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 Close your business

  • close a sole- proprietorship
  • close a branch
  • close a civil works company
  • close all companies
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Steps to close a sole- proprietorship​​​

  1. Fill in the Registration & Licensing Application form through approved application channels.
  2. Submit a copy of the license.
  3. Cancel the Establishment Card at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
  4. Collect business activity-specific approvals (only for business activities that require approvals of government bodies to cancel a license)
  5. Submit the above documents through approved service centers​ and collect license cancellation certificate.


Steps to close a branch of a company

  1. Fill in the Registration & Licensing Application form through approved service centers​.
  2. Cancel the Establishment Card at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
  3. Submit an attested decision issued by the parent company to cancel the branch.
  4. Collect business activity-specific approvals (only for business activities that require approvals of government bodies to cancel a license)
  5. The Ministry of Economy's decision to cancel the foreign company branch.
  6. Submit the above documents through approved service centers​ and collect license cancellation certificate.​


Steps to close a civil works company

  1. Fill in the Registration & Licensing Application form through approved service centers​.
  2. Cancel the Establishment Card at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
  3. Cancel the foreign partners' visas sponsored by the company.
  4. Collect business activity-specific approvals (only for business activities that require approvals of government bodies to cancel a license)
  5. Prepare a partnership cancellation contract authenticated by the notary public or any of the state's courts.
  6. Submit the above documents through approved service centers​ and collect license cancellation certificate.​

Steps to close all companies

Phase one: Dissolve a company and appoint a liquidator

  • Prepare notarized minutes of the general assembly meeting to confirm the company liquidation along with a notice of appointment of a liquidator.
  • Prepare a letter issued by the liquidator accepting to liquidate the company along with the liquidator's documents (a copy of the license, auditor registration certificate, a notarized signature specimen).
  • Fill in the Registration and Licensing Application form and submit the above documents through approved service centers​.
  • A legal advisor in DED will then review your documents for obtaining certificates of the company dissolution and liquidators appointment.
  • You will be issued with a payment voucher to pay the company dissolution and the liquidator appointment fees of AED 2,020. You can pay fees and receive the certificate through approved service centers​​.
  • Publish a notice of liquidation in two Arabic local newspapers for one day only; the notice should give the debtors a grace period of 45 days from the date of the notice to submit their claims.


Phase two: Remove a Company from the Register​

  • Prepare the company's final report.
  • Prepare a declaration letter from the liquidator and the partners indicating that no objection from any other parties during 45 days from the date of announcement.
  • Cancel the Establishment Card at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation​.
  • Cancel the foreign partners' visas sponsored by the company.
  • Collect business activity-specific approvals (only for business activities that require approvals of government bodies to cancel a license)
  • Obtain the Ministry of Economy's decision to cancel the company (for private shareholding companies).
  • Obtain the Securities and Commodities Authority's decision to cancel the company (for public shareholding companies).
  • Submit all the above documents along with phase one documents through approved application channels to get the approval of DED legal advisor.
  • You will be issued with a payment voucher to pay the deregistration fees of AED 3,020. You can pay fees and receive the certificate of deregistration through approved payment channels.

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