Dubai Department of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai is a government agency mandated to set and drive the Emirate’s economic agenda. It is the license-issuing body of Dubai and the one-stop shop for all local businesses in the Emirate.

Company formation in Dubai is characterized as hassle-free and competent. With a Dubai Mainland business setup, you get access to the heart of UAE’s economic activities, a larger market, and network of opportunities. Get access to the local market and trade with its diverse population, offering business growth and development. As an official service agent in the jurisdiction, IBG Consulting ensures that your application process will be successful.

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Types of licenses

Choose the most appropriate license for your business.
Commercial License License needed for carrying out trading of goods
Professional License License needed for professionals aiming to provide consultancy services.
General Trading License License needed for carrying out trading of multiple types of goods.

In accordance with the regulatory requirements, every company established in the UAE must renew their Trade License in order to legally continue engaging business activity and operation. The Department of Economic Development (DED) and freezone authority is the authority that issues, regulates and renews mainland and freezone trade licenses respectively. With the help of IBG, you can be ensured that the renewal process is completely done in the right order. IBG offers the best advice and services you need for liquidating your company in Mainland, Freezone and offshore across all the emirates.

During cancellation, the company will be liquidated, and all of its assets and properties will be properly divided among shareholders of the company. In all scenarios of liquidation, IBG offers the best advice and services you need for liquidating your company in Mainland, Free zone, and Offshore across all the Emirates.

Basic

STARTING FROM

AED 17,155

Save up to AED 2,573

Basic Contains

Business Incorporation Starter Pack

  • Trade License
  • Official Company Stamp
  • Expiry Reminder Services
  • Brand Identity (Logo / Letterhead / Business Card Design)
  • Bank Account Opening Assistance (UAE)
  • Free IBG Fee on first renewal
  • 1 Free Visa Processing for investor from A to Z
  • Door-to-Door document delivery(within Dubai)
  • VAT & Accounting and Bookkeeping Consultation

WE RECOMMEND

Elite

STARTING FROM

AED 20,655

Save up to AED 3,098.25

Elite Contains

Business Incorporation Starter Pack

  • 1 Free Visa Processing for Employee from A to Z
  • OR
  • 3 Free Visa Processing for Dependents from A to Z
  • Mail Management

Executive

STARTING FROM

AED 21,655

Save up to AED 3,248.25

Executive Contains

Business Incorporation Starter Pack

  • 1 Free Visa Processing for Employee from A to Z
  • OR
  • 1 Free Visa Processing for Dependents from A to Z
  • Health Insurance Assistance
  • VAT Registration – One Time Only
  • Email Setup Assistance
  • Dedicated Account Manager
  • VIP assistance for visa application and Company incorporation

Basic

STARTING FROM

AED 15,655

Save up to AED 2,348

Basic Contains

Business Incorporation Starter Pack

  • Trade License
  • Official Company Stamp
  • Expiry Reminder Services
  • Brand Identity (Logo / Letterhead / Business Card Design)
  • Bank Account Opening Assistance (UAE)
  • Free IBG Fee on first renewal
  • 1 Free Visa Processing for investor from A to Z
  • Door-to-Door document delivery(within Dubai)
  • VAT & Accounting and Bookkeeping Consultation

WE RECOMMEND

Elite

STARTING FROM

AED 19,155

Save up to AED 2,873

Elite Contains

Business Incorporation Starter Pack

  • 1 Free Visa Processing for Employee from A to Z
  • OR
  • 3 Free Visa Processing for Dependents from A to Z
  • Mail Management

Executive

STARTING FROM

AED 20,155

Save up to AED 3,023

Executive Contains

Business Incorporation Starter Pack

  • 1 Free Visa Processing for Employee from A to Z
  • OR
  • 1 Free Visa Processing for Dependents from A to Z
  • Health Insurance Assistance
  • VAT Registration – One Time Only
  • Email Setup Assistance
  • Dedicated Account Manager
  • VIP assistance for visa application and Company incorporation

Basic

STARTING FROM

AED 30,655

Save up to AED 4,598

Basic Contains

Business Incorporation Starter Pack

  • Trade License
  • Official Company Stamp
  • Expiry Reminder Services
  • Brand Identity (Logo / Letterhead / Business Card Design)
  • Bank Account Opening Assistance (UAE)
  • Free IBG Fee on first renewal
  • 1 Free Visa Processing for investor from A to Z
  • Door-to-Door document delivery(within Dubai)
  • VAT & Accounting and Bookkeeping Consultation

WE RECOMMEND

Elite

STARTING FROM

AED 34,155

Save up to AED 5,123

Elite Contains

Business Incorporation Starter Pack

  • 1 Free Visa Processing for Employee from A to Z
  • OR
  • 3 Free Visa Processing for Dependents from A to Z
  • Mail Management

Executive

STARTING FROM

AED 35,155

Save up to AED 5,273

Executive Contains

Business Incorporation Starter Pack

  • 1 Free Visa Processing for Employee from A to Z
  • OR
  • 1 Free Visa Processing for Dependents from A to Z
  • Health Insurance Assistance
  • VAT Registration – One Time Only
  • Email Setup Assistance
  • Dedicated Account Manager
  • VIP assistance for visa application and Company incorporation

Process and Timeline

IBG is dedicated to serving and assisting you, exhausting all efforts while still being true to our streamlined processes and deadlines.
1 The applicant:
  • Should be 18 years old and above;
  • Should not have any criminal records;
  • The business should be legally permissible;
  • Should be an individual, corporate or mixed of both.
2 Send an inquiry

For us to give you the best options for your setup, please provide the following information:
– Nature of business/activity
– No. of shareholders
– No. of visa required
– Office requirement

Company Setup

1 For Individual Shareholder

1. Passport copy
2. Emirate ID copy
3. Visa Copy/UAE entry stamp/ Tourist or visit visa copy
4. Number of shareholders with sharing % Manager of the company

If the manager is not a shareholder:
1. Name
2. Phone Number
3. Address
4. Passport Copy
5. Passport Size Photo
6. Visa Page
7. Emirates ID

Visa Processing

1 For Corporate Shareholder

1. Board resolution
2. License, MOA, Incumbency, Share Certificate, etc. of the shareholding company
3. Passport copy/ies of the UBO/’s
4. Passport copy/ies of the Manager’s
5. Visa page of Manager (if UAE resident)
6. Address of the authorized signatory
7. Passport size photo for the authorized signatory
8. Home & UAE Address
9. Number of shareholders with sharing % Manager of the company

If the manager is not a shareholder:
1. Name
2. Phone Number
3. Address
4. Passport Copy
5. Passport Size Photo
6. Visa Page
7. Emirates ID

1 Incorporation Fees

Commercial License
Starts from AED 17,155

Professional License
Starts from AED 15,655
*Includes Local Service Agent

General Trading License
Starts from AED 30,655

Immigration Card Fee
AED 1,700

2 Visa Fees

Investor Visa
AED 4,359

Employee Visa
AED 6,346

Company Setup

1 Incorporation Timeline

Step 1. Initial Approval & Trade Name Reservation
2-3 working days

Step 2. Obtaining Ejari
Depends on the client

Step 3. Signing of MOA
Depends on the client

Step 4. License Approval
2-3 working days

Step 5. Payment Voucher
1 working day

Step 6. License Issuance
1 working day

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Visa Processing

1 Visa Processing Timeline

Step 1. Establishment Card Application
1 working day

Step 2. Establishment Card Issuance
7-10 working days

Step 3. Entry Permit Issuance
5-7 working days

Step 4. Client Arrival (outside country) optional
Depends on the client

Step 5. Change Status
(inside country)
3-5 working days

Step 6. Medical & Emirates ID Typing
1 working day

Step 7. Medical Test & Biometric
1 working day
*The client must go based on the schedule.

Step 8. Medical Certificate Issuance

If Normal – 2 working days
If VIP – 4 hours

Step 9. Visa Stamping
5-7 working days

Step 10. Emirates ID Issuance
5-10 working days

Investor Visa
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Employee Visa
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Process and Timeline

IBG is dedicated to serving and assisting you, exhausting all efforts while still being true to our streamlined processes and deadlines.
1 Check Eligibility:

You must be a/n:

IBG Client

If you’re an existing IBG Client, no need to worry. We will send you a reminder if your trade license is due for renewal.

2 New Client:

If you’re a new client, our team will give you a call to retrieve necessary information before proceeding with the process.

1 Requirement

1. Trade License
2. Ejari (with a minimum of 1 validity)

1 Fees

The renewal fee depends on the current license package taken by the client.

*A penalty of AED 200 / month applies for late license renewal which is applicable after the initial 30-days grace period.

1 Processing Time

Step 1. Submission of documents & payment
1 working day

Step 2. Trade License Issuance
2-3 working days

License Renewal
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Process and Timeline

IBG is dedicated to serving and assisting you, exhausting all efforts while still being true to our streamlined processes and deadlines.
1 You must be a:

You must be a:

  • Trade License Holder
  • Partner/Shareholder
2 Send an Enquiry

For us to give you the best options for your required service, please give us a call or schedule a consultation.

Company Setup

1 License Cancellation

License Cancellation

1. Liquidation report
2. Visa Cancellation
3. Immigration Card Cancellation
4. Labor Card Cancellation
5. Dewa Clearance
6. DU/Etisalat Clearance
7. RTA Clearance
8. MOA Cancellation
*Appearance is required

Visa Processing

1 Visa Cancellation (if applicable)

1. Passport Copy
2. Visa Page
3. Trade License
4. Labor Card
5. Immigration Card
6. E-sign Card
7. Emirates ID Card

1 Incorporation Fees

License Cancellation fee
AED 500

Other fees

Knowledge Dirham Fee
AED 10

Innovation Dirham Fee
AED 10

Cancellation Announcement Fee
AED 500

Company Dissolution Fee
AED 2,000

Deregister of a business company Fee
AED 2,000

*Penalty incurred for late cancellation will be charged to the client.

2 Visa Fees

Visa Cancellation fee (if applicable)
AED 460 per visa

1 Processing Time

Step 1. Newspaper Publication
14 working days
*(2) local newspaper publication.

Step 2. Immigration Card Cancellation
2-7 working days

Step 3. Visa Cancellation
3-5 working days

Step 4. License Cancellation
3-5 working days

License Cancellation
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Visa Cancellation
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Frequently Asked Questions

Know more about Business Setup in Dubai DED

No, Dubai DED does not allow business registration and licensing procedures outside of UAE because it is associated with smart services that require an Emirate ID.

No, Dubai DED has no branches at all, but business owners can still register and avail licensing services through approved service centers across Dubai.

Below are the following procedures to obtain a license for all activities and legal forms:
1. Obtain a preliminary approval
2. Reserve a trading name
3. Obtain approval from the authorities if the activity is required
4. Obtain the company's Memorandum of Association
5. Obtain a service agent contract for occupational licenses
6. Lease contract issued by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency

Below are the procedures and the requirements to form a foreign company branch in Dubai DED:

1. Registration filing in DED
2. Obtaining the preliminary approval and license application for trade name reservation
3. Service agent's Identity Card and family book copy
4. Director's passport and no objection letter from his current sponsor copy
5. Approval of the activities from the concerned agencies
6. The decision of the Board of Directors to open a branch and the appointment of the Director
7. The Memorandum of Association's copy and the Commercial Register certified by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE embassy of the country.

A foreigner can own an unlimited number of licenses in Dubai DED.

A decree holder can own up to four (4) licenses in Dubai DED.

Commercial activities are activities that require capital to be carried out, which include wholesale and retail trade, transportation, trade, stockpiling, financial intermediation, construction, real estate, and leasing.

Industrial activities are those that require capital to be carried out. Activities such as mining, manufacturing, quarrying, electricity, gas, and water are examples of Industrial activities.

Any activities that depend on the mental and physical efforts to be carried out are called professional activities. Activities such as fishing, agriculture, health, education, social work, community, and social and personal services are examples of Professional activities.

Yes, a limited liability company can own a sole proprietorship by buying it and turning it into one of its branches.

Yes, a national from different Emirates can serve as the local service agent of a company incorporated in Dubai DED.

Yes, it is possible through a one-person liability company formation.

Dubai DED offers legal structures in the form of:
- Sole Proprietorship
- Limited Liability Company
- Civil Works company
- Partnership Company
- Public and private shareholding company
- Government liaison office
- Representative Office
- Branch of a local, foreign, and free zone company
- One person company (LLC)

The branch of a foreign company incorporated in Dubai DED can carry out activities in indirect industrial, professional, and commercial industries.

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Client Testimonials

Ahmad Khalil

I would like to thank harsha and sajad by names for the effort they did to get my visa done million thanks to all the team
Aeon International FZ-LLC

Deepa Nair

Thanks to Mr Mahesh and Ms Harsha for guiding us in every step towards registering our company. They made the process so smooth and easy for us that we recommend IBG consultants to get your work done in a most professional way. They responded to our queries any time of the day and the quality of their services were top class. Way to go IBG! Thanks and regards..
VMentor

RADHAKRISHNA

Thanks to Ms. Harsha and the team for guiding me towards registering my company. They made the process so smooth and easy for me. I will recommend IBG consultants to anyone to get their trade license process done in a professional way. Appreciate the quality of response to my queries , Way to go IBG!
Aspire Point Technical Services LLC

Marites Maite

We had our business processed by IBG Consulting, and they had exceeded our expectations. Mahesh Maddu did an amazing job explaining each process and throughout the whole registration. Harsha, who is in charge of the back-end processing, is prompt and efficient in updating us with our license. Overall, I highly recommend IBG Consulting for all your business licensing needs.
Project X1 LLC

Subashi Joshi

When we decided five years ago to start our business in Dubai, we approached IBG Consulting for our business license and other documents. From day one, we appreciate how they interacted and exerted efforts for us, each with a smile on their faces, until we finish the whole legal process. All necessary documents were processed within the timeframe.We can say that we have a good working relationship with IBG Consulting, and will remain as it is in the future. They are all very supportive and prompt in their services. They gave us the best solutions and treated us with respect. We wish them good luck and we look forward to more corporate services available from their agency.
Welldone International FZC

Ljiljana Conic

Our experience with IBG was and still is great. They helped us to support our clients to do business in UAE. Especially thanks to Mr. Erano and Ms. Fatima – efficient team of professionals. We ll definitely do business with them in future and recomend them to our clients.
Conic&Tonic - Republic of Serbia

Zuhair

Quality Business OrganizationEasy to reach, advertised in popular e-media, sociable personnel, high standard communication, segregate task assignment among employee, well trained and expert workforce, friendly feeling.
PRO Services

Ihab Dakak

Great Experience with IBGMy experience with IBG was great! the team is so supportive and continuously provided a high level of service. Indeed, Recommended.
Marketo Rex LLC

Rakesh

IBG helped me in getting my dependents.IBG helped me in getting my dependents’ visa processed. The service offered by IBG was great, and the most important part of the service is their response and being transparent, especially in terms of charges, timelines etc. I recommend to consult IBG for visa related services in UAE.
PRO Services

Rickee

Working with IBG was smooth like butter, this was made possible only by people like Mr.Mahesh, Ms.Harsha and Ms.Fatima. They are best in their respective jobs and maintained professionalism throughout my company opening process and follow up requirements.100% I will recommend IBG to my contacts!
PRO Services

Jenifer Silva

Excellent Customer Service. IBG helped us setting up our business smoothly. They go above and beyond – SUPERB customer service!! A big thank you to the operations team (Ms. Fatma and most especially to Mrs. Halima Amin).100% will recommend to my contacts!!
AromaPlus

RCB

Business Set-Up LicensingExcellent Work With Halina and IBG Staff, Very Professional and Supportive.
RCB Consulting

Ahmad Khalil

I would like to thank harsha and sajad by names for the effort they did to get my visa done million thanks to all the team
Aeon International FZ-LLC

Deepa Nair

Thanks to Mr Mahesh and Ms Harsha for guiding us in every step towards registering our company. They made the process so smooth and easy for us that we recommend IBG consultants to get your work done in a most professional way. They responded to our queries any time of the day and the quality of their services were top class. Way to go IBG! Thanks and regards..
VMentor

RADHAKRISHNA

Thanks to Ms. Harsha and the team for guiding me towards registering my company. They made the process so smooth and easy for me. I will recommend IBG consultants to anyone to get their trade license process done in a professional way. Appreciate the quality of response to my queries , Way to go IBG!
Aspire Point Technical Services LLC

Marites Maite

We had our business processed by IBG Consulting, and they had exceeded our expectations. Mahesh Maddu did an amazing job explaining each process and throughout the whole registration. Harsha, who is in charge of the back-end processing, is prompt and efficient in updating us with our license. Overall, I highly recommend IBG Consulting for all your business licensing needs.
Project X1 LLC

Subashi Joshi

When we decided five years ago to start our business in Dubai, we approached IBG Consulting for our business license and other documents. From day one, we appreciate how they interacted and exerted efforts for us, each with a smile on their faces, until we finish the whole legal process. All necessary documents were processed within the timeframe.We can say that we have a good working relationship with IBG Consulting, and will remain as it is in the future. They are all very supportive and prompt in their services. They gave us the best solutions and treated us with respect. We wish them good luck and we look forward to more corporate services available from their agency.
Welldone International FZC

Ljiljana Conic

Our experience with IBG was and still is great. They helped us to support our clients to do business in UAE. Especially thanks to Mr. Erano and Ms. Fatima – efficient team of professionals. We ll definitely do business with them in future and recomend them to our clients.
Conic&Tonic - Republic of Serbia

Zuhair

Quality Business OrganizationEasy to reach, advertised in popular e-media, sociable personnel, high standard communication, segregate task assignment among employee, well trained and expert workforce, friendly feeling.
PRO Services

Ihab Dakak

Great Experience with IBGMy experience with IBG was great! the team is so supportive and continuously provided a high level of service. Indeed, Recommended.
Marketo Rex LLC

Rakesh

IBG helped me in getting my dependents.IBG helped me in getting my dependents’ visa processed. The service offered by IBG was great, and the most important part of the service is their response and being transparent, especially in terms of charges, timelines etc. I recommend to consult IBG for visa related services in UAE.
PRO Services

Rickee

Working with IBG was smooth like butter, this was made possible only by people like Mr.Mahesh, Ms.Harsha and Ms.Fatima. They are best in their respective jobs and maintained professionalism throughout my company opening process and follow up requirements.100% I will recommend IBG to my contacts!
PRO Services

Jenifer Silva

Excellent Customer Service. IBG helped us setting up our business smoothly. They go above and beyond – SUPERB customer service!! A big thank you to the operations team (Ms. Fatma and most especially to Mrs. Halima Amin).100% will recommend to my contacts!!
AromaPlus

RCB

Business Set-Up LicensingExcellent Work With Halina and IBG Staff, Very Professional and Supportive.
RCB Consulting