FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions.

Can customers start the business registration and licensing procedures from outside UAE?

No. Business registration and licensing procedures are associated with smart services which require Emirates ID.

Why are the updated procedures of business registration and licensing not announced in the official newspaper?

Announcements are published through official newspapers when Dubai DED adopts new projects related to their clients whereas the license relevant procedures are circulated among specialized employees only.

What are the payment channels approved by Dubai DED?

Approved Payment Channels are:

Online Payment

Emirates Islamic Bank

Noor Islamic Bank

Aafaq Islamic Finance

Dubai Islamic Bank

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Mashreq Bank

Are there any branches of Dubai DED?

No, there are no branches of Dubai DED however customers can avail DED’s business registration and licensing services through many approved service centers across Dubai.

What is the procedure of issuing a license of all activities and legal forms?

• Obtain a preliminary approval

• Reserving a trade name

• Obtaining an approval of other authorities if the activity deems necessary

• Obtaining a Memorandum of Association of the companies

• Obtaining a service agent contract for occupational licenses

• Lease contract issued from the Real Estate Regulatory Agency.

What are the procedures to establish a limited liability company?

• Obtain a preliminary approval

• Reserving a trade name

• Obtain an approval from other authorities if the activity deems necessary

• Obtain the Memorandum of Association of the companies

• Provide a certificate of authenticity of the lease contract issued from the Real Estate Regulatory Agency

Can the share of the new partner in the Civil Works Company exceed 51%?

Yes, except in the case of engineering consultancy.

Should all the documents be translated in case a foreign company opened a branch in Dubai?

Yes

What are the conditions for opening foreign companies’ branches?

• Filling a registration  . Obtain a preliminary approval and license application form and reserving a trade   name.

• A copy of the service agent’s passport

• A copy of the service agent’s identity card and family book

• A copy of the responsible director’s passport and a no objection letter   from his current sponsor

• Approval of other governmental agencies concerned with the activity of   the company

• The Board of Directors’ decision to open a branch and to appoint a   director

• A copy of the Memorandum of Association and the Commercial Register which   should be duly certified by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE   embassy of the country in which the company is incorporated.  Note  foreign companies are not entiled to direct selling  activities unless the rate of the local 51%.

What are the conditions for opening free zone companies’ branches?

•Filling a registration and license application form and reserving a trade   name.

•A copy of the responsible director’s passport and a no objection letter   from his current  sponsor

•Approval of other governmental agencies concerned with the activity of   the company

•The Board of Directors’ decision to open a branch and to appoint a   director and a copy of the Memorandum of Association and the Commercial   Register

•The Ministry of Economy approval for the commercial and industrial   companies where the rate of nationals is less than 51%    Note  foreign companies are not entiled to direct selling  activities unless the rate of the local 51%

What are the conditions for opening a branch of a company based in other emirate?

•Filling a registration and license application form •  Obtain a preliminary approval

•Reserving a trade name

•A copy of the national’s identity card and the family book

•A copy of the responsible director’s passport and a no objection letter   from his current  sponsor

•A copy of the parent company’s license which is based in the other   emirate

•Approval of other governmental agencies concerned with  the activity of the company if   necessary

•The Board of Directors’ decision to open a branch and to appoint a   director and a copy of the Memorandum of Association and the Commercial   Register

What are the conditions for opening Gulf companies’ branches?

•Filling a registration Obtain a preliminary approval and license application form and reserving a trade name

•A copy of the company agent’s passport

•A copy of company agent’s identity card and family book

•A copy of the responsible director’s passport and a no objection letter   from his current  sponsor

•Approval of other governmental agencies concerned with the activity of   the company

•The Board of Directors’ decision to open a branch and to appoint a   director and a copy of the Memorandum of Association and the Commercial   Register which should be duly certified by the UAE Ministry of Foreign   Affairs and the UAE embassy of the country in which the company is   incorporated.

What are the conditions for establishing a business center?

Conditions   of licensing the activity of the business center:

•The total site area of the business center shouldn’t be less than 5000   feet where the area of each office is not less than 250 feet including   hallways and facilities. The net area per office shouldn’t be less than 200   square feet.

•Having a lease agreement between the property owner and the business   center of a period not less than 4 years.

•A written consent by the property owner authorizing the business center   to sublease the property during the period of the lease contract.

•Submitting schemes for the site showing the number and the distribution   of offices until the allowed number of establishments that can be registered   in the site is determined by the commercial register sector in accordance   with the aforementioned information in paragraph (A) of this article.

•An annual fee of 25,000 twenty five thousand AED is calculated for every   site allocated for the business center activities.

What is the maximum number of licenses that a UAE national can own?

Unlimited.

What is the maximum number of licenses that a Gulf Cooperation Council national can own?

Unlimited.

What is the maximum number of licenses that a foreigner can own?

Unlimited.

What is the maximum number of licenses that a decree holder can own?

4

What are the conditions of obtaining a consulting license?

Register on AUD  website -pay the fees  attend the tes

What are the conditions of obtaining an investment license? Can other activities be added? Can other branches be opened?

The same usual conditions in addition to paying 15000 AED.yes you can add investment activity only to the investment license.with ability to open a branches for it.

Can branches of an occupational company be opened?

Yes.

Can branches of a general trading company be opened?

Yes.

What are the activities of the joint stock company and what are their requirements?

Any occupational, commercial, and industrial activity.

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