Branch of Foreign Company

The following documents (notarised and/or attested as indicated) are required from the applicant before a Certificate of Branch Registration and Commercial Licence can be issued:

Documents Required

  • Stage 1: (Provisional Approval)
    • Application Form
    • Passport copies for General Manager
    • Company Incorporation Certificate – of parent company
    • Certificate of Continuity or Existence or Good Standing – of parent company
    • MoA and AoA of Parent Company
  • Stage 2: (Registration)
    • Resolution for the Incorporation of an branch of a foreign company, to view the template – click here
  • Conditional Documents
    • Declaration of Appointment as General Manager
    • Approval document or No Objection letter from a government authority if the company is undertaking a business activity that requires such approval (View Details)
    • Power of Attorney for Legal Representative/ Negotiator (if any), accompanied by passport copy of legal representative


An additional fees of AED 10 as “Knowledge Dirham” and AED 10 as “Innovation Dirham” is applicable per transaction.


  • Process Duration Stage 1: 10 working days
  • Process Duration Stage 2: 2 working days

Important Notes:

  • All required documents more than one page must be sealed, notarized & attested.
  • Powers of Attorney need to be accompanied with a valid passport copy of the Attorney.
  • The Authority reserves the right to ask for any extra documents, it may deem require.
  • Board Resolution and/or Power of Attorney for the General Manager must state the General Manager’s full name as per passport including nationality and valid passport number.
  • The required documents must be in English and / or Arabic. Documents in any other language must be accompanied by a certified English or Arabic translation.
  • Where the application form is completed and signed by the applicant in person at the Dubai Development Authority, the applicant’s signature will be certified by Dubai Development Authority personnel.
  • Where the application form is completed and signed by the applicant outside the Dubai Development Authority, the applicant will need to have his/her specimen signature notarized.
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