VAT Registration Criteria for Businesses
(Mandatory registration) You will be required to be registered when the VAT law is in force if you are a business that is resident in the GCC and you are making supplies of goods or services in the UAE and either:
Your turnover was more than AED375,000 in the last 12 months; or
You expect that your turnover will be more than AED375,000 in the next 30 days.
(Voluntary registration) If you are not required to register, you will be eligible to apply for registration when the VAT law is in force if:
Either your turnover or expenses (which will be subject to VAT) were more than AED187,500 in the last 12 months; or
You expect that either your turnover or expenses (which will be subject to VAT) will be more than AED187,500 in the next 30 days.
All Designated Government Bodies and Designated Charities must register for VAT purposes, whether or not they are otherwise required or eligible for registration (subject to relevant entity being listed in Cabinet Decision). More details on this subject can be obtained from the FTA if required.
You are required to register when the VAT law is in force if you are making or expect to make supplies of goods or services in the UAE and there is no other person who is required to account for the VAT due in the UAE on your behalf.