Dubai is one of the world’s most attractive cities and a recognized tourism destination. Dubai attracted almost 10 million tourists until 2014 and in the years to come the visitors number is expected to double. The flourishing tourism industry also attracts foreign investors wanting to set up travel agencies in Dubai.
The process to open a travel agency in Dubai is not complicated, if all the necessary steps for registration are followed. It is also important to apply for the right type of tourism license when considering opening a Dubai travel agency. The following types of licenses are available at the moment:
Obtaining one of these licenses depends on the type of company investors want to register in Dubai. Investors must also know that, in order to receive a travel license, the amount of 100,000 Dirhams must be deposited with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
The documentation that must be submitted with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce along with the deposit is:
The video below shows the main steps to open a travel agency in Dubai:
The manager of a Dubai travel agency must have three years of experience, if he or she has an university diploma or a certificate in travel and tourism, or five years of experience, if he or she only has a high school diploma.
In order to receive the travel license, the applicant must:
The contract must be signed for at least three months and the office space must have at least 30 meters for each activity.
The most common structure employed to set up a travel agency in Dubai is the limited liability company. The activities an agency can undertake are of inbound and outbound tour operator which allows it to organize events and tours within and outside the UAE. The travel agency is also enabled to handle visa procedures for foreign tourists. All travel agencies must have insurance policies which will cover all its activities for the duration of the license. The manager of the travel agency must have at least 3 years of experience and must also obtain clearance from the Police Department in Dubai.