It is an establishment owned by a sole proprietor to operate an
economic activity (commercial, professional, industrial, agricultural
or real property).
For professional firm 100% foreign ownership is permitted. Such firms
may engage in professional or artisan activities. A UAE national must
be appointed as local service agent. But he has no direct involvement
in the business and is paid a lump sum service charge. The role of the
local service agent is to assist in obtaining license, visas, labour
cards, etc. All services related activities include in professional
firms. A Local Service Agent Agreement to be prepared and attested
from the court. Partnership also permitted in Professional Firms. One
or more foreigners/UAE national can be partners. In such case a
Business Partnership Agreement also to be prepared and attested from
Documents required to Set-up a Sole Establishment / Professional Firm
Typed registration and licensing application form.
List of trade names.
Photocopy of applicant's passport & naturalization book.
NOC from the sponsor for Manager (if any)
Resume of the applicant, for a professional business which requires
certain work experience and academic qualifications, such as licenses
for all kinds of consultancies.
Tenancy Contract (to be approved by Planning Section of Dubai
Municipality and Civil Defence, and these counters are available at
DED First Floor.
It is suggested to contact Planning Dept. of Dubai Municipality, at
the Department of Economic Development, on Telephone No. 04-2020105,
or the Municipality’s Telephone No. 04-2063788, before leasing the
premises in order to ensure that it is suitable for the business).
Appointment Contract of Local Services Agent duly authenticated by the
Notary Public (If the license owner is a foreigner).
Payment voucher can be printed from DED Website.
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Make payment online or at DED and get the License.
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Conditions for Selecting & Approval of Trade Names
The following trade names may be given to local companies against
payment of certain annual fees.
1. Names that indicate the firm's coverage of activities. (e.g.
National, Gulf, International, Global, Asian, or Regional). AED.1000
On condition that the word indicates the firm's activity and not a
distinguishing word for it.
2. Foreign name for a firm using the trade name or trade mark of an
international company AED.1000 On condition that the firm's
owner has a written approval from the foreign company for using its
name or trade mark.
3. Foreign name for an ordinary firm AED.2000 When writing the
trade name in Arabic words as pronounced in English.
4. A name including abbreviations either in Arabic or English (e.g.
A C) AED.2000
5. A name including either of these words: UAE, Emirates, Dubai,
6. A name including numbers. Ex. 2000 Grocery AED.2000
7. A name including Arabized words i.e has a corresponding Arabic or
foreign word (e.g Platinum) AED.1000
DED Working hours: Sun - Thu 7:30 - 2:30