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Open a Travel Agency in Dubai

Updated on Monday 17th July 2017

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Open-a-Travel-Agency-in-DubaiDubai 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.

Steps to open a travel agency 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:

  • -        the travel company license,
  • -        the travel agency license,
  • -        the inbound travel operator license,
  • -        the outbound travel operator license.

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 documents to be submitted for the issuance of the Dubai travel agent license

The documentation that must be submitted with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce along with the deposit is:

  • -        an application form,
  • -        copies of the passports 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.

The video below shows the main steps to open a travel agency in Dubai:

Requirements for opening 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:

  • - pay an initial approval fee,
  • - request the approval of the agency’s trade name,
  • - supply an insurance policy;
  • - provide a lease contract and the blueprint of the location where the travel agency will operate.

The contract must be signed for at least three months and the office space must have at least 30 meters for each activity.

Activities of travel agencies in Dubai

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.

If you want to open a travel agency or any other type of company, you can contact our company formation agents in Dubai for details about the registration process.



  • Iffi Ahmed 2015-04-30

    kindly send me full detail along with total fees

  • Gabriella 2015-05-01

    I need pls more informations for a travel consultancy or travel agency in Dubai.

  • Abdelmjid Namiri 2015-05-18

    Dear Mr. Ahmed, I would appreciate it if you could send me full detail along with total fees for opening a travel agency in Dubai. Thanks and regards, Abdelmjid

  • Muhammad Zaman 2015-06-04

    I would appreciate it if you could send me full detail along with total fees for opening a travel agency in Dubai. Thanks and regards, muhammad zaman

  • Saeed Nawaz 2015-06-15

    Please send your email id

    Our e-mail is office(at), you can send us your request.

  • Arshad 2015-07-14

    I would appreciate it if you could send me full detail along with total fees for opening a travel agency in Dubai. Thanks and regards,

  • Loveson 2016-02-19

    Hi can u send full details to take the tours licence as well as to open the visit visa quota. Please send total expenses also. Thank you. 

    You can send us your request via e-mail and one of our specialists will help you with information. 

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