How to Setup a Spare Parts Business in Dubai: Your Complete Guide for 2024

Starting a spare parts business in Dubai is a dream for many people, but figuring out how to start can be confusing. With all the information out there, it is not always clear what steps you need to take. We understand that it is not easy. That is why we are here to help.

How to setup an auto spare parts business in Dubai

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about setting up a spare parts business in Dubai. We will cover:

  1. The Market Opportunity – Why starting a spare parts business in the UAE is a good idea.
  2. Steps to Starting the Business – The exact steps you need to follow to get your business up and running.
  3. Business License Costs – How much can you expect to spend on getting your business license?
  4. Why Work with Us – How we can make the whole process easier for you.

Our goal is to make this process as simple and clear as possible. By the end of this guide, you will know exactly what you need to do to start your spare parts business in Dubai.

Why is Starting a Spare Parts Business in the UAE a Smart Move?

The UAE’s automotive market is flourishing, with high car ownership and an increasing demand for quality spare parts. This creates a consistent and profitable customer base for spare parts businesses. 

Dubai’s strategic location as a global trade hub makes it easier and more cost-effective to source and distribute parts. The UAE’s strong economic growth, business-friendly policies, and advanced infrastructure also provide an ideal environment for starting and growing a business. The constant need for vehicle maintenance and repair ensures a steady market, making this venture a promising opportunity.

Check out our other blog, where we explain, in detail, the benefits of starting a spare parts business in Dubai.

What are the Steps to Set Up an Auto Spare Parts Business in Dubai?

Establishing a spare part business requires careful consideration of many things. The following are the measures to take while beginning an auto spare parts business in Dubai, UAE.

Step 1 : Define Your Business Activity

It is important to decide in advance how you will operate your auto spare parts business. Always ask yourself this before getting into the real steps involving many legal documents and regulations. Here are some of the things to consider:

Importing Parts: 

Will you source parts directly from international suppliers? 

If so, establish connections with reliable suppliers, both local and international, considering quality, pricing, and delivery times. 

Retail Selling: 

Do you plan to open a physical store? 

Then, consider location, layout, staffing, and point-of-sale systems to create a customer-friendly shopping experience.

Wholesale Distribution: 

Will you sell parts in bulk to repair shops and dealerships?

Consider minimum order quantities, delivery arrangements, and competitive pricing when executing this business-to-business (B2B) strategy.

Online Sales: 

Set up an e-commerce platform to expand your reach and offer convenient online shopping. You can even combine online and physical sales channels for a wider reach.

Customer Service

Exceptional customer service is essential for increasing loyalty. 

Decide how you will handle inquiries, returns, and after-sales support through phone, email, or in-person interactions.

Step 2: Register a Trading Name  

Think of a catchy and memorable name that reflects your brand and niche. Does it highlight your focus on specific car makes, a particular type of parts (e.g., performance parts), or exceptional service?

Rules for Naming Trading License:

  • Uniqueness – The name should not duplicate existing business names in Dubai.
  • Non-Offensive – Avoid any names that might be considered offensive or improper.
  • Neutral – Do not include references to any religion.
  • Catchy and Descriptive – The name should be easy to remember and ideally describe the nature of your business.

Trade License Name Reservation:

  • The Department of Economic Development (DED) is your official resource. 
  • They have an online name reservation system to ensure your chosen name is available and complies with Dubai’s naming regulations.
  • Submit your chosen name to the DED.
  • Wait for approval and reservation confirmation.

Step 3: Choose an Ideal Business Location

Setting up your auto spare parts business in Dubai involves deciding your location. 

Location Criteria for starting your business :

  • Make sure the location is easily accessible for delivery trucks and customers.
  • Choose a location near your target customer base (e.g., near auto workshops and busy commercial areas).
  • Ensure the office or shop space can accommodate your team and business operations.
  • The location should be easily accessible to both employees and customers.

Ownership Structure for your business :

  • Mainland: In mainland Dubai, a local sponsor (an Emirati citizen) holding 51% of the company shares is required unless you opt for a Free Zone setup.
  • Free Zone: If you choose a Free Zone, you can have 100% ownership, but your business will be restricted to operating within the Free Zone or for export purposes.

Step 4: Business Structure and Legal Trade License

This step is important as it determines how your business operates legally and protects your assets. 

Clearly Understand Which Business Structure to Choose:

Sole Proprietorship:

This is the most basic structure, in which you and your company are considered one entity.It is easy to set up, but there is a major drawback, your personal assets are not protected from business debts or liabilities.

If your business faces financial trouble, your personal belongings, like your car or house, could be at risk.


A partnership is a business structure where two or more people (partners) join to own and operate a business. 

It offers a unique blend of shared responsibility and collaboration but requires careful planning and clear communication.

Limited Liability Company (LLC): 

This is the most popular choice for businesses in Dubai. An LLC creates a separate legal entity from you, the owner.

This means your assets are generally shielded from business liabilities, and your personal belongings are typically protected if your business gets sued or faces financial difficulties.

Learn More about 10 Business Structures in Dubai.

Legal Trade License for starting auto spare parts company

This is the official permit issued by the government allowing you to operate your business in a specific location and conduct specific business activities (like selling auto spare parts). 

Type of License:

Commercial License:

For trading activities, including importing, and exporting auto spare parts.

Professional License:

If you provide specialized services like repair and installation.

The DED website is a valuable resource for information on business registration, licensing procedures, and required documents.

Documents Required to Start Auto Spare Parts Business

  1. Passport Copies – Copies of passports for all business partners and owners.
  2. Registration Application Form – A form provided by the DED for company registration, which needs to be filled and submitted.
  3. Initial Approval Fee Receipt – Receipt showing payment of the initial approval fees.
  4. NOC (No Objection Certificate) – If you are already a resident of Dubai, obtain an NOC from your current employer.
  5. Office Lease Agreements – Lease agreement for your office or shop space.
  6. MOA (Memorandum of Association) & Partnership Agreement – Document outlining the company’s structure, shareholders, and the extent of their liabilities and ownership.
  7. Partnership Agreement – Detailed agreement defining partners’ roles, responsibilities, and profit-sharing ratios.

How Much Does It Cost to Start an Auto Spare Parts Business in Dubai? 

The cost of a spare parts business license in Dubai varies based on several factors:

Mainland vs Free Zone: Free zones offer lower and faster licensing fees, starting around AED 5,000, but mainland locations provide greater business flexibility, with costs ranging from AED 10,000 to AED 40,000.

Business Activity: Costs differ depending on whether you engage in wholesale distribution, retail sales, or other activities.

Company Size and Structure: Larger or more complex companies may face higher fees.

Additional Costs

  • Local Sponsor Fees: Applicable if operating in the mainland.
  • Business Registration Fees: Nominal fees for registering with the DED.
  • Visa Costs: For you and your employees.
  • Office Space and Operational Costs: Including rent and utilities.

How Can JP International Help You Set Up a Business in Dubai?

You can contact JP International Consultancy if you are confused about establishing a company in Dubai. We have been setting up businesses in the Dubai for over 15 years, and we can help you at every stage with transparent and reliable advice. 

Our experts can explain the legal consequences of various business forms, advise on the best solutions for your specific situation, and provide customized prices based on your requirements and preferred location (mainland or free zone).

We will assist you with every step of the setup process, ensuring that all legal criteria are met, and your company has the licenses it needs.

Sahayaraj Siluvai Pillai
Sahayaraj Siluvai Pillai

Sahayaraj Silluvai Pillai is a highly experienced business setup consultant in Dubai with over 10 years in the industry. Leveraging his in-depth knowledge of the local business landscape, he has guided more than 100 entrepreneurs through the process of establishing their businesses in free zones, the mainland, and offshore locations across Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and other UAE emirates. His strong background in banking proves to be a valuable asset, as he can assist clients in securing business bank accounts with ease, saving them time and ensuring a smooth transition. Additionally, he is also the manager at JP International Management Consultancy, bringing a well-rounded perspective to his business management services.

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