Dubai issues 24,662 new business licences in first quarter of this year


A grand view of the Dubai International Financial Center Gate Village in Dubai.

Staff Reporter, Gulf Today

The Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) in Dubai has issued its first-quarter 2022 report on the business environment. The report developed by the DET’s Business Registration and Licensing (BRL) sector shows that 24,662 new business licenses were issued in Q1 2022, a growth of 58 per cent from Q1 2021, when 15,580 licences were issued.

The exceptional growth underlines the robust fundamentals, resilience and sustainability of Dubai’s economy, led by a progressive vision and a strong ability to withstand challenges and maintain a healthy growth rate. The substantial rise in new business licenses also highlights the confidence of investors and businesses in Dubai’s growth potential across various sectors.

Furthermore, the figures demonstrate DET’s continuous efforts to achieve the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support productivity, growth, economic diversification, sustainability and competitiveness in the emirate, as well as build strategic economic sectors and provide high-quality services that meet the highest international standards.

According to the report, 57 per cent of the new business licences issued during Q1 2022 were professional and 43% were commercial. Bur Dubai accounted for the largest share (16,577) of the new licences issued, followed by Deira (8,066) and Hatta (19), while the top sub-regions were: Al Fahidi, Al Marrar, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Investment Park 1, Port Saeed, Al Quoz 3, Naif, Trade Centre 1, Hor Al Anz East and Al Barsha 1.

Among the legal forms of the new licences issued, Sole Establishment companies topped the list with 33 per cent, followed by Civil Companies with 26% and Limited Liability companies with 19%. The legal forms also included: One-Person Limited Liability Companies, Branches of companies based in other emirates, Branches of Foreign Companies, Branches of Free Zone Companies, Branches of GCC Companies, and Public Shareholding Companies.

A total of 136,034 business registration and licensing transactions were completed during Q1 2022, a growth of 36 per cent compared to Q1 2021, when total transactions reached 99,741. The number of Initial Approvals reached 19,835, a growth of 43 per cent compared to the same period last year (13,914), while Trade Name Reservations reached 22,112, a growth of 29 per cent compared to Q1 2021 (17,133).

The BRL sector reported that 7,492 Instant Licences were issued during Q1 2022, a growth of 310 per cent compared to Q1 2021, during which 1,828 licences were issued. The instant license service provides a convenient and easy solution for businessmen to obtain a commercial license within five minutes on the Invest in Dubai platform – – to establish and conduct business in Dubai. Businesses can secure their business license in one step without having a company lease or location for the first year.

The DET highlighted the importance of close collaboration between the government and private sectors to support economic development and the ambitious vision of Dubai and the UAE. The DET strives to deliver solutions that contribute to facilitating growth and ease of doing business in Dubai.

Investors can obtain any trade licence or launch a business in a matter of minutes through ‘Invest in Dubai,’ the first integrated digital business set-up platform, which simplifies the business journey. To start a business today, visit or call 600 500 006.

Summary of weekly real estate transactions for the week. The real estate and properties transactions valued at Dhs 5.3 billion in total during the week ending 08 April 2022. The sum of transactions was 2,012. 236 plots were sold for Dhs 1.07 billion, 1,415 apartments and villas were sold for Dhs 2.96 billion.

The top three transactions were a land in Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid sold for Dhs 74.96 million, followed by a land that was sold for Dh 22.5 million in Al Merkadh, and a land sold for Dhs 74.96 million in Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid in third place.

Al Hebiah Fifth recorded the most transactions for this week by 119 sales transactions worth Dhs 267.82 million, followed by Al Merkadh with 40 sales transactions worth Dhs 394.02 million, and Wadi Al Safa 5 with 15 sales transactions worth Dhs 75 million in third place.

The top three transfers for apartments and villas were an apartment was sold for Dhs 369 million in Marsa Dubai, an apartment was second in the list sold for Dhs 339 million in Burj Khalifa, and thirdly it was an apartment sold for Dhs 307 million in Palm Jumeirah.

The sum of the amount of mortgaged properties for the week was 1.05 billion, with the highest being a land in Business Bay, mortgaged for AED 395 million. 53 properties were granted between first-degree relatives worth Dhs 269 million


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