Department of Economic Development (DED)

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is the ultimate government authority that decisively influences the economic agendas and policies of the UAE. DED is responsible for the regulation of economic activity for all businesses in UAE mainland except the free zones. DED’s responsibilities include issuing trade licenses, categorization of economic activities in UAE, issuing permits for marketing activities and setting business work hours.

Key roles of the DED

  • Issuance of Professional, Commercial and Industrial Trade Licenses
  • Issuance of Limited Liability Company Licenses
  • Issuance of Service Agent Licenses
  • Issuance of Foreign company branch licenses
  • Renewal of Limited Liability Company Licenses
  • Renewal of Service Agent Licenses
  • Issuing Trade Name