Who To Contact

The licensing authority, the Department of Economic Development, directly issues licences for a majority of business activities. However, certain activities require special approval from the related ministry or department:

Medical, pharmacy
Ministry of Health

Air transport, air cargo
Department of Civil Aviation

Financial institutions, banks, money exchange
Central Bank

New industrial project, expansion
Ministry of Finance and Industry

Publishing video, film, photography
Dubai Film and TV Commission

Education, training
Ministry of Education

Agriculture, veterinary
Ministry of Agriculture

Telecommunications equipment
Ministry of Communication

Customs clearance, freight forwarding, sea cargo
Seaports and Customs Authority

Branch of foreign company, insurance company, chartered accounting firm
Ministry of Economy

Legal consultancy
Rulers Office

Engineering, construction
Dubai Municipality

Hotels, hotel apartments, tourism-related businesses
Dubai Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

If you’re setting up in one of the Free Zones in Dubai, you’ll need to deal with the respective Free Zone Authority. For a complete list of authorities, click here.

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