How to Set up a Clothing Manufacturing Business in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged as a major player in the global textile industry. Strategically located at the crossroads of trade routes, the UAE boasts a well-established infrastructure and a strong focus on exports, making it a prime location for clothing brand manufacturers and apparel industries. This guide delves specifically into the exciting opportunities within the “Manufacture of Wearing Apparel, Except Fur”, discussing the business activities suitable for entrepreneurs seeking to establish a successful manufacturing of clothing business in the UAE.

With a thriving apparel manufacturing market catering to both regional and international audiences, the UAE provides fertile ground for aspiring manufacturers. The robust infrastructure and established export channels create a supportive environment for businesses to flourish. 

Read on to dive deeper into the specific business activities you can include under your trade license when venturing into clothing manufacturing within the UAE, focusing on the “Manufacture of Wearing Apparel, Except Fur” category. 

1410.00 Manufacture of Wearing Apparel, Except Fur Apparel

In essence, this business activity encompasses the production of various types of clothing items but excludes those made specifically from fur. The scope of this class is quite broad, covering a wide range of materials and garment types. It includes the manufacture of wearing apparel made from various materials such as leather or composition leather. This can involve items like leather jackets, coats, and even industrial work accessories like leather aprons for welders. Additionally, it encompasses the production of workwear, outerwear, and underwear for men, women, and children, made from woven, knitted, or crocheted fabrics. Furthermore, the class covers the production of various clothing accessories such as hats, caps, gloves, belts, shawls, ties, and hairnets. Additionally, it includes custom tailoring services, allowing for the creation of tailored clothing items according to specific customer preferences and measurements.

  • 1410.02 Manufacture of workwear
    This covers clothing designed for specific jobs or industries. Examples include overalls, mechanic’s uniforms, construction vests, and high-visibility clothing.
  • 1410.03 Manufacture of other outerwear made of woven, knitted or crocheted fabric, nonwovens etc. for men, women and children: coats, suits, ensembles, jackets, trousers, skirts etc.
    This is a broad category encompassing various coats, jackets, suits, ensembles (coordinated outfits), trousers, skirts, etc., made from woven fabrics (like cotton or wool), knitted fabrics (like sweaters), crocheted fabrics, or non-woven materials (like felt). It applies to clothing for men, women, and children.
  • 1410.04 Manufacture of underwear and nightwear made of woven, knitted or crocheted fabric, lace etc. for men, women and children: shirts, T-shirts, underpants, briefs, pyjamas, nightdresses, dressing gowns, blouses, slips, brassieres, corsets etc.
    This includes undergarments like shirts, T-shirts, briefs, bras, pajamas, nightgowns, robes, etc., made from woven or knitted fabrics and lace. It covers garments for men, women, and children.
  • 1410.05 Manufacture of babies’ garments, tracksuits, ski suits, swimwear etc.
    This category focuses on clothing specifically designed for babies, as well as activewear like tracksuits, ski suits, and swimwear.
  • 1410.06 Manufacture of hats and caps
    This covers headwear of all shapes and sizes, from baseball caps and beanies to wide-brimmed hats and fedoras.
  • 1410.07 Manufacture of other clothing accessories: gloves, belts, shawls, ties, cravats, hairnets etc.
    This includes a wide range of items that complement clothing, such as gloves, belts, scarves, ties, cravats (neckties), and hairnets.
  • 1410.08 Custom tailoring
    This refers to the process of creating garments made to fit a specific person’s measurements.
  • 1410.09 Manufacture of headgear of fur skins
    This specifically to hats and caps made primarily from fur skins.
  • 1410.10 Manufacture of footwear of textile material without applied soles

It covers footwear made from textile materials (fabrics) but excludes items where the sole is attached separately during the manufacturing process. This could include open-toed fabric shoes or slippers where the sole is added later.

However, there are certain exclusions within this class. It does not include the manufacture of wearing apparel made from fur skins, with the exception of headgear. Similarly, footwear manufacturing is excluded from this class. Additionally, apparel made from rubber or plastics, which are not stitched but merely sealed together, is also not covered. Moreover, specialised items like leather sports gloves, sports headgear, safety headgear (excluding sports headgear), fire-resistant clothing, and protective safety clothing are excluded from this class. Lastly, repair services for wearing apparel are not considered part of this manufacturing activity.

Third-party Approval: All of the above business activities (1410.00,1410.02, 1410.03,1410.04,1410.05,1410.06,1410.07,1410.08,1410.09,1410.10 ) require third party approval from Sharjah Municipality, post-acquiring of the business license.

Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activities 1410.00,1410.02, 1410.03, 1410.04, 1410.05, 1410.06, 1410.07, 1410.08, 1410.09, and 1410.10 are exempt from this requirement.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activities 1410.00,1410.02, 410.03, 1410.04, 1410.05, 1410.06, 1410.07, 1410.08, 1410.09, and 1410.10 are exempt from this requirement.


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