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Deregistration of Company in UAE | A Comprehensive Guide

For the deregistration of the company in UAE, you must first cancel all your permits and licenses. This is important for all the companies that have decided to close down their companies in the UAE.

How to Close Down Your Business in a Proper Legal Manner

First of all, the government needs to know your reason behind deregistering a company. They must know why you no longer want to continue the company’s operations anymore. This step is mandatory as it saves the company from heavy fines and penalties on the license when it doesn't get renewed after its expiry date.

For a company with shareholders, discharging the liabilities and protecting the interests and shares is important. So, to save the reputation of your business and to avoid fines, canceling the license and permits is important.

Also read: Company Liquidation & De Registration in Dubai

Your company form and structure are what decide the procedure for license cancellation. Such procedures are quite easy for sole proprietorships and establishments. This is because all that a company needs is to apply for the cancellation of the license through DED and get all the needed clearance forms.

Companies with shareholders have to go through long processes because before finalizing the real estate dispute, they have to clear all the debts and liquidate the shares properly.

Steps to Deregistration of Company in UAE 

Stage 1:

  • Preparing the minutes of the assembly to confirm the liquidation of the company in Dubai and the appointment of the liquidator
  • Arranging the official letter for accepting the duty by the registered liquidator
  • Applying for cancellation of the licenses by filling the forms through DED or other proper mediums
  • Getting a certificate for the liquidation issued by DED
  • Publishing the liquidation notice in 2 local newspapers in the UAE
  • Submitting the claims after getting the grace period of 45 days.

Stage 2:

  • Submitting a declaration letter to DED from the liquidator as well as the partners of the company to indicate no objection from any of the concerned parties.
  • Collecting the necessary approval from the government entities for deregistering the company and canceling the license
  • Canceling the firm card of the company at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization.
  • Canceling the visas of the foreign partners which were sponsored by the company at the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs
  • Submitting all the above-mentioned documents for getting approval for final deregistration.
  • Paying the fee
  • Receiving the company deregistration or cancellation certificate after paying the fee.

Note: Civil companies are not included in these processes.

Also read: Court-appointed liquidators: What are the Roles and Duties of a Liquidator

Other Things to Do for Deregistering a Company in the UAE

  • Filling out the cancellation or company deregistration form
  • Canceling the firm card of the company. This needs to be done at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization.
  • Canceling the visas of the foreign partners at the concerned General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs
  • Collecting the cancellation approvals
  • Preparing a contract for the partnership cancellation. Note that it should be authenticated as well by the notary public
  • Submitting the above-mentioned documents and collecting the certificate of license cancellation.

Steps Required for Deregistering a Sole Proprietorship License

This requires obtaining a no-objection certificate from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization along with a cancellation proof of residence (for non-golf residents).

Avoid Fines and Penalties

There are a lot of people who do not go through the legal processes of deregistering companies. They rather just stop paying the fees for renewing the license after its expiry date is reached. People need to know the fact that they may have to face heavy penalties and fines for not paying the fees. Therefore, it is better to deregister the company rather than not pay the fees.

How Farahat and Co Helps you

Company Liquidation process in Dubai and cancellation of license require both accuracy and efficiency. You will get experts in the respective fields at Farahat and Co. Apart from HR, payroll, and audit services FAR help you in deregistering your company. It will guide you throughout the path to make sure that you do not stress out over things.

We all know the fact that how difficult it is to go through the troubles of liquidating a company. That is why FAR takes full responsibility for carrying out all the duties for liquidating the company. From paying the debts and settling each and everything, it will be by your side no matter what. That’s what makes it the best firm to count on when you want to deregister your company in the UAE.

Shahnaz Kaushar is a senior Trademark and Intellectual Property (IP) Expert. She has handled some of the firm’s complex, high-profile cases – many involving the protection of trademark and IP rights.