Dubai Economy
The auto renewal service of Dubai Economy accounted for 68 per cent (33,874 licences) of the trade licences renewed (49,997) during the first four months of 2020. Image Credit: Courtesy : Supplied

Dubai: The auto renewal service of Dubai Economy accounted for 68 per cent (33,874 licences) of the trade licences renewed (49,997) during the first four months of 2020.

Among the auto renewed licences, 73 per cent were commercial, and 24 per cent were professional. The Business Registration & Licensing sector in Dubai Economy also witnessed a 62 per cent increase in auto renewal transactions during the first four months of 2020, compared to the same period of 2019.

The economic stimulus package launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council on March 12, 2020 to support business continuity in the emirate has made the process of renewing, as well as obtaining, a licence easier. The package enables companies to renew their trade licences without a renewed lease contract, in addition to offering a 12-month easy installment option for fee payments with zero down payment.

The increase in auto renewals reflects the progress in the efforts towards achieving the goal of the Government of Dubai to go completely paper-free by 2021. The service has added tremendous value to businesses in Dubai as transactions and payments can be completed without any paperwork. It adds to the competitiveness of Dubai and is aimed at promoting the happiness of the community thorugh enhanced ease of service, Dubai Economy said in a statement.

No more office visits

Previously, the customer’s journey to renew a licence included four visits and seven steps: ‘Inquiring about the service’ on the website or through the call centre; then ‘Applying for the service’ (visit) to submit the required documents and obtain external approvals, followed by ‘External approvals’ (visit) based on the business activity and visits to government agencies to obtain approvals; attestation of ‘Lease/real estate ownership certificate’; ‘Submitting the required documents’ (visit); ‘Dubai Municipality payment voucher’, and finally, ‘Paying the fees’ (visit).

Now, business owners can renew the business licence through the auto renewal service in one step by sending a text message with the trade licence number to ‘6969,’ following which they will receive a ‘payment voucher.’ They can then complete the payment through any of the payment channels provided in the text message. This is done without any visits and zero paperwork.

The report showed that ‘Limited Liability Companies’ (LLC) topped the list of legal form of the licences auto-renewed, followed by ‘Sole Proprietorship’ and ‘Civil Companies’ during the first four months of 2020. The legal forms also included One-Person Limited Liability Company; Branches of companies based in other Emirates; Branches of Foreign Companies; Branches of Free Zone Companies; General Partnership; Limited Partnership; Private Joint-Stock Company; Public Shareholding Company and Government Liaison Office.

Dubai Economy offers a number of payment channels for transactions related to auto renewals, such as online through Smart Dubai Payment Gateway; Sadad Aafaq; DED Business App; Commercial Bank of Dubai (customers) and Dubai Islamic Bank (customers). Customers can also pay fees through Aafaq via bank transfer or Deposit using Dubai Islamic Bank ATMs. Cash payment through Commercial Bank of Dubai or Emirates Islamic (branches/ATMs) is also an option.