Nursery License Dubai

The growth of business entities in Dubai has proportionally increased the number of expats in the nation. Be it for business owners, entrepreneurs, or newbies hunting for jobs; it has a specialised domain for all. The business entities demand well-trained and experienced professionals carry out specific responsibilities. At the same time, it becomes way tiring for employees who need to devote time to their children. The work-pressure restricts them to groom their kids, to teach them the essentials thoroughly. Parents who don’t want to hire a maid can opt for Nursery/ Play School that is dedicated to taking care of children.

Since the demand for a nursery is getting increased over time, so we can say that establishing a Nursery is one of the booming business in Dubai. If you are an entrepreneur who wants to initiate a step in setting up a business in Dubai in this domain, then you have come to the right place. This treatise will help you to understand how to initiate the process, and the essentials to be taken care of.

What Is a Nursery?

A Nursery or Play School is an entity wherein working individuals can leave their children as and when they go to the office. In simple words, we can consider a nursery as a childcare institute that not only takes care but looks into several domains like gaming activities, food and nutrition, childcare program etc. Now, the owner of the nursery must abide by specific rules and regulations set by the Ministry of UAE. Let’s have a look at them.

General Rules to be followed

  • A Nursery License needs to be obtained
  • The Owner or License Holder should be a UAE National
  • Police Clearance Certificate needs to be obtained
  • In case if the region turns out to be Free Zone, the Partner shall be a UAE national
  • It should be either on the ground floor or the first floor
  • Three name options need to be submitted to the Ministry of Social Affairs with Arabic translation
  • The Lease Agreement needs to be drafted only after getting approval from the Ministry of Social Affairs

Next, let’s have a look at the core process of incorporating a Nursery in Dubai.

How to Open a Nursery in Dubai?

When it comes to the establishment process, there exist certain phases, which you need to follow in the Sequential order.

Phase 1: Approval from the UAE Ministry of Education

It becomes essential for the owner to take the approval from the Ministry of Education. For this, you need to

  • Complete and submit the application form that includes the Owner’s Personal Information as well as the Project Details
  • A meeting needs to be attended with the representative of the Ministry of Education
  • The copy of the Academic Plan needs to be submitted to the Ministry of Education
  • Make changes if required and get approval from the Education Department
  • Approvals regarding the Building needs to be obtained considering the Safety Measures

Phase 2: Obtain an Approval from Civil Defense and Municipality

Once you have completed Phase 1, next you need to take the below mentioned steps:

  • Submit the required documents to the Municipality and Civil Defense
  • A representative of MOE will visit the site to declare a final approval regarding the building check
  • Another application needs to submit for the Proposed Manager stating his/her details
  • Once filed, obtain an endorsement from the Ministry of Education regarding the Manager’s Interview

Note: Any location that refers to an Industrial Area or Labour Housing is not allowed

Phase 3: Obtain License from the Department of Economic Development (DED)

This is the last phase where the following tasks need to be performed:

  • Apply and obtain Economic Department License
  • Apply for Work-Permit for Self
  • Feed in information into the system regarding the Nursery Staff
  • Seek approvals for advertisements

Thus we can see that multiple approvals need to be taken to reach the final step of the establishment process. Now, while setting up any business one of the vital element that plays a critical role is a document.

What Are the Documents Required to Set Up a Nursery in Dubai?

To establish a Nursery in UAE, you need to submit the below-mentioned documents.

  • Passport Copy of the entrepreneur
  • Owner’s educational profiles
  • Family Book Copy
  • Nursery License Application
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Photo of the entrepreneur
  • Appointment letter of the UAE local national as a Manager
  • Location and Drawing of the Nursery with proposed building address

Break-Up Cost of Nursery at Dubai

While opting for the Nursery License in Dubai, the following cost gets incurred:


Cost (AED)

Professional License Fees


Government  Cultural Fees


Administrative Fees


Non-Trade Arabic Names (Emirates, Gulf, International, Abbreviation)

Maximum Trade Name Fees



Name Board Permission Fees


Market Fees (5% of Building Rent)-depends on the tenancy amount


Public Waste Service Fees


Knowledge Fees (Municipality)


Service Improvement Fees (Professional)


Local Fees-Professional License


Civil Defence Fees


Total Cost


Apart from the costs mentioned above, there are separate costs that need to be borne while hiring an employee for the nursery.

The Cost to be incurred for Hiring Employees for the Nursery in Dubai


Cost (in AED)

Immigration Establishment Card

This card needs to be Prepared and Submitted at the Immigration Office, which will be issued within a span of 10 minutes.


Labour Establishment Card

This card should be typed at the Tas’heel Centre and needs to be submitted at the Labour Office.


License Renewal Fees


The costs mentioned above needs to incurred at the initial setup stage for setting up a Nursery in Dubai. Now, in the entire process of childcare company setup, the legal proceedings paly a very an important role. It is advised to take the helping hand of a business consultant who can help you in dealing with the legal proceedings. Apart from the legal domain the core pillars of business like Accounting, Audit, Visa services need to be taken care of that builds a business. Are you looking for a helping hand? Don’t’ worry.

We at Commitbiz provides an overall business incorporation package to our clients. Whether you are an entrepreneur or a business owner of an established business, you can rely on us. Our business experts hold high industry experience and thus will provide tailor-made solutions for your business after understanding the core business needs. To have a word, do contact us now-we’d be glad to assist.