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The DED café in Jumeirah offers business registration and licensing services in the comfort of a café. Image Credit: Huda Tabrez/Gulf News

Dubai – Starting your own business can be hectic, time-consuming and stressful. But what if you could get all the paperwork done over a cup of coffee?

The Dubai Economic Department’s DED Café is a place where you can do exactly that and much more.

The UAE has always been a business hub, welcoming businesses and entrepreneurs from across the world to set up shop in the country.

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Tokens are handed out based on the specific services the customers are looking for. Image Credit: Huda Tabrez/Gulf News

Dubai’s DED Café is one such initiative that makes it easy for residents and citizens to set up their business activities in the comfort of a café.

What is the DED Café?

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A team of around 20 people is available to serve the customers and advise them through the processes and transactions. Image Credit: Huda Tabrez/Gulf News

Dubai Economy in partnership with the High Level Government Transaction Centre, launched DED Café in 2018 under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The café is in line with Sheikh Mohammed’s vision to provide an enhanced customer experience to transform service outlets across all government departments in Dubai into customer happiness centres.

The café is an outsourced service centre for Dubai Economic Department and offers various DED services.

A team of around 20 staff members inform visitors of the processes they need to follow for their specific request and help them through the transactions and procedures.

Which services can be availed?

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The cafe is often buzzing with business owners and entrepreneurs speaking to advisers on the DED processes and requirements Image Credit: Huda Tabrez/Gulf News

There are various Dubai Economic Department services that are offered at the café. Along with these services, there is a business center adjacent to the café, which provides a co-working space to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

There are no hidden costs if you apply for your trade licence or any other DED service, as it is an authorised DED Service Center. These are some of the services offered:

1. Business registration, including Instant licensing service (5-minute licence) and trader licence

2. New company registration

3. Business trade licence

4. General trading licence

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The cafe is situated along Jumeirah Beach Road, right opposite the iconic Jumeirah Mosque. Image Credit: Huda Tabrez/Gulf News

5. Serviced office

6. Desk space

7. Meeting rooms

Najla Ibrahim Al Shamsi, Founder and Owner of DED Café, said: “The café features the latest technology to provide business license holders with access to business licensing and registration services as well as the flexibility and convenience of a café environment and assistance from qualified service advisors.

"Business people can have their transactions completed over a cup of coffee or from the comfort of their cars, and also earn loyalty points for the time spent at the café.”

She added that the business centre offers desk space, office space as well as meeting rooms. These are offered at rates that are lower than the market price, with the DED café team offering greater flexibility. Whether you wish to book a meeting room for a VIP meeting for a day, or want to rent a desk or office space for a month, there are special packages that can be availed.

The business centre offers desk space, office space as well as meeting rooms. These are offered at rates that are lower than the market price, with the DED café team offering greater flexibility. Whether you wish to book a meeting room for a VIP meeting for a day, or want to rent a desk or office space for a month, there are special packages available.

- Najla Ibrahim Al Shamsi, Founder and Owner of DED Café

The DED website also offers a virtual office package from Dh500 a month, which offers benefits like a dedicated receptionist to greet phone callers in your company name and transfer according to your instructions, high-speed Wi-Fi connection in co-working lounges and complimentary use of meeting rooms and office facilities.

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How do I find and contact the café?

The DED café is located in Jumeirah.

It is not difficult to find the café, as it is right opposite the famous Jumeirah mosque and adjacent to the Jumeirah Strip Mall near La Mer beach on Jumeirah Beach Road.

Working hours:

Sunday to Thursday – 8am to 8pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Tel:04 345 0444

Email: business@highlevel.ae