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Tourism License in Dubai

The tourism license in Dubai is most common activity to be seen in holidays season. UAE prides itself on being a country that actively attracts millions of tourists each year. As one of the most popular tourist spots in the Middle East, the tourism sector can be a profitable asset to invest in.


The license is issued by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and our consultants can provide a helping hand to ensure all your documents go through successfully.

The tourism license is increasingly becoming high-in-demand, especially since the UAE has seen a boom in tourists after the relaxation of COVID-19 rules. Given the types of tourism licenses that exist and the extensive background work, it’s easy to mismanage the application for this license. With Business Link, you can avail our trusted services wherein we complete all admin tasks on your behalf and register your business, successfully, for you.

Types of tourism licenses

The DTCM is the governing body of this license and to make this more straightforward, they’ve managed to split the tourism license into four divisions. Each of these divisions exists with its own provisions and relevant activities.

As the name suggests, the inbound tour license permits you to do business only within the Emirate of Dubai. Those with this type of license have the approval to carry out tours and trips with tourists, provided they have adequate insurance to protect themselves as well as the tour providers.

Service providers can use the Outbound tour license to organize trips outside of Dubai, and internationally to other countries as well outside UAE.

Businesses under this type of license can involve themselves in carrying out activities such as selling tickets, hotel and resort reservations, organizing bus and car rental services etc.

A tour guide in Dubai is required to have in-depth knowledge of the city, tourist spots, culture, and places of common interest. Because of this, to obtain this license type, you’re required to take an exam, upon the passing of which you will be issued a tour guide license. This license is valid for one year, after which you’re required to take a refresher course to renew it. The license or badge is issued by the DTCM, and as a tour guide, you’re required to valid license to protect yourself from any penalties.

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What activities are involved under a tourism license?

Since there are a wide variety of activities that fall under this license, the experts at Business Link can help you understand the possible activities you can carry out with this license in hand.

Benefits of a tourism license in Dubai

While it may seem like there aren’t as many activities as part of the tourism license, due to the increase in demand for tourist-related activities, there is a huge opportunities in the form of activities now available.

How can you obtain a tourism license?

The process of obtaining a tourism license has always been relatively straightforward, however, with newer provisions, the DTCM has the process much easy to manage. Following are the documents needed to apply for a license:

New provisions

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) came through with much-needed incentives to make the licensing process easier for all those wanting to apply. Here are the announcements DTCM has recently made: