Business Setup Services

Issuance of a license for a Sole Proprietorship (Owned by a Foreign Investor)

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 Formduly 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 Department of Naturalization and Residency Approval for foreign investors.
  • A copy of Service Agent contract.
  • 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


  • The approval of the Department of the Naturalization and Residency Department is required for the foreign investors after the issuance of the trade name and before the issuance of the initial approval.
  • 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.​