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How to Start a Scrap Metal Business in Dubai?

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The UAE is amongst the top ten exporters in the world of ferrous scrap. Scrap metal stems from the domestic market through the construction, household goods, the automotive and industrial sector as well as from regional markets.

Its quite common to see items imported from Africa, South Asia and the Far East shipped to the UAE and then sent out as scrap across the globe.

The British Metal Recycling Association estimates that close to 400 million tons of metal are recycled each year globally.

Metals constitute one of the largest portions of landfill waste, and with governments and citizens becoming more environmentally conscious, scrap metal will continue to be a hot commodity.

Your first step on the path to starting your scrap metal business is to understand what your role will be in the sector.

Will you source local scrap to export overseas? Do you intend to import and subsequently export the scrap? Do you intend to do any processing of the scrap locally? Each of the aforementioned practices requires a slightly different type of setup therefore before you proceed, we would recommend having a discussion with a consultant.

For simplicity sake, let’s focus on a relatively simple form of scrap metal trading commonly found in the UAE.

Let’s suppose your business acquires scraps of copper, aluminium, and other metals from recently demolished buildings as well as waste metal from construction sites. You then clean and organise the scrap and dispatch it to India where a majority of UAE scrap goes to due to its booming economy.

To set up a business that can provide such services, you have the option to set up a local license or a free zone license.

If you go for a free zone license, you will be limited to the few that can handle such forms of waste. Keep in mind that you will have to abide by applicable environmental, safety and capital requirements. The main benefit of having a free zone license is that you will have 100% ownership of the company.

You can opt for a local license through the Dubai Department of Economic Development but will require a local national to have a 51% stake in the business. However, you will have greater flexibility in doing business within the growing domestic scrap sector. We can help you find a local partner for your business venture.

The most important thing to understand is that whichever licensing option you select, there are many regulations and permits that may be required depending on the type of scrap metal that you are handling. Unfortunately, we can’t delve into this deeper as they vary and are subject to review on an ongoing basis.

As far as the cost of setting up the premises for your business, that depends on several factors. If you are going to rent a warehouse or a yard, you will need to consider the yearly rent. You may need equipment such as a forklift, metal sorting bins, shipping containers, specialist sorting equipment, waste management system, etc. Your staff will most likely handle a lot of material that may come from unknown sources. It is best if you invest in protective gear and contingency measures should something undesirable turn up at your premises.

With the right planning and a seasoned consultant at your side, you can confidently launch your metal scrap business to take advantage of regional and global trends. On a local level, the construction fueled by the Dubai World Expo in 20202 is expected to generate considerable amounts of scrap. With South Asia’s economy booming and with it being the prime destination of UAE scrap, the export opportunities are substantial. Not only will you generate a profit, but you will also be doing your part by recycling metals to make the earth a better place for future generations.

Gilbert Sakr

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Comments (62)

  • Tejas Maroo

    April 15, 2019 - 1:10 pm

    I live in India I m student I want start import business of scrap from dubai too India and sell the scrap too dealers in India please guide me

  • Naveeen Gupta

    May 25, 2019 - 7:48 pm

    I m NAVEEN GUPTA From India. I want import business of Iron scrap from Dubai and want to sell the scrap to the dealers of india. pls help the guidelines n send details of prices n materials. My whats up no 90342 39766 . Thanx n Regards NAVEEN GUPTA

    • Mohamed

      August 9, 2019 - 3:09 pm

      Dear Naveen,
      I just started my business in the scrap and i am looking for Indian partner to handle the Indian part, if you interested i willing to work with you.

      Best regards,


      • ankit goyal

        September 5, 2019 - 11:23 am

        We are looking for scrap trading partner in Dubai, I hope we can collaborate and do the business together.

        • Sodikzhon

          November 17, 2019 - 12:49 am

          Hello. I want to import scrap from Russia to Dubai , who are interested in writing.

        • Mohamed

          January 7, 2020 - 11:24 pm

          I can do the with you

          • Akash

            January 23, 2020 - 2:58 pm

            Can I do work with .in india as destibuter

        • NARASIMMA

          February 12, 2020 - 1:19 am

          Hi, Am interested to join partner of scrap metals business in UAE. Any one looking the same plz call me.i have 15 years experience in metal industry

          • Vipul

            October 26, 2020 - 10:33 pm

            I am looking forward purchase and sales manager who has knowledge of ferrous scrap

        • SHAJI

          October 29, 2020 - 9:29 am

          Looking for a good business partnership. Iam in Dubai for 20 years, but very new to think to start a scrap trading business. Hope we can work together if you are interested.

          • Shreepal

            December 12, 2020 - 2:52 pm

            Hiii , we are local dealers , dealing in bulk for CI. let me have more details via email ,like your company profile , rates , scrap details and such in email ..

      • Aquib Aziz

        October 11, 2019 - 10:11 am

        Hey i am from india and i m interested in scrap business.

      • SK sahabuddin

        January 29, 2020 - 9:13 am

        I’m Interest iron iscrap import from dubai

      • Abdullah

        August 31, 2020 - 9:44 pm

        Scrap trading is our family business if give us good rates you’ll get a permanent buyer for sure in India

      • Riaz

        November 16, 2020 - 9:44 am

        Iam interested

    • Antony Melboy Olivero

      November 12, 2019 - 12:46 am

      I can support if you are intrested in this business.
      We are doing collecting the iron scraps in our yard in sajja UAE i can reach you the scraps to your yard. If you are ready to buy it in tons

    • Basheer Ahmed

      June 17, 2020 - 6:59 pm

      I am from south india, We are in trading of C.I. scrap & M.S.scrap and direct supplier to manufacturer for more than 30+ years, as a business expansion we looking for opportunities on import from UAE. Intrested please reach us

      Thanks & Regards

      • Vsp

        August 19, 2020 - 1:10 am

        I can supply

      • Zainab

        December 11, 2020 - 9:15 am

        Shipping scrap

  • tarlochan singh

    June 5, 2019 - 10:44 pm

    I live in USA I want to start import business of scrap from Dubai to India and sell the scrap to dealers in India please guide me

  • Alhaj Nagariya

    June 22, 2019 - 3:13 pm

    Hyy I am Alhaj Nagariya From India ( Gujarat) I want to start import business of scrap from Dubai to India and sell the scrap to dealers of India please guide me.

  • praveen

    July 28, 2019 - 1:51 pm

    I live in India I m working I want start import business of scrap from Dubai too India and sell the scrap too dealers in India please guide me


    • Henri Hazougi

      July 29, 2019 - 9:14 am

      Thank you, Praveen for your inquiry.
      Someone from the team will contact you soon

  • Sara

    August 18, 2019 - 2:26 pm

    I am a local from UAE, I am interested in exporting and working with those interested

    • Mateen Khan

      September 8, 2019 - 6:55 pm

      Pls share details . I am interested

    • Rina

      September 9, 2019 - 5:10 pm

      I’m looking for metal scrap in uae
      Container loads for export


      September 10, 2019 - 2:05 pm

      i am from pakistan. interested in starting scrap bussiness in dubai. also want to imort it to pakistan. you can contact me

    • Sanjeev kapoor

      October 15, 2019 - 11:20 am

      Hi, we are in real estate & now would like to diversify… We can help with local scrap supply..

    • Santnosh

      November 9, 2019 - 10:28 pm

      Need local business partner for scrap business

    • naseeb

      November 11, 2019 - 11:00 am

      I have my own company in India in scrap.But I am planning to start a business in Dubai too.If you are interested we can speak together.

      • Abdul

        November 17, 2020 - 3:57 pm

        Hi Ian from Dubai if you are interested in Aluminium recycling business in Dubai,Then please message me .Thank You

        • Shreepal

          December 12, 2020 - 2:55 pm

          Hello Mr.Abdul . my company deals in scrap of CI and many metals. plz share more details in mail . we can definately work ahead , if the rates are reasonable .

    • Kevin

      November 17, 2019 - 9:52 am

      Hi . I have good connection with the mils. We have big demand of scrap metal
      Please let me know if you are interested to supply us
      KEVIN X

    • Mehul jain

      February 17, 2020 - 2:24 pm

      Hey Sara I am interested in importing metal scrap from Dubai , I have all types of license to import it

    • Abdul

      November 17, 2020 - 2:33 pm

      Hi’ Sara I am from Dubai and looking for a good investor to invest in Aluminium scrap in Dubai.

  • Mahmoud

    August 25, 2019 - 2:21 pm


    We are looking for scrap buyers from india.
    We have copper cathodes that we want to sell to india

    • Faraz Ahmed

      October 29, 2019 - 12:34 pm

      Mr Mahmoud we are intrested by Scrap,
      Can you Provide your contact Number to go further.

      Thank You

      • Ashish

        December 20, 2019 - 10:13 pm

        please call me to discuss further.

  • Muhammad afzal

    August 30, 2019 - 10:18 am

    Hi my name is afzal I am in uae I am from Pakistan I want to export iron Duram secrp to Pakistan

    • imran khan

      July 20, 2020 - 1:48 pm


  • Suresh Jain

    October 19, 2019 - 9:15 am

    Hey I am from Bangalore, I want to start business of all types of metal scrap from UAE to India for Resale to scrap dealers across South India, Looking for long term business partners, have ready setup of Office & Warehouse located in Bangalore

    • Faraz Ahmed

      October 29, 2019 - 12:36 pm

      HI Mr Suresh Jain

      Can you provide your contact Number to discuss further.

      Thank you

      • mehul jain

        February 17, 2020 - 2:31 pm

        Hey ,we are interested in importing all types of metal scrap

    • saeed ahmed

      July 26, 2020 - 3:00 pm

      We are dubai based scrap trading co., dealing in all types of scrap such as HMS1&2, Almunium, Cast Iron, Used Rails etc. We can supply said items to any destination in the world. If you have any requirements pls contact us with details.
      Thanks & Regards
      Saeed Ahmed

      • Jafakash

        September 9, 2020 - 4:41 pm

        Would like to work and learn about scrap… And grow up in this field

  • Leo Pauly

    November 23, 2019 - 11:07 pm

    Hey I am Leo. I live in Oman. I am looking for business to exports scrap from Oman to India.

    • Ramesh Chand

      January 16, 2020 - 2:53 pm

      i am interested to import scrap from OMAN. please share your contact detail

    • Subhash parmar

      February 8, 2020 - 10:17 pm

      I m from India and going to set up a company in uae for import export business.if u r interested to do business with me pls give me your positive feedback and feel free contact me .thanks

  • Aslam Kazim Hussain

    December 20, 2019 - 11:45 pm

    Respected Sir/Madam,
    I am service provider, My few party visiting in Dubai after 3-4 days, My party fully agreed to purchase or dealership of Copper scrape in any shape , so if you will agree to meet my party then reply me fast on our mail side.
    Thanking You,
    With Best Regards.
    Aslam Kazim Hussain
    Service Provider “Indenter”
    Dec 21st

  • Ashraf Rana

    January 19, 2020 - 4:08 pm

    We are steel manufacturers in Pakistan.Any serious and capable party interested to supply iron scrap on regular basis is welcomed to contact

    • Zainab

      December 11, 2020 - 9:24 am

      We supply scrap .

  • Moiz

    January 23, 2020 - 5:34 pm

    We buy all type of metal scrap like PNS ROLLING FABRICATION SUPER

    • Mukesh

      January 27, 2020 - 11:49 am

      Hi what is ur sell rate of container

  • Saddam Hussain

    February 8, 2020 - 10:27 am

    I am from Abu Dhabi and Looking for Scrab any where in Abu Dhabi.

  • Mohamed Haneef

    March 15, 2020 - 3:14 pm

    please write to me details, contact information.

  • Vijay

    June 27, 2020 - 2:35 am

    I want to start locally scrap metal business in Sharjah.

    • Gilbert Sakr

      June 28, 2020 - 11:30 am

      Dear Vijay,
      One of our consultants will get back you with your query regarding scrap metal company setup in Sharjah.
      Thank you!

  • prakash dholariya

    July 14, 2020 - 10:03 am

    Hello my name is Prakash and i am from India. I want to start import business of metal scraps in india. Looking exporter from me


    October 29, 2020 - 9:35 am

    Hi All,
    I am in Dubai for last 20 years working here. When I think of starting a business with low investment, Scrap trading idea cam to my mind. If someone well experienced who can guide me for this venture and support me, please reply. It will be a small scale beginning for me but looking for a progressive and long term.


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