How to start a Spa business in Dubai?

Spa license in Dubai
December 26, 2023

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The UAE is significantly changing the business world by emerging as the new business centre in all domains. Dubai is the city of gold, and any business idea it touches, whether ludicrous, it turns to gold. So, the rising people interest in body grooming is enticing companies to start a spa business in Dubai during 2024.

Dubai is one of the most prolific beauty markets not only in the Middle East, but also throughout the world. UAE is spending a whopping $1.6 billion on beauty products alone. Accordingly, it is providing business owners and investors with the golden opportunity of investing in the world of beauty.

One of the quickest ways of entering this market is to open a spa or a beauty salon. A spa is a place of pleasure and decompression that attracts the weary office workers and tired homemakers. Also, it attracts tourists that need a break from intense activities.

If you are thinking of starting a business in Dubai, then now is the time to set up a spa. The following guidelines will direct you in the attainment of the spa license. Subsequently, it will provide your business legal authority while conducting business in Dubai.

Things to consider before establishing a Spa business

What you need to consider while starting a spa business?

These are some things to keep in mind before you start a spa business in the UAE.

Now, we have a look on these points that need deliberation for a spa opening in Dubai.

Selection of location

Dubai is genuinely a metropolis where people from all walks of life enjoy and maintain a sophisticated lifestyle. This choice of lifestyle demands a proper and clean appearance that necessitates trips to saloons. So, to unwind the untidiness, people flock by the dozens towards the Spas.

To gain maximum profit from your spa business, carefully choose your location. Starting a spa in the Dubai mainland is ideal for attracting customers all year round. Whereas, the free zones of Dubai are tax-free but customers are seasonal.

Classification of spa

You must define the kind of spa you wish to open. Will this spa exclusively serve the females or will you allow males for grooming also? Or the spa will provide additional services such as hair styling and primping or makeup application.

Type of business structure

Choose the kind of business structure that will govern the business operations. Will it be a sole proprietorship or a partnership? This information is vital for the scope of the spa business.

Read more: Advantages of registering a cosmetic business in Dubai

Process to obtain a Spa business license in Dubai

Do you know requirements to acquire Spa license in Dubai?

The following are the rules to follow to successfully start a spa business in Dubai.

  • Approval of location from the Dubai Municipality’s planning department
  • The premise must be well-lit, with proper furnishings
  • A hoarding or a signpost must be placed in front of the establishment
  • The sanitation system must be functional
  • Cosmetics and other beauty care products must be certified from the Dubai Municipality’s product safety department
  • Must have separate rooms or areas for different services like pedicures or back massages
  • Wash bowls must be installed in facial rooms and hair-styling area
  • A cupboard for storage purposes
  • The length and width of dressing rooms should be 2.03 meters as mandated by the Dubai Municipality
  • A water heater must be present
  • Dressing chairs should be of a size approved by the requisite authority

Submission of necessary documents for a Spa license

Which documents to submit to get a Spa license in Dubai?

Submit the compulsory documents to begin the spa registration process. Make sure the paperwork is in order and is up to date on the day of submission. Where attestation is obligatory, do so to get your spa running without any hassle.

  • Name of the spa and approval of the name from the Department of Economic Development (DED)
  • Copies of visa and passport of the concerned parties
  • Draft a Memorandum of association and other such artifacts with the help of an agent
  • A copy of valid Tenancy Contract and Ejari certificate
  • Approvals from DED and Dubai Municipality

Collection of the Spa license after approval

Are you good to open Spa in Dubai after license approval?

In case, your application for spa formation with legal documents successfully pass through the processing and verification stage. Then, the Department of Economic Development (DED) will issue the spa license. After the collection of the license, you can immediately commence spa operations in Dubai.


The process of getting a Spa license in Dubai involves dozen or so approvals from various authoritative bodies. So, the suitable approach is hiring an qualified business setup consultant. With their immense experience, they can do the task handed to them with precision and agility.

Just choose KWS Middle East for a smooth and stress-free entrance into the Dubai business arena. We guide you from documentation to approval of your license, while you focus on building your spa business. Connect with us today for a free consultation call with our team.

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