Most Successful Small Businesses in Dubai


Dubai is known as the Middle Eastern city with most diversified economy. A great number of people today explore the opportunities to start their own small business. In addition, Dubai’s government is constantly working to improve the business environment. Currently, there are various laws that encourage startups, although the high cost for setting up and licensing a new business may be considered as obstacle by many. If you are planning to take advantage on the opportunities, you will need a fresh small business idea which you are capable of developing.

According to our observations, here is a number of suggestions with a promising potential for success in Dubai:

Food, Drinks and Catering

Magnolia_Bakery_DSCN1983The population of Dubai is constantly growing. When the number of consumers is rising, the demand for more food and beverages is growing. For traders, it is important to know that UAE does not produce a large variety of foods and drinks, but imports most of them and therefore prices are much higher in comparison to many other countries in the world. Some reports claim that the country ranks third worldwide in regard to cost of food.

A significant disposable income allows many people to eat and drink out of home often and therefore cafes and restaurants, particularly in busy locations such as shopping malls or near landmarks, usually are very successful.

Specialty food and beverage online stores may also be very successful. Take for example the Gourmet Foods & Beverages.


dnata acquires Travel RepublicBy now, Dubai is indisputably among the world’s biggest tourist destinations. More and more travelers are seen arriving every month, both for business and leisure. Successful small business could be a speciality travel agency, exotic tour operator or tour reseller, themed entertainment provider. Although the travel and tourism sector is already well developed and serviced, there is still space for startups targeting middle class travelers. The luxury travel sector is slightly over-saturated with five star hotels and exquisite restaurants, in addition to luxury experiences.

Specialty Schools

raffles-international-school-umm-suqeim-south-campus-opens-admissions-for-new-nurseryDubai’s population consist of over ninety percent of expats. Their nationalities and cultures are more than diverse. As a result, specialty and private schools are enjoying large popularity. No matter in which field of education you choose to work, you will quickly reap the benefits of your work. In addition, the local regulator, KHDA, is focused mostly on attracting investors and quality of services is still largely overlooked.

At present, the education provided by the majority of private schools in the city is bellow international average, while the pricing for it is higher than in the United Kingdom and in the Americas. Although, parents massively complain from the high tuition fees, on the other hand, the opportunities for investors are endless. Even investors with a little knowledge and experience in the sector are welcomed as long as funds flow in the economy.

Job Agencies

Recruitment agency is also among the successful small businesses in Dubai nowadays. That is especially the case if the agency focuses on skilled workers. There is a high demand for skilled professionals, as the economy is developing with a rapid rate. Services across all sectors are in a need of improvement.

Look at an international agency or expat networks for example.


Dubai is the Middle East’s hub for trading. There are many people in the city who make living by trading on smaller or larger scale. You are able to import or export nearly all kinds of products, including fashion accessories and materials, plastic goods, dried fruit, vehicles, textiles and many more.

An important details to consider is that the population consists of nearly 75% males.

Childcare Facilities

A great part of Dubai’s population defines itself as working class professionals. Sometimes, both the husband and the wife work five days a week. In such cases, they usually rely on childcare facilities, where professionals can look after their kids. Housemaids are an easy and affordable luxury  as their wages are still low, but they are often not qualified. A full day nursery will be a very successful business, but only if you are not one of the greedy entrepreneurs whose rates are sky high. Moderation is a good thing even when it comes to profitable business!

Bear in mind that these ideas for a successful small businesses in Dubai may not be profitable if you do not put enough time and efforts to develop them. This is always part of the recipe for a successful startup not only in Dubai, but anywhere in the world.


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  2. I want to start bussniss in uae soo its good for me ?

    And kindly can u give me advice Whats a good way to start bussniss and profit more ?

    • Hello izwan, if you wish to start business just contact me i have ideas for very handsome profit earnings business in uae.

        • Living in Dubai for 15 years. I’m a business owner here. I run a start up. There are a lot of business opportunities in Dubai. If interested in putting up a business – key are the following: great business idea (it could be practical or out of the box BUT STILL practical), great marketing strategy (ins and outs) and always be involve in running the business personally.

          • Hi Maria,

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          • Dear,sir .madam I am working in dubai for last 8 month.after finish my contact I am palning to have won small beseness.I have intested in to buy room and give for rent. Is it profitable and how can I run it pls anybody sugges.

          • hi Maria,

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        • Hi
          We are in Foodstuff Trading business since last three years and running it successfully in Dubai & pan UAE.
          Also looking bizz. opportunities with new entrepreneurs.

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          • Hello Akshay,
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        • Hi there i am looking partner/investor for our Footwear manufacturing unit, We’re an export firm and based in Kanpur/India. We’re producing high end mens fashion footwear on regular basis for some of our reputed clients.
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          i want to open a sales branch office in Dubai to get the business from all GCC in a better way.
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        • Hello Vikrant,

          I am looking for somebody who want to set up own business. There is a perfect fast food product. We can talk more detailed. If you interest, you can send your mobile number to me, or you may directly call me by +90 532 6934157

  3. Now There have huge potential for food and beverage business based in malls, as many tourists are visiting dubai it is goog to have any F & B outlet., and the profit is higher comparing to other business, always Business to Customer model give you more profit and easy funding than BB model.
    Likely you should promote your business

  4. hi I am DAYA, I want to open a small shop near deira dubai ,what is the procedure to start a small business

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  6. Dear Sirs,

    This is very brief but a start.

    Can someone advise me on the best course to set about to start a specialised school. I’m intending to initially start with the Lower school and progress up the age groups later.

    Between my wife and I we have over 20 years of experience in this field but are based in Egypt and would want to Expand internationally.

  7. Hi guys, I was involved in the export market for almost 6 years now (specialised in Fire fighting equipments) and I’m looking a feasible business idea …… my whatsapp number is 0564847604

  8. Hi,
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  9. hi guys im looking for a small investor for my running business in dubai we’re involved in security system and interior work. if anyone interested plz let me know

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  12. Hi I want to setup school or instituations or any good profitable business if someone is up for pratnership let me know my whatsapp no.00447438475784. Looking forward

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  14. Dear All
    I can export nuts and dates (palm fruit) from UAE. I am looking for some people to sell in their countries or sell in UAE one commission baises.

  15. Hi

    I am from Kenya – I work as a sales manager for office furniture manufacturers, I am interested in opening up a business in Dubai. Could you help me with advise. I have good product knowledge on office furniture and would like to pursue it further.

  16. I am K.Chandrasekaran from Chennai. I am interested in exporting quality leather shoes, leather garments, and wooden leather finished sofa set for export to UAE. Could u pldguide me how to start?

  17. I guess Food and Beverage business would kick off anywhere but yes when you have so many people visiting especially at the malls, this becomes a profitable business. One could bring their country’s special to the region. That’d be a great move.

  18. Business in dubai is good , but you should study the market and the product which is demand , and a good Arab sponsor too ! ( one day your dream will be true ) so dream and took effort ! Best of luck ;

  19. I am a freelancer mom, have a dream to start some small business in dubai, any feasible export business is ok which i can operate from home in chennai tamilnadu, india. Can anyone help me, or give guidance and sponsorship , am interested to do.

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  20. I Have Business In UAE and India Also I am planning to add partnership or completely to sell any interested party please let me know

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  22. I want to start a small business
    I welcome any kind of idea
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    • Hi Ayesha,
      If u r interested about open office ” consultancy for travel and tourism “” it’s no need lots of money, just need a small office highly decorated.
      I have only this idea and I can provide money also. Please tell me about you.

  23. Hi Ayesha,
    if u r interested about “consultancy for travel and tourism” it’s no need lots of money, just need a small office highly decorated.
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  24. Good evening every one,
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  25. I have my own brand men’s shirts jeans and ladies leggings need to sell in Dubai if any one interested in my products please feel free to write

  26. I have my own brand men’s shirts jeans. And ladies leggings from India Bangalore based need business in Dubai if any one can support me ?

    • I have great experience of retail in Bur dubai of 7 years. I have great idea for retail business in Bur dubai. I am looking for a invester. Contact me if anybody is intrested. For sometime I am in India.
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  27. Hi

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