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Dubai’s thriving real estate and commercial sectors make the cleaning home and building business extremely lucrative. In addition, with a bustling population and a constant influx of businesses and residents, there is a high demand for professional cleaning services to maintain cleanliness, hygiene, and aesthetics in various settings.

Meydan Free Zone offers a number of cleaning home and building-related businesses.

  • 8121.00 General Cleaning of Buildings
  • 8121.01 General (Non-Specialized) Cleaning of All Types Of Buildings     
  • 8121.02 General (Non-Specialized) Cleaning of Other Business And Professional Premises And Multiunit Residential Buildings     
  • 8129.00 Other Building and Industrial Cleaning Activities           
  • 8129.01 Exterior Cleaning of Buildings of All Types, Including Offices, Factories, Shops, Institutions, and Other Business and Professional Premises And Multiunit Residential Buildings  
  • 8129.02 Specialized Cleaning Activities For Buildings Such As Window Cleaning, Chimney Cleaning and Cleaning of Fireplaces, Stoves, Furnaces, Incinerators, Boilers, Ventilation Ducts, and Exhaust Units          
  • 8129.90 Building Cleaning Services

8120.00 Cleaning Activities

Apply for a business license under Services to Buildings and Landscape Activities and choose business activity Cleaning Activities with activity code 8120.00.

You can perform a wide range of tasks related to cleaning with your Cleaning Activities license. Among them are:

  • General interior cleaning of all types of buildings: You can perform cleaning tasks within various structures, ensuring cleanliness and maintenance.
  • Exterior cleaning of buildings: You can engage in cleaning activities to remove dirt, grime, and other debris from the external surfaces of buildings, enhancing their appearance.
  • Specialized cleaning activities for buildings or other specialized cleaning activities: You can undertake specialized cleaning tasks tailored to specific building types or specialized cleaning requirements.
  • Cleaning of industrial machinery: You are permitted to clean machinery and equipment used in industrial settings, ensuring proper functioning and longevity.
  • Cleaning of the inside of road and sea tankers: You can clean the interior of tankers used for transporting materials on roads or at sea, maintaining hygiene and preventing contamination.
  • Disinfecting and extermination activities for buildings and industrial machinery: You can do activities aimed at disinfecting buildings and industrial machinery, preventing the spread of pathogens, and eliminating pests or insects.
  • Bottle cleaning: You are authorized to clean bottles, ensuring they are sanitized and ready for reuse or recycling.
  • Street sweeping: You can engage in the task of sweeping streets to remove litter, leaves, and other debris, contributing to a clean and tidy environment.
  • Snow and ice removal: You can participate in removing snow and ice from various surfaces, such as roads, sidewalks, and parking lots, ensuring safe passage and preventing accidents.

Inclusions

Cleaning Activities licenses allow you to engage in a variety of activities, including general interior cleaning of all types of buildings, exterior cleaning of buildings, specialized cleaning activities for buildings or other specialized cleaning activities, cleaning of industrial machinery, cleaning of the inside of the road and sea tankers, disinfecting and extermination activities for buildings and industrial machinery, bottle cleaning, street sweeping, snow and ice removal. 

Exclusions

Your Cleaning Activities licenses do not cover agricultural pest control activities or cleaning newly constructed buildings. Your license also excludes steam-cleaning, sandblasting, and similar methods of cleaning building exteriors. Moreover, your license does not allow you to perform carpet and rug shampooing or drapery and curtain cleaning.

Third-Party Approval 

No third-party approval is required for your Cleaning Activities licenses to operate in Dubai.

8121.00 General Cleaning of Buildings

Apply for a business license under Cleaning Activities and choose business activity General Cleaning of Buildings with activity code 8121.00.

Your General Cleaning of Buildings license allows individuals to perform general cleaning tasks for various building types. You can include offices, houses or apartments, factories, shops, and institutions. Additionally, you can perform general cleaning services for other businesses, professional premises, and multi-unit residential buildings.

The activities covered by your license primarily focus on interior cleaning, which involves dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and sanitizing various areas within the buildings. However, your permit may also extend to cleaning associated exterior areas, such as windows or passageways, as long as they are directly related to the general cleaning of the building.

Inclusions

Your General Cleaning of Buildings license includes general (non-specialized) cleaning of all types of buildings, such as offices ™ , houses or apartments, factories, shops, and institutions. You can also perform general (non-specialized) cleaning of other business and professional premises and multi-unit residential buildings. These activities cover mainly interior cleaning, although they may include cleaning associated exterior areas such as windows or passageways.

Exclusions

Your General Cleaning of Buildings license does not cover specialized interior cleaning activities, including chimney cleaning and cleaning of fireplaces, stoves, furnaces, incinerators, boilers, ventilation ducts, and exhaust units. 

Third-Party Approval 

There is no third-party approval requirement for licenses for the general cleaning of buildings in Dubai.

8129.00 Other Building and Industrial Cleaning Activities 

Apply for a business license under Cleaning Activities and choose business activity Other Building and Industrial Cleaning Activities with activity code 8129.00.

Your Other Building and Industrial Cleaning Activities license allows you to offer a wide range of cleaning services. It covers exterior cleaning for different types of buildings, including offices, factories, shops, and residential properties. Specialized cleaning tasks such as window cleaning, chimney cleaning, and maintenance of fireplaces, stoves, and ventilation systems are also included. Your license extends to swimming pool cleaning and industrial machinery maintenance. Additionally, you can clean transportation vehicles, disinfect buildings, perform street sweeping, and handle snow and ice removal. Your license provides a comprehensive framework for delivering various cleaning services across multiple environments.

Inclusions

Your business license allows you to clean the outside of all types of buildings, including offices, factories, shops, institutions, and multi-unit residential buildings. You can clean buildings, such as windows, chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, furnaces, incinerators, boilers, ventilation ducts, exhaust units, swimming pools, and air conditioning units. Your license also covers cleaning industrial machinery, bottles, trains, buses, planes, etc. You are also licensed to clean inside road and sea tankers, disinfect and exterminate activities, sweep streets, remove snow and ice, and perform other building and industrial cleaning.

Exclusions

Agriculture pest control, sewer and drain cleaning, and automobile cleaning, and car washing are excluded from your Other Building and Industrial Cleaning Activities license.

Third-Party Approval – Pre-License

The Building Control and Building Permits Department of Dubai Municipality must approve your license for Other Building and Industrial Cleaning Activities before you can apply. Third-party approval ensures that exterior cleaning activities are carried out in compliance with municipal regulations and standards.

8129.01 Other Building and Industrial Cleaning Activities 

Apply for a business license for Exterior Cleaning of Buildings of All Types, Including Offices, Factories, Shops, Institutions, and Other Business and Professional Premises And Multiunit Residential Buildings with activity code 8129.01  

Inclusions

You are permitted to clean all types of buildings outside, including offices, factories, shops, institutions, and multiunit residential buildings. In addition to cleaning windows, chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, furnaces, incinerators, boilers, ventilation ducts, exhaust units, swimming pools, and air conditioning units, you can also fix faulty wiring. With your license, you can also clean industrial machinery, bottles, trains, buses, planes, etc. In addition, your license allows you to perform other building and industrial cleaning duties, such as cleaning inside road and sea tankers, disinfecting and destroying activities, sweeping streets, removing snow and ice, and sweeping streets.

Exclusions

Agriculture pest control, sewer and drain cleaning, automobile cleaning, and car washing are excluded from your business license.

Third-Party Approval – Pre-License

Before you obtain your license for Exterior Cleaning of Buildings of All Types, Including Offices, Factories, Shops, Institutions, and Other Business and Professional Premises Multiunit Residential Buildings, it is necessary to acquire additional approval from the Building Control and Building Permits Department of Dubai Municipality. This third-party approval ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and standards set by the municipality for conducting exterior cleaning activities.

8129.02 Specialized Cleaning Activities for Buildings, Such As Window Cleaning, Chimney Cleaning, and Cleaning of Fireplaces, Stoves, Furnaces, Incinerators, Boilers, Ventilation Ducts, and Exhaust Units 

Apply for a business license for Specialized Cleaning Activities For Buildings, Such As Window Cleaning, Chimney Cleaning and Cleaning of Fireplaces, Stoves, Furnaces, Incinerators, Boilers, Ventilation Ducts, and Exhaust Units with activity code 8129.02.

Your license allows you to conduct a comprehensive range of cleaning duties, covering exterior cleaning for different building types, specialized cleaning tasks, industrial machinery cleaning, transportation cleaning, and various other building and industrial cleaning activities.

Inclusions

Your services can be performed on all types of buildings, including offices, factories, shops, institutions, and multifamily housing. The license lets you clean windows, chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, furnaces, incinerators, boilers, ventilation ducts, exhaust, swimming pools, and air conditioners. You can also repair faulty wiring and provide cleaning services for industrial machinery, bottles, trains, buses, planes, and other vehicles. As an industrial cleaner, you can handle various building and industrial cleaning tasks, such as cleaning the inside of road and sea tankers, disinfecting and exterminating, sweeping roads, and removing snow and ice.

Exclusions

Your business license does not include activities related to agriculture pest control, sewer and drain cleaning, automobile cleaning, and car washing.  

Third-Party Approval – Pre-License

Before applying for your license for Specialized Cleaning Activities for Buildings, such as window cleaning, chimney cleaning, and cleaning of fireplaces, stoves, furnaces, incinerators, boilers, ventilation ducts, and exhaust units, it is necessary to obtain approval from the Building Control and Building Permits Department of Dubai Municipality. This third-party approval ensures that your exterior cleaning activities adhere to the regulations and standards set by the municipality.

8129.90 Building Cleaning Services

Apply for a business license under Other Building and Industrial Cleaning Activities and choose business activity Building Cleaning Services with activity code 8129.90 

Inclusions

Offices, factories, shops, institutions, and multifamily housing can all be serviced by your company. You are authorized to clean windows, chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, furnaces, incinerators, boilers, ventilation ducts, exhaust, swimming pools, and air conditioners. Other services include repairing faulty wiring and cleaning industrial machinery, bottles, trains, buses, planes, and other vehicles. In addition, you can handle a variety of tasks as an industrial cleaner, including cleaning the inside of sea tankers and road trucks, disinfecting and exterminating, sweeping roads, and removing ice and snow.

Exclusions

Your business license does not include agriculture pest control, sewer and drain cleaning, automobile cleaning, and car washing.  

Third-Party Approval – Pre-License

Prior to applying for a Building Cleaning Services license from Meydan Free Zone, the Dubai Municipality’s Building Control and Building Permits Department must approve the application. Your exterior cleaning activities will be in compliance with the municipality’s regulations and standards with this third-party approval.

ESR & UBO

Businesses related to cleaning homes and buildings (8120.00, 8121.01, 8121.02, 8129.00, 8129.01, 8129.02, 8129.90) are exempt from UBO (Ultimate Beneficial Ownership) and ESR (Economic Substance Regulations). UBO refers to the identification and reporting of individuals who have ultimate ownership or control over a business entity, while ESR pertains to regulations that require businesses to demonstrate legitimate economic activity and substance within the jurisdiction where they operate.

AML

AML (Anti-Money Laundering) regulations do not apply to Cleaning Home and Building Businesses (8120.00, 8121.01, 8121.02, 8129.00, 8129.01, 8129.02, and 8129.90). AML regulations in Dubai primarily focus on preventing and detecting money laundering and terrorist financing activities.

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