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How to Setup a Restaurant in Dubai Mainland


About Mainland

Mainland in commonly used Jurisdiction in UAE to setup a Business. Dubai Mainland is famous for its business friendly infrastructure and facilities. Dubai mainland company registration is still the first preference by most of the organizations when establishing their business in Dubai. Department of Economic Development (DED) is the license issuing authority in Mainland. DED was established in March 1992 with the prime aim of regulating & organizing the trade & industry in the Emirate of Dubai & simultaneously enhancing the economic development & growth of Dubai.

Advantage of setting up a Restaurant Business

The UAE is without question one of the biggest developing economies in the Middle East, however the eatery area specifically has seen gigantic development in the course of recent years, particularly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. As indicated by Euro screen International, an extra 18,500 outlets are relied upon to enter the Food and Beverage part in Dubai alone by 2019.

Process to setup a Restaurant in Dubai

Before you start the process for the restaurant, you need to select a legal type for your business. Restaurant can be either Sole Establishment/Civil or LLC. Once the legal type is selected you need to proceed with Trade name Approval

Step 2: Initial Approval from Department of Economic Development

Step 3: Signing of Memorandum of Articles and association in Dubai Court

Step 4: Arranging of Space for Restaurant and doing the Fitout work

Step 5: Dubai Municipality Approval for Restaurant Fit-out

Step 6: Final Approval and issuance of Trade license


  1. Area of Kitchen to be 300sqft or 40% of total whichever is bigger.
  2. Wall, Floor and Ceiling to be washable , nonabsorbent, fire proof , light, colored, smooth nontoxic, no cracks. Floor properly sloped for drainage junction concave for cleaning.
  3. Adequate ventilation & Lighting
  4. Provide a store for dry/chilled and frozen items
  5. Washing facilities double sink with hot/cold water.
  6. Deep sink for washing large pots.
  7. Separate single sink for washing vegetables, together with a preparation table for preparing vegetables
  8. Single Sink and preparation table for meat.
  9. Stainless Steel Hand wash basin in preparation area with hot/cold water.
  10. Stainless Steel Preparation Table
  11. Bain Marie for maintaining temperature of cooked/hot food.
  12. Cabinet for storage of outdoor clothing
  13. Drainage pipe work fixed at least 2″ from wall.
  14. Stainless Steel shelves for dry food items
  15. Stainless Steel racks in washing area for drying utensils etc. after washing
  16. Provision of cooking area with ventilation hood and chimney. Chimney should be above 2M from the nearest building.
  17. No grease traps in the kitchen.
  18. If a tandoor is in the kitchen then the Min. Area should be 380sqft.

Role of Flying Colour Business Setup Services

With more than 14 years of experience in Business setup services, flying Colour will assist you in obtaining all necessary approval and license for your new Restaurant Business in Dubai. This blog post is written by Mr. Raif. Feel free to call our Business Adviser today for a quality consultation relating your queries. Please send inquiry to info[at]flyingcolour[dot]com or call +971 4 4542366.

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