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John Smith
by on July 15, 2021
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No business can operate in Dubai without a valid trade license. If you fail to renew your trade license on time, it can invite unexpected fines and other penalties. In a more critical condition, one is barred forever from establishing a business in the emirates.

The license renewal process is more or less the same whether you are a mainland or free zone company. The only significant difference is the authority that issues the license renewal.

For companies in Dubai mainland, it is done by the Department of Economic Development (DED). For free zone companies, the application is sent to the relevant free zone body.

In this blog, we will see the mainland process, which requires just three simple steps.

1. Keep All Necessary Documents in One Place
A mainland company should keep an attested tenancy agreement and a BR/1 form in order to renew its trade license. The tenancy contract must be valid for at least one month from the date of the renewal application.

2. Submit your Renewal Application
Then, submit your BR/1 form, tenancy agreement, a photocopy of your trade license, along with passport photocopies for all business partners. You can submit these documents online.

3. Make Payments for your Renewal
After your renewal application is submitted, you will receive a payment voucher for your license renewal. Ensure you make the payment immediately after receipt of the voucher. Soon after you have made payments, you will receive your renewed license.

Necessary Documents for Trade License Renewal in Dubai
Listed below are all the necessary documents that you will have to submit to renew a trade license in mainland Dubai.
  • Attested tenancy agreement
  • BR/1 form
  • Photocopy of trade license
  • Passport photocopies of all business partners

For free zone trade licence renewal, you will have to provide the following:

  • No Objection Certificate (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Continuity of Existence or Good Standing or Current Trade Licence in case of Branch of Onshore UAE Company

Is Ejari Necessary for Trade License Renewal?
Yes, Ejari is an essential part of the license renewal process. You will need to get your tenancy contract attested by Real Estate Regulatory Authority. If you try to renew your license without Ejari attested documentation, your application will most probably get rejected, and you may be penalized for it.

Trade License Renewal Fees in Dubai
The cost of trade license renewal in the United Arab Emirates depends on multiple factors, including your setup type, the size of your setup, and the sector of your business. Moreover, what kind of license you possess and whether or not you need extra approvals, all of this can impact the fee of the license renewal.

Cost of Renewing a Trade License in Dubai
Usually, the cost varied between AED 8,000 to AED 15,000 for standard license renewal. Hire a local business setup company based on your requirements to get an exact quote, detailed information, and required assistance in the entire process.
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