Like most urban environments, Dubai is no stranger to pests. And whether birds, insects, or rodents, most inhabitants of the city would rather they were elsewhere.
For the businesses that can keep such pest populations under control, the rewards are potentially lucrative. The MENA region’s pest control market is estimated to be worth USD 2.52bn by the end of 2021 – increasing to USD 3.05bn by 2026.
And there’s more good news. With the help of a reputable local expert like Worldwide Formations, starting a pest control business here in Dubai can be both fast and straightforward.
Here’s how we can help you get up and running.
When you work with us, we’ll guide you through the Dubai company formation process.
Step 1: Choosing your company name
Firstly, we’ll help you choose and register your company name. This is a step of the business incorporation process that takes on more importance here in Dubai. That’s because as well as the need for a name that’s catchy and captures the essence of your business, you’ll also need to stick to the UAE’s clearly defined naming conventions.
In short, UAE company names must not contain any blasphemous or offensive language, any references to well-known institutions or any abbreviations of your name – though your full name is acceptable.
Your name should also have a legal entity attached to it such as FZE or LLC. It must also relate to your business activity, not resemble the name of any other company and be available to register.
Step 2: Applying for your license
With your trade name available to register, the next step is to apply for your pest control license. This process will vary slightly depending on where you are planning to base your operation.
You have two choices – free zone and mainland. If you opt for the mainland, you are free to set up anywhere in the UAE. If you opt to set up in a free zone, you can only base your business within your chosen zone.
However, free zone companies benefit from a range of exclusive advantages, including 100% customs tax exemption, no currency restrictions, and the ability to repatriate capital and profits.
If you’re setting up on the mainland, you can make your license application directly to the Dubai Department of Economic Development. If you’ve chosen a mainland setup, you should apply directly to the managing authority of your chosen free zone.
When making your application, you’ll need to submit several documents along with your application form, including:
- A copy of your passport
- Several passport photos
- Proof of relevant experience or qualifications
Step 3: Applying for your visa
The next step towards working freely in the UAE is applying for your visa.
This process involves four stages including a medical fitness test and biometric capturing. In all, it usually takes less than a week.
As the holder of a UAE trade license, you can also sponsor others such as your children, a spouse, or domestic staff for their visas too, providing you meet the eligibility criteria.
Step 4: Opening a corporate bank account
Finally, you will need to open a corporate bank account. This is not always easy for international entrepreneurs, and again, it is a good idea to work with an expert in company formation when making your application. Worldwide Formations can assist you with this process.
What are the requirements to get a pest control license?
As well as applying for your Dubai pest control company license, you’ll also need to gain the relevant qualifications to operate in the UAE.
This means taking a pest control license exam and achieving a pass mark of at least 70. Any engineers that you employ will also require qualifications in pesticides or public protection, along with experience in the field.
What is the cost of pest control license in Dubai?
The Dubai pest control company license cost will depend on whether you set up in a free zone or in the mainland. The number of engineers that you employ, and the exact nature of your business activities will also play a part.
For the license alone, you will usually pay around AED 12,000 to AED 25,000. Worldwide Formations can give a detailed breakdown of the costs after a short consultation.
On top of this, there is the cost of the pest control exam to consider. This is AED 220 for the business owner and AED 120 for each engineer.
Outside of this there is only really the additional costs that you would expect when starting any business. Such as premises, equipment, marketing, and other common overheads.
Start your pest control business in the UAE with Worldwide Formations
When starting a pest control business in the UAE, getting the right guidance beforehand is key. That’s why it’s always advisable to undertake the steps with the assistance of a registered company formations agent to eliminate any potential hassles that might arise.
With more than 15 years of experience in company incorporation, and trusted by over 10,000 clients around the world, Worldwide Formations can help you get your business up and running within a matter of weeks.
We are authorised to incorporate companies in all major free zone jurisdictions, and across the UAE mainland. And we can manage the entire company formation process on your behalf and correspond with all relevant authorities for you. All you need to do is wait for the green light to start doing business.
But our service doesn’t end there. We also offer a range of value-added services to facilitate all primary transitions and establishment processes. And provide trustworthy bank account opening assistance, VAT registration, re-instatement, and renewal services.
So, if you’re running a business in the UAE, or planning to start one, it always pays to talk to Worldwide Formations.