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With the Covid-19 paralyzing the world that we used to know, people and businesses are getting used to a new world how the new world will look like it’s still not clear. But we are figuring out daily, anticipating, and adapting daily to this new norm. Hygiene, disinfection, and cleaning services have seen high demand in recent months. Now with businesses opening with 30% capacity, some industries must disinfect before opening or disinfect daily or weekly depending on the nature of the company and the municipality and Health department guidelines.

How to Start a Cleaning Company?

Start In-Depth Research:

Check the market landscape, how many cleaning companies are in the area you want to operate in? What is their offering? Do they do disinfection? Or cleaning? Moreover what are their prices?

After gathering all the info on the competition and their offering, it’s time to start to know your potential clients. A survey covering 200-300 households in the area you are planning to operate in protecting their cleaning needs, willingness to pay for such service, and the frequency of usage.

Once you have completed your research and survey, it’s time to check the legal requirements and municipality guidelines for such a service. Licensing and the regulatory framework is subject to change. Therefore, the best practice is to consult in advance.

Getting a License to Start a Cleaning Company

Most cleaning companies in Dubai do not operate in free zone areas. Therefore, the most common type of license is a local license issued by the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED). As with other commercial licenses, you will need to have a local sponsor who retains a 51 percent share in the business. We can help you by finding a reliable local partner and structuring an agreement where your interests are protected. New rules could be added to such licenses, especially with the Covid-19 extra precautionary measures. Cleaning materials and ingredients could be as well added and recommended by the municipality to secure high standards of cleanliness and disinfection.

Understand the Local Rules for Opening a Cleaning Company:

Dubai municipality keeps updating its rules and regulations; it is wise to check the latest requirements before venturing into this project. Our professional team can help you to stay up to date. This will secure your compliance with the latest guidelines.

Here are some of the rules that cleaning operators must comply with:

  • A standard cleaning company license does not give the license holder the right to clean cars, industrial areas, and public street areas. It excludes providing domestic workers who perform as cooks, gardeners, and housekeepers’ laundresses, caring for children, elderly, and providing temporary basis cleaners.
  • A special permit is required to operate on a 24-hour basis.
  • Each service must be with clear pricing and required timing to complete the specific service.
  • Includes firms that provide interior, exterior, and outer areas cleaning to residential buildings and governmental and professional premises.

Activity Description: Building-cleaning services
Code: 8121001
Activity Group: Building maintenance, surveillance and cleaning services
License Type: Professional

Required Documents for Cleaning Company License:

  • Passport copy + visa page+ EID copies
  • 3 proposed names for the name
  • Share details if more than one partner
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Long Term Success will Depend on Providing Great Service at Affordable Prices:

With hundreds of cleaning companies today in the market, what differentiates your company from the competition? Is it your value for money offer? And is it your well-trained staff with a look and feel of a 5 stars hotel touch? You need to combine all your unique selling points to stand from the crowd and build your client base.

As consultants, we have seen cleaning companies flourish in a short period, and others close down within a 12 months cycle. So don’t hesitate to arrange a free consultation with our consultants who can advise you with some top tips to help you get your cleaning business license.

Gilbert Sakr

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