UAE Event Management License Requirements

UAE Event Management License Requirements

May 21, 2022

UAE Event Management License Requirements

The UAE has enjoyed the spotlight as an events capital following the success of Expo 2020 Dubai. This king of exhibitions ran from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

The takeaway message from the Expo was this: the UAE is open for business of the event management kind. This article shows you how to get on board the event train and apply for your UAE event management license, covering these areas:

  • UAE event management license: What is it?
  • Benefits of starting an event management company in the UAE
  • Procedure to get your UAE event management license
  • Cost of an event management license in the UAE
  • Documents needed to get your UAE event management license
  • Why start your company with UAQFTZ?

UAE event management license: What is it?

The events and exhibitions industry in UAE is currently enormous and is set to grow, and an event management license is the key you need to open the door to this growth. Having said that, categorising 'events' as just a single sector is to underestimate the sheer range of event management opportunities.

The term ‘event’ covers projects as diverse as conferences and exhibitions to product launches and trade fairs, from weddings and private functions to award ceremonies and fashion shows, and much more besides. You will need to list all the areas in which you intend to operate on your application form.

Benefits of starting an event management company in the UAE

You can, of course, manage events anywhere. However, there is no better place than the UAE for an event manager who wants to reap the full benefits of their hard work and organisational skills. Here, you will benefit from low costs and a very favourable tax system.

You'll also find that the region's lack of red tape makes hiring and organising very straightforward. And there are no strings attached – you will enjoy 100% ownership of your event management company.

Event management was a growing sector in UAE before Expo 2020 Dubai, and that growth is guaranteed to continue. Depending on the areas you wish to specialise in, you can deal with conferences, seminars and corporate functions, manage theatre productions and other entertainment, organise trade shows or fashion shows, or direct all manner of private functions from weddings to gala dinners.

Procedure to get your UAE event management license

Applying for a UAE event management license in Umm Al Quwain is easy, but you will need to have a solid understanding of the area you wish to work in, to ensure you make a correct application. Having done the groundwork, there are five basic steps in the application process.

Step 1 : Select your company name for approval and state your intended activity and required license type. The license will allow you to carry out all kinds of event management from conferences to hospitality, but you still need to state your specific area of operation. Straying from this specified list of activities could result in penalties, so it's important to get it right.

Step 2 : Submit all required documents to the UAQ Free Trade Zone Authority. This includes the application form and a scanned copy of your passport, in colour and with all the details clearly visible.

Step 3 : Sign and submit the incorporation documents to the FTZA. These need to be originals, not copies.

Step 4 : Once the documentation has been approved, you need to send your payment.

Step 5 : Receive your event management license in under 48 hours.

Cost of an event management license in the UAE

If you're looking for low-price setup fees, UAQFTZ is hard to beat. UAQ Free Trade Zone event management licenses start from just AED 8,000 for a no-visa package, and AED 13,500 for a two-visa package.

Contact UAQFTZ for a personalised quote based on your specific requirements. The process is swift and simple, and you could have your company incorporated within just one day.

Documents needed to get your UAE event management license

To apply for your event management license, you will need the following:

  • Three proposed names for your event management business, listed in order of preference.
  • A completed application form.
  • A colour copy of your passport, along with two passport-sized photographs. Any other named business partner will have to submit the same.
  • Proof of residence (e.g. a latest utility bill that includes your name and address).

Why start your company with UAQFTZ?

UAQFTZ is a free zone located in the UAE, and boasts the very best high-tech and modern infrastructure in the region. It's relatively small, but its ultra-modern facilities ensure that it punches well above its weight.

Business setup in UAE is straightforward, and UAQFTZ is in a prime location. It has its own seaport, and Dubai International and Sharjah International Airports are within easy reach. As an event management license holder in the Free Trade Zone, you will also benefit from low costs, zero tax, 100% company ownership, repatriation of all capital and profits, no foreign exchange controls or currency restrictions.

When you set up a company in UAQ Free Trade Zone, you won't need capital proof, a bank letter, an audit report or a no objection certificate (NOC). You don't even have to be physically present when creating the company and applying for the license – it can all be done remotely. Moreover, the establishment card is free of charge, and you can keep your existing visa without having to apply for a specific Umm Al Quwain visa.

UAQFTZ and your future

UAQ Free Trade Zone was tailor-made by the Umm Al Quwain government to provide the ideal base for forward-looking companies. The registration process for licenses here is simplicity itself, and UAQFTZ prides itself on the support it provides during the entire business lifespan, from application and setup to growth and development.

As an event manager in this newest of UAE's free trade zones, you'll join other entrepreneurs at an exciting time, with UAEFTZ embarking on a second phase of development that promises ever greater opportunities for companies large and small in the months ahead.

Setting up a company here is an event itself, and, like any other event in your business plan, it's up to you to organise it. Get a head start by contacting UAQFTZ for a personalised quote.

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