Dubai is one of the cities where an individual can experience a luxurious standard of living. The corporate lifestyle includes business meetings, events, global crowd, networking, and addressing the international market. The high standard of living is one of the primary reasons for the success of the spa business in Dubai. Currently, there are several spa businesses that are functioning in Dubai and there is still scope for starting a spa business. Due to many tourists and residents opting for carefree spa services, obtaining a spa license can be highly beneficial in Dubai. The majority of spas in Dubai are only for women, but nowadays many spas function for men as well.
Starting a Spa Business in Dubai
If you are looking to start a spa business in Dubai, you will have to follow some requirements for a smooth business setup in Dubai. Let’s get into details.
Steps for SPA Business Setup /Registration in Dubai
Step 1 – Submit copies of passport and visit visa of business partners
Step 2 – Select a name for the Spa business and take its approval from the Department for Economic Development (DED)
Step 3 – Appoint LSA (local service agent) and draft and sign the MOA (memorandum of association)
Step 4 – Rent the Spa premises and acquire tenancy contract from relevant authorities
Step 5 – Get approval from the planning section and health & safety division of the DM Dubai Municipality)
Step 6 – After submission of all the approved documents, you can gather spa license from DED
Requirements for Starting Spa in Dubai
Before starting a spa in Dubai, there are some requirements that need to be fulfilled by the owner. These requirements are mentioned below:
- A signboard must be placed in front of the beauty salon.
- Lighting should be sufficient and the furniture clean and proper.
- Dressing chairs should meet the specific size of 3.0m wide x3.5m length.
- The height between the ceiling and the floor must be more than2.30m.
- Separate areas with size 2.50m x 1.50m to be designated for beauty treatments like a pedicure, manicure, hair removing, and henna designing.
- There must be a washbasin near the area for facial treatments.
- Fireproof materials must be used in the preparation area for hair removal materials.
- The beauty salon must necessarily have a water heater in place.
- There must be cupboards and drawers to keep cosmetics and towels.
Things to Keep in Mind before Applying for a Spa License
First and foremost, Spa and beauty salons are approved by the Health and Safety Department in Dubai that has set a series of rules and regulations which every applicant has to conform to get a Spa License in Dubai.
Type or Classification of Spa
You have to decide what kind of facility you want to establish, a pure spa or a hair salon, a beauty salon, or would you provide additional services such as facials, etc. You also need to decide which specific gender you will cater to such as a men’s spa or a women’s spa.
Keep in mind that there is a specific guideline by the health and personal care department in the UAE specifying that women massage centers cannot employ men and men massage centers cannot hire women. Those who do not abide by this regulation will be fined an amount of Dh 5,000.
Estimate your preliminary costs before you begin your business and plan how to would be securing the finances for your salon’s business and its expansion at a later stage.
Selection of Location: Mainland or Free Zone?
Dubai is genuinely a metropolis where people from all walks of life enjoy and maintain a sophisticated lifestyle. This lifestyle choice demands a prim, proper, and clean appearance that necessitates trips to salons, and to unwind these individuals flock by the dozens towards the spas.
To gain maximum profit from your spa business, it is highly recommended that you choose your location carefully as the spa can be opened in Dubai Mainland and Dubai’s Free Zone. Our advice would be to open a spa in Dubai mainland. Why? Because the area is populated, and you can easily attract clients who are looking for spa services. Also, you should select the Mainland as it is ideal for attracting customers all year round compared to Free Zones where customers are seasonal.
Business Setup Options
Decide whether you want to start from scratch or buy a proper facility or invest in a franchise. Choose the kind of business structure that will govern the business operations. For instance, will it be a sole proprietorship or a partnership?
Benefits of Setting up a business in Dubai
- Low operational cost
- Low freight charge
- Abundant & inexpensive energy
- Exemption from all import and export duties
- Freedom to recruit expatriates
- Freehold offices available on sale or lease
- Readymade offices, factories & warehouses
- Free transfer of funds
- No foreign exchange controls
Consult a Business Set-Up Expert
As the process of obtaining a Spa License and business set up involves dozen or so approvals from various authoritative bodies, the preferred approach is hiring a business setup consultant in Dubai like Riz and Mona Consultancy. With our immense experience, we can do the task handed to us with precision and agility. For a smooth and stress-free entrance into the Dubai business arena, choose Riz and Mona Consultancy to deal with the minute, tiresome details of business while you focus on building your business.
Contact us today and book your commitment-free consultation call with our team!