The Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) Division of the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) recently organised a workshop on the business registration system for representatives of law firms in Dubai. The initiative was intended to enable law firms to use DED’s data and process BRL services (to establish new companies and renew licenses) for clients via DED’s website from their own premises.

The initiative will be a significant value addition for business owners and investors as it allows them to complete business registration fast and at their convenience online. BRL is keen to provide more customer service windows beyond the official working hours of DED.

Mohammed Shael, CEO, Business Registration and Licensing Division at DED, who led the workshop said: “Law firms in Dubai are the strategic partners of DED in attracting and registering companies. DED has been utilising online platforms to offer an advanced, flexible, convenient and diverse suite of services to customers, reinforcing Dubai’s reputation as one of the best and competitive business destinations.”

Shael added: “We are pleased with the positive response from law firms as they raised many vital questions related to the new e-Services initiative, which will be duly considered in the actual launch in April this  year. We have also modified some online procedures to suit the law firms and we call upon all law firms to co-operate with BRL to further enhance the UAE’s top ranking in the Doing Business Report for 2013 and promote the country as a globally competitive business hub.”

The Business Registration and Licensing Division plays a crucial role in promoting Dubai’s business environment through launching various growth initiatives. It is a key partner of the private and public sector in Dubai and seeks to provide the business community with various online services in line with global best practices. BRL is also focused on providing more tech-driven and value-added services to cope with the growth of businesses and to position DED as the best government department leveraging the latest technologies to offer service efficiencies.

“DED believes in continuous growth and is implementing the e-Strategy to enhance and expand its online services according to international best practices and customer feedback. It complements our strategic objective of creating an investor-friendly environment and strengthening Dubai’s standing as an investment destination of choice,” Shael said.


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