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How to obtain a Commercial License in Dubai | New Company Registration

Commercial Trade License is granted to companies involved in commercial trade activities related to goods, commodities, and services. Commercial Trade License is a requisite for the regulations and protection of companies.

Documents Required:

  • Application form
  • Passport copies of partners
  • Emirates ID of UAE nationals
  • Original lease contract (EJARI)
  • The permit issued by the Dubai Municipality Building Department
  • Proof of payment for the issuance of the trade license

How to obtain a commercial license:

  • One should start off by assigning the main activity the company will carry out & other relevant activities, there can be a maximum of ten activities per a single commercial license
  • Selecting the type of business for registration
  • Registering the company with the companies’ register
  • Submission of the documents to the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai and with the UAE Federal Ministry of Economy for the commercial license.
  • Lastly, the Department of Economic Development (DED) will release the commercial license for the Dubai company

How to renew a commercial license and the required documents for renewal

  • Original or a copy of the trade license
  • Approval from the relevant authorities*
  • Copy of the office space lease contract
  • Details of employees’ accommodation for companies with a foreign shareholder

Alert – Validity of a commercial license in Dubai is one-year from the date of issuance and a renewed trade license also has a one-year validity.