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Dubai LLC Timelines



Department of Economic Development (DED) License


Timelines and Procedure In Business Days

(The timeline below is applicable to General Trading and Commercial licenses that do not require external approvals).

Day 1 - Submit all requirements and make payment for sponsorship and/or PRO fees.

Day 2 - CREATIVE ZONE will submit necessary documents to Dubai DED. Timeline and the Memorandum of Association /Local Service Agent Agreement /Civil Works Agreement (whichever is applicable) draft will be received by the client. *

Day 3 - Trade name reservation certificate is obtained.

Note: The Dubai DED reserves the right to refuse or amend your company name even after approval.

Day 4 - The application will be submitted for initial approval.

Day 8 - Initial approval certificate is obtained.

Day 11 - Submit Commercial Lease Agreement and Ejari Certificate to CREATIVE ZONE. **

Day 12 - Client approves the final draft of the Memorandum of Association/ Local Service Agent Agreement and/or Civil Works Agreement. 

Day 13 - Once the client approves, an appointment with the Local Sponsor/ Local Service Agent at the Notary Public will be scheduled to sign the incorporation documents.

Note: A CREATIVE ZONE senior government liaison officer, who holds the Power of Attorney (POA) to sign in behalf of CREATIVE ZONE for the purposes of company incorporation, will meet you at the Notary Public. The latter does not hold any interest in the corporate entity.

Should any of the parties fail to appear at the Notary Public within 30 minutes of the assigned time, a re-scheduling will be required.  A no-show fee of AED 1,050 will be imposed on the client.

Day 14 - Upon confirmation that the lease is appropriate, the file is submitted to DED for the issuance of Payment Voucher. This will be the license fee of the company.

Day 16 - Issuance of Payment Voucher.

Day 16 - Trade License is released once payment is made.

*The legal agreements have been approved by CREATIVE ZONE lawyers and cannot be amended. Should you wish to make any changes, you have to draft the agreement with your own lawyers and send it to CREATIVE ZONE for approval.

**Following receipt of the preliminary approval from DED, the appropriate commercial rental agreements for proposed premises must be provided. Should the Lease Agreement and Ejari Certificate not provided within 1 month of the initial approval, an additional PRO fee of AED 3,150 needs to be settled by the client.

Note: Certain business activities require additional approvals from the government agencies. Therefore, timelines may be extended up to 45 days (depending on which government authority) and an additional PRO fee of AED 3,150 will apply, excluding government fees.

The above timelines are based on our past experience. If your chosen business activity requires additional inspections and approvals, timelines will vary according to the government authority involved.