Branch of foreign company in Dubai License Registration in Dubai Online

Branch of foreign company in Dubai Online UAE

Activity: Branch of foreign company in Dubai

Legal Type: Branch of foreign company

Time frame: 30 days


Parent Company documents – (Duly attested from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UAE Embassy in country of origin)

1. Certificate of incorporation.
2. Articles of association of parent company.
3. Board of Resolution adopted by the authorized body in the parent company mentioning the
name of appointed General Manager.
4. The balance sheet of parent company for the last three fiscal years and auditor’s report.
5. Power of Attorney (issued in favor of the company-appointed General Manager).
6. Request letter to open a branch in Dubai on parent company letterhead (Address to
Ministry of Economy in Dubai, UAE)
7. Passport copies for the shareholders
8. Passport copies and C.V. (Resume) for the General Manager for the new branch
9. Brief Business plan

(all above documents to be provided translated and attested by UAE embassy in country of origin of parent company and attested from ministry of foreign affairs in Dubai) 

  • Passport copy of manager scanned or photo from smart phone or camera
  • passport size photo scanned or clear photo from smart or phone
  • UAE resident visa copy scanned or clear photo from smart or phone (if resident)
  • NOC no objection certificate from current sponsor if UAE resident for the appointed manger if .

External Approvals

Some foreign branch licenses in Dubai may require external department approvals e.g engineering consultancy ,contracting licenses etc..(external departments fees not included unless listed during registration and payment process.


  • Initial Approval application
  • Local Service Agent appoitment agreement Drafting
  • Local Service Agent agreement notarizing at Dubai public notary (Local service agent & Investor or their authorized signatories must be present ) this will take couple of hours or less.
  • Office Lease agreement (Ejari) to be arranged by investor emailed to us (copy)  .
  • Getting DEWA connection for utilities (water & electricity )

Cost of License Registration

Description Frequency USD AED
Department of Economic Development License fee + 5% of annual office/shop rent Annual  3268 10,000 to 12000
Corporate Sponsor or Local Service Agent fee Annual 2179 8000
License Registration Service Fee One time 1361 5000
Local Service Agent Agreement drafting,translation and notarizing One time 408 1500
Ministry of Economy Approval first year 5445 20000
Total 12660 46500

Optional Services 

Description Frequency USD AED
New GDRFA  Establishment Card & Online visa service(optional required if applying investor/partner visas) Every three years 1293 4750
New MOHRE (ex. Ministry of Labor Establishment Card (optional required if applying investor/partner visas) One Time 900 3300
Investor/ Partner Visa* per application Every three years  1279 4700
Dependents Visa wife,son,daughter per application ** Every three years 680 2500
Instant License*** first year 2722 10000
Virtual Office (optional) Per year 6806 25000

Next Year Onward Dubai Economy Mainland License Renewal Cost

Description USD AED
DE License Renewal Fee 3268 12000
Corporate or Local Service Agent Fee 2179 8000
Renewal Service fee 272 1000
Ministry of Economy approval renewal 2722 10000
Total 8440 31000

Important Notes

*Investor /Partner Visa This is an optional service that you can either add or leave at time of online license application, e.g if you don’t need an investor/partner visa or already have one then don’t tick the check box for this service. Select if more than one partner from drop down menu.

**Dependents residence visa wife,son,daughter

As an investor/partner you are eligible to apply residence visa for your family husband wife children, you will see requirements and process of this service during the registration process . You can avail this service only after your business license registration and after your visa has been stamped in passport and Emirates ID has been applied.

*** Instant License All DE Mainland Licenses that are not required to get external department approvals are eligible to get their license with with this service without renting a physical office in Dubai for first year by paying AED 10,000 to DE Dubai Economy . You will be eligible to get your investor visa and you can sponsor your family under your sponsorship and two employment visas , Instant License issues in 24 hours .This service is optional if you don’t plan to rent your own office and if your rent your own office there will be an additional 5% added from the rent value to your license DE Dubai Economy Fee.

**** Final Payment Voucher Fees depend on the business activity as well as cost of your annual lease (Market Fee is 5%) and will be adjusted whether less or more than the indicated DED fees , doesn’t apply to Instant License activities .