Obtaining Special Approval For A Business Activity

Certain businesses require additional special approval from various government ministries and/or other authorities, according to their type of activity. You will then need a no objection certificate (NOC) from the ministry related to your business domain before applying for a trade licence.


  • Use the activities search at dubaided.gov.ae to find out if your business needs special approval – and from which government body/bodies.
  • For a list of business activities and related ministries, visit registration and licensing ‘external approval’ at dubaided.gov.ae.
What To Bring
  • Completed Initial Approval Form from the DED.
  • Financial guarantee from a Dubai bank (if required).
  • Department of Economic Development (DED).
  • Take your paperwork and application form to the relevant authorities to request the NOCs.
  • Submit NOCs with other paperwork required for trade licence to DED.
  • This process needs to take place once you have submitted your initial trade licence and trade name applications.
  • Once the business type is approved by the Ministry of Economy, the DED can approve your full trade licence.

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