550 Instant Licences issued in Q1 2020, says Dubai Economy

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• Market fees for Instant Licence revised from AED3000 to AED250
• Instant Licence in 5 minutes; option for electronic MOA, and virtual site enough for first year

The Business Registration and Licensing (BRL) sector in Dubai Economy has reported that 550 Instant Licences were issued during the first quarter (January to March) of 2020. Among the Instant Licences issued, 73% were Commercial and 27% were Professional.

The Instant Licence service is the winner of the ‘Flag’ of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Programme for Smart Government 2019. It enables business owners to obtain their commercial licences in one step, and within five minutes. The initiative is a path-breaking service whereby businessmen can establish and conduct business in Dubai easily with the option to issue an electronic Memorandum of Association (MOA), and a virtual site enough for the first year.

The report showed that the number of Instant Licence owners during Q1 2020 reached 1,746 with men accounting for 88% of the licence owners. Entrepreneurs who secured Instant Licences during Q1 2020 included those from the UK, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, India, Pakistan, China, Sudan and the Philippines.

The Instant Licence service reduces human interaction through automated licensing procedures and easy access to a business licence. It guarantees that entrepreneurs can start their business activity immediately after the licence is secured, and then complete the remaining requirements of the licence, such as approvals from other relevant government entities.

An Instant Licence includes four legal forms – Limited Liability Company, One Person L.L.C, Sole Proprietorship and Civil Company. The market fee for the issuance of the instant licence has been adjusted from AED3,000 to AED250 only, including for general trade activity, which is licensed via eServices only. The same fee applies when the instant licence is renewed.

Business owners can obtain online a general commercial licence, which includes General Trade activity, in addition to activities that do not require external approvals and are permitted for both citizens and residents. Furthermore, the licensee is given membership in Dubai Chamber instantly, an establishment card of the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) as well as three work permits for employees from the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation once the trade licence is issued.

The registration of ‘Native’ workers in the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation is an added feature of the Instant Licence. This comes within the framework of implementing Emiratisation decisions adopted by the Cabinet headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage the private sector to attract UAE Nationals and develop their capabilities and skills to lead the competitive knowledge economy competently.

Through the Instant Licence, Dubai Economy aims to promote the sustainable economic development and competitiveness of Dubai. Dubai Economy supports the structural transformation of the city into a diversified, innovative service-based economy with an enhanced business environment, as well as accelerated productivity growth.

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