How to start a recruitment agency in Dubai?

Whether you want to start an HR consultancy in Dubai or become a recruitment consultant in Dubai, you’ll first need to familiarise yourself with the local business landscape. It’s a good idea to partner with a UAE free zone at this stage. At Meydan Free Zone, we can guide you through the following process.

First, we’ll help you choose and register your company name.

The UAE has a very clear set of naming parameters that you’ll need to stick to. But don’t worry; all are straightforward and largely common sense. Essentially, you should avoid blasphemous and offensive language and the names of well-known organisations. We will also cover a few more rules in your initial consultation.

When setting up in the UAE, it is also important to align your business practices to the list of permitted activities. So, if you are starting a recruitment agency, becoming an HR consultant, or any other related activity, these will need to be clearly stated on your license.

You are not allowed to carry out activities other than those you are licensed for. However, you may include multiple business activities and can add more later.

Meydan Free Zone Trade Licenses Can Have Up To 3 Business Activity Groups.

With this early part of the process successfully navigated, we can help you apply for your recruitment license. There are a couple of common ways to do this.

When making your application, you will need to submit a form containing details about your business and its shareholders and proof of address and identification.

If you intend to operate your business from the UAE, you will also require a visa. As part of this process, you will be required to undergo a fitness test, blood test, and chest x-ray. You can also sponsor the visas of others, such as dependent children and parents, your spouse, and any domestic staff.

Finally, if you’re getting paid in the UAE, you’ll need a corporate bank account. Meydan Free Zone can help with this step, too, advising on the right financial institution for your needs and circumstances.


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

Get in touch today!

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