The UAE (United Arab Emirates) is one of the biggest global markets and the hub of the Middle East when it comes to products like cosmetics along with personal care and wellness products. Dubai is the hotbed of commercial activity, particularly for retailing cosmetics with its bevy of premier malls and famous markets. However, one needs to be aware of the rules and regulations pertaining to the establishment of a cosmetics business in Dubai in order to succeed.

Registration for a Cosmetics Company in Dubai

The process of registration for any cosmetics company in the Emirate of Dubai is similar to registration processes for other kinds of businesses. This naturally equates to preparation of documents for incorporation and filing of the same with the DED (Department of Economic Development) and then applying for getting the commercial license.

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Regulations/Laws for cosmetics businesses

Companies retailing cosmetics in Dubai are required to possess registration with the Dubai Municipality as per Regulation HS/001 that has been issued by the Emirate’s Public Health and Safety Department. Here are the regulations to abide by:

  • Goods should be segmented into cosmetics for cleaning purposes, perfumes or for changing the appearance of any individual.
  • Goods should have proper labeling as per the standards issued by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA).
  • Goods should be safe enough for usage on the skin, hair, nails, teeth and lips.
  • The company is required to be registered as a seller, distributor, re-seller, manufacturer or importer, whichever is applicable.

Special Scheme and other Information

The Government in the UAE has already launched a special Scheme for Cosmetics and Personal Care Products. Dubai entities retailing such products have to adhere to specific requirements linked to packaging, quality and labeling for cosmetics under this scheme. Before you start your business, you have to choose whether you wish to be registered as an offshore company, Free Zone Company or mainland company.

You will also have to get your trademark registered in the UAE if you are seriously considering the launch of a brand of cosmetics. Your cosmetic products, as mentioned, should have registration with the proper authorities and Dubai Municipality even has its online system for product registration. All assistance in these matters is provided by GCC Filings.

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