Activities requiring prior approval


Licence to practice majority of the activities are directly issued by the Department of Economic Development. However, certain activities require prior approval from the relevant Ministry/Department such as:


Activity Name Approval Authority
Financial institutions, banks, money exchanges UAE Central Bank
New industrial project, expansion Ministry of Industry
Publishing, printing, newspaper, advertising,

video film, photography

National Media Council


Tourism Department of Tourism and Commerce


Health care Dubai Health Authority
Agriculture, veterinary, environmental consultants Ministry of Environment and Water


Customs clearance, freight forwarding, sea


Department of Ports and Customs


Air Cargo, Travel agency Department of Civil Aviation
Construction companies, restaurants, clinics, engineering firms Municipality


Telecommunication equipment Ministry of Telecommunication
Registration of ships, boats, yachts Maritime Authority
Branch of foreign company (distribution), insurance company, insurance agents Ministry of Economy


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