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Setting up engineering consultancy in Dubai

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UAE is a hub for large-scale construction and engineering projects, hence one of the centres in the world for architectural marvels.
The Dubai Municipality has set out the regulatory framework for all activities relating to Engineering Consultancies and contracting companies in Dubai.

Following are the two categories of entities allowed to conduct engineering-related activity in Dubai:
  1. Engineering Consultancy company
  2. Contracting company
The Local Order no. (89) of 1994 and Administrative Decision amended by Local Order No. (106) of 1997 and Local order No.(4) of 1999 issued on Regulating the Practise of Engineering Consultancy Profession (Dubai) is the applicable regulatory framework and sets out guidelines to all Engineering or Architectural Consultancies in Dubai.

Engineering Consultancies are the companies engaged in engineering activities. Applicants willing to apply for a permit to practise in the field of engineering consultancy must be accredited by the Dubai Municipality’s Building Service Department.

Engineering consultancies are classified and licensed as hereunder:
  1. Local Engineering Firm
  2. The Associate Engineering Firm
  3. Foreign Engineering Firm
An applicant can choose any of the below jurisdictions to set up the company:
  1. Mainland company
  2. FreeZone company
The type of entity set up in mainland is mostly a LLC (Limited Liability Company) partnered with a UAE national (mandatory requirement).

The expat shareholder must have requisite qualification in the field of engineering, preferably from a well-known educational institution, and must be having an extensive experience in the relevant field. The investor must also hold membership of the Engineers association in the UAE.

An engineering consultancy Company can be set up in Dubai as branch of a foreign company. However, the Manager appointed in the Company should possess necessary educational qualification and at least have 15 years of relevant work experiences.

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