Department of Dubai Economic Development (DED)

Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) sets and drives the economic agenda of the emirate. The DED supports the structural transformation of Dubai into a diversified, innovative, service-based economy. The DED and its agencies develop economic plans and policies, identify and support the growth of strategic sectors, and provide services to domestic and international investors and businesses. Core transactional services include business registration, business regulation and trademark protection. The DED Group’s advisory services oversee funding and development for SMEs, export promotion, and initiatives to attract Foreign Direct Investment.


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Information on approvals issued by DED for all businesses within Dubai (excluding free zones)

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Records of inspection visits by DED for license renewal and business activity, excluding free zones

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Professional, commercial, industrial and tourism business licenses issued by DED for mainland Dubai

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Temporary and permanent promotional campaign permits given to licensed businesses

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Registration of business licenses for mainland Dubai, excluding free zones