Trade License

Business Trade License Dubai, UAE

The process of getting a business license in the UAE involves getting approvals from the government and the economic department. You also need to get all your company formation documents cleared from different UAE agencies within a short time period. For first-time investors, this process can be confusing and expensive.

Company Setup can get you your business license in Dubai as well as across the emirates in no time! We advice on the right kind of license for your business, help you acquire the license and give reminders for renewal of license. In the unfortunate case, where you need to get your trade license cancelled Company Setup expedites the process minimizing your fines and costs.

Renewal Process of Trade License

Guide to Renew Your Business License in Dubai


Have a valid tenancy contract

The first thing one needs to ensure is that the firm’s tenancy contract should have a validity of at least 1 month and it should be attested by Ejari. If the tenancy contract does not have the validity of a month, the associated license cannot be applied for renewal.


Apply for a renewal license

Apply for license renewal at the DED, along with all the required documents. One can apply for renewal through different mediums like e-Services, mobile application, authorized law firms, and authorized service centers.


Get license approval

Business Trade License is among the most important requirements of doing business in Dubai. Getting a business license renewed in Dubai could be a long-process, if you are not familiar with the documentation method.


Submit Application

Put together the Tenancy Contract, the EJARI Attestation, the typed Renewal Form to the DED in Dubai as well as photographs of all the business partners. Submit the Dubai DED license renewal application with the right documents.


Get the transaction Number

The Department of Economic Development DED in Dubai will provide you with a payment voucher or a transaction number after submitting the application. The transaction number is essential as it is used as a reference number until you get your license.



Pay the business license renewal fees using the payment voucher. Be cautious to renew the business trade license early, before the expiry date as delay may incur fines and other such penalties.

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Requirements To Get License

Prior to operating any business in Dubai, it is first necessary to follow the steps outlined below.
  • Make a decision as to your business’ appropriate legal status in UAE
  • Select an appropriate trading name for the business.
  • Submit an application to the Department for initial approval
  • Register a trade name after receiving initial approval(If you don’t have previously reserved a trade name)
  • Lease business premises and obtain approval from the Authority.
  • Submit a further application to the Department to obtain the final license.
  • Pay the required fees.

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License Entities in UAE

Mainland License

  • Commercial License
  • Professional License
  • Industrial License
  • Tourism License

Freezone License

  • Commercial License
  • Professional License
  • Industrial License
  • Tourism License

Offshore License

  • Offshore License