How to start a marketing agency in Dubai?

To start a marketing agency in Dubai, you must get a license. The following five steps show how you can get this essential paperwork.

1. Select your Business Activity
Your first step in starting a Dubai marketing agency is to select the most appropriate business activity for your company. There are several possible license types you could apply for, depending on the kind of marketing you would like to do. 

For example, you may need to apply for a digital marketing license, an advertising agency license, and a graphic design license if you hope to offer all these marketing services. You can apply for licenses for all the business activities you wish to take part in. At Meydan Free Zone, our business setup consultants can advise you on the most appropriate license for your marketing agency idea.


2. Choose a Trade Name for your Marketing Agency in Dubai
As with all businesses in the United Arab Emirates, you must choose a trading name that complies with certain rules. Your marketing agency name needs to describe what your company does, and avoid using language that could be considered offensive or blasphemous. Also, you cannot use your initials in the brand.

3. Choose the Location of your Dubai Marketing Agency
Selecting a business location is vital in launching your marketing agency in Dubai. Many marketers choose to launch from Meydan Free Zone because it offers a 0% tax rate and 100% foreign ownership. Our location in central Dubai, close to the central business district, airport, and many retail and hospitality companies, mean you won’t have to travel far for meetings with potential clients. 

We can advise you on setting up your free zone company at Meydan Free Zone and provide the support you need to ensure your marketing agency gets off to the best possible start.

4. Complete your Application and Pay the Fees
To get your marketing agency license in Dubai, you will need to complete your application form and provide a range of documents and paperwork. Paying the associated fees as part of your business license application is also essential.

5. Receive your License and Open a Business Bank Account
It typically takes a few days for your Dubai marketing agency license to get approved – as long as all your paperwork is in order and your application form and fees are all correct. At Meydan Free Zone, we help you by checking that all your paperwork meets the requirements so that you avoid any unnecessary admin issues.


Once your license has been approved, the final step is to open a business bank account, so you can make and receive payments from your marketing agency’s customers. Meydan Pay is our simple digital banking solution for businesses working in our free zone. It gives you an IBAN and digital wallet, which comes with all the features you need to start making and receiving payments from customers in the UAE and internationally.


Cost of a Dubai Marketing Company License

Calculating the exact cost of your Dubai marketing company license will depend on how many visas you apply for as part of your application. If no visas are required, starting a marketing agency in a Dubai-free zone can cost as little as AED 12,500. If you need more visas, the application fee costs up to AED 23,600 (for six visa allocations). This figure includes your business license and associated fees.

For a quote tailored to your business and the number of visas, you need to apply for, contact Meydan Free Zone today.

Why Meydan Free Zone?

Meydan Free Zone, located in central Dubai, is the perfect place to launch a marketing agency in Dubai. Our free zone is close to the central business district, hotels, and tourist sites, so you will be ideally located to meet your customers, whatever industry they are operating in.

Running a marketing agency is all about relationships, and Meydan’s location by the golf course and racecourse makes for an excellent and comfortable place to run business meetings from. Our free zone operates 24 hours per day and comes with high-quality internet connections and all the technical support and assistance you need to run a modern marketing agency – it’s no surprise that numerous other marketing agencies already call Meydan home. Our experienced consultants can support you with all aspects of business setup in Dubai, which means you can focus on starting your marketing agency – and leave the hard work to us.

Our team at Meydan Free Zone can guide you through the entire process and ensure that all legal requirements are met seamlessly.

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