dual (onshore) licence – access more business and help your company grow!

Companies can now apply for an additional (dual) licence from the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED) without the need to have an onshore office or premises.

This provides you with access to more business at a significantly lower cost. The dual licence helps business carry out commercial activities more freely and take part in more tenders for government and semi-government entities. Follow our dual licence step-by-step guide to understand the process involved to work with both Abu Dhabi and Federal government entities.

step-by-step guide

 

frequently asked questions

  • What is a dual licence?

    A dual licence is a branch licence from the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED) allowing free zone companies to have access to onshore project tenders without an additional onshore office or premise. It allows partners to carry out commercial activities more freely with Abu Dhabi government entities.

    To engage with local and federal government entities you will need to obtain the Extended Dual License.

  • How do I apply for a dual licence (to engage with local Abu Dhabi government entities)?

    Follow steps 1 and 2 in the dual licence step-by-step guide.

    To engage with both local and federal government entities follow steps 1 to 5 in the dual licence step-by-step guide.

    Please contact the Government Affairs department on government.affairs@twofour54.com for more details.

  • What is required from companies to obtain a dual licence?

    – Emirates ID of General Manager
    – Business licence (requires 6 months validity)
    – Company’s declaration letter (signed and stamped by the company)
    – No Objection Certificate (NOC) provided by Media Zone Authority (MZA).

  • What does it cost to apply for a dual licence?

    Abu Dhabi government fees associated with licencing are now waived for the first 2 years of licence date, providing you with more access to business for less. Additional set-up fees are applicable and include:
    – AED 300 (+VAT) – customer care fees
    – AED 1,215 – DED fees
    – Approx. AED 2,000 – other fees

    * Fees are subject to change at any stage, as requested by relevant authorities.
    * Additional service fees and/or taxes may be applicable at any stage as requested by relevant authorities.

  • What is required from companies to obtain an extended dual licence?

    In addition to steps 1 and 2, companies need to follow the remaining steps to step 5 to gain access to both local and federal government entities. The following additional documents are required for this process:
    – Business License – MZA Certified
    – Memorandum and Article of Association (MOA and AOA) – MZA certified
    – Certificate of Incorporation (COI) – MZA certified
    – Local Service Agreement – notarised by Notary Public
    – Board Resolution of mother company to establish a branch in Abu Dhabi – notarised by Notary Public
    – Power of Attorney (POA) – notarised by Notary Public
    – Specimen Signature – notarised by Notary Public

  • What does it cost to apply for an extended dual licence?

    Licence application fees are now waived for the first 2 years of licence date, providing you with more access to business at a significantly reduced rate. Additional set-up fees are applicable and include:
    – AED 4,500 (+VAT) – Customer care fees (optional)
    – AED 500 – Notary Public fees
    – AED 5,000 Ministry of Economy
    – AED 10,000+ – Ministry of Economy
    – AED 50,000 – Bank guarantee

    * Fees are subject to change at any stage, as requested by relevant authorities.
    * Additional service fees and/or taxes may be applicable at any stage as requested by relevant authorities.

  • Do I have to renew the dual licence?

    The new licence from Department of Economic Development (DED) is valid for 2 years from the date of issuance and is to be renewed upon expiration.

  • Can I operate as a subcontractor with a twofour54 company that already has a dual licence?

    Yes, you can.

  • Will I lose the bank guarantee for any reason?

    The bank guarantee can be withheld by the Ministry of Economy if the company violates the terms and conditions of the foreign companies registration, where certain fines or unpaid amounts can be deducted from the deposit.

  • How does the dual licence help businesses get more work?

    The dual licence will enable businesses to deal and pitch directly for projects with local and federal government entities.

  • How do I start my application?

    twofour54 can assist in the dual licence application process. To start the process contact government.affairs@twofour54.com.