How to Start a Fashion Design Business in Dubai with Meydan Free Zone?

Dubai has a thriving fashion designing business with a wide scope and massive potential. With a cosmopolitan lifestyle and a fashion-forward population, Dubai offers diverse fashion segments, including ready-to-wear, haute couture, bridal wear, and modest fashion.

As a Fashion designer in Dubai, you can showcase your creations and gain exposure through prestigious fashion events and platforms. Events like Dubai Fashion Week, Arab Fashion Week, and Dubai Design Week attract industry professionals and offer valuable networking opportunities. Meydan Free Zone provides a range of fashion-designing activities for entrepreneurs. Businesses can specialize in different aspects of the fashion industry through these activities. Here are the options available, along with their respective activity codes.

7410.01 Fashion Design Related to Textiles, Wearing Apparel, Shoes, Jewelry, Furniture and Other Interior Decoration and Other Fashion Goods As Well As Other Personal or Household Goods

Apply for a business license under Specialized Design Activities and choose the business activity Fashion Design Related to Textiles, Wearing Apparel, Shoes, Jewelry, Furniture and Other Interior Decoration and Other Fashion Goods As Well As Other Personal or Household Goods with activity code 7410.01.

With your business license, you can operate across multiple sectors within the fashion and design industry, providing a diverse range of products and services related to textiles, clothing, shoes, jewelry, furniture, interior decoration, and other fashion and household goods.

Inclusions

Under your trade license, you can engage in fashion design ventures pertaining to textiles, clothing, footwear, jewelry, furniture, and other forms of interior decoration. Additionally, you can partake in various activities involving fashion items and personal or household goods.

Furthermore, you can delve into industrial design, which involves creating and developing designs and specifications aimed at enhancing the functionality, value, and visual appeal of products. This includes determining the appropriate materials, construction methods, mechanisms, shapes, colors, and surface finishes of the product while considering human characteristics, safety, market attractiveness, production, distribution, usage, and maintenance efficiency. Moreover, your license extends to cover the activities of graphic designers and interior decorators as well.

Exclusions

Your business license restricts activities in web page design and programming, architectural design, and engineering design. This includes the application of physical laws and engineering principles to the creation of machinery, materials, instruments, structures, processes, and systems. Additionally, you are not permitted to engage in any theatrical stage and set design activities.

7410.96 Fashion Designing 

Apply for a business license under Specialized Design Activities and choose the business activity Fashion Designing with activity code 7410.96.

Your fashion designing business license allows you to operate shops that specialize in designing fashion and clothing for individuals of all genders and age groups, including creating uniform suits for personnel working in official bodies.

Inclusions

Under your trade license, you can operate a comprehensive fashion design business, engage in industrial design endeavors, and include the work of graphic designers and interior decorators.

Your license allows you to operate a fashion design business that includes textiles, clothing, footwear, jewelry, furniture, and various forms of interior decoration. Additionally, you can engage in various activities involving fashion items and personal or household goods.

Moreover, your license allows you to venture into industrial design, which involves creating and developing designs and specifications aimed at enhancing product functionality, value, and visual appeal. Furthermore, your license also covers the activities of graphic designers and interior decorators.

Exclusions

Your business license restricts certain activities, including web page design and programming, architectural design, and engineering design. It involves creating machinery, materials, instruments, structures, processes, and systems using physical laws and engineering principles. In addition, you are not authorized to design stage sets or theatrical sets.

9609.12  Fashion Design Consultancy

Apply for a business license under Other personal service activities n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified) and choose business activity Fashion Design Consultancy with activity code 9609.12.

As a Fashion Design Consultant, you can provide expert guidance and assistance in the field of fashion design as a service. In addition, you can work as a strategic partner for individuals, brands, and companies seeking professional advice and assistance.

You can offer a range of services tailored to the specific needs of your clients. This can include trend forecasting, market research, concept development, design and product development, sourcing of materials and manufacturers, production management, branding and marketing strategies, and even fashion show planning.

Inclusions

Your Other personal service activities n.e.c. license encompasses a diverse range of services. It allows you to engage in activities such as operating Turkish baths, saunas, steam baths, solariums, reducing and slandering salons, and massage salons. 

In addition, your license covers astrological and spiritualist activities but is not available for selection in Meydan Free Zone. Furthermore, your license covers pet care services like boarding, grooming, sitting, and training pets. Also included in your license are activities related to genealogical organizations, shoe-shining services, porters, valet parking, and concessions. 

Exclusions

The scope of your Other Personal Service Activities Not Elsewhere Classified license specifically excludes veterinary activities and the operations of fitness centers.

Third-Party Approval

Operating a Fashion Designing Business in Dubai does not require approval from a third party.

ESR & UBO

The Fashion Designing Business in Dubai is not subject to UBO (Ultimate Beneficial Ownership) and ESR (Economic Substance Regulations) requirements. As fashion designers in Dubai, this exemption provides a streamlined regulatory environment so that you can focus on your creative pursuits and business operations without additional burdens.

UBO regulations involve the identification and reporting of individuals who hold ultimate ownership or control over a business entity, while ESR regulations focus on demonstrating legitimate economic activity and substance within the jurisdiction of operation.

AML

The Fashion Designing Business in Dubai is not subject to AML (Anti-Money Laundering) regulations. The primary purpose of these regulations is to prevent and detect money laundering and terrorist financing activities in various sectors. However, AML regulations do not mandate compliance with the fashion design industry in Dubai.

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