Expanding a business often requires the acquisition of new offices, retail shops, warehouses or industrial plots. You need to amend your business licence for every additional site. The process for acquiring a new site and amending the trade licence is almost identical to the process of acquiring an initial location.
The Dubai Municipality has strict zoning rules for businesses, so be sure your business is legally allowed to operate before signing any agreements. To be sure your proposed location is within the city’s zoning regulations, call the Planning Department Office within the DED (04 202 0105) and tell them the exact location and plot number of the proposed location; they will inform you whether or not it is acceptable.
Dubai Economic Development Department (DED) has made it mandatory for all commercial establishments to produce lease contracts registered with ‘Ejari’ for the renewal and amendment of commercial licences. Ejari is the official online registration of property on lease in Dubai introduced by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera).