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How to Start a Medical Equipment Trading Business in Dubai


Healthcare is a vital sector for any country, and the UAE is no exception. The healthcare industry of the UAE is a significant contributor to the country’s GDP and its overall development. The UAE government is diligently working towards upgrading and enhancing its healthcare offerings. It is establishing world-class hospitals, introducing state-of-the-art medical equipment, and adopting the latest technologies. There is an improved extent for starting a medical equipment trading company in Dubai since several hospitals, maternity homes, and medical clinics are being set up in Dubai.

The UAE is a popular destination for trade among foreign investors because of its strategic location, world-class transportation system, and a diverse, multi-cultural population. Its entrepreneur-friendly laws and ease of doing business also make the UAE is a very lucrative destination for setting up a medical equipment trading business.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention maintains a register of all medical equipment and pharmaceutical products. The federal law states that only registered medicines, equipment, and other pharmaceutical products can be distributed within the country. Hence, only registered products will receive import permission. Any company that wishes to trade in medical equipment must also express itself and the equipment it wants to trade with the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.


Starting a medical equipment trading company in Dubai requires you to apply for a commercial license and register your business in Dubai mainland. The Department of Economic Development (DED) is the licensing authority that issues business licenses for companies registered in Dubai mainland.

As a foreign national, you can only register your business as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). To start an LLC in Dubai, it is mandatory to partner with a local sponsor (UAE National). According to the UAE commercial law, the local sponsor will be a 51% shareholder in the company while the non-UAE national partner/s will hold the remaining 49%.


To register your medical equipment trading company in Dubai, you must submit the following to DED:

  • Trade Name Options: At least 3 alternatives for the company name
  • Business Activity: Specify the activity your business will engage in.

The relevant business activities for medical equipment trading company are:

Medical, Surgical Articles, and Requisites Trading Medical,

Surgical Equipment, and Instruments Trading

  • Passport copy: Of all the shareholders
  • Visa Validation: Entry stamp or visa page if a partner is on Visit Visa or Residence Visa for partner residing in the UAE
  • Emirates ID: Of the Local Sponsor


  1. Get Initial Approval from DED – getting this approval means that the UAE government has allowed your business to be established in the UAE. If you do not receive this approval, you cannot go ahead with the next steps in the application process.
  2. Get Trade Name Approval from DED – the DED must approve one of the three trade name options submitted.
  3. Prepare and sign the Memorandum of Association (MOA) – the Local Sponsor and at least one partner, if not all, must be present for the signing. In the current situation, with several travel bans in place, signing the MOA is done electronically.
  4. Rent a physical office or desk facility – it is mandatory for a Dubai mainland company to have a physical office location
  5. Submit the tenancy contract Get additional approvals, if any
  6. Pay the fees
  7. Get the trade license

There are two activity groups classified under Medical Equipment Trading:

  1. Medicines Trading
  2. Mechanical & Engineering Equipment Trading

Medical, Surgical Articles, and Requisites Trading

This includes the reselling of specific instruments and precise medical apparatuses for treating specific diseases and conditions. It also includes devices such as medical shoes, artificial limbs, batteries for cardiac patients, and replacement parts for damaged organs. This activity falls under the group of Medicines Trading.

Medical, Surgical Equipment, and Instruments Trading

This activity includes reselling instruments and equipment used in hospitals and clinics for diagnosis, treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and x-rays. It also includes manual kits and instruments for surgical operations and bandaging, check-ups, and sterilization. This activity falls under the group of Mechanical & Engineering Equipment Trading.


To register your company, you must register and classify your products. You can choose from the following types of registrations:

  • If your company wishes to import the goods and sell directly to hospitals or any healthcare facility, you (importer) will need to be registered as an authorised reseller of the equipment. Your company will need to register with the Ministry of Health and Prevention and must meet its requirements, which includes taking a minimum warehouse space.
  • If your company will be using an intermediary registered seller to trade with healthcare facilities or hospitals, then no registration or warehouse is required.
    Now is a good time as any to start a medical equipment trading company in Dubai. In light of the current global pandemic, there is a pressing need for necessary medical equipment to help and support medical professionals in Dubai and around the world who are working tirelessly to end this crisis.

To register your medical equipment trading business in Dubai in the quickest and most efficient way, contact KWS MIDDLE EAST. Our expert business setup consultants in dubai will help you through the entire process.

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