Business Setup Services

Issuance of a License for a Branch of a Local Establishment from another Emirate

Service Procedures:

1- Visit the Information Center (reception) to obtain the necessary information and the License form, or call, or check our electronic services:

2- Visit any Customer Service Center or branch of the Department to submit the application.

3- All required documents shall be submitted as electronic copies on a CD or Flash Memory in PDF format in order to obtain the trade name and initial approval.

Required Documents:

  • Trade Name Registration Form signed.
  • Copies of valid passports.
  • Copies of Valid UAE ID Card.
  • Copies of Family Book.

After obtaining the trade name and the initial approval, the following documents are required to issue the license:

  • License application Form signed.
  • Certificate of Trade Name
  • Certificate of Initial Approval
  • Copies of valid passports.
  • Copies of Valid UAE ID Card.
  • Copies of Family Book.
  • A copy of the valid lease contract attested by the Municipality.
  • A copy of the signatures authentication duly attested by the Notary Public.
  • An approved photo or photocopy of the trade name sign board, which carries the calligrapher’s signature, seal and board measurements.
  • No objection letter from the competent authorities in case that the activity may not be practiced except with an authorization from the competent authorities.
  • A copy of the mother establishment’s license in the other emirate.
  • A copy of the Department of Naturalization and Residency for foreign investors.
  • A copy of the Service Agent Contract if the establishment is owned by a foreign investor.​


  • All required documents shall be in Arabic language.
  • The License Application Form shall be submitted by the owner of the establishment or by a legally authorized representative.
  • The owner of the establishment must be at least 21 years of age.
  • All required documents shall be attached as electronic copies in PDF format. Originals shall be presented for verification.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Electronic Documents Conditions:

All the required documents shall be attached in a CD or a Flash Memory as follows:

  • The documents shall be in PDF format.
  • The copy shall be clear, neither dark nor bright.
  • The documents shall be labeled (Lease Agreement, Partnership Agreement…).
  • ​The average size of documents is 70 Kbytes.
    Documents and papers shall be organized as follows: