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How to start a dropshipping business in the UAE? | Business Setup in Dubai

Interested in venturing into the world of e-commerce? Read on to learn how you can start a drop shipping business in the UAE. This can easily be your side hustle as it requires minimum investment and is quite easy to carry out.


What do drop shippers do?


Basically, drop shippers mediate between suppliers and customers. These merchants get products shipped from third parties to buyers.


The only investment you need to make is get your drop shipping license in the UAE, and perhaps, a website to showcase the products. You do not need your own inventory of products, storage spaces or arrange any supply logistics. Neither do you have to bear any staffing costs.


You, however, will be answerable to clients. Therefore, communication is key. You will have to track the orders, follow-up, deal with inquiries, grievances, and return requests.


How to dropship in the UAE?


Drop shipping in the UAE is quite simple. The following steps should help you get started:


Decide what to sell


Target unique goods. You will need to figure out what products will the expats residing in the UAE will be willing to pay for. These could be specific to their countries or even textiles, food, handicraft, jewelry found / produced only in your country.


Choose the source of your products


You have to find reliable suppliers as they will be solely responsible for the inventory of products and shipping. Moreover, you can even have multiple suppliers for various products.


Where to sell?



Online stores

You can reach potential customers by creating online store on existing e-commerce websites such as Shopify and Alibaba. These platforms provide marketing, payment gateway, client engagement and shipping facilities. They can accommodate sellers from all across the world.


Social media

Create an attractive profile for you brand and start putting up pictures and product information on popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Market your products on social media and lead them to your online store.


Do I require a drop shipping license in the UAE?

Yes, you do. However, it is possible to conduct business on social media by obtaining an e-trader license from the Department of Economic Development (DED).


Although, there is not specific activity listed by DED, you have to get the relevant license to dropship in the UAE to conduct business legally. More importantly, for your peace of mind.


DED is not only the license issuing authority in Dubai, but also, regulator of any import and export of goods in the UAE. Therefore, any product you bring into the country or ship out of the UAE, you need a trading license.


Cost of starting a drop shipping business in the UAE


Here is a package that will get you not only a drop shipping license in the UAE, but also much more. Bizgate Business Setup’s exclusive commercial license package worth AED 21,500 includes:


Free business setup consultation

Commercial trade license

Name and initial approvals

MOA notary fees

Stamp of the company

Tasheel fees

Corporate service fees

PRO services

Complete documentation

Dedicated consultant


Start drop shipping in the UAE now


To learn more about how to start drop shipping in the UAE, connect with us. Book a free consultation with our best business expert advisor at Bizgate Business Setup Services. Call or WhatsApp us at +971 56 220 170

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