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Dubai DED activities

Licenses under some categories require approvals from certain ministries.

You can find below a sample of certain activities that require “special approvals”.

  • Cargo Clearing, Cargo packaging, Canal dredging contracting and Fishing cages manufacturing activities require approval from Dubai Maritime City
  • Travel and tourism activities require approval from Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
  • Gym and Fitness Centers require approval from the Dubai Sports Council.
  • Social Club registration and licensing is obtained from Community Development Authority.
  • Tents, awnings and Tarpaulin manufacturing need approval from Environment Protection Section of Dubai Municipality.
  • Banks and financial institutions must receive clearance from the Central Bank of the UAE;
  • Training Institutes and Educational Establishments require Knowledge and Human Development Authority approval
  • Manufacturing facilities must obtain clearance from the Ministry of Finance and Industry;
  • Pharmaceutical and medical products trading needs approval from the Ministry of Health;
  • Contracting and Building Maintenance and related activities must be cleared from the Municipality
  • Transportation and vehicle rental activities require approval from Road and Transport Authority
  • Printing, publishing and advertising activities must have permission from the National Media Council

Practicing some trade activities (e.g. jewellery and insurance) requires the submission of a financial guarantee issued by a bank operating in the United Arab Emirates.

There are “special” fees and requirements for certain activities:

Tourism Companies

  1. For Inbound Tourism AED 100,000 is to be deposited in a UAE Bank
  2. For Outbound Tourism AED 200,000 is to be deposited in a UAE Bank
  3. These deposits are irrevocable till the license cancelled.


For Travel Agency AED 100,000 is to be deposited at Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing. This deposit is irrevocable till the license is cancelled.

Building Contracting Companies

For Building Contracting Company License, AED 10,000 additional fee is charged by the Department of Economic Development when the license is issued initially.

General Trading

For General Trading License, AED 15,000 additional fee charged by the Department of Economic Development when the license issued initially.

Customs Broker

AED 50,000 is to be deposited at Dubai Customs. This deposit is irrevocable till the license is cancelled.

RTA Activities(following fees to be paid for RTA initial approval)

  1. Rent a Car: AED 5000
  2. Bus Rental: AED 1000
  3. Passenger Transport by rented Buses: AED 1000


Initial approval from Department of Protective Systems


For restaurants, specific special approvals apply


For supermarket, 2000 square feet area is mandatory

Telephones & Telecommunications Equipment Trading

AED 5500 to be paid at Telecommunications Regulator Authority (TRA).

Security Service: Property guard & Surveillance Services, Party security & private guarding services

Initial approval from Department of Protective Systems

Oilfield & Natural Gas related activities / Law firms

Approval fromRuler’s Court

Money Exchange / Foreign Exchange Remittance Service

Initial approval from Central Bank of UAE and Department of Protective Systems