Special Permits and Licenses in Dubai

Special Permits and Licenses in Dubai

Updated on Monday 15th April 2019

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Any new business in Dubai must be registered and obtain the necessary licenses for functioning. Regardless of the type of business, any new company must obtain a business (trade) license in Dubai. The issuance of this license depends on the specific business field and the activities performed by the company. This means that some companies might need to receive more approvals than others before they can begin their commercial activities. Our Dubai law firm offers legal services and can also help you submit the necessary documents and requests for obtaining the right special permits and licenses

Business licenses in Dubai

The Department of Economic Development in Dubai is responsible for issuing business licenses in the emirate. According to the types of activities that will be undertaken by the company, the types of licenses available are:
- commercial license for companies that perform trading activities;
- professional license for companies that provide services, various professionals, artisans, craftsmen;
- industrial license for companies that perform manufacturing or industrial activities.
The maximum number of business activities that can be included in each business license is ten. Our Dubai attorneys can help you submit the necessary documents and apply for such a business license.
Our lawyers invite you to watch a video about the special permits and licenses needed for companies in Dubai


Details about the commercial license in Dubai

A trade or a commercial license in Dubai is necessary once you have registered your business with the Companies Register in the city. The UAE Federal Ministry of Economy and the Department of Economic Development in Dubai are in charge of issuing the commercial license, if the proper documents like the application form in the Arabian and the English language, the company’s documents, the Dubai Municipality Building Department license regarding the address of the firm and the proof of the paid fees are submitted. We remind that our attorneys in Dubai can entirely explain the legislation about the special permits and licenses to legally perform your activities.

When do you need to renew your commercial license in Dubai?

The Department of Economic Development in Dubai grants the commercial licenses having a one-year validity for all registered companies in the Emirates. It is recommended to prepare the documents of the rented or owned office space, besides a copy of the initial commercial license issued a year ago. The new permit will be obtained from the same authorities and will be available for four years.

Licenses for companies registered in Dubai Free Zone

The free trade zones in Dubai issue their own licenses and permits like the service, industrial, general trading, or the national industrial licenses, according to the type of the activity of a registered business. The entire legislation in this matter can be explained by our Dubai lawyers who can also help you with guidance when drafting the documents.

Special requirements for businesses in Dubai

Branches in Dubai are limited to conduct an activity within the business activity specified by the parent company. Financial institutions and banks that want to expand their activities to Dubai need to obtain approvals from the UAE Central Banks.
Manufacturing companies need to obtain the approval of the Finance and Industry Ministry and insurance companies and those performing similar services are required to have the approval of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce. The UAE Health Ministry issues the approvals and licenses for companies operating in the medical and pharmaceutical field. Our lawyers in Dubai can also offer you information about foreign business ownership in Dubai, if you are interested in opening a company there. We can also help you invest in a free zone in Dubai.
We invite you to contact our law firm in Dubai if you need assistance in applying for special permits and licenses for companies.