the list while getting the approvals.
There is enormous competition in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region for skyscrapers, and Dubai has the upper hand. The city is a hub to the world’s highest building ‘Burj Khalifa’, assisting the rise of the tourism industry. No wonder investors are giving major priority to the construction sector in Dubai due to the increase in travel and tourism. To kick-start your construction business in Dubai, you will need a construction license apart from other permits.
Construction License is a type of Professional License in Dubai. You need to apply for the same at the DED, the official authority for applying for licenses in the Dubai Mainland. When it comes to Free zones, you have to apply for the license at the relevant free zone authorities. You need to have a complete knowledge about the Building Law amended in the year 2013 before you start the company. If you want to be an engineering consultant, design as well as manage the project, you will need to apply for a Professional License. You must also hire consultants and engineers who can start their work after you obtain permits. The consultant must evaluate the soil of the construction site and determine its properties. After you get the approval from the DED for the construction license, you must also get special approvals from external departments. One of such approvals is to get a building permit which will allow you to start the construction activities. You must apply for a G+1 permit which the Dubai Municipality issues.
Once you get the construction license, you are allowed to do a range of diversified activities. You can be involved in many projects for several industries such as automobile, food processing, chemical plants, residential buildings, warehouses, and logistics.
There are different activities for construction in Dubai; each has different requirements and different regulations. They are as follows.
Construction of residential buildings, villas, malls, production areas and warehouse premises and other types of buildings under a general license.
Supply of construction materials, furniture, equipment and decorative elements to already erected facilities, and facilities which are under construction.
Wall and foundation construction, the concrete casting of industrial and warehouse floors, reinforcement of cracks with concrete.
Construction of electric power substations, sewage disposal plants, pipelines, also for seaport and airport sites.
Installation of frame structures, exhibition stands and/or pavilions, hangars, as well as steel and metal structures.
Internal or external wall covering of commercial, industrial and residential premises with any materials.
Development, improvement and organization of parks and gardens, arrangement of villa and cottage grounds.