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The official working hours in the Ministry are from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm on Monday to Thursday, and 7:30 am to 12:30 pm on Fridays.

Abu Dhabi Office: 10th to 18th Floor, Liwa Tower, Exhibition area
Dubai Office: 35th to 41st Floor, Central Park Towers, DIFC

Click here to find the Ministry's organisational structure.

Three ministers were appointed under the new government structure approved in July 2020.

  • HE Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri – Minister of Economy
  • HE Dr Ahmed bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi - Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises
  • HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi - Minister of State for Foreign Trade
  • Determining the general policies and strategic direction of the Ministry.
  • Supervising the development and approval of the Ministry’s strategic plans and its executive programmes and following up on their implementation.
  • Supervising and regulating the workflow and relevant decisions within the Ministry and following up on the completion of reports.
  • Preparing and implementing budget appropriations.
  • Any other functions entrusted to him by virtue of laws, decrees, or decisions issued by the UAE Cabinet.
  • Delegating some of his powers to the Director General or whomever he deems appropriate from among the specialists within the Ministry.

The Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs oversees the promotion of small and medium enterprises in the UAE as one of the engines of the national economy, and the promotion of efforts to foster entrepreneurship in various economic sectors.

The Minister of State for Foreign Trade oversees the development of non-oil foreign trade sectors and the expansion of global partnerships, in addition to enhancing the investment climate in the country, to establish its position as a major destination for businesses on the regional and global levels.

Please click here to go to e-Services.

Yes. You can download the mobile app, ‘Ministry of Economy Dashboards – UAE’ from the App Store or Google Play Store. Users can use the app to access the Ministry’s e-Services, interactive user reports that indicate the tasks required to be performed by the user, as well as information about the user’s applications and payments.

You can send your suggestion/note by sending an email to or through the suggestion/note cards available on MoE’s customer service centres.

Please click here to find career opportunities and job vacancies in the Ministry.

Please click the links below to go to the social media accounts of the Ministry.

Such companies can apply through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Companies with a free zone license cannot apply for a Certificate of Origin from the Ministry.

Yes, it can be amended, but only once.

Yes, because the certificate is valid for only one shipment.

A single Certificate of Origin can only be used once to export products.

Yes, the maximum period is 180 days from the date of issuance.

The Certificate of Origin from the Ministry of Economy is exempted from customs duties, whereas the certificate issued by the Chambers of Commerce and Industry is not exempted from customs duties.

Yes, but the factory must be registered with the Ministry of Economy, and the customer must attach two invoices the factory invoice itself and the customer's purchase invoice from the factory.

To register a new patent, submit your online application via the website of the Ministry of Economy. Fill out the application and attach the required files mentioned in the service card, in addition to paying the required amount.

The International Centre for Patent Registration (ICPR) under the Ministry of Economy is the responsible authority for patent registration in the UAE.

  • Go to
  • Register on the site.
  • Go to Patents and Industrial Designs under e-Services.
  • Fill out the application forms. Completed applications shall be attached in both Arabic and English, together with all technical and legal documents.
  • Formal review and initial formal inspection of the submitted documents
  • An approval letter is sent to proceed with the next step
  • Pay the required application fees for individuals and companies
  • Attached Copy
  • Passport and ID copy
  • Passport and Emirates ID Copy
  • Agency Authorisation Letter Copy
  • Other Attachments
  • Trade License Copy
  • Authorisation Document Copy
  • Passport Copy
  • Proof of the author or right owner
  • Trade license Copy
  • Go to
  • Register on the site.
  • Go to Material Copyright Registration under e-Services.
  • Fill out the application.
  • Submit/upload documents.
  • Process payment.
  • Review of application
  • Download certification upon approval.
  • Original registry/renewal certificate in the Ministry's registry
  • A true copy of the license of pertinent authorities of the emirate
  • Annual Financial Statement of the branch
  • An official certificate by the pertinent authorities of the country indicating the name, legal status and the activities (to be submitted every 3 years)
  • If the local agent is a non-natural person, a true copy of the license of pertinent authorities of the Emirate shall be attached
  • Other Attachments
  • Trade name reservation certificate and initial approval of local pertinent authority identifying the activities
  • Initial approval of local pertinent authority identifying the activities
  • An official certificate by the pertinent authority of the country where the mother facility is registered, indicating name and date of facility, legal status, capital, business activities, and names of the facility’s owners
  • A resolution by the mother foreign facility to open a branch or an office to execute business in the UAE
  • Authorisation for the representatives
  • True copy of the agency contract between the mother facility and local agent
  • True copy of the local agent’s family registration card or identity card in case of a natural person or an owner of an individual establishment. However, in the case of a non-natural agent a true copy of the license of pertinent authorities of the Emirate and registration certificate in commercial registry must be attached.
  • Other Attachments
  • Login to e-Services site.
  • Click on the username. From the menu, select Change Password.
  • Enter the old and the new password and click on Change Password.

Please contact our technical support by email at and explain the issue or the error messages that appear.

You can make a complaint by calling the hotline 600-522225 or visiting the nearest Customer Service Centre (Consumer Protection Counter).

Please click here to access the Services section.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an international economic organisation with legal powers derived from its founding convention, which allows it to regulate trade between its members, provide a forum for them to negotiate trade rules and agreements and provide them with a mechanism to solve their trade disputes.

  • Raise standards of living.

  • Ensure full employment and a large and steadily growing volume of real income and effective demand.

  • Expand the production of and trade in goods and services.

  • Utilise available global resources optimally in accordance with development plans, and to protect and preserve the environment in line with the requirements of global economic development.

  • Activate positive efforts to ensure that developing countries and the least developed countries have a good share of the high growth rates of international trade and to benefit from the accompanying financial returns in financing their economic and social development projects.

The UAE joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1996 to support its participation in international trade and ensure the use of new opportunities offered by the new international trading system.

This membership has seen major positive impacts on the UAE’s economy, for example, but not limited to, the gradual reduction of customs duties imposed on regional and global exports, ensuring the transparency of procedures and measures taken regarding exports as well as predictability in the markets of other countries. The UAE is also involved in the decision-making process in the organisation that governs global trade through the rules that are established in multilateral trade agreements. Most importantly, all member states are subject to a unique dispute settlement system in the event of any violations of the obligations of any state that affects another state, which leads to preserving the interests of all member states as well as the right to resort to this system in the event of any problems that the state's exports may face, in line with the obligations of the organisation’s member states. Moreover, in 2003 the UAE submitted a proposal to reduce or eliminate tariffs and non-tariff measures in the context of the current negotiations on market access for industrial products, and participated in many initiatives and negotiations individually or through various groups. The most important of them are the Agreement on Trade Facilitation, and the E-commerce Initiative that launched negotiations on e-commerce, so that it can be legalised within the framework of the multilateral trading system and set global controls for it.

The UAE has engaged in negotiations with several nations around the world to conclude free trade agreements to enhance the UAE’s position as trade hub and investment destination.

Click here to view UAE’s trade agreements and negotiations.

  • Reduced tariffs

  • Increased volume of investments

  • Enhanced access opportunities for local products to global markets, as well as facilitating market access for SMEs

  • Protection of investors and service providers

  • Protection of intellectual property rights

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is a regional trade organisation comprising Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. It was established in 1960 to promote free trade and economic integration between its member countries.

The free trade agreement between the GCC countries and the EFTA countries, signed in 2009, covers various aspects such as trade in goods, services, government procurement, competition, intellectual property, administration and dispute resolution. The joint committee of the GCC states and the EFTA states oversees the implementation of the agreement.

Industrial goods, including fish and other marine products, benefit from duty free access to the respective markets of the EFTA States. For products imported into the GCC, most customs duties are eliminated. Certain products become duty free after a transitional period of 5 years, while some others remain excluded from tariff dismantling or excluded from the scope of application. The agreement also provides for tariff concessions on processed agricultural products.

The Trade in Services ensures that each party will treat services supplier no less favourably than his domestic supplier in similar circumstances. It aims to reduce restrictions on market access, as well.

Yes, an annex on e-Ecommerce has been included in the GCC-EFTA FTA which aims to strengthen the exchange of information, cooperation and partnership in this field and to follow the latest development of other countries in this sector.

The Parties agreed to adopt or maintain competition laws to avoid anti-competitive business practices that may restrict trade between them. The Parties also commit to cooperating on issues relating to competition law enforcement.

The free trade agreements between GCC and FTA includes a chapter concerning government procurement with precise rules and principles that will address and allow the participation of GCC companies in the government tenders in the EFTA States and vice versa.

The GCC-Singapore FTA (GSFTA) signed in 2008 is a milestone agreement in strengthening ties between the GCC countries and Singapore, particularly because it is the first Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by the GCC and the second FTA that Singapore signed with the Middle East.

The GCC-Singapore FTA (GSFTA) is a comprehensive agreement that includes Trade in Goods, Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures, Trade in Services and Government Procurement.

It allows the GCC goods full duty-free access to the Singapore market. The GSFTA also qualify 99% of Singaporean domestic exports to the GCC for tariff-free concessions.

Key GCC sectors that benefit from this arrangement include petrochemicals, jewelry, machinery and iron and steel-related industry.

It provides the GCC service suppliers enhanced business opportunities in Singapore. The agreement highlighted the commitments made by Singapore and the GCC countries at the multilateral level, in particular, the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Specifically, Singapore and the GCC have committed to liberalise various services sectors beyond its WTO commitments.

  • Business services: professional services, computer and related services, rental and others

  • Communication services

  • Construction and related engineering services

  • Distribution services

  • Educational services

  • Environmental services

  • Financial services

  • Health related and social services

  • Tourism

  • Recreational, cultural and sporting services

  • Transport services

The UAE eases limits on foreign equity in construction services, distribution services, hospital services and legal advisory services.

Citizens, permanent residents, local companies as well as multinational companies (MNCs) based in Singapore or the GCC

Click here to view all the economic cooperation agreements signed between the UAE and different countries.

You can visit the UAE by land, sea or air. By air, people from all over the world can reach the UAE through major airlines. By land, you can travel using private cars or by public transportation such as buses. By sea, you can tour via cruise lines with stops at Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

If you are a GCC citizen, you do not need to get a visa to go to the UAE. Outside GCC, you can get a pre-arranged visa or you can get a visa on arrival depending on the country where you are from.

You can enter the UAE without a visa if you are a citizen of a GCC country (Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman). You only need to present your passport or your national identification card at the entry point.

GCC residents need to apply online for an entry permit (e-Visa) to enter the UAE. The e-Visa has a 30-day validity and can be extended once for 30 days.

Citizens of specific countries do not need to arrange their visa in advance and can get a 30-day visa on arrival with a 10-day grace period for extension or a 90-day visa on arrival.

Click here to find out whether you can get a visa on arrival.

You need to obtain a tourist visa if you are not eligible to get a visa-free entry or a visa on arrival. Eligible individuals from any parts of the world can get a tourist visa.

Your tourist visa can be applied on your behalf by an airline, a travel agency or a hotel based in the UAE. 

Airlines such as Emirates, Fly Dubai, Etihad Airways, and Air Arabia can arrange a tourist visa for you, as long as you meet their requirements, including booking your flight with them.

UAE hotels can also apply a tourist visa for you, in the condition that you get your flight ticket through them and book a reservation with them.

Travel agencies based in your country that have a partner tour operator in the UAE can also arrange a tourist package for you. 

A tourist visa is valid 30 days or 90 days, either for single or multiple entries, depending on your vacation plans. You can extend your tourist visa for 30 days, twice, even without leaving the UAE.

A person on a visit or tourist visa is not allowed to work in the UAE.  Individuals can only work in the UAE if they have a work permit and an employment visa.

A tourist visa can be used if you will go to the UAE for vacation and leisure purposes. A visit visa can be used if you will attend a seminar, business meeting, and the like.  A visit visa is valid for 90 days whereas a tourist visa is valid for 14 or 30 days and can be extended for a 40-day period.

A transit visa is a type of visa that is valid for a short period of time and should be processed and granted before you enter the UAE. The first type of transit visa is valid for 48 hours and you can get for free. The second type is valid for 96 hours and costs AED 50. Both transit visa types are not extendable.

Your transit visa can only be applied by UAE-based airlines. Your travel agency can also arrange your transit visa, but it must be forwarded to the airline.

  • a passport or travel document valid for at least three months
  • your photo on white background
  • a flight ticket from the UAE to another destination
  • a passport or travel document valid for at least six months
  • your photo on white background
  • a flight ticket from the UAE to another destination

Discover world-class tourist attractions in different emirates:

  • Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism
  • Dubai- Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing
  • Sharjah Tourism and Commerce Development Authority
  • Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority 
  • Umm Al Quwain Department of Archaeology and Heritage
  • Fujairah Tourism and Antiquities Authority
  • Police - 999 
  • Ambulance - 998 
  • Fire Department - 997 
  • Coastguard - 996
  • Electricity concerns - 991
  • Water concerns - 922
  • Trademark Logo

  • Trade license Copy

  • Power Of Attorney

  • Priority Document

  • Passport Copy

  • Other attachments

  • Go to the MoE website

  • Register on the site.

  • Select Trademark Registration under e-Services.

  • Fill in the data and attach the required documents.

  • Your application will be reviewed.

  • Once approved, pay for publishing.

  • Publish the trademark in two local newspapers.

  • If no objection is received, pay the final registration fee.

  • The brand should be new and original.

  • The mark should not be identical or similar to other marks previously registered or previously applied for registration for the same products or services.

  • The mark should not contain prohibited elements or forms that may not be registered in accordance with Article (3) of Federal Law No. Federal No. (37) of 1992 regarding trademarks.

You will be notified via e-mail to complete the publishing procedures. Pay the publishing fees via the MoE website, print the publication and publish the trademark in two daily newspapers published in Arabic for one day.

The period of the objection shall be 30 days from the date of the last announcement of the trademark.

After the end of the objection period, you can pay the final registration fee, upload the photos of the local newspapers, complete the required data and issue the certificate electronically.

Application deposit fee - AED 1000

Publication fee - AED 1000

Publication in two local newspapers – Varies

Final registration fee - AED 10,000

The application for registration shall not include a trademark on more than one category.

The owner of the registered trademark may, at any time, submit a request to the Ministry for the introduction of any addition or modification to the products or services identified by the trademark or the trademark itself, provided that the trademark is not substantially modified.

The Ministry of Economy utilises the Nice Classification (NCL), an international classification of goods and services applied for trademark registration. A new edition is published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) every 5 years.

The period of trademark protection is ten years and shall be calculated from the date of filing the application and not from the date of registration.

The AML-CFT Law (Federal Decree-law No. (20) of 2018 on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism and Financing of Illegal Organisations) defines money laundering as engaging in any of the following acts wilfully, having knowledge that the funds are the proceeds of a felony or a misdemeanour

  • Transferring or moving proceeds or conducting any transaction with the aim of concealing or disguising their illegal source
  • Concealing or disguising the true nature, source or location of the proceeds as well as the method involving their disposition, movement, ownership of or rights with respect to said proceeds
  • Acquiring, possessing or using proceeds upon receipt
  • Assisting the perpetrator of the predicate offense to escape punishment

The crime of Money Laundering is considered an independent crime. The punishment of the perpetrator for the predicate offence shall not prevent his punishment for the crime of Money Laundering.

No. in order to be considered money laundering, it is not necessary for any of the stipulated acts to involve only money or monetary instruments per se, but any number of tangible or intangible assets such as, but not limited to:

  • Funds bank or other financial accounts, including virtual or so-called crypto currencies
  • Financial instruments or securities, such as shares, bonds, notes, commercial paper, promissory notes, IOUs, share warrants, options, rights (including land rights), or other transferrable securities or bearer negotiable instruments
  • Contracts, loan instruments, titles, claims, insurance policies, or their assignment
  • Intellectual property (including but not limited to patents or registered trademarks), royalties, licenses, or the rights thereto
  • Physical property, including but not limited to commodities, land, precious metals and stones, motor vehicles or vessels, works of art, or any other goods exchanged as payment-in-kind

The AML-CFT Law defines the financing of terrorism as:

  • Committing any act of money laundering, being aware that the proceeds are wholly or partly owned by a terrorist organisation or terrorist person or intended to finance a terrorist organisation, a terrorist person or a terrorism crime, even if it without the intention to conceal or disguise their illicit origin
  • Providing, collecting, preparing or obtaining proceeds or facilitating their obtainment by others with intent to use them, or while knowing that such proceeds will be used in whole or in part for the commitment of a terrorist offense, or committing such acts on behalf of a terrorist organisation or a terrorist person while aware of their true background or purpose.

The AML-CFT Law defines the financing of illegal organisations as:

  • Committing any act of money laundering, being aware that the proceeds are wholly or partly owned by an illegal organisation or by any person belonging to an illegal organisation or intended to finance such illegal organisation or any person belonging to it, even if without the intention to conceal or disguise their illicit origin.
  • Providing, collecting, preparing, obtaining proceeds or facilitating their obtainment by others with intent to use such proceeds, or while knowing that such proceeds will be used in whole or in part for the benefit of an Illegal organisation or of any of its members, with knowledge of its true identity or purpose.

The Governor or his delegate shall have the right to freeze suspicious funds deposited at financial institutions for no more than (7) seven working days, in accordance with the rules and controls stipulated in the Implementing Regulation of the present Decree-Law, renewable by order of the public prosecutor or his delegate.

  • Imprisonment and fine of no less than AED100,000 and no more than AED1,000,000; or
  • Any of these two sanctions
  • Imprisonment for no less than six months and a penalty of no less than AED100,000 and no more than AED500,000; or
  • Any of these two sanctions.

Its purpose is to provide guidance and assistance to supervised institutions that are DNFBPs, in order to assist their better understanding and effective performance of their statutory obligations under the legal and regulatory framework in force in the UAE.

  • Auditors and accountants
  • Lawyers, notaries and other legal professionals and practitioners
  • Company and trust service providers
  • Dealers in precious metals and stones
  • Real estate agents and brokers
  • Any other Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs) not mentioned above
  • Identifying and assessing ML/FT risks 
  • Establishing, documenting, and updating policies and procedures to mitigate the identified ML/FT risks 
  • Maintaining adequate risk-based customer due-diligence (CDD) and ongoing monitoring procedures 
  • Identifying and reporting suspicious transactions 
  • Putting in place an adequate governance framework for AML/CFT, including appointing an AML/CFT Compliance Officer, and ensuring adequate staff screening and training
  • Maintaining adequate records 
  • Complying with the directives of the Competent Authorities of the State in relation to the
  • United Nations Security Council resolutions 
  • Financial audits related to a client’s books, records, and annual and periodic accounts
  • Operational audits related to a client’s internal controls, governance structures, and risk management processes and procedures
  • Compliance audits related to a client’s adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Brokers and real estate agents when they conclude operations for the benefit of their customers with respect to the purchase and sale of real estate
  • Lawyers, notaries, and other independent legal professionals and independent accountants, when preparing, conducting or executing financial transactions for their customers in respect of the purchase and sale of real estate.

The goAML system is an integrated digital platform through which Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) and Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) can be submitted by financial institutions, designated non-financial businesses and professions, and the relevant authorities. The Financial Intelligence Unit uses it to quickly and efficiently receive, analyse and distribute suspicious transaction reports. It is currently used by a large number of financial information units worldwide, and the UAE is the first Gulf country to implement this modern system.

All Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs) must register on the goAML portal. Please read your Trade/Commercial license and complete the DNFBP questionnaire on the MOE website to help determine if you are a DNFBP or not.

  • The first stage is the registration in the protection system, Services Access Control Manager (SACM) of goAML portal.
  • The second stage is the registration in the goAML system. 

To open the goAML portal, you need to pass through the SACM portal by putting the username that you will obtain from the registration stage of the SACM protection system and the password from the Google Authenticator application.

SACM can be accessed at the following link:
Click here for more information on SACM.

  • Authorisation letter from the institution you represent 
  • A copy of your passport, resident VISA, Emirates ID
  • A copy of the commercial trade license (for companies)

Download the "Google Authenticator" application on your phone. (This application contains the password for the SACM protection system, which is a password that changes every minute)

  • Identify the nature of your company’s business activity
  • Determine the legal structure of your business
  • Register the trade name
  • Apply for initial approval
  • Complete local service agent agreement (LSA) or Memorandum of Association (MOA) depending on the legal form of the company
  • Choose your business location
  • Apply for additional government approvals, depending on the economic activities of your business
  • Submit the required documents
  • Pay fees and collect license
  • Register your company with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on the emirate where the business has been incorporated

An ‘initial approval’ means that the UAE Government has no objection for a business to be established in the country. It also allows the investor to proceed with the next steps to set up a business and issue the license. It does not, however, grant the authority to run the business or practice the business activity.

A Memorandum of Association (MOA) is required if the legal form of the company is a civil company, limited liability company, public shareholding company, or private shareholding company. A local service agent agreement (LSA) is required if it is a sole proprietorship.

  • Ministry of Interior approval: General transport, driving schools, fire equipment, alarm and safety systems, used-car dealers, used auto-parts, car rental
  • Ministry of Justice approval: Legal activities and legal consultancy services
  • Local municipal department approval: Architectural and engineering activities
  • Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) approval: Telecommunications activities
  • Executive Council approval: Travel and tourism, general services, charter trading, ship and maritime agencies, car clubs, charter air transport and foreign company branches
  • Ministry of Economy approval: Insurance activities and insurance consultancy
  • Local health departments approval: Health-related activities
  • Supreme Petroleum Council approval: Onshore and offshore gas and oil-field services and onshore and offshore oil drilling operations
  • Receipt of the initial approval and all previously submitted documents
  • Copy of the lease contract duly attested
  • Duly attested memorandum of association, as may be required
  • Approvals from other government entities concerned, as may be required

Customers can collect the business license from service centres of the economic departments or through their websites.

Through the Department of Economic Development via its website.

  • The trade name must have abbreviations of the legal structure of the company as suffix (for example LLC)
  • The trade name should not contain inappropriate words and should not be against public discretion
  • The trade name must be compatible with economic activities
  • The trade name must not contain the names of rulers, government agencies, or the names and logos of external government bodies
  • The trade name must not be registered by another company
  • The trade name and trademark must be approved by the Department of Economic Development and the Ministry of Economy, respectively
  • Trade name certificates are subject to renewal
  • Sole establishment
  • GCC company branch
  • Civil company
  • Local company branch
  • Limited liability company
  • Holding company
  • Foreign company’s representative office
  • Public joint stock company
  • Private joint stock company
  • Fast and easy business setup procedures
  • 100% repatriation of capital and profits
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Modern and sophisticated infrastructure
  • Easy access to regional and global markets
  • Independent laws and regulations
  • 100% exemption from customs duty
  • 100% exemption from corporate, income taxes

Please click here to explore free zones in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Determine the nature of your business activity
  • Determine your business legal structure
  • Register the trade name
  • Choose a business space for your company in one of the UAE free zones
  • Registration and payment of fees
  • Educational
  • Industrial
  • Consultancy/Services
  • Commercial/Trade
  • Freelance
  • Offshore
  • eCommerce
  • Media
  • Innovation
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehousing
  • Others
  • Free Zone Limited Liability Company (FZ LLC)
  • Free Zone Company (FZ Co.)
  • Free Zone Establishment (FZE)
  • Completed application form
  • Business plan
  • Copy of existing trade license/registration certificate (if applicable)
  • Coloured passport copies of the company’s shareholders, appointed manager
  • Registry Identification Code Form (RIC) for appointed manager (original and notarised)
  • Specimen signature of the company’s shareholders, appointed manager
  • Unit title deed
  • Letter of Intent
  • 2 years audited financial reports for corporate entity or certificate of reference from a personal bank of the individual shareholder
  • Completed application form for registration
  • Board Resolution appointing Manager/Director (notarised and attested)
  • Power of Attorney given to Manager/Director (notarised and attested)
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association (notarised and attested)
  • Specimen signature of Manager/Director (notarised and attested)
  • Passport-size photo of Manager/Director in white background
  • Share capital information

This is one of the series of laws adopted by the UAE to comply with the rules of the World Trade Organization. The importance of this Law is that it provides the legal framework for the protection of the UAE industries, while keeping in line with the rules of the World Trade Organization.

Its objective is to combat the harmful practices in international trade. Article 1 of the Law defines the harmful practices in international trade as the practices of dumping, specialised subsidy and increase of imports.

Dumping means exporting a product to the UAE at an export price that is less than the normal value of the like product in the export country in the normal course of trade.

A complaint against dumping, subsidisation or increase of imports should be submitted in writing to the Department of Anti-injurious Practices in International Trade as per the determined form.

The complaint shall be made by the domestic industry or on behalf of industry or by concerned Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the UAE, or by producers' federations.

The complaint should include evidence of the existence of dumping, specific subsidy or increase in imports and the injury caused by the alleged injurious practices as well as the causal link between the injurious practice and the alleged injury caused to the complainant, and all available information supporting the complaint.

  • Books, booklets, articles and other literature
  • Computer software and applications, databases and similar works defined in a decision to be issued by the Minister of Economy
  • Lectures, speeches, sermons and other works of similar nature
  • Plays, musicals and pantomimes
  • Musicals accompanied by dialogues and musicals which are not accompanied by dialogue
  • Audio and video works or audio-visual works
  • Architectural work and architectural plans and drawings
  • Drawings, paintings, sculptures, etchings, lithography, screen printing, reliefs and intaglio prints and other similar works of fine art
  • Photographic work and the likes
  • Works of applied art and plastic art
  • Charts, maps, plans, 3-D modelling for geographical and topographical applications and architectural designs etc.
  • Derivative works, subject to the protection afforded to the work(s) upon which they are based

Under this law, trade mark is defined as anything having a distinctive form such as names, words, signatures, letters, figures, drawings, logos, titles, hallmarks, seals, pictures, engravings, advertisements, packs or any other mark or group of marks if used or intended to be used either to distinguish goods, products or services whatever their source or to indicate that the goods or products belong to the trademark's owner due to its manufacturing, selection or trading or to indicate the rendering of a service.

The Federal Law No (31) of 2016, promulgated by Law No (17) of 2002 on Regulation and Protection of Industrial Property of Patents, Industrial Drawings and Designs regulates patent protection in the UAE. A patent protection in the UAE is granted for any invention resulting from an innovative idea or innovative improvement of an invention in all fields of technology, provided that such an idea or innovative improvement has a scientific basis and is applicable.

Established under Federal Law No (2) of 2014 under the umbrella of the Ministry of Economy, it is specifically designed for SMEs owned by UAE nationals. The programme aims to develop the general framework and guidelines to provide the necessary expertise and the technical, administrative and training support in various fields in order to promote and develop small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as prepare periodic evaluations of them.

  • Develop the SME sector as a major contributor and a primary supporter of the nation's economy.
  • Empower and support UAE nationals towards self-employment in the SMEs sector and bolster the SMEs GDP contribution in the economy.
  • Strengthen the UAE’s position as a hub for SMEs and entrepreneurship.
  • Develop support programmes and initiatives aimed at developing the SME sector.
  • Spread a culture of entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and research in order to realise the UAE’s economic ambitions.
  • Credit facilities, promotion and marketing, provided this shall not conflict with any financial or legal obligations
  • Federal bodies are obliged to grant SMEs no less than 10% of total contracts
  • Companies, in which the Federal Government owns a ratio of no less than 25% of its capital, is committed to contract with the projects and enterprises in the UAE by rate of not less than 5% of the total contracts.
  • Simplified processes and procedures as well as the reduction of fees
  • Incentives and facilities for SMEs
  • Allocation of space in both local and international events and exhibitions in which the UAE is part of
  • Organisation of local exhibitions catering to the needs of SMEs and boosting promotion of products and services

The National Programme caters to SMEs owned by UAE nationals.

The Council includes representatives from all bodies within the government sector which are related to SMEs.

  • Develop strategic plans and policies for small enterprises and projects
  • Set the necessary rules and regulations to enhance the coordination between the National Programme for SMEs and participating bodies
  • Follow-up on programme performance indicators
  • Promote sustainable economic development in the UAE

All active members of the National Programme are given a unique Identification Number (NP ID) to be recognised by the programme as well as by other organisations connected to the NP portal.

Yes, registration is necessary in order to get a unique ID number.

All members of other organisations will automatically become a member. However, there is a need to complete required information to activate your account and get the NP ID.

To register in the NP portal, visit or email

No, your account needs to be activated before you get the NP ID.

It usually takes 2-3 days to activate your account, but it can take longer depending on the process.

There are multiple government-backed initiatives in different emirates that are helping women start and run businesses such as the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), Abu Dhabi Business Women Council (ADBWC), the Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) and the Sharjah Business Women Council.

The Scale-up Programme for SMEs allows businesses to take practical steps to enter the new phase of their business growth. Through this programme, the UAE Federal government provides solutions to major hurdles faced by SMEs, such as easing the access to global markets & exports, improving the legal framework to ease debt financing & debt equity for SMEs, building alliances & managing business efficiently, and streamlining the process of innovation through guidelines & regulations.

Yes, the programme is offered to all nationalities.

Click here to fill up the form and register your interest.

  • Dubai SME is an integrated division of the Department of Economic Development (DED), which supports national SMEs and entrepreneurs in the emirate of Dubai in all phases of their development.
  • Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development The Khalifa fund is an independent, not-for-profit entity of Abu Dhabi focussing on encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting the SMEs, through running highly targeted financing, training and awareness initiatives.
  • Sharjah Entrepreneurship Foundation "Ruwad" provides financial and technical support to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Sharjah along with creating a business-focussed environment for effective development of projects.

Yes, these initiatives are open to all nationalities.

The procedures for business incorporation in the UAE are subject to the requirements of each emirate. We recommend visiting the official website of the Department of Economic Development in the concerned emirate; however, in general, businesses are incorporated in the UAE through one of two options:

Business Incorporation Online
The federal government provides the “Basher” platform for businesses, which is a comprehensive e-Service that enables investors to establish their companies in the UAE online through the unified digital platform fully integrated with the relevant local and federal government entities concerned with licensing economic activities in the UAE. This can be done within minutes and using a quick, convenient and secure process, without the need for investors to physically visit any government agency.

Business Incorporation through Conventional Methods
The process of incorporating a commercial business in the UAE goes through a number of steps that include the following:

  • Identify the nature of the activity.
  • Determine the legal structure.
  • Register the trade name.
  • Request for initial approval.
  • Choose the location or address of the commercial activity.
  • Obtain additional government approvals.
  • Submit documents and pay the required fees.

There are no taxes imposed on companies or on income in the UAE. As for fees, they vary from one emirate to another, depending on the nature of the intended activity and the type of license to be issued. To know the fees in detail, please visit the official website of the Department of Economic Development in the respective emirate.

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