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Dubai DED License Issuance Process and Costs

 

The UAE is a familiar name to entrepreneurs and businessmen all around the world. As one of the world’s most powerful and diverse business hubs, the UAE is only thriving due to its oversimplified and fast bureaucratic procedures, favorable tax strategies, and modern infrastructure that significantly facilitate the import and export of goods. Dubai is one of the most modern cities in the UAE and the whole middle east. Its vibrant business environment provides excellent conditions for startups and foreign investors to start a promising business in this city. In Dubai, the Department of Economic Development (DED) issues all business licenses.

The costs of license issuance by this department can be estimated before setting up a business by considering the following factors:

  1. The activities under the license that is going to be issued should be specified. These activities can be selected from the Activity Group corresponding to each category of businesses. Based on the business type, one to few activities can be chosen for each business activity group. Extra activities will add additional charges to the license issuance separately. 
  2. The number of owners, shareholders, or partners should be specified. It is also possible to partner with a corporate, and this corporate can be associated with the issued license.
  3. The legal form of a business should be stated. The most common and popular business legal forms are Civil company or Limited Liability Company (LLC) in Dubai for the advantages they hold over other options. The legal type of a business will significantly affect the limitations or the way a business can be operated in Dubai; thus, it should be picked carefully. 
  4. A trade name should be associated with the business that is intended to be operative under the license. There are regulations and rules for selecting an official trade name that may not be familiar for foreign investors and entrepreneurs. For issuing the license, the expectations stated by these terms and regulations should be met. The name should also be available. 
  5. The annual rent of the license activity location should be stated. The amount of rent would vary based on where the business activity will be operated. Dubai mainly consists of two business regions: i) Dubai Mainland and ii) Dubai Free Zone. Starting a business in each of these two zones will have its cons and pros and significantly affect the business operation. 

 


 

Before issuing a trade license, i) reserving a trade name, and ii) the Dubai DED will do an initial business activity approval. The Dubai DED will charge trade license applicants for taking these three steps, including the final trade license issuance.

A professional license can cost between AED 8,000 to 17,000. A commercial license can cost from 15,000 and up, depending on the factors mentioned above.

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