Dubai Economic Department Services

On your behalf, we provide all start-up services through the Dubai Economic Department:

1.Request for initial approval : 

It is a service prior to obtaining the trade license through which the legal form of the company, the economic activities and the license parties (partners) are determined. The customer can obtain it before or after the trade name reservation.

Purposes of requesting the initial approval:

Obtaining a commercial site lease contract.

Obtaining the approvals of other parties related to economic activities that require external approvals from the competent authorities (such as: The Health Authority, the Roads and Transport Authority, and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) and others.

2. Request to Book Trade Name : 

It is a service requested by the customer to obtain an official government document that expresses the trade name of the project and is used in contracts and other official situations where companies use trade names to help market their products or promote their brands.

The trade name you choose will be transliterated to Arabic or English but NOT translated

Alphabets and numbers are allowed but you cannot use icons or special characters

The trade name can include the partner/owner's first and last name but shouldn’t be the last name alone, e.g. (Ahmed Al-Ghamdi Properties; not Al-Ghamdi Properties)

A trade name cannot include words as Allah's name and all Its synonyms, countries, regions, areas, sects and organizations, already registered and known names of brands and establishments

It is not allowed to reserve a name starting with words like "Universal", "Middle East", "International" and/or translate them into Arabic

Trade name database is based on pronunciation, so you should identify duplicates of the name entered in both English and Arabic by matching keyword search

The trade name may include specific words like Gulf, abbreviations, and foreign words and will be considered as premium trade name category A

The trade name may include a trademark, an Arabized name or a region, which will be considered as premium trade name category B

The primary activity name will be added to the trade name, but the trade name cannot be the same as the activity name

The trade name should be among the appropriate names that do not contain obscene words and that it should not be among the names that offend modesty and contradict public decency

That it does not bear any of the names of countries, capitals or governments, except with the approval of the embassy of the country

The trade name is valid for a period of six months. In the event that the trade name certificate expires, the customer must reserve the trade name again and pay all fees

Trademarks are not reserved in the Department of Economic Development and can be registered in the Trademarks Department of the Ministry of Economy

The company has the right to use a trade name for another company that granted it the franchise right when submitting the franchise contract to the Department of Economic Development

The trade name will be automatically canceled upon expiry of the reservation period if the name holder has not issued the trade license

The department has the right to calculate the difference in fees of previous years for trade name violations

The Department of Economic Development has the right to cancel or change the trade name if it is similar to an existing trade name or if it does not comply with the established terms and conditions

3. Request to Issue Trade license : 

It is a service requested by the customer to obtain an official approved document through which he can start practicing business activities legally in the emirate. During this service, the customer can issue a memorandum of association or a service agent contract according to the legal form that is previously specified in the initial approval.

4. Request to Amend Trade License : 

It is a service requested by the customer to amend the trade license information, where an addendum can be generated to the license related to the memorandum of association

:The following are types of modifications

Amendment of partners (parties)

Change location

Change manager

Modify business activities

Capital change

Amend trade name


5. Request for Cancellation of Trade License : 

It is a service requested by the customer to cancel the trade license of a company or branch, whereby it cannot be reactivated again. Prior to that, the customer should undergo other cancellations with various related local and federal government entities.

6. Request to Issue Commercial Permit : 

It is a service through which the customer is given permission to do certain business Within the law, permits include promotions, sales, special offers, liquidation, exhibitions, conferences, commercial tents, advertising signs, additional activities, overtime, paper ads, kiosks, counters, installed activities, delivery of requests during the day in Ramadan, self-service machine, ATM, additional offices, parking lots in public squares and warehouses.