Regulatory Authorities Permits & Licensing
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food & safety department
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approvals & exception
certificates from the UAE
A Regulatory Authority is a government agency responsible for exercising autonomous authority over some area of corporate activity in a regulatory or supervisory capacity.
In order to conduct business operations in the UAE, all regulated businesses will require some form of involvement from the relevant authority or a combination of authorities responsible for overseeing that particular sector or industry, such as:
- No-objection certificates;
- Others permits or licenses.
General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs
Under the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship, otherwise known as UAE Immigration, the GDRFA are responsible for residency of the foreign nationals and citizenship for UAE Nationals.
The services of GDRFA include: entry permits, residence visas, violation control border control services and establishments support services.
Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization
MOHRE is responsible for overseeing the federal laws that regulate labour policies and supervise their implementation.
All businesses with employees must register with MOHRE and fulfil the requirements in order to onboard and sustain their employees.
MOHRE also carry out inspections to ensure that employers are fulfilling their legal obligations.
Knowledge and Human Development Authority
KHDA is responsible for the growth and quality of private education and training in Dubai.
In order to obtain a business license in the mainland of Dubai as well as all Dubai free zones, for all education and training related activities (this includes universities, schools, training centers, education consultancies and support services) you will be required to obtain a KHDA license or permit in order to be legally operational.
The Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
ACTIVET regulates policies and standards in technical and vocational educational institutions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
ACTIVET is also responsible for the licensing of trainers and tutors. In order to incorporate or operate any educational or training activity in Abu Dhabi, an approval, permit or license from ACTIVET is required.
Dubai Health Authority
DHA is the authority that regulates the medical and health industry in Dubai. Among the vast objectives of DHA is the licensing, approval and registration of medical facilities including hospitals, clinics and laboratories.
DHA also regulates and licenses medical professionals such as Doctors, Technicians and Support Specialists in the medical field.
In order to establish any medical or health related business in Dubai, registration with DHA and abiding by their regulations is mandatory.
Dubai Municipality is one of the largest governmental institutions in the UAE, similar to a city council.
Dubai Municipality is responsible for urban planning, and maintenance of public facilities, cultural and heritage development, construction and buildings regulation, food control, drainage network, sewage treatment, public parks, public health and safety and various other municipal affairs and services.
Many industry sectors and business activities require approvals, permits, licensing, registration and inspection with Dubai Municipality.
Ministry of Health and Prevention
A federal authority, enhancing community health by providing and managing healthcare services as per international standards and performing its role as a regulator and supervisor of the healthcare sector through a modern and integrated health legislative system.
MOHAP is responsible for issuing approvals, licenses, permits, inspections and controls for professionals and companies in manufacturing, importing, advertising and providing medical, pharmaceutical and health related products and services.
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
TRA’s is entrusted to ensure the development of the ICT sector in the region and also responsible for regulating the telecommunications sector in the UAE.
For regulated business, the TRA ensure that licensees adhere to quality standards of performance and to the terms and conditions stipulated in the licenses granted to them. Sectors regulated by TRA are internet and e-commerce, dealers and suppliers of equipment and devices.
Roads and Transport Authority
As the name suggested, the RTA is responsible for the development and regulation of all matters related to transport as well as roads and infrastructure.
RTA approvals and permits are needed for all transport related business. Also RTA is the regulatory authority for registering commercial vehicles as well as advertising on vehicles or public transport.