Before it actually begins operating, a commercial enterprise must obtain a license that allows it to carry out its chosen economic activity.
There are six types of license: commercial, agricultural, craftsmanship (or occupational), professional, industrial and tourism.
Such licenses are issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.
You can apply for a business license via the Department of Economic Development website or in person at a DED customer service center.
You may also need to get approval from other relevant authorities – this will depend on the nature of your economic activity.
- if your business operates in the insurance industry, you may need to get approval from the Insurance Authority
- if your business operates in the healthcare industry, you may need to get approval from the Ministry of Health
- if your business operates in the hotel sector, you may need to get approval from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority