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Sat 24 Mar 2012 01:28 PM

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Dubai says new licensing rules in place by end-2012

New 120-day licence initative aims to improve the process of doing business in emirate

Dubai says new licensing rules in place by end-2012
A total of 14,360 business licences were issued in Dubai in 2011

Dubai officials said on Saturday it will implement a new company licence initiative by the end of 2012 aimed at improving the process of doing business in the emirate.

The Department of Economic Development (DED) said in a statement that it will bring in the 120 days hassle free licence in an effort to promote the emirate's competitiveness.

The initiative will simplify procedures and facilitate business in Dubai, the DED said.

The 120 days licence allows a businessman or woman to start a business immediately and complete the rest of the licencing requirements, such as approvals from other government authorities concerned, within the next 120 days.

"The 120 days licence is part of DED's efforts to enable businesses to make full use of the advantages of Dubai and improve the emirate's ranking in the Doing Business Report of the World Bank," said Mohammed Shael, CEO of the Business Registration and Licensing division at DED.

The new initiative will allow investors to have their licences issued immediately from DED depending on the risk factors of the intended business activity. 

Business activities in Dubai have been categorised as No-Risk, Low Risk and High-Risk for the sake of evaluating the new business, the DED added.

"When a businessman approaches DED for a licence, a 120 days licence is issued immediately, on completion of the necessary procedures, if the specific business activity falls under the No-Risk or Low-Risk categories," said Shael.

More than 90 percent of the businesses in the emirate are rated No-Risk or Low-Risk and therefore a vast majority of businesses stand to benefit from the 120 days licence, he added.

A total of 14,360 business licences were issued in Dubai in 2011, the DED said last month.

The professional services sector, at seven percent of the total, accounted for the most number of licences last year, followed by the tourism sector at five percent.

The total number issued compared to 13,817 licences granted in 2010.

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paolo C 8 years ago

Funny the term "No risk" for a company. Do they mean No risk for the Gouvernment? In Dubai the rule is " First pay, then we will see........"

gordon 8 years ago

@paolo that is a little pendantic.
If I run a consultancey company, then the risk is limited, the people I consult to would do a due dilligeence.
If it takes me a long time to get a licence, then that is opportunity and investment cost which can be avoided.

If I open up a financial services company, then the risk to the the clients, Dubai reputational risk etc is much higher.

So it makes sense to differentiate between different types of business that carry different types of risk.

Business Man 8 years ago

120 days. Thats 4 months!
And this is to improve Dubai's competitiveness!

charles 8 years ago

indeed and if that is working days, then you are looking at 6 months.
Good luck.