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Here’s the perfect guide if you’re looking to start a travel agency in Dubai

Here’s the perfect guide if you’re looking to start a travel agency in Dubai

When you think of the top cities in tourism, Dubai always comes to everyone’s mind first without a doubt. With 15 million+ tourists visiting each year, Dubai really is one of the best cities in the world to set up a travel agency that would produce profits and profits only. The best part about generating this massive revenue with a travel agency in Dubai is that it is pretty easy if one follows due process well, so to help you out here’s a step by step guide:

  1. Choosing the type of Travel Agency:There are three options when it comes to choosing the kind of services you wish to provide:
  • Specialised Travel agency
  • Inbound Tour operator
  • Outbound Tour operator

Another thing is that the Travel agency can be registered as either a limited liability company or as a sole proprietorship.

  1. Choose a perfect name for your company

  1. Getting a business and tourism license: The fundamental step to opening a travel agency is getting both a tourism and business license, in order to apply for the license with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce along with the deposit is an application form, copies of passport of the applicants and manager, a family record ‘khulasat Al Qid’ and copy of the identification documents for UAE nationals, a notarized copy of the manager’s certificate of experience, the owner and manager’s certificates of good conduct, a no objection letter issued by the Civil Aviation Authority.

According to virtue zone,to get a tourism license, “You’ll need an outline of your business plan, a clean criminal record certificate and if starting a travel agency in Dubai, a ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority if you plan to sell airline tickets. This must be renewed annually 30 days before expiry.”

  1. Apply for visas of the agency’s employees: For a 60 days employment visa, the agency must register on the Ministry of Interior’s e-channels portal for staff entry permits so that employees from outside can come work for the agency.

  1. Getting a Corporate Bank Account: A trade license is necessary to get your business recognized.


The aforementioned steps might seem like an elaborate, taxing process but with the smooth and fast functioning of such developments, the results of setting up a travel agency in Dubai will definitely prove to be profitable.

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